How to clean up your house and keep it smelling good
We all want a germ-free home, but does it have to smell like chemicals?
A clean kitchen, a bedroom, a lemon-scented bathroom, sachets of lavender in the cupboards... Tidy home doesn't mean it smells like ammonia, vinegar, bleach, or chemicals. Here are some tricks that will make your house feel good to breathe after cleaning.
Clean your house with a lemon
If you associate the smell of this citrus with cleanliness, then this is no accident. First, its ability to neutralize odors makes it indispensable in your refrigerator or for cleaning your microwave.
You can also prepare your own floor cleaning essence:
- Fill the spray bottle with lemon juice and water in equal parts without filling the bottle completely..
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda and make sure it doesn't run out. As an example, for a 500 ml atomizer, add 100 ml of lemon and 100 ml of water.
- If you don't have a lemon on hand, but you do have an essential oil, two drops will suffice.
Powder of talc
If you need to get rid of greasy stains on clothes, carpet or sofa, you can use talcum powder. It will help get rid of fat and unpleasant odors from fabrics..
- Dust the fabric with talcum powder.
- Leave for 24 hours.
- Shake without rubbing.
- Wash as usual.
Disinfection with white vinegar
This natural and environmentally friendly product is a powerful cleaner and disinfectant. If, in addition to cleaning your home, you want to get rid of mold and bacteria in certain areas, this is your best option.
- Racks and boxes. Wipe with a cloth dampened with soap and water and a little vinegar.
- Fridge. Use a solution of water and vinegar in a ratio of 60% - 40%.
- Washing machine drum. Add a glass of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser. Then run a normal wash cycle with nothing on at 30°C.
- Insect repellent. Especially useful from those who hide under baseboards. Just spray on the affected area.
Dry cleaning with baking soda
Among the great benefits of baking soda is the ability to, among other things, clean the mattress, carpets and get rid of dust mites.
Refresh with eau de toilette or perfume
Surely you have a favorite fragrance that you have been using for many years. Why not enjoy it in other parts of your home as well? For example, putting it on light bulbs. Wipe them down with a rag when they're cool, then put some of your favorite perfume on them. You will notice the result immediately.
Ironing may not be one of your favorite activities, but how nice it is when all the clothes are in order and smell good! Add a drop of your perfume to the water prepared for the iron tank.
Besides cleaning the iron helps, one way to achieve this is to add a drop of cologne to the water prepared for the iron tank.
Remove stains with toothpaste
One of the most commonly used personal care products in house cleaning is toothpaste. Apply a small amount to the stain and wipe, wait a while and remove the residue.
Don't have a special tool for processing silver? Apply some toothpaste and leave for about two hours. Scrub well with a fine-bristled brush or cloth. Make sure to completely remove any remaining toothpaste.
Keep in mind that all your efforts will be in vain if you do not update the air in every room daily. Ventilation is the most cost-effective and efficient way to clear a room (and enjoy the cool of the morning). It only takes ten minutes to do this.
If after applying these tips you are still smelling something strange, it's time to check some places in your house and fix the situation.
Potatoes can be useful for cleaning your home. Did you know that potatoes absorb bad odors? Test by putting a peeled potato in the refrigerator and changing it every two to three days to keep it effective.
Burnt food? Need to remove black residue from a pan? Cut a raw potato in half and mash. Then rinse with warm dry water.