20 MIND BLOWING CLEANING HACKS THAT WILL SAVE SO MUCH TIME!

Cleaning hacks can save you SO much time and effort. I mean, do you ever feel like your life would be perfect if you could just wave a magic wand and instantly have a sparkly clean house? I know the feeling.  Which means more time for lying on the couch and reading your favourite books on the free Kindle app or binging on your favourite TV shows.

My very first job was at 14 (cash in hand obviously) and for years I worked as a cleaner; until I was about 18. Honestly, I loved it. Does that make me a weirdo? I’m an introvert so I loved being left to it and because my Aunty is a clean freak, I learned from the very best!

I’ve been using quite a few of these cleaning hacks for years so I can attest to their genius! They work!

1.USE BOUNCE DRYER SHEETS TO DUST EVERYTHING (ACCORDING TO ME)

I learned this tip a long time ago thanks to my Aunty who is a complete cleaning maniac. Her house is ALWAYS spotless. When I say above “dust everything (according to me)” I actually mean “dust everything with dryer sheets, not just your baseboards according to my aunty” but it definitely works.

There’s an anti-static coating on those tumble dryer sheets so when you dust surfaces it means you are transferring the anti-static coating onto your furniture, skirting boards (baseboards) or even your car!

2. VACUUM DOWNY UNSTOPPABLES FOR A FRESH SMELLING HOOVER BY THE KRAZY KOUPON LADY

If you have a stinky vacuum (I mean…. it happens), suck a few Unstoppables up your vacuum cleaner to solve the problem.

I have also wrapped a little bundle of these blue Unstoppables in a dried out baby wipe (dried on the radiator), tied it up with bakers twine and set a few of the bundles on most of the radiators in my house to make it smell super fresh!

3. CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER WITH WHITE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA VIA EHOW

When I lived in a house with housemates, our dishwasher was always getting stinky. Distilled white vinegar became one of the products GUARANTEED to be in my cupboards plus about 5kg of baking soda at any given time!

ONE TOP TIP TO STOP YOUR DISHWASHER BECOMING STINKY AT ALL:

4. CLEAN THE DRAINS FROM ONEGOODTHINGBYJILLEE

Again, when I lived in a house with housemates… we had a bathroom upstairs and the overflow pipe was constantly getting clogged. When that happened there was an awful smell from the drains. A lot of googling had to happen and we learned the baking soda, vinegar and boiling water trick! It worked and had to be repeated every few months.

5. CLEAN BLINDS WITHOUT BREAKING THEM VIA MOM4REAL

Horizontal blinds can be delicate and can break quite easily so this trick from Mom4Real is great! Using tongs and a cut up microfibre cloth, a little ingenuity was definitely involved here.

6. HOW TO CLEAN WAX OUT OF CANDLE JARS BY PEEK&PONDER

I’ve been using this trick for years! Quickly, clean out your freezer and shove those candles inside. Being in the freezer hardens the wax and makes it much easier to fall out. I sometimes need to use a sharp implement (an old metal kebab skewer or knife we keep for opening parcels etc).

Cleaning them out means that they can be repurposed, given to a charity shop or recycled in your regular recycling bin!

How To Clean With Borax

Borax is being actively used as an ingredient for cleaning various stuff. It has a wide variety of uses around the house. So borax is something which is very useful for you and can make your cleaning chores very easy to accomplish. If you don’t know what is borax, first let me introduce it to you. The chemical or laboratory name for borax is sodium borate.

Though the name is of no use to you there is no harm in knowing it. It is quite cheap and you can easily get it in most grocery stores or just quickly buy one . A point to be noted is that borax and boric acid are two different things even though they are somewhat identical. Borax is sodium borate as mentioned earlier and boric acid is hydrogen borate. So, make sure you get borax and not boric acid.

Let’s have a look at the various amazing uses of borax and start implementing them from today itself!

1. UNCLOG THE DRAIN

A clogged drain is a big headache as it’s not that easy to unclog the clogged drains. But, here is a simple method I found to unclog it using borax and it works well.

Empty ½ cup of borax in the drain and then empty one tablespoon lemon juice over it. After 2 minutes, pour around 1 quartz of boiling water. Leave it that way for around 15 minutes and then run tap water to clean it up.

The borax reacts with the gunk and dirt which clogs up the drain and loosens it. Hot water further loosens it and carries it away. Lemon adds up to the disinfecting process of borax. Also, these two make the sink the sink smell much better after the cleaning process has finished.

So this is a very cheap and one of the easiest option to help you in dealing with a clogged drain.

2. CLEAN THE DIRTY MOLD OR MILDEW

A mold infestation can ruin the home so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible. And borax is perfect to get rid of that dirty mold as it is a natural mold inhibitor.

Firstly, brush off as much excess mold as possible with a soft bristled brush. Now, make a solution of ½ cup borax, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Fill it in an empty spray bottle and spray it on the mold and mildew until the area gets sufficiently wet. Leave the surface to dry completely.

3. SHINE YOUR OLD CHINA DISH SET

You can give your china dishes a new look using borax. Borax will remove the dullness and dirt and make the dishes shiny again. To do a renovation of your dishes, soak them in the sink or some vessel filled with warm water and ½ cup of borax. Leave it for at least 30 minutes. Remove it and then wash as usual. Your dishes will regain their former glory.

