Whether you’re renting and wanting some tips about quick ways to tidy up for a routine inspection, or you’re a home owner wanting to make life easier, we have compiled a list of our very favourite cleaning tips!
Not only have we tried and tested these tips to ensure that they work, we’ve also tried to find non-toxic, cost effective & environmentally friendly ways to keep your humble abode clean and tidy!
1. Clean fan blades using a pillow case.
Excellent tip! Especially if you’re basically allergic to the air like I am, let alone floating clumps of dust.
2. Wash the outside of your windows with Rain-X.
We picked it up for roughly $16.00 from Supercheap Auto, but you could find it at any automotive retail store for a similar price. All I did was rinse the windows with some water, then I gave them a quick wipe with some window cleaner, and from there I followed the directions on the Rain-X bottle 🙂
3. Use a soap-dispensing dish brush to clean your shower with vinegar, eco-friendly dish soap and essential oil.
There are a few variations of these on Pinterest that I’ve been able to find, but all I do is pour some eco-friendly dish soap in the dish brush, top it with some white vinegar, and then add about 30 drops of a pure essential oil of your choice (vinegar has a pretty intense smell, so you can really add whatever oil you’d like to try and make it less vinegary). I usually add Eucalyptus; it has a beautiful fresh scent and antibacterial properties. Win-win! (Eco option: you can find a biodegradable dish brush online here).
4. Clean your dishwasher with a cup of vinegar and a sprinkle of bicarb soda.
Simply place a cup of vinegar in the top rack, sprinkle some bicarb soda (aka baking soda) on the bottom of the dishwasher, and let it run a full cycle empty. It will look lovely and fresh in no time!
5. Clean stainless steel appliances with baby oil and a paper towel.
This one was super easy! Just use a tiny bit of oil on some paper towel and wipe in the direction of the stainless steel (there’ll usually be brush-like lines indicating what direction to wipe; following these lines will help prevent any scratch marks). Be sure to use a tiny amount; if you need more, add some, but if you use too much it’ll be an oily mess. Pro-tip: don’t wipe the handle down this way, it’ll only make it slippery. (If you’d like an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels, these work wonders!).
6. Clean the calcium off your shower head with a zip lock bag, some vinegar and a hair tie/rubber band.
I was a little sceptical of the effectiveness of this one at first. But it changed my life. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I was very… very pleased with the results! Before doing this, my shower head didn’t look too unsightly, but the water sprayed in random directions and I almost bought a brand new shower head because of it. Fill a zip lock bag with enough vinegar to cover the shower head, then slip it into the bag and tightly tie a hair tie around the neck to hold the bag of vinegar in place. I left it there for about 6 hours, and needed to scrub it a tiny bit afterwards with an old toothbrush to remove some of the calcium, which was pretty easy. It would probably work even better if left overnight! Now it sprays as if it were new. And to think I nearly bought a brand new shower head.
Have any awesome cleaning hacks or tips of your own? Comment below and let us know!