As the Christmas season approaches, you may be thinking about getting your house perfectly clean ready for your family and friends to visit. We’d all love to have professional household staff to keep our homes looking amazing, but sometimes this isn’t possible. Whether you’re simply hosting Christmas lunch or are having guests stay with you for an extended period of time, you’ll want your home to look its best. But this time of year is busy, and expensive. So, if you’re short on time and cash, Cleaning Hacks here are some great DIY tips to quickly and cheaply clean your house for Christmas.
Showers and baths
Get rid of lime scale with just two ingredients by combining white vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle. Apply liberally to the shower or bath and then wipe. You’ll see the area become sparkling white and clean before your eyes.
You might have noticed that bathroom walls get very dusty very easily. If you’ve noticed, your guests certainly will. It can be hard to get this ‘fluff’ off with a cloth, and can risk ruining your paint. A great alternative is to keep a duster or hand-held hoover near your bathroom to collect dust off the walls, sink and any other area necessary.
A unlikely solution to dirty mirrors is black tea. The tannic acid in the tea is great for getting rid of streaky marks and water splash, so brew some tea and use a lint-free cloth to wipe over your mirror. You’ll see the results in seconds.
One way to ensure your bathroom stays fresh throughout any guests’ stay is using DIY toilet ‘pods’. Combine baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil and place the mixture in an ice cube tray in the freezer. Then just drop these in throughout the holidays, give it a little scrub with the toilet brush, gamingzsite and it’s like new. Alka Seltzer tablets also make a quick alternative.
Citrus and baking soda is a fail-safe cleaner for any sink area, including stainless steel. Make a bowl of baking soda and simply dip a halved lemon or lime in it, then get scrubbing.
Pots and pans
If you want to get your pots and pans gleaming after cooking Christmas dinner, look to your fruit bowl! Place some apple peel in the pans you want to clean with water and simmer for half an hour. Once done, the pan will be a breeze to clean, even if it had a grease build up before.
The easiest way to get tough congealed spray from soups and exploded cartons in a microwave is to simply microwave a bowl of vinegar, and then wipe clean. You’ll be shocked at how easy the marks come off! This also works for dishwashers with vinegar inside left on the hottest cycle.
Baby oil is perfect for shining up stainless steel appliances, getting rid of grubby finger marks and getting that reflective effect back. All you have to do is run it in and then go over the area with a microfiber cloth.
Fridges and cupboards
Preparation is the key to keeping fridges and cupboards clean. If you don’t know what’s in your fridge it will end up going mouldy and making a mess, and badly organised cupboards can lead to rice spillages and all manner of unwelcome situations. Try to keep non-perishables like pasta in tubs and jars to avoid spillages, and organise your fridge in a logical manner. Keep vegetables, freelancernk dairy and meat on separate shelves for optimum food hygiene. You could even place washable mats in the bottom of the drawers of your fridge so that if any mess is made, you can simply pull them out and give them a quick wash.