Note: Don’t scrub the dishes as it may cause scratches. Just leave and allow them to soak in water as borax knows its work very well.

4. GROUT CLEANER

You can easily clean grout using borax. All you need to do is make a paste of 1 part borax, to 2 part baking soda and then add enough vinegar to create a thick paste. Apply this to grout using a soft brush and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Once done, just rinse it off and if possible, scrub lightly using a microfiber cloth for a better clean.

5. MAKE AN ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

Since borax has cleaning properties, it can work great as an all-purpose cleaner. All you need to do is to mix 3 Tbsp of borax and 1 cup of Vinegar with 3 cups of warm water to make an all-purpose cleaner.

Both borax and vinegar are amazing cleaners and the mixture will clean the kitchens, stove, countertops, tables, and many other surfaces of the house where you need better cleaning.

6. EFFECTIVE AGAINST RUST (ON PANS, APPLIANCES, TILES, OR ALMOST ANYTHING)

Rust and borax do not share a good bond. Borax is reactive against rust and removes it. So you can use borax to remove rust from your pans, metals, appliances, tiles or almost any other thing which has caught rust.

Mix 1 cup of warm water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 cup of borax. A thick paste will be formed. Apply it on the rusted area and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then scrub away the rust with a dish sponge or in case of a stubborn rust use steel sponge. It will get off very easily.

7. CLEAN BRUSHES AND COMBS EASILY

Do you clean your brushes and combs the difficult way, scrubbing it away using some detergent? Why go the hard way when it is actually very easy to clean your brushes and combs filled with dirt, and massive tangles of hair.

Just fill a mug or some container with warm water and add 2 Tbsp of borax and some dish soap to it. Put in the brushes and combs to be cleaned and wet them properly by shaking them and stirring them. Leave it to soak for at least 30-45 minutes. Then rinse. Your combs and brushes are shiny clean without scrubbing.

8. CLEANING THE FRIDGE

Borax is a multi-purpose cleaner. It can be used for cleaning many things and one of them is the refrigerator.

Take 4-5 cups of warm water and add ½ Tbsp borax to it. Stir the solution so that borax gets dissolved in the water properly. Dip a clean cloth or sponge in this solution and wipe the shelves of the fridge. It removes any dried up food stain or any leftovers easily.

So whether you want to clean the spilled food in the refrigerator or just give it a good clean, this solution is worth trying. Another benefit of using borax is that it is a natural disinfectant. After cleaning the fridge, you would want to organize your fridge as well.

9. REMOVE PENCIL AND CRAYON MARKS FROM WALL

So, your kid got creative on the wall again? Don’t worry, you can easily get back the old shine of your wall. All you need to do is to just mix 1 Tbsp borax with a cup of warm water and apply it on the wall to remove pencil and crayon marks.

Note: Before using it on the stain, make sure that the paint doesn’t come off by testing it on some region of the wall.

10. GIVE YOUR SINK A STAINLESS SHINE

After reading so many hacks, you must have got a good idea of the efficiency of borax in cleaning. So wouldn’t it be very efficient in cleaning sink as well? Try it out yourself.

Make a borax paste by mixing 2 Tbsp of lemon juice in  ½  a cup of borax. Scrub the stains on the sink using a cloth or sponge dipped in this paste. Rinse with warm water and get a clean shining stainless sink in no time.

11. USE BORAX TO CLEAN THE WINDOWS

Borax is so amazing. Along with other household stuff, it is also a successful window cleaner.

Mix 1 Tbsp borax in a cup full of warm water. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray on the windows. Wipe it with a microfiber cloth on a rag. You can also clean and wipe the windows with a rag or sponge dipped in this solution. Repeat the process with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Wipe it dry and you will have clean windows in no time.

12. CLEANING THE TOILETS

Cleaning the toilet is a headache. Isn’t it? But you will be surprised to know that borax can easily clean the toilet and act as a medicine to this headache. All you need to do is to empty one cup of borax in the pot and add ½ cup of vinegar to it. Let the solution do its work overnight. Then, scrub the toilet and flush!

Borax acts on the grime and the dirt accumulated in the toilet. It deals with all of the dirt layers and yellowishness accumulated. Vinegar assists borax in the cleaning process and improves its efficiency. The act of borax of loosening the grime becomes more vigorous and better with the action of vinegar.

You would also love these 31 all-time best house-cleaning tips that work like magic.

13. CLEAN SHOWERS AND TUBS

Take some borax in a damp cloth and scrub it on the tubs and showers. Rinse them with clean water.

To clean the interior of a shower, Make a solution by mixing 2-3 Tbsp borax in 4-5 cups of water. Fill it in a polythene bag and tie it around the shower such that it remains submerged in the solution. Leave it for around an hour and then switch on the shower to rinse it. If you need a clean bathroom, these bathroom cleaning hacks will make cleaning easy.

14. CARPET STAIN REMOVER

If your expensive carpet is attacked by stain, no need to worry. Use Borax- the stain remover.

Mix 4 Tbsp borax with 1 cup warm water. Dip a sponge or clean cloth in the solution and dab it on the stain. Leave the stain in that condition for 25-30 minutes. Then vacuum that area to clean the residue and allow it to dry.

15. MAKE A FLOOR CLEANER

Most floor cleaners are loaded with chemicals which are hazardous for health. Thankfully, there are so many natural alternative cleaners available. Borax is one of them and can make a great natural floor cleaner for your home.

