Top 3 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks You Must Try!

If you love cooking then you probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen which means one thing – you make a huge mess in there plus all of your kitchen appliances get dirty very fast. And because I know you want to use a kitchen that is clean rather than super messy, disorganized, greasy, and dirty, I will share some of my favourite cleaning hacks that you have to try. They make kitchen cleaning a lot easier and less time-consuming!

So without any further ado, let’s get started with cleaning your kitchen!

Top 3 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks You Must Try!

– Clean your oven with dishwashing tablets!

Yes, you read that right – you can deep clean your oven with dishwashing tablets. It’s super easy and effective because dishwashing tablets are created to get rid of greasy stains, leftover food, dirt, and all sorts of other impurities that you can find in an oven. So grab one tablet, fill a bowl of water, damp the tablet in the water and start wiping it all over the interior of the oven. When you notice that the tablet starts has dried up, dampen it again and continue.

Once you are done, wipe the interior with a damp cloth a few times so you get rid of all the loosened up impurities and grease as well as the residue from the tablet!

– Clean and unclog the faucet with vinegar

There is this amazing bathroom cleaning hack where you clean your shower head by letting it sit in vinegar overnight. Well, I use the same technique to clean and unclog the faucet in my kitchen. I simply fill a small bag with vinegar, place it over the faucet then tie it with a rubber band. I let it sit overnight then remove the bag and rinse the faucet! Yes, it’s that easy!

– Clean your dishwasher with vinegar

Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners you can use. As you can see, I tend to clean a lot of things in my kitchen with it.

Once a month, I like to fill a cup with vinegar, place it in my dishwasher then run a full hot cycle. Do not place any utensils or plates in the appliance because you need to let the vinegar do its magic.

Once you do that, I recommend you run another empty hot cycle so you get rid of the vinegar smell!

How To Remove Candle Wax From A Carpet?

Most people know how to remove stubborn stains from their carpet – from juice and red wine to grease and ketchup stains, however, when it comes to candle wax dripping on your favourite carpet you probably have no idea how to treat the affected area. But don’t worry because I am an expert in removing candle wax at this point. Since I love candles, I have dealt with this issue many times – and today, I am going to share with you how to remove it!

How To Remove Candle Wax From Your Carpet?

– The First Method

Start off by filling a plastic bag with ice. Then place it on top of the candle wax and let it sit for a few minutes so the wax can harden.

Continue with grabbing a butter knife or a spoon and scrape off as much of the wax as possible.

Then it’s time to warm up the wax by placing a cloth over the area then placing your iron on top for a few minutes. The residue will transfer from the carpet to the cloth in no time.

– The Second Method

Again, start off by scraping as much as possible with a butter knife. Of course, you won’t be able to get rid of everything so don’t worry about it – just do as much as you can.

Then, just like I told you in the first method, harden the wax by filling a bag with ice and placing it on top for a few minutes.

Continue with scraping with the knife after the wax has hardened.

Next, it’s time to take out your vacuum cleaner and place the upholstery attachment on it. Vacuum the wax.

By this point, you might be left with a little stain if the wax was coloured. The wax will be removed but you have to treat this little coloured stain by pouring rubbing alcohol on a cloth then blotting the area.

And just like that, both the wax and the stain will be removed!

How To Clean Your Upholstered Furniture?

Your upholstered furniture plays a huge role in the interior design of your home. For example, your sofa is the main object of your living room, right? You enjoy sitting on your couch and watching a movie after a long day at work. But do you take care of your upholstered furniture? Do you clean it and make sure there are no stains or dirty patches forming on the fabric?

I know that adding another cleaning chore to your list can be overwhelming, however, I want to share all my secrets so I can make cleaning your upholstery so much easier!

How To Clean Your Upholstered Furniture?

Today, I will cover all the different fabrics and exactly how to take care of them, however, before we get into that I need to inform you that no matter the fabric – the first thing you must do when cleaning your upholstery is to vacuum it. That way, you will remove all debris, crumbs, and impurities that are sitting on top of the upholstery. This will make the cleaning so much easier!

If you have pets then your upholstery is probably covered in pet hair – and the vacuum cleaner won’t be able to remove all the hairs. This is why you need to use a lint roller.

– Leather Upholstery

First, I will cover how to clean your leather upholstery. I know that your leather sofa doesn’t look dirty, however, this doesn’t mean that it’s clean. Thankfully, leather upholstery is extremely easy to clean. All you need to do is mix a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of Castile soap. Mix both ingredients very well then pour a small amount on a microfiber cloth. Wipe the sofa with it. Once you are done, dry the surface with paper towels.

– Microfiber Upholstery

In order to clean your microfiber upholstery, you need rubbing alcohol. Simply pour it in a spray bottle then spray a small section of the fabric with it. Grab a sponge and scrub the surface. Repeat these steps until you have covered the furniture.

How I Make The Best All-Purpose Cleaner?

