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When it comes to cleaning your home, there are surely a lot of simple and clever ideas we can all benefit from. Pixabay

Lets admit it. We have all found ourselves at least once in the middle of cleaning the toilet, or the kitchen, or your kids’ messy room, doing all the chores in the way you always do, when, suddenly, a light bulb comes on over your head. There has to be an easier and quicker way! Sometimes it all starts off with the bathtub, no matter how many efforts you put into scrubbing and scrubbing, there is always a little build up left. You cannot keep on scrubbing it because it will not lead you to anywhere and now to quote famous lyrics- you need to “let it go”.

Or it can be the trash bin which can make your blood boil- it does not matter how frequently you clean it, how expensive and powerful detergents you use, you can still smell the odour. And then you ask yourself again “Why? Is it just me? Or the other housewives have the same cleaning problems as me?” Probably part of them are just like you, but the other part uses some cleaning tricks which I am sure you are dying to find out about.

Cleaning your home

When it comes to cleaning your home, there are surely a lot of simple and clever ideas we can all benefit from. So I am here to reveal you how some magic tricks are done and guarantee you a quicker and more thorough clean. Now start planning what to do with all the time I am about to save you. So shall I begin?

So I already mentioned the trash bin. So my advice on this is to empty it entirely every five months and soak it into a soapy water. Spray it with a detergent against odours and then dry it off. To neutralise the odour, sprinkle baking soda between changes. It is not anything hard, you just need to do it quite often and you will soon see the difference.

We have all found ourselves at least once in the middle of cleaning the toilet, or the kitchen, or your kids’ messy room, doing all the chores in the way you always do, when, suddenly, a light bulb comes on over your head. Pixabay

Here we are to another hack. Stainless Refrigerator. No finger prints? How? Vinegar and olive oil surely get all the job done but my advice is to use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Or, an easier way and as effective as oil, clean the refrigerator with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Use a microfibre cloth and rub the refrigerator. Then rinse and buff with a paper towel or a dry cloth.

Tips for cleaning
Do you know that you can clean a ceiling fan without all the accompanying dusty mess?Grab an old pillowcase and slide it over a blade (clean one at a time), then slowly pull the pillowcase back. This way all the accumulated dust and grime will be safe in the pillowcase instead of spreading all over the room are saying from

You have domestic pets? Hair everywhere? Do not worry. You can easily pick it up and then get rid of it…till next time your furry pet decides to take a nap on your favourite comforter. Just run a damp rubber glove all over the hairy-affected area. Any hair will hold on to the glove! Voilà!

So now when you have benefited from all these tips and have decided to pour yourself a glass of red wine to celebrate life, right then the unimaginable happens- you drop that glass of ambrosia right on your white Persian carpet. Do not stress over. I can help you remove that stain. Get yourself a table salt and boiling water. Sprinkle the stain with salt and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then pour boiling water right over it. If the item allows to be laundered, wash it.



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