All you need is to mix 2 Tbsp borax with 4-5 Tbsp vinegar in your mop bucket. Add a pinch of dish soap to it and fill the bucket with warm water. Your cleaner is ready! Use this to clean your house floor.

You can also make it in a good quantity and store in a container for everyday use. Just mix 2 cup borax with 4 cup vinegar and add around 1 Tbsp of dish soap to it. Store it in a container. Add some of this solution to your mop bucket water for everyday cleaning.

16. CLEAN YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Borax can also clean furniture easily. Just mix 2 teaspoons of borax and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soap in 1 quart of water. You can fill it in a spray bottle which is more convenient to use. Spray it on the patio furniture and wipe it to clean all the dust, dirt or any grime. This cleaner is effective against all of them.

17. HOMEMADE DISH SOAP

You can make dish soap at home using these low-cost ingredients and save the money spent on readymade dish soap. Mix ½ cup borax, ½ cup finely grated soap and 10 cups of boiling water. Stir to mix it properly and allow it to cool before use. It is as efficient as the market bought dish soap, if not more.

18. CLEANING SOAP SCUM

Soap scum on shower doors, glass, faucets can be easily cleaned using borax. Make a paste by mixing 2-3 Tbsp borax in 1/2 a cup of water. Scrub this paste with a cloth on the area to be cleaned. Rinse with water and wipe with a clean dry cloth. You would also love these clever bathroom cleaning hacks.Trending:  How to Clean a Front Load Washing Machine

19. CLEAN STICKY RESIDUE

Borax makes it easy to get rid of sticky and gooey adhesive residue. Just mix borax and water in a 2-to-1 ratio, and rub the mixture on the residue to clean it. Easy!

20. CLEAN AND DEODORIZE MATTRESSES

Deodorize your mattresses by rubbing borax over it using a damp cloth. But make sure to wet the mattress before rubbing borax on it. It will even eliminate any foul smell like that of urine from your small baby’s mattress.

21. DEODORIZE THE SMELLY GARBAGE CAN

Borax can also deodorize smelly Garbage can easily. Sprinkle at least 4-5 Tbsp of borax in the garbage can and add water to it. The amount of borax to be added depends on the condition of the bin. If it has not been cleaned for a long time and is smelling really bad, then empty around a cup of borax in it.

Let the borax do its work by leaving it in for at least 15-20 minutes. Rinse and leave to dry. You can sprinkle some borax in the can before using it again, so as to minimize odor when in use.

22. KEEP YOUR HUMIDIFIER ODORLESS

Similar to a refrigerator, humidifier start smelling bad with time. They need to be deodorized from time to time. To keep the humidifier free of any odor, dissolve 5-6 tablespoon of borax in 3-4 quarts of water and add it to the tank. Run the humidifier for 10-15 minutes and then empty the tank. Don’t forget to rinse the tank with clean water.

Need to make your home smell good? These simple hacks will make your home smell good naturally.

23. DEALING WITH PESTS

Borax effectively deals with cockroaches, ants, bugs, mice and a few other household pests. The process is very simple. Mix equal parts of borax and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture in the corners, under the sink, behind the pieces of furniture or simply the areas where you find pests.

Are you wondering why should you mix sugar with borax? This is because sugar acts as a bait to attract the pests. When the pests are drawn towards the sugar cubes, borax deals with them. Make sure that this mixture does not reach the hands of small children or even your pet. So use it in areas which are away from the reach of children and pets.

To get rid of bed bugs, sprinkle a generous amount of borax on the mattress and in the storage hold of the bed (if any).

24. GIVES A BETTER LAUNDRY

Borax gives a better laundry. Add 4-5 Tbsp of Borax to your laundry to get cleaner and stain-free clothes along with making the clothes smell better. It gives a natural scent to the clothes. Borax can even be used to wash the delicate fabrics.

Borax is a successful stain remover too. Stubborn stains like that of coffee can be treated using borax. Pretreat the stain by soaking it in a borax solution made by dissolving 7-8 Tbsp of borax in warm water. Allow the cloth to soak for at least 30-40 minutes before laundering. Repeat if the stain does not vanish completely.

Even hard water stains on your clothes and washing machines can be removed successfully using borax.

Quick Tip: Need an organized laundry, check out these laundry organization hacks.

25. PRESERVE YOUR FAVORITE FLOWERS

Do you hate the withering of your favorite flowers? Borax is the solution.

Borax helps in removing moisture from the flowers and leaves which in turn helps them to prevent wilting. To remove moisture from the flowers, mix one part of white sand and two parts of borax to make a mixture. Fill some of this mixture in a box and place the flower in it. Sprinkle some mixture on the flower as well so it is properly covered with the mixture. Leave the box for seven days after sealing it with a tape. The flower will lose all of its moisture and dry out.

I agree that you won’t get the exact same blooming flower, but it is way better than letting the flower just wilt and fall off. You will have dried beautiful flowers with you. You can reuse this mixture in the future by straining out all the moisture.

Note: This method may not work on flowers bought from florists as they use a special water solution to preserve them.

26. HELPING THE FRUIT TREES

Borax is not only useful for cleaning purpose but also beneficial for the fruit trees. Boron, a mineral contained in borax is required by the plants for healthy growth. Sprinkle ½ cup of borax every 2-3 years around the base of a mature fruit tree( such as an apple tree) or 2-3 Tbsp for a younger one.

