Dear small line of dirt that wont go into the dust pan… I hate you with every part of my soul. Unless you like cleaning or cleaning the hard way, you need these “borderline genius” cleaning tricks. Something about a clean room that is good for the psyche. Getting that room clean is the challenge. Here are unexpected secrets (5 of them) how to clean like the pros.
These tips are NOT the normal “tips” you’ve heard a mil times before. No reminders to clean the sponge between uses, using a newspaper trick to clean windows or creating a cleaning caddy/basket.
- Magic Microfiber: No need for brushes and towels and scrubbers and spinners and sponges – Oh my! The microfiber cloth does-it-all. From dusting to bathroom wipe downs to kitchen catastrophies. If you don’t own one… get one. You’ll be wondering why you didn’t get one sooner.
- Move Over, Windex: Want REALLY wowza-yowza shiny clear windows? All it takes is 1 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed into 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Voila. Pour into a spray bottle (from the dollar section at Target) and you are ready to roll.
- It’s all about that PULL: When vacuuming, the PULLing back is what picks up the ick-yuck from the floors. The PUSHing forward of the vacuum only gets it into position, for the most part.
- Because Toilets. ew: Ick. After cleaning the toilet (with a toilet brush), you def don’t want that wet brush hanging out (for who knows how long…ahem) in the holder to just grow more ick. Here’s the trick. Once you’ve finished cleaning, rest the handle of the toilet brush on the bottom rim of the toilet seat, then close the toilet seat on top of it. This keeps the brush suspended. After 20 minutes or so, any extra toilet water will have dripped off of the brush. Now you can return the brush to the holder. Kinda genius – kinda “why didn’t I think of that“, huh?
- Tennis, anyone?: Easiest way to remove scuff marks on the floor? Just rub with a clean, dry tennis ball.
As you use these tips, clean from the TOP to the BOTTOM. Dust those ceiling fans/cobwebs in corners, then onto tables/chairs then to the floor. Why? Any dust you dust off the TOP of a room will land on the BOTTOM (aka, the floor) so you do not want to vacuum first because you’ll have to do it again. Any takers on vacuuming twice?
Remember the post I did about why your home NEEDS a deep cleaning here? If you live in the Cleveland or Columbus, Ohio area contact Two Men & a Vacuum for professional cleaning at 1-855-42-MENVAC from 9AM–5PM, Monday–Friday.
What cleaning trick do YOU use the most often?