When we hear about professional cleaning services we often imagine people in biohazard suits who use unthinkable washing solutions or cleaning magic to turn the Augean stables into a sterile place. However, when you ask the professionals about their “secrets,” it turns out that they use pretty ordinary and down to earth methods.
Bright Side searched for advice from cleaning service professionals that anyone could use without spending a lot of money or effort.
1. Put baking paper on the fridge’s shelves.
Cleaning a fridge is an adventure that only a few would dare to take on regularly. That’s quite understandable: taking out all the food and glass shelves and cleaning them to their primal transparency does not sound like anyone’s idea of fun. This simple advice from the cleaning pros will help you: put baking paper on the shelves. It will easily absorb any leaking food fluids and protect the shelves from sticky stains.
2. Wash a blender without a single cut.
Washing sharp and curved blender knives isn’t an easy process — any clumsy or careless move could end up cutting your hand. Here’s what house cleaners do: pour some water into the blender bowl, add some washing solution or soap to it and turn on the machine. The only thing left to do afterward is to rinse the bowl with water to remove the remains of the soap.
3. Olive oil is used for chromate coatings.
Cleaning service workers share a simple secret that could make any chromate coating shine like new. Add a drop of olive oil to a cleaning cloth and wipe your fridge, stove, microwave oven, coffee machine, and any other surface with smooth circular motions to bring them back to their original shine.
4. Perfectly clean windows
We were always under the impression that housekeepers use the most advanced cleaning solutions and chemicals to make the houses they clean shine like diamonds. Apparently, many of them use pretty simple mixes and recipes that anyone could repeat at home. For example, this is a way to make a window cleaning solution: dilute starch and white vinegar in water at a ratio of 1 tsp of each ingredient for 1 liter of water. A clear surface with no streaks is guaranteed.
5. What if you accidentally get nail polish on fabric or carpet?
If you were unlucky enough to drop an open bottle of nail polish on your carpet or couch, you might want to grab some vodka. According to a cleaning pro, vodka won’t let the polish get dry and you’ll have time to clean it properly. Also, you can use hydrogen peroxide, a cleaning solvent, or glycerin to remove stains from anything except for bright, colorful fabrics.
6. Use vinegar for taps.
Are you also tired of those white-ish stains from dried drops of water on your taps and transparent dishes? The professionals have a simple solution for you — vinegar diluted with water. The important thing is to not inhale it actively and use gloves when cleaning. It washes off the stains faster, cheaper, and more effectively than any of the advanced cleaning solutions.
7. The only right direction is from the top down.
This is a common mistake made by amateurs because we are messy cleaners. First we clean one surface then jump to another. Cleaning pros have a strict direction that they follow — from the top down: first, a chandelier, curtain rods, drapes, top shelves and drawers, and then all the surfaces, devices, and window sills. The last thing is vacuuming and wiping the floors.
8. Mayo vs. stickers
Who would have thought that mayo is the perfect thing to use to remove stickers that never come off in one piece. For removing a sticker, apply a thick layer of mayo on it and let it get absorbed. Then just easily remove the sticker without much effort or sticky paper left on the surface.
9. Artists aren’t the only ones who use brushes.
Movies about housekeepers often show them using a coquettish brush, but that’s not their key weapon. They love to use a simple paint brush that helps remove dust from all those hard to reach places. Then just use a mop or a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust remains.
10. Lemon vs Rust
Lemons are so useful in cleaning, it’s time we buy a dozen. Lemons can easily cope with any rust that appears on your kitchenware. All you have to do is to cover the rusty area with lemon juice or diluted citric acid. The more rust there is, the longer you’ll have to wait. Ideally, a night. Then wipe it off with a tissue and rinse with water.
11. Ketchup is a great polisher.
Metals like silver, copper, and brass that are often used to make kitchenware could easily be polished with ketchup and a piece of fabric. Try it before you make fun of it. It really works!
12. Ammonia will revive your kitchenware.
To restore the shining beauty of your kitchenware and household appliances, keep them in a warm solution of ammonia. It’s best to pour it right into a sealed bag and leave it overnight. Ammonia can also be used to deal with oil stains and restore the shine of bathroom tiles.
Bonus: Effective cleaning is the best way to cope with depression.
Do you use any cleaning hacks at home? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments.
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