Boron is a good fertilizer, so adding borax in the right quantities to the soil helps in the better development of cell walls and roots. But be careful to use it optimally. Excessive use of borax is harmful to the plants as it is toxic.

27. IMPROVE YOUR HOMEMADE CANDLES

If you make candles at home, treat the wicks by soaking them in a solution of borax and salt. To make this solution, mix equal parts of salt and borax in water. This solution reduces ash and smoke.

Related: How to easily remove candle wax off any surface?

28. MAKE YOUR CLOTHES SAFE

Clothes catch fire easily. To make them resistant to flames, mix 1 cup borax and ½ cup boric acid in a gallon of water and soak the rinsed clothes in it. Then, the dry cycle.

If the clothes are not washable, then spray that solution on the clothes instead of soaking the clothes in it. Repeat the process every time you wash or dry clean your clothes. It is an amazing laundry hack to make clothes safe.

29. INSTRUMENTS’ STRING SAVER

The bow hairs of musical instruments get bad as they get gummed up with rosin. Clean it by rubbing the strings with a damp toothpaste dipped in borax. Then wipe the bow hairs and re-rosin them again.

30. MAKE SLIME AT HOME

Do you wish to make your own slime at home? Borax is one of the key ingredient used in making slime.

NOTE: Borax is HIGHLY ALKALINE and should NOT BE CONSUMED, USED ON SKIN AS A SCRUB, etc(which you might be knowing very well). However, it is SAFE AND VERY GOOD FOR CLEANING AND CAN BE VERY USEFUL IF USED PROPERLY.

Now we hope that this post was helpful for you in knowing the amazing uses of borax. If there is anything which we have not covered here or you would like to know more about, feel free to get in touch with us.

HOW TO CLEAN A WASHING MACHINE NATURALLY

You’ve been using your washing machine day in and day out for quite some time now to clean your clothes and linens, but when was the last time you took some time to clean your washing machine? Here is a comprehensive step by step guide that will help you learn how to clean a washing machine easily and naturally.

If you’re like me, the thought of cleaning your washing machine never crossed your mind. I always assumed that while the machine was washing my clothes, it was also cleaning itself.

Makes sense, right?

Little did I know that mold, mildew, and nasty odors were growing and building up over time, and I would soon be faced with the unpleasant reality that the very machine I relied on to clean my clothes was, in fact, getting moldy and starting to smell quite unpleasant.

HOW TO CLEAN A TOP LOADING WASHING MACHINE

Whether you have a front loading or top loading washing machine, the steps to take to clean them are generally the same, though there are a few differences in the process, so I want to dedicate two different posts to each subject. In this post, we will learn how to clean a top loading washing machine.

In this how to clean a washing machine series, you’re going to learn everything you need to know to deep clean your washing machine, whether top or front loading.

DO I NEED TO CLEAN MY WASHING MACHINE?

If you have never cleaned your washing machine, or haven’t done it in the last year, then the answer is a resounding YES!!

When you think about it, most of the clothes that we put into our washing machines are filled with dirty, hair, food, and other things – and all that stuff from our clothes gets washed off and goes… where?

Where does the dirt go in a washing machine?

Well, the dirt gets washed off your clothes and with the help of your laundry detergent, gets broken down into the water. Then, when the water is flushed out of the machine, the dirt is flushed out with it. Well, most of the dirt is flushed out.

But not all of it.

See, some of the dirt gets left behind in the crevices of our washing machines, and that’s when bacteria and mold start to grow in the machines, and bad odors come after that.

Taking the right steps to learn how to properly clean a washing machine, to ensure you’re getting everything that could cause bacteria and growth out of it, will help prolong the life of your machine AND ensure your clothes come out the way you want them to – clean.

If you’re still not convinced that you should be cleaning your washing machine, let’s go over some quick points.

WHY SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?

If you’re not sure whether you should clean your washing machine or not, here are some reasons why you should:

  • Washing machines hold a lot of moisture in them, even while not in use, and can quickly become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
  • When a washing machine isn’t cleaned regularly it can start to let off unpleasant odors.
  • These odors can then be transferred to your clothes (the clothes that are supposed to be getting cleaned).
  • Dirt from your clothes can get left behind in the machine.
  • Build up from your water and detergent can occur over time in the pipes, causing your machine to work harder and wear out faster.

Are you convinced yet that your washing machine is due for a good cleaning?

HOW TO CLEAN A WASHING MACHINE

When my husband and I moved into our current house I was taken aback by two things: the stovetop/oven and the washing machine.

The stovetop and oven had dirt, spills, cobwebs (yes – cobwebs), and other substances on and inside it – but that’s a story for another day.

The washing machine had dirt, dust bunnies, grime, slime, detergent, and some pocket change on, in, and around it, and that is when I realized the importance of regularly maintaining and cleaning a washing machine to keep it running as good as it should be.

Since the steps for cleaning a top load versus cleaning a front load washing machine differ slightly, this post will help you learn how to clean a top loading washing machine, while the next post in the series will teach you how to clean a front loading washing machine.

BLEACH AND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

How to clean a washing machine with bleach… or if you even should.

Many people will suggest using bleach to clean your washing machine, but it turns out that it is NOT the best way to clean your machine. In fact, bleach can set you on a fast-track to septic system problems.

