10 Cleaning Tips to Make Old Items Look New

Did you know that the best way to clean your microwave and eliminate all kinds of bacteria is by heating up a cup of water and vinegar? The steam will loosen any fat and kill microorganisms.
10 Cleaning Tips to Make Old Items Look New

Last update: 21 February, 2019

Is it time to clean the house? Before you begin, you might want to read today’s article to learn some great cleaning tips that can help. Don’t miss out!

Cleaning isn’t always very pleasant, but it’s necessary for your health and hygiene.

If you start looking closely at everything in your house you’ll notice that each day more dust is accumulated, and other items become sullied by dirt and other particulates in the air.

The good news is that it’s possible to make your cleaning easier and more convenient by just incorporating some quick and effective tricks.

Household cleaning tips

1. Cleaning the grill

Cleaning tips for the grill

If it’s time to use the grill but you’re not sure whether or not it’s clean, pay attention! Don’t use soap and water.

Those products can be absorbed by the grill grate, leaving a soapy taste or smell on your food after you cook it.

How should you clean it well? Just cut an onion in half and rub it on the grate before you start grilling. Onions have antiseptic and antibacterial properties that will help eliminate any microorganisms and also give your food a pleasant flavor.

2. Washing the blender

You probably scrub and scrub your blender with soap and water to make it look like new after using it.

Don’t make things so complicated! Add a cup of warm water and a little dishwasher detergent to the pitcher and turn on your blender for a few seconds. Then all you need to do is rinse it out.

3. The microwave

When you use your microwave a lot, it will develop a layer of grease and food waste that can promote the growth of bacteria.

To ensure it gets properly cleaned, and most importantly to eliminate all those microorganisms, heat a cup of equal parts water and vinegar in the microwave for five minutes.

Afterwards, let it sit for a few minutes before wiping the inside clean with a paper towel.

4. The showerhead


Thanks to the fact that this moist attachment is often ignored when it’s time to clean, rust and mineral buildup can occur in your showerhead.

Go on, have a look! You’ll likely notice how dirty it is. But there’s no need to unscrew it to clean it – just tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar around it and let it soak for an hour.

5. Caring for your mattress

Every now and then it’s a good idea to let your mattress air out, to eliminate mites and odor-causing bacteria.

But to make sure it gets clean, pour some vodka into a spray bottle and lightly spray the entire mattress.

6. Cleaning your blinds

Window blinds usually accumulate a lot of dust, requiring regular cleaning to keep them from deteriorating rapidly.

A simple way to keep them looking new is by rubbing them with a sock, trying to reach even the most difficult areas.

7. Removing food residues from frying pans

When cleaning your pans, never use aggressive or degreasing products. For both your health and the environment, mix a little water with some salt and rub your cookware with a sponge to stimulate the removal of fats.

8. Washing the cheese grater

Cheese grater and a potato

Whenever you grate cheese it’s hard to remove it from the grater, and there’s almost always a little left that eventually starts to smell.

To kiss this problem goodbye, try grating part of a potato and then rinse it with water. Potatoes contain oxalic acid, an ingredient that helps remove any residual cheese.

9. Disinfecting cutting boards

You might find this one hard to believe, but wooden cutting boards can be dirtier than anywhere in your bathroom.

Because they constantly absorb moisture and food residues, they create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and could even be the cause of certain diseases.

Make sure you always clean yours thoroughly, wiping them with a little lemon juice and salt or a small amount of hydrogen peroxide.

10. Cleaning the bathtub

Is your bathtub starting to look dull or rusty? Mix grapefruit juice and salt to use as a cleaning solution. Or you can rub the flesh of the grapefruit directly on the surface to save you the trouble of squeezing the juice.

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