10 Cleaning Tips That Every Clean Freak Should Know

February 25, 2015 in Cleaning by Jeannine

Kids Cleaning The HomeIf you’re a clean freak like me, then you’re probably always looking for ways to optimize your cleaning routine.

While sometimes I dread the very thought of cleaning, the idea that something isn’t clean enough (by my standards, which at times can be a little unrealistic to be honest) freaks me out even more.

So, I’ve come up with a shortened version of a long list of cleaning tips I employ when cleaning, that produce excellent results.

Microwave

I shudder to think what would go through someone’s head, should they see my microwave spattered with baked on food. Easy fix. 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 3/4 cup of water, place in the microwave for 7 minutes. It’ll steam the dried on food and you can just wipe it away.

Oven

My greatest foe. If you’re not partial to using cleaners than produce really strong fumes, you can try mixing some baking soda and fresh squeezed orange juice into a paste, coating the oven and letting it dry for approximately six hours. When it’s dry use a damp cloth to wipe away the grime.

Windows

Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar, 3 cups of water, and a dab of dish soap into a spray bottle, spray onto the windows, and wipe clean with newspaper. yes NEWSPAPER. Leaves a streak free shine, I promise.

Dusting

Dusting with a damp cloth is better so as not to relocate dust to another area of the house.

Refrigerator

Go through you fridge every fortnight to ensure no colony of fungi has sprung up. Wipe all the surfaces down with 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 cup water mix and a damp cloth. The baking soda acts as a deodorizer. I also place an open box of it in my fridge to absorb odors.

Bathtub

Again I make use of as few chemical cleaners as I can, so a citrus fruit like lemon, orange or grapefruit, cut in half and dipped in baking soda can be used to gently scour away any bath tub dirt.

Laundry

You can save money on dryer sheets by not using them at all, and instead use aluminum foil scrunched into balls. It really helps prevent static.

Blinds

Only recently have I discovered the best way for myself to clean these bad boys, is to place a damp sock over my hand and grip each blind and wipe down.

Microfiber Cleaner

Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, dish sponge, and old toenail brush. Please exercise caution and work in a well ventilated area when using rubbing alcohol. Spray the area that looks matted and shiny, scrub with the sponge, and then brush the area with the toenail brush. This tip is not for the indolent, and requires elbow grease.

Carpet

Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes to absorb odor, and then vacuum up. You can find a nice vacuum cleaner from Vacuum Companion.

Consistency is key. I find if I take a relatively small amount of time each day and stick to my cleaning routine, it becomes easier and less stressful to maintain in the long run.