Bleach’s main purpose is to kill bacteria, and while that is great for your washing machine, it’s not so great for your septic system. Your septic system relies on bacteria to break down the solids in the tank, and without the bacteria, you could experience septic failures and backups – which are both something you want to avoid.

Small amounts of bleach every once in a while shouldn’t be enough to kill all the bacteria and harm your septic tank, but just to play it safe, we’re going to look at how to clean your washing machine with baking soda and vinegar, in this example.

HOW TO CLEAN A WASHING MACHINE WITH VINEGAR

Step 1

Empty your washing machine of any laundry that may be in there.

Step 2

Set your washing machine to run the largest load with the hottest water, for the longest cycle. Do NOT add any clothes or detergents to this cycle.

Step 3

Add 3 to 4 cups of white vinegar straight into the washing barrel and press start. Allow the vinegar and water to mix in the machine for a minute while you prepare the next step.

Step 4

Open the lid to stop the machine and add 1/2 cup of baking soda into the vinegar and water mixture in the machine. Close the lid and allow the machine to work for another 1 to 2 minutes to mix the water, vinegar, and baking soda all together.

Step 5

Open the lid to stop the machine and let the cleaning solution sit in it for about an hour, without the machine running.

Step 6

While your cleaning solution is sitting in the washer for an hour, take a cleaning cloth and, dipping it in the cleaning solution in the washing machine, use it to wipe down the exterior of your machine.

Wipe the top and sides of the machine along with the lid, knobs, the ring on the inside, and any crevices on the machine.

Tip: Use an old toothbrush to scrub away dirt from the crevices of the washing machine.

Step 7

While you are wiping down the machine, remove 2 cups of vinegar/baking soda/water from the washer barrel and place into a cleaning bucket for later.

Step 8

Once an hour has passed, turn the machine back on and allow it to finish its wash cycle.

Step 9

Once the wash cycle is complete and all the water has drained from the barrel, take a cleaning cloth or sponge and, using the vinegar/baking soda/water cleaning solution you scooped out of the washing machine earlier, scrub the inside of the machine.

Be sure to scrub all the way to the top, as the water level in the machine doesn’t reach that high.

Step 10

Run a hot water short rinse cycle through your washer without any detergents or vinegar. This rinse cycle will remove any grime that got loosened off while you were scrubbing the barrel.

And just like that, you’re done!

Your top load washing machine is now ready to be used and ready to really clean your clothes without leaving any grime, bacteria, or odors on them.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR WASHING MACHINE SMELLING FRESH

Now that you’ve learned how to remove odor from your washing machine, and it’s all squeaky clean, you’re going to want to keep it that way so you don’t have to spend another day cleaning it in a few weeks. You can keep your washing machine smelling fresh for months to come by doing one simple thing:  keep the door open when not in use.

Try to never close your washing machine lid when it’s not in use, otherwise, moisture won’t be able to dry up and it will get trapped in the machine, which will cause bacteria, mold, and odors to start occurring again quicker than they need to.

Now that you know how to clean a washing machine – you can go ahead and get started on your own. It doesn’t take much time and the results will be well worth your efforts. Just knowing that your clothes are actually getting cleaned should be enough to motivate you to get up and clean your washing machine!

13 EASY WAYS TO GET RID OF BATHROOM SMELLS

Have you noticed that your bathroom just doesn’t smell as fresh as it used to? I’ve struggled with that problem since my son was potty trained a few years ago! Parents, you know what I’m talking about. But you don’t have to scrub and scour only to make your home smell like a bunch of chemicals instead of those other icky smells. Here are 13 easy ways to get rid of bathroom smells, most of them using natural ingredients!

HOW TO GET RID OF BATHROOM SMELLS

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Add a couple drops of essential oil inside the toilet paper roll to release a fresh scent every time someone uses the TP. You’ll be surprised at how much fresher your bathroom is with this quick trick.

Speaking of essential oils, you can pair them with baking soda, water, and citric acid to make your own DIY toilet bombs. The baking soda helps absorb and eliminate odors, the citric acid is a great antimicrobial, and of course, the essential oils add a pleasant scent to the porcelain throne.

Have you heard of Poo-Pourri? It’s a spray that you use before you use the bathroom to help eliminate odors while you’re going #2. But you can make your own copycat poo-pourri at home to save some money.

It’s no surprise that your toilet brush may be harboring some germs and odors. Fill your toilet brush holder with Pine-sol (or your favorite cleaner), and let your brush soak in that between uses.

Smells can hide in those tiny crevices that you don’t clean that often, particularly if you have boys in your home. Sorry, fellas, but it’s true. Every now and then, remove the toilet seat to clean around those fittings. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!

I’ve never met a trash can that couldn’t use a little freshening up. Try some of these homemade trash can deodorizers in your bathroom trash can.

Who says air fresheners have to be ugly? Some scented air freshener beads, artificial flowers, and a pretty mason jar make for a decorative air freshener that will make your bathroom look and smell amazing!

If you like a subtle scent that gets rid of bad smells, try this DIY odor absorber jar. Simply add some baking soda and essential oils to a small mason jar, add holes in the top for air to circulate, and you’re all set.

We thought this idea for a gel air freshener was genius. It also uses essential oils, but they’re paired with unflavored gelatin and some decorative elements.

Have you tried vinegar in the water tank? Pour in one cup, flush it a few times, and your toilet will smell fresh again. Do not allow the vinegar to sit in your tank for long periods, though.

