5 DIY cleaning recipes for your whole house

Houses could be filled with stubborn dirt, stains, and sometimes awful odors. These could be found in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and basically anywhere in the house. We sometimes spend hours of full-effort scrubbing just to get rid of them. Sometimes, we end up victorious, but some odors and stains simply don’t go away.

A lot of attention has been given lately to homemade kitchen recipes for cleaning, and why not? Kitchen ingredients are often pet and child-friendly, and may not be as harmful to you and your family’s health compared to strong chemicals like acid and chlorine.

The usual kitchen ingredients that are proven to do wonders in house cleaning are namely: baking soda, vinegar, lemons, vodka, and rubbing alcohol. Most people add essential oils to add a good and refreshing scent to these cleaning wonders.

Here are some recipes that you can try for yourself, with instructions:

All-purpose cleaner

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Here’s an all-purpose cleaner for any surface in the house:

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and vodka with thrice as much water.
  2. Adding essential oils with a scent of your choice is optional, until the strong scent from the vinegar goes off.
  3. Store this mixture in a bottle with a sprinkler head.
  4. Spray on surfaces and let it sit for about 10-15mins before wiping off with cloth.

Kitchen and sink

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Kitchens are where we cook and eat. It is often home to unwanted microorganisms due to the vegetables and meat that goes to and fro in this place.

The mixture below will be perfect to get rid of most of these unwanted visitors, some bad odor, and even stains.

  1. Mix equal parts of dish soap and baking soda and add a teaspoon of water.
  2. Apply and scrub the paste on surfaces using a scotch-brite steel scrubber.
  3. Wipe and rinse off with a damp cloth.

Glass

Glass surfaces could sometimes be tainted with stubborn dust and some dried moisture streaks.

This gentle mixture is good to keep glasses in the house squeaky clean.

  1. For glass surfaces, mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of white vinegar and another teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.
  2. Have this poured into a bottle with a sprinkler cap.
  3. Spray the mixture onto glass surfaces and wipe off with cloth, preferably microfiber.

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Wood

Wood is mostly sensitive to moisture.

It’s usually treated, but it’s still best to clean it with minimal water and the mild ingredients here:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with 1 Liter of water infused with lemon.
  2. Dip cloth into the mixture and squeeze it do get rid of the extra moisture.
  3. Use this dampened cloth to wipe  wooden surfaces.

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew could especially be disgusting anywhere in the house, but especially in the bathroom or laundry area. Here’s a good mix to get rid of these unwanted visitors in the house:

  1. Mix half a liter of water with ¼ cup baking soda and tea tree oil.
  2. Mix water with tea tree oil and spray it on moldy areas.
  3. Let this sit for about 24 hours in the area.
  4. After 24 hours, mix the same solution with baking soda in small amounts, just enough to make a paste.
  5. Apply this paste to the moldy areas with a metal scrub, an old toothbrush, or any other brush.
  6. Then, rinse thoroughly.

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Cleaning your house fast and efficiently

House cleaning is a tedious task, especially for moms. Moms have to prepare food, clean the whole house, do the laundry, and take care of the kids regularly in varying frequencies. With this said, a mom who finds it hard to utilize efficient ways in cleaning will be perpetually tired; mainly because the clutter and dirt perpetually find its way to the house often.

The time spent on cleaning is never directly proportional to how clean the house would be. Here are some pro-tips on how to clean the house efficiently:

Master the art of organizing

Put everything in its right place, and by that, a “right place” has to be assigned for every important part of the house. Dish dispensers are for dishes, pill boxes for medicines, a specialized stand for the spices, and hooks for every pan and ladle. Same goes for the clothes and office supplies for each room. This way, it would be easy to categorize and organize clutter.

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If something doesn’t belong anywhere, it either isn’t worthy of storage, or deserves a new compartment of its own. Invest in good cabinetry or organizer boxes and compartments for all your things at home.

Divide the house in sections too. Always work from top to bottom. That way, you don’t need to go over the same places twice –or even thrice sometimes.

Get the right equipment

There are many battles in the art of cleaning. In cleaning, we combat clutter, dust, molds, stains, and bad odor. Make sure that you have everything you need for eliminating these.

Again, cabinetry and organizers for the clutter.

For dust, there are specialized cloths that are designed to attract even the most stubborn and ancient dust particles in your house. A sweeper will be good for the floors and the ceiling too. Good quality brushes, mops, a swiper, and vacuum cleaners are essential in keeping a house clean. They have to be readily available when you need them, and each serves its own special purpose.

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Be familiar with cleaning substances

From chemical substances marketed and ready to be bought in supermarkets to DIY natural mixes from your kitchen supplies. It’s best to know which ones work most efficiently, especially for stubborn stains and odor. It’s also worth knowing on how each work. Keep in mind that some surfaces need to be soaked to or exposed to cleaning substances for about an hour before being scrubbed and rinsed thoroughly.

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It is important to know how the products work, and in the very first place, if they work. Most of the time is usually wasted on using the wrong products for the wrong purposes, or the wrong way. People end up wasting too much time on scrubbing, when in fact they just need to leave it there for a while to finally get rid of all the unwanted dirt and odor.

Pets and children

Lastly, if you have pets, or even little children who may be susceptible to poisoning from the chemicals you use at home while cleaning, keep them at a safe place, preferably where someone could watch them.

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Heritage Home Products’ Spin Mop Bucket System

I’ve started living on my own when I entered the university for four years. After that, I’ve been independent for a couple of years until I got married two years ago. Motherhood and having a family has proven itself to be very time-consuming, and I just really