People generally don’t like cleaning – it’s hard work, it includes touching potentially icky stuff and all of the work can be undone so quickly; especially if you have children or pets – or both. That’s why for as long as there’s been cleaning, there have been people looking to skirt the rules and cut corners.
These days, you can find a lot of these time-saving measures on the internet. However, how reliable these are can depend on the source. This is why we reached out to professional maids from All Star Cleaning Service in Fort Collins, CO – who better to give you cleaning tips than home cleaners.
Living with pets is a joy, no matter if you’re more of a cat person or a dog lover for life. They make our lives much better. However, there’s always the other side of the medal. Pets require a lot of care and they can create a lot of mess. Specifically, they can leave hair everywhere, especially during the shedding seasons.
Cleaning that up can be quite a challenge. No matter how good your vacuum cleaner is, it’s likely not going to be able to take in all of the hairs. Yet, there’s a simpler and easier solution – just put on a rubber glove one might use for cleaning the toilet. Rubbing the glove on the carpet or furniture will get all of the hairs out in seconds. The best method is probably to combine vacuuming and a glove.
We use our cutting boards for all kinds of things, cutting anything from meat and fish to spicy peppers and everything in between. And even though you wash it in between uses, the simple cleaning that you’re able to do with a sponge and some dish soap (or a dishwasher) – simply can’t cut it (pardon the pun).
Fortunately, cleaning the cutting board properly can be pretty easy if you know how to. The trick is in using a mild acid to remove all of the traces of whatever you’ve cut previously. The best solution for that is lemon – it’s just acidic enough, and it has a pleasant smell unlike vinegar. If the cutting board is badly damaged, you might also need to use some coarse salt, such as kosher salt. It will help cleaning chemically, but also physically.
You’ve probably ruined at least one piece of clothing or a tablecloth with an oil spill or a grease stain. And you most likely threw it out thinking that there’s no saving it. There are certain detergents that proclaim that they can clean these grease stains, but their effectiveness is dubious at best.
But there is something that can help, if you act quickly. And it’s super simple, too. All you need is white chalk. Yes, that white thing used in school – or at least it was used in schools when I was a kid. Anyway, back to cleaning. Simply rub the chalk on the stain from both sides, let it sit for a bit (about 10-15 minutes), and then just wash everything as you would regularly. You may be amazed by the results. By the way, talcum powder has pretty much the same effect, but with it’s reputation currently tarnished, I’d recommend sticking to chalk.
These simple tips can save you a lot of time, and in some cases money as well. All you need to do is try them once, and they will certainly remain a staple of your cleaning habits.