I have been using DIY recipes for cleaners for over a year now and I can confidently say that I love it! I love experimenting and trying out new ingredients just to see if they work.

The first thing I did was an all-purpose cleaner because it was the easiest recipe I could find. I remember that I simply mixed water and vinegar then I added a few drops of essential oils. The cleaner did work and the results were great so I continued using it for a few months but then I got bored of it. I wanted to try out new things and change my all-purpose cleaner to something a bit more… exciting. So I did!

How I Make The Best All-Purpose Cleaner?

The first thing I prepare is a spray bottle. Then I grab borax, washing soda, castile soap, my favourite lavender essential oil, and 2 cups of water.

I add a tablespoon of the borax and 1/2 tablespoon of washing soda into the spray bottle. Then I add a tablespoon of Castile soap and around 20 drops of the lavender essential oil. Of course, you can use any essential oil you want but I prefer lavender because it has antibacterial properties!

Next, I add the 2 cups of water into the bottle. I suggest you use hot water because the ingredients will dissolve a lot easier that way. Then I place the lid and shake very well until everything has mixed.

If I have to be honest, I use this cleaner on just about any surface in my home – from cleaning the kitchen countertop to even the bathtub, faucets, sinks, shower, etc. It smells very nice and it leaves a fresh scent behind which is very nice. Before, when I used the vinegar all-purpose cleaner, I would often get overwhelmed by the vinegar smell so if you do not like it, this cleaner is a great alternative!

Q-Tips Are One Of The Best Cleaning Tools: Here Is Why!

Have you ever used cotton swaps when cleaning your home? They are probably one of my favourite cleaning tools ever. It’s so easier to cover hard-to-reach places which makes them extremely useful.

Here Is How I Use Them!

– Clean Keyboards

Our homes are filled with electronic devices, right? Yet we rarely clean them because we don’t really know how to do it. Before I discovered that I can use Q-tips to easily clean my keyboard I didn’t even bother with this chore. I just skipped it.

But let me tell you something – you can easily dip a cotton swap in rubbing alcohol and clean your computer keyboard.

– Clean My Hairbrushes

Another item that is very hard to clean – hairbrushes. Some soak them in hot soapy water and others try to scrub them with an old toothbrush but the easiest way to really leave your brush spotless is by… using a Q-tip.

After I am done soaking my brush in hot soapy water I rinse it and grab a cotton swab. I dip it in rubbing alcohol and wipe it.

– Clean The Interior of My Car

Can you think of a harder place to clean than those hard-to-reach areas of your car? For example – the door handles all the buttons inside of the car, and the vents.

Now, I easily cover them by using a Q-tip!

– Clean My Hairdryer

You have probably never even thought of cleaning the air vent of your hairdryer – but it’s more important than you think. If that part is dirty then the lifespan of your hairdryer is shorter.

So to ensure its long lifespan simply grab a Q-tip and wipe it across the vent (you will be surprised how dirty it actually is!).

How To Remove Stains From Your Mattress?

Mattress stains are very common – and they don’t happen only when you spill something.

For example, they can occur due to sweat or body-liquids. As you probably know, it’s natural to sweat when you sleep, however, stains will most likely appear on your mattress.

How Can You Prevent That From Happening?

There are two ways to prevent stains on your mattress. The first one – you need to be very careful not to spill anything.

The second one – using a mattress protector! Yes, the best way to prevent stains is to have a fabric that will be waterproof staying in between your mattress and the sheets. There are even mattress protectors which are stain repellent and antibacterial.

How To Remove Stains From Your Mattress?

Now that we covered how to prevent stains from happening we need to see how to remove the old ones when you didn’t have a mattress protector, right?

If the stain is really small then I suggest you spot-treat it with any stain remover you have in your home.

However, if the stain is large then here is what you need to do! Mix powdered laundry detergent with water (use very little water because you want the consistency to be like a paste).

Then apply the mixture to the affected area and allow to sit for 30 minutes or so. Then remove it with a damp cloth and allow the area to air-dry.

I would also recommend vacuuming the area after it’s dry so that any excess powder can be removed.

How To Get Rid Of Bad Odours?

If your mattress has a bad odour due to spilling something smelly then you can always deodorize it with some rubbing alcohol. Not only will it get rid of the smell but it will also disinfect the surface. I also like to add a few drops of essential oil so that it smells even better.

How To Easily Remove Caramel Stains?

If you love caramel then you have most likely dropped some on your clothing at some point. Recently, I was eating ice cream and I added a lot of caramel topping on it. While I was eating it I got it all over my shirt. I completely panicked and didn’t immediately remove it (which is exactly what you need to do).

As time passed, the caramel hardened and it became an even bigger mess which I had to figure out how to clean.

I must admit, caramel stains are really stubborn. It has sugar, butter, and food colouring which makes the stain greasy and very sticky.

How To Remove Caramel Stains From Clothes?