Pair witch hazel with essential oils and purified water for a smelly odor knockout combination that doesn’t overpower your senses.

Smelly towels may be part of the odor problem in your bathroom. If so, use vinegar and baking soda to clean not only your towels but to make your washer and dryer smell better, too.

How to Clean A Bathroom

Bathroom cleaning is one of the worst and most disgusting tasks which no one wants to do. The accumulated chunks of dirt, the bad smells, the dirty and smelly toilets are good enough reasons to delay and avoid cleaning one of the dirtiest room in the house. But it has to be cleaned regularly and fortunately, bathroom cleaning is not as difficult as it seems.

Getting a clean bathroom is definitely easy if you work smart and not just keep on scrubbing the brush. The good news is these bathroom deep cleaning hacks will make getting a clean bathroom a quick, easy and relaxing task for you. You will never clean your bathroom the hard way again.

What more? These bathroom cleaning hacks are all natural without the use of any harsh chemicals. Isn’t that awesome? Let’s Start.

1. CREATE A CHECKLIST

Before you start cleaning the bathroom, it’s extremely helpful if you create a checklist for what you need to clean. This will make sure that you don’t miss cleaning any part of the bathroom and also have supplies ready to clean it.

Now, the checklist will differ for everyone but some common things include mirrors, bathtubs, sink and faucets, shower heads, shower doors, toilet, grout, and floors.

2. CLEAN THE MIRROR

If there are light spots and a bit of scum, then all you need to get a clean mirror is to rub some liquid dishwashing soap or soap water over the wet mirror with a cloth. Rinse with water and then wipe with a clean dry cloth. This will get the mirror rid of water stains, steam, soap scum, any other stain.

For stubborn stains and splatters, Vinegar is an effective cleaner. All you need to use is a microfiber cloth and equal parts of vinegar and water solution to give a shine to the mirror and other glassware.

3. CLEAN THE FAUCETS

The faucets get dirty over time and need frequent cleaning. Hard water stains, moisture, and other stains catch up the taps. Frequent cleaning makes it easier to clean them. The longer you let the stains and dirt to accumulate, the difficult it gets to treat them.

The Pitambari powder is perfect to clean those dirty faucets easily and really works wonders. First, sprinkle some water on the faucets which are to be cleaned and then put some Pitambari powder on the tap. Scrub with the help of a scrubber for 30 secs until you see the vanishing effect on the stains.

Then rinse with water and wipe the tap with a dry cloth. The tap will regain its lost shine in no time.

Quick Note: This powder is only available on Amazon as it’s an International product but it works like charm and is affordable too.

4. DEEP CLEAN THE FAUCET HANDLES

Over the course of time, dirt and gunk start to accumulate inside faucet handles. So, cleaning the interior of faucet handles every once in a while is a good thing.  And cleaning them is not hard too.

All you need to do is to remove the cover and handle using a screwdriver. Soak them in vinegar, give a quick scrub and your faucets are clean again!

5. SHINE THE CHROME USING BABY OIL

Weird? I know but it works so give it a try. Baby oil is also a lot cheaper than a chrome cleaner and works well in shining everything from faucets to hubcaps.

All you need to do is to dab a little baby oil to a cotton cloth and use it to wipe off your metal surfaces and faucets for a perfect shine.

6. CLEANING THE TILES

White vinegar is an amazingly good cleaning ingredient which helps in cleaning the tiles easily. Take around a small cup of vinegar and mix with equal parts of water and a drop or 2 of liquid soap. Moisten a cloth in the mixture and rub it vigorously on the tiles.

Or you can do what we do, just fill this mixture in a sprayer and clean the tiles with a sponge. Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film.

7. CLEAN THE GROUT

Grout can be hard to clean. For cleaning the grout, a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide works wonders. Just mix 1/2 cups baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1/2 tsp dish soap into a medium-size bowl.

Mix into a smooth paste, apply on the grout and wait for at least 30-35 minutes. Now, scrub into grout with an old toothbrush and rinse. Your grout will be shiny clean.

8. CLEAN THAT DIRTY MILDEW!

Bathrooms are easily attacked by mildews. To prevent their growth, encourage as much ventilation as possible. Keep the windows and ventilators open for allowing the air to circulate. Try to keep your bathroom cool with less humidity.

Allowing ventilation also helps in eliminating bad odor from the bathroom, thus serving a dual purpose. Still, if it appears, apply a paste of vinegar and borax on the affected area and leave it to dry for 1-1.5 hours. Then clean it with a wet cloth. Magic! The area will be as clean as it was before.

9. CLEANING THE BATHTUB

Soap scum, yellowishness, and oily linings start appearing in certain areas of the bathtub if not cleaned regularly. To clean the bathtub, sprinkle baking soda all over the bathtub and then spray hydrogen peroxide over it. Wait for sometime to allow the mixture to react. Scrub a little and then rinse with warm water.

It is such an easy process as compared to rubbing the bathroom vigorously. This will also eliminate foul smell if any. This method can be used to clean other ceramic fittings as well.

10. CLEAN THE SHOWER

Scum is one of the most common things that accumulate on the shower and the glass around the showers. The hack used to clean this shower scum is the same as that used in cleaning the tiles. Use a cloth dipped in vinegar to clean the scum. You can even use stockings.

