Cleaning our homes seems like an impossible mission before the holidays. Everyone can feel discouraged by the number of things to do.
However, a neat and well-organized home is part of setting up decorations and enjoying a festive spirit. These tips can be useful to help you deal with cleaning easily.
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Make a list
Write down a plan of action, including the time each step should be accomplished by. When you see your to-do list, you have a better understanding of where to start.
You can add a drop of lavender oil to the washing detergent to make it smell fresh. In order to preserve the aroma for a longer time, place a scented sachet in the closet with a drop of your favorite essential oil.
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2 The carpets
Vacuum the carpets in order to remove dust and dirt, then make a quick and easy odor-removing solution. You will need:
- 1 cup borax (available at hardware stores)
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Spray it on your carpet and leave for an hour, then vacuum again.
If you have stains, spray it with a solution of vinegar and water (1:1), then wash it with regular soap. After it dries, use the borax mixture.
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3. The windows
Make a mixture for cleaning windows using vinegar and water (1:1). Put it in the spray bottle and add a few drops of liquid soap. Remove the dirt and dust using the solution and a piece of micro-fiber cloth. Let it dry, then spray with water and rub the surface with paper-towels.
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4. Hardwood floor
A hardwood floor needs care. The best option is to clean it with a regular soap and water solution. You will have to do it twice: Mop the floor with soap, then wash it again with plain water.
Opt against products that may damage the surface, such as oils, furniture spray, wax, ammonia, alkaline products or abrasive cleaners.
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5. Brick fireplace
If you have a cozy fireplace made of bricks, you want to clean them as well. Make a thick paste from 3 tbsp of dish soap and ½ cup of soda. Dip a cloth or a sponge into the paste and clean the bricks with circular motions. Rinse with warm water.
6. Pots and pans
In order to deal with old grease, add 2 tsp of baking soda to your regular wash liquid, and use a piece of aluminum foil as a brush.
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The microwave often traps odors and dirt. However, there is an easy hack to make it fresh and clean: Mix 1 cup of water and the juice of 1 lemon; pour it in the wide plate. Turn the microwave on for a few minutes. The steam from the solution should dissolve the grime. Then, wash the inside of the machine with your regular liquid.
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8. Wooden furniture
Your wooden furniture will shine again if you mop it with black tea. Just make a strong cup of black tea, let it cool off and dip a soft cloth into it. Rub the surface of the furniture gently.
Use a non-gel toothpaste for water rings. For old rings, add 1 tsp of baking soda to the toothpaste and rub it with a soft cloth.
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There is nothing you can’t handle! When it comes to cleaning, it is important to start soon. Using natural ingredients that you may already own will make the process easier and the result won’t disappoint you. Are you ready to make it all shine for the holiday season?
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