Keeping the house really clean often requires a little creativity. There are some stains that are a breeze to get rid off and there are some that require certain extra measures. Home cleaning experts, Debra Johnson and Donna Smallin Kuper share some of their top tips for cleaning tough stains.
1. Greasy stovetop
Use soapy water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down food or grease from the stovetop if the mess just happened.
If the stain has been there for a while, Kuper says the task of getting it cleaned may be a little more difficult. She recommends dipping a sponge in hot, soapy water and then squeezing it over the spot. Let it sit for a few minutes so it softens and then use the scrubby side of the sponge to give it a wash. Afterwards, use the sponge side to wipe off the stain.
2. Streaky window
Both ladies suggest using a microfiber cloth when it comes to getting rid of streaks on windows since it won't leave lint behind like other types of cloth would. They also advise that you should avoid using too much of the cleaning product. A light spritz will keep your windows streak-free. You can also make use of a homemade cleaning solution. Mix one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean. You should fold the cloth a few times so you have multiple clean sides you can use as you clean the window.
3. A dirty dishwasher
One sign that your dishwasher needs cleaning is when you observe a nasty smell when it's full. To clean it, you have to run a wash cycle. With the dishwasher completely empty, place a dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack then turn on. This will help to get rid of odors. You can also wipe down walls with a baking soda paste for a cleaner finish.
4. Remove spill from rug
Do not try to rub it clean. Blot the spot with a clean, white towel. For a safe, homemade solution, Johnson says you can mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, two tablespoons white vinegar, and one cup water. Pour the mixture on the spot and blot dry.
5. Under the bed
This is a breeding ground for dust bunnies. Johnson says to use a thin dust mop fitted with microfiber cover. Alternatively, you can simply wrap the end of a yardstick or broom handle with the cloth and secure with a rubber band then clean underneath your bed.
6. Messy microwave
Place one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl and inside the device. Set cooking time for two minutes and start. Leave the bowl to sit for another minute when the time is up. Remove the glass plate, raise it with warm soapy water. Wipe down the walls of the microwave with a damp cloth and don't forget to wipe the outside. The women say it's better to clean stains as soon as they occur.
Johnson recommends pouring a half cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and letting it sit for an hour. Afterwards, use a scrub brush to do the rest of the cleaning.
In most cases, maintaining a clean home usually means that you take action before things get worse. Procrastinating is never a good idea when it comes to keeping things sparkling clean.