Cleaning is an activity that often offers a lot of personal satisfaction when something is shiny and orderly, but the process of actually getting a space or item cleaned isn’t always the most fun way to spend an afternoon.
Therefore, it may prove helpful to employ some simple DIY cleaning hacks on your cleaning projects so that you can enjoy the results of those clean spaces sooner rather than later. Why engage in backbreaking work if you don’t have to and there’s an easier way to get things done?
Here are a few suggestions you may want to employ the next time you break out the mop, broom, and cleanser to scrub your North Seattle apartment.
Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, And…
Many cleaning blogs, advice columns, and books recommend using some combination of vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and water to clean virtually all the surfaces in your home. These items are generally regarded as safer alternatives to the caustic cleansers that usually have several unpronounceable ingredients on the backs of their bottles.
However, these three items aren’t the only options for inexpensive, safe, and quick cleaning. It turns out that olive oil is a great option for cleaning certain surfaces in your home.
An article at NBC News reveals:
“Olive oil is a great option for cleaning stainless steel, such as pots, pans, and appliances. Put olive oil on a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion to buff out any dirty spots.”
You can use the olive oil that you keep in your cupboard for cooking, as well as find cleansers that are made with olive oil and other food-based ingredients to clean your home. If you have a bottle of olive oil hanging around anyway, you can save some space by using it as a cleaner and an ingredient for cooking.
Reuse Your Coffee Grounds
If you’re a coffee drinker, you might have loads of coffee grounds at the end of the week, and those grounds can get a little smelly. One way to avoid a smelly end-of-week trashcan full of stinky coffee grounds is to use rice.
“Your coffee grinder can be smell free if you just grind some uncooked white rice in it.”
This solution is an excellent idea during the winter when you might otherwise not have anything growing around your apartment, but if you have a container garden in the spring and summer, coffee grounds can act as a fertilizer. Just make sure the grounds you use aren’t fresh, or they may make the soil too acidic.
Another way to reduce the stinky factor in your trash can is to toss some baking soda into the can at the end of the day. Baking soda is inexpensive, and the substance can keep the plastic or metal from becoming infused with stinky smells even when there’s no trash in the bin.
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