Unlike the tiles, rub the surface lightly as these are glass shower doors. Rinse with clean water and then wipe with a clean dry cloth. If things are not so good as with many people, then magic eraser is your best friend.

Magic eraser works amazingly very well in cleaning the hard water stains from glass shower doors. This works not just for shower doors, but also bathroom mirrors, chrome fixtures, and glass in general.

11. DEEP CLEAN THE SHOWERHEAD

Cleaning the showerhead might be one of the easiest cleaning hacks in this list. You just need a resealable plastic bag and vinegar to clean the showerhead easily and effectively.

All you need to do is to just immerse the showerhead in a resealable plastic bag filled with vinegar and secure the bag with a rubber band. Let it sit for an hour or two and remove the bag. Now, run the shower for a minute or two to remove any dirt from the shower.

12. CLEAN THE SHOWER CURTAIN

While cleaning the bathroom, most people neglect the cleaning of the shower curtain. Fortunately, cleaning a shower curtain is pretty easy.

All you need to do is to just throw it in the wash with a cup of vinegar and laundry detergent.

13. SINK CLEANING

Now, your sink won’t be as bad as other areas but it still needs some attention. A mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water combined with some elbow grease is usually enough to clean the sink.

After cleaning, you can make the porcelain sparkle by using a small amount of Bar-Keeper’s friend. You’ll be thrilled at how your sink gleams!

14. CLEAN THE EXHAUST FAN

Another neglected area of the bathroom, the exhaust fan also needs regular cleaning. Take a vacuum and clean the dust form vent using the crevice and brush accessories. If it’s still dirty, clean it using a scrub brush and dawn dish.

Another useful hack to clean exhaust fan is to spray the dusty exhaust fan with canned air.

15. CLEANING THE TOILET

Here comes the king of dirtiness, which we prefer cleaning just before we clean the floor when cleaning the bathroom. I know it’s a most hated chore but you have to clean it. Right? Thankfully, there are a number of ways to clean the toilet properly and easily.

A popular one is to empty a can of cola in the toilet. Try to cover every area and then allow it to sit for 30-40 minutes. Do some scrubbing with a toilet brush and then flush. This carbonated drink is very efficient in dealing with a dirty toilet.

Another method is to sprinkle baking soda all over the toilet and then pouring some hydrogen peroxide over it. Leave the pot in this state for 10-15 minutes. Then scrub with your toilet brush. Meanwhile, stuff a paper towel soaked in vinegar under the rim of the toilet.

Remove the paper and scrub under the rim with a small brush (toothbrush can easily access this area). Now flush and you will observe that all the germs, scum and dirt has vanished away leaving the toilet sparkling clean.

In my opinion, the second method works better than cleaning with coke and is also economical.

16. CLEAN THE TOILET BRUSH

As important it is to clean the toilet, it’s also important to deep clean the toilet brush once in a while. All you need to do to clean the toilet brush is to add a small amount of Pine-Sol to the holder. It will make sure that your brush is ready to use next time you need to scrub while also making the whole bathroom smell fresh at the same time.

17. CLEAN THE LOOFAH

Your loofah needs cleaning at least once every week no matter which loofah you use. Even though we use them to clean ourselves, they hold a boatload of germs. Cleaning them is not hard, just soak them in a diluted bleach solution for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Also, make sure you replace your loofah every four to six weeks

18. DEALING WITH RUST STAINS

If your bathroom fittings get hard water rust stains, treat them with WD 40. WD 40 helps remove rust as it breaks down the bonds between metal and rust. Spray the rusted surface with WD-40, enough to thoroughly soak the area. Allow it to sit for around 10 minutes.

Clean them with a wire brush and magic! Rust is gone. Treat these as soon as possible to get better results.

19. CLEAN THE WALLS

Regain the lost shine of bathroom walls using a Swiffer sweeper,  Magic Eraser and a clean cloth. Start with cleaning up any marks using a magic eraser and then mop the walls using the Swiffer. Don’t use water to clean the walls as wet walls are perfect for inviting molds to your bathroom. If you see any wet or damp areas left, wipe it with a clean cloth to help it dry.

20. CLEAN THE FLOOR

Floor cleaning is a task which you should tackle at the end because if anything falls on the floor while cleaning other areas in your bathroom, you don’t have to clean it again.

Start by vacuuming or sweeping the bathroom floor to clear any dust. After cleaning the dust, clean the grout using the method mentioned above for cleaning the grout. Now, grab some non-stick cooking oil spray and apply it to the areas with heavy soap scum buildup.

Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash it with cold water. This will get rid of soap scum on the floor easily. Now, just mop on the floor to finish everything off. If you don’t see soap scum buildup in your bathroom you can skip this and just mop the floor to give it a clean finish.

21. CLEAN THE DRAINS

Clogged drains can be an expensive affair. But, that expense can be prevented by keeping your drain clean which is inexpensive and easy.

All you need to do to clean a drain is some Aka Seltzer tablets and Vinegar. Just drop 2-3 tablets down the drain and pour a cup of vinegar over it and wait for 5-10 minutes. Now, pour a bucket of hot water and rinse out the drain. Doing this from time to time will keep your drains clean and unclogged.

Note: You can also use the same method to unclog a drain too.

Quick tips:

  • Clean the floor on a daily basis with disinfectants to ensure germ-free bathroom.
  • Follow a regular cleaning habit as it ensures easy cleaning. Don’t act lazy in cleaning. It will just make cleaning difficult for you and you need to put in extra efforts to get things cleaned.
  • Do bits of cleaning every day so as to maintain the bathroom clean and deep clean at least once in 8-10 weeks.
  • For bathroom organization, check out these amazing bathroom organization ideas.

Now, Bathrooms can be a pain to clean but if you have the right tools and tips it will be a breeze to clean the bathroom. The cleaning hacks above will make your bathroom look as clean as the day you moved to your house.


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The Toilet Always Smells Fresh And Stays Clean. All You Need Is This

Almost every single person of us hates cleaning toilet again. However this has to be done to keep the entire household healthy. Therefore, it is extremely important for your health to keep your toilet clean and fresh smelling.

Well, instead of wasting money on those expensive cleaning agents that keeps our toilets clean, here is good news for all of them who step backward for cleaning toilet every time.

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We can easily make our own toilet cleaner that kill all germs and bacteria by providing a fresh smell. We can do this just by using natural ingredients that can easily available in your home.

Keep on reading to know what it is and what you need to do to keep your toilet clean and smells fresh!

Ingredients Required:

160 grams of baking soda
  • 60 ml of lemon juice
  • ½ table spoon of vinegar
  • ½ table spoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • 15-20 drops of fragrant oil

What You Need To Do:

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  • Take a small bowl and mix lemon juice and baking soda until it becomes a paste.
  • Take another small bowl and mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and keep it aside.
  • Add vinegar mixture in lemon juice and baking soda, one drop at a time. In the end, add 15-20 drops of fragrant oil in it.
  • Make half balls with this mixture using a spoon and place them on the parchment paper to dry completely.
  • You can leave them 3-4 hours or even overnight to become dry.
  • When they are completely dry, store them in a air tight jar and place them near the toilet in your bathroom.
  • Whenever you notice that your toilet needs cleaning drop a ball in it and flush. You can do this 2-3 times in a week to maintain clean and fresh smell toilet.

HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM TOILETS

Learning How to Remove Hard Water Stains From Toilets is possible and super simple.  This quick and easy trick will clean up those hard water stains from your toilets in just minutes without scratching the porcelain!

Let’s start from the beginning.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HARD AND SOFT WATER?

  • Hard Water is water which contains an appreciable amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
  • Soft Water, on the other hand, contains less dissolved minerals. Or, when treated, the only ion it may contain is sodium. Naturally falling rainwater is soft water, for example.

How does water become hard?

Great question! I’m so glad you asked.

Water becomes hard as it makes its way through the ground and into our waterways. Along the way, this water picks up minerals like chalk, lime, calcium, and magnesium.

PROS AND CONS OF HARD WATER

Wait. There’s a pro?

Oh yes! read on…

Given that hard water contains all these essential (and super important) minerals one may wonder why we even think of softening our water. I mean, if hard water is better for you and it tastes better, why mess it up?

Well, aside from these obvious benefits, hard water is hard on appliances (dishwashers and washing machines) and is hard to clean. In short, hard water is less effective and uses more energy due to the mineral buildup that is left behind.

And this, my friends, brings me to my next point…

WHAT IS CAUSING THAT UGLY RING IN MY TOILETS?

Hard Water. Period. The end.

Of course, it can be more complex than this as not all toilet rings are created equally. However, if your toilet rings look like mine, it’s safe to say that you have hard water.

Now, let’s fix this problem. Kay?

SUPPLIES NEEDED TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM TOILETS

Before I say anything else, let me clarify something:

THESE TOILETS ARE CLEAN.

Yes you guys, my toilets were, in fact, clean.

Unless they weren’t…but that’s a separate story titled “my kid pees everywhere except IN the toilet”.

Anyway, I Googled, “how to remove toilet bowl ring”  or “how to remove hard water stains from the toilet”. Everything I found led me to some cleaning product (thanks, but, no thanks) or a pumice stone.

Since Home Depot is Octavian’s favorite store in the world, we made the trip. So that we could spend as much time as possible in the gardening equipment aisle, I asked a nice man where to find the pumice stones. Then I asked him if a pumice stone would actually work to clean hard water rings from toilet bowls.

He stopped me right there.

No no no no no pumice stone. Too much risk of scratching the porcelain. So frustrated I almost asked the man to show me to the toilet section.

Thank goodness, this toilet angel from Home Depot had a better idea- Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens. YOU GUYS, this man saved my toilets!

Oh yeah, and it only took me 5 minutes…

METHODS THAT DID NOT REMOVE THE RING FROM MY TOILETS

  • Bleach
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Vinegar solution overnight
  • Those tabs that turn your toilet water blue
  • Baking soda

None of the above worked. In fact, I later learned that bleach may make toilet rings caused by hard water worse. or even permanent! So you can only imagine how pissed I was at the claims made by people and products that such-and-such or such-and-such would fix this problem.

Trust me, you guys. I don’t want to piss you off. That would be super lame.

Anyway, let’s clean some toilets!!!

STEPS ON HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM TOILETS
  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Put on gloves and cut 1-2 small square pieces of Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens. Set them aside.
  3. Carefully open the Barkeepers Friend and sprinkle inside your toilet.
  4. Wearing the gloves, gently yet firmly, begin to scrub away at the hard water buildup in a circular motion with the Drywall screen. Don’t press TOO HARD. Our goal is to remove hard water stains, not destroy the porcelain.
  5. Flush and be amazed!