Now, once you notice the stain you need to grab ice and place it on the caramel. That way it will be easier to remove it. Grab a spoon and lift off as much of the caramel as possible. Then damp a towel/ cloth and blot the area.

The next thing you need to do is actually start treating the stain. I mixed a tablespoon of water with 3 tablespoons of borax. I mixed it and applied it to the affected area. Leave the solution on the surface for 20 minutes then rinse with cold water.

If the stain remains (it probably will) continue with the second treatment. Grab laundry detergent and cover the stain with it. Rub it in with your fingers (but be gentle). Wait for a few minutes then rinse with hot water. If the stain is removed – wash the clothing item as usual.

If the stain remains then you can use white vinegar or lemon juice. Apply one of these ingredients with a sponge on the affected area and then rinse it.

An amazing DIY recipe for a granite cleaner you can try out today!

Natural stones like granite are a little tricky to clean since, unfortunately, you cannot use an all-purpose cleaner on them. It will damage the stone which is definitely something you do not want to do, right?

The countertops in my home are indeed made from natural granite which is why I have been searching for a DIY recipe for a cleaner over the past couple of months and finally, I found one that is worth trying!

The ingredients are all-natural which I am certain you can already find in your home – this is why I like this recipe so much! It’s easy, safe to use on granite, and will save you money.

Here are the ingredients you need!

Prepare yourself – you need four ingredients: rubbing alcohol, castile soap, water, and your favourite essential oil!

Doesn’t it sound great? All of those ingredients you have in your home, and even if you don’t – they are inexpensive and you can easily find them in the store!

You would also need a spray bottle! Now, mix all of the ingredients in the bottle – 1/4 cup of the rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of water, a tablespoon of the castile soap, and around 10 drops of any essential oil. You can also add more than one essential oil – I usually use lemon and orange (5 drops from each).

How to use? Spray directly on the granite, grab a microfiber cloth, and wipe the surface – and just like that, your countertops are spotless!

Want a clean shower? Follow these steps!

Having a clean shower is very important for the hygiene of your home. Are you wondering what is the easiest way to clean it without wasting too much time? Well, I am about to spill all of my secrets!

A general shower cleaning

Before I tell you how I clean my shower I need to get a few things out of the way. One of the easiest ways you can avoid soap scum and hard water stains is to simply dry your shower after every use. This has really helped me with general cleaning.

Now, once I have decided it is time to deep clean the shower here is what I usually do:

I fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and dish soap (equal parts of them!).

Then I spray the shower walls with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Once the time has passed I wipe and scrub the shower walls with a sponge.

If any parts of the shower are really dirty I sprinkle some baking soda on the sponge and then I scrub the area with it.

Once I am done I rinse the shower with the showerhead so that the vinegar, soap, and baking soda are completely removed.

How I clean the shower fixtures?

As I previously mentioned I wipe the shower after every use. I pay extra attention to shower fixtures since they are the ones that accumulate hard water stains the easiest.

This is why I don’t need to do much when I am deep cleaning the shower. I usually grab a cloth and a glass cleaner which are enough to get the job done.

But if your fixtures aren’t that clean and you need to get rid of all types of stains then I recommend you mix vinegar and water in a bowl. Dip a cloth in the solution and start wiping all the shower fixtures with it. Once you are done – rinse everything and dry it with a clean towel.

How to deal with rust stains?

If you have rust stains anywhere in your shower then I have a simple solution for you – lemon juice!

Just pour some fresh lemon juice on the affected area and sprinkle salt on it. Let that sit for a few hours then grab a cloth, scrub the area, and rinse.

A recipe for the best DIY toilet bowl cleaner

There are so many DIY cleaning recipes out there. I am a huge fan of the DIY all-purpose cleaners and I swear by them. Not only do I save a ton of money when I don’t buy the commercial ones but I am also aware of the ingredients. Some commercial cleaners are very harsh and contain ingredients that are toxic. I definitely do not want to use such things so I decided the best option out there is to DIY them and use natural ingredients.

But the all-purpose cleaner is not the only thing I DIY. I have an amazing recipe for a toilet bowl cleaner which you definitely should try out.

It removes stains, bad odors, and even germs. Don’t think that you can pour the mixture in the toilet bowl and it will magically do everything for you. Of course, you still need to use your toilet brush and scrub a little, however, it loosens the stains and makes the cleaning process a lot easier.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Disinfecting Essential Oil (for example, tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)
  • White Vinegar
  • Citric Acid (powdered)

Grab a glass mixing bowl and pour two cups of baking soda in it then add 1/2 cup citric acid.

Then add the essential oil – a couple of drops. Stir well with a wooden spoon after every drop so that you can manage to mix everything.

Pour the mixture in a glass jar.

What about the vinegar?

Yes, vinegar was one of the ingredients, however, you shouldn’t add it straight into the mixture you just made. You need to store it into a separate jar and add it directly to the toilet bowl when it’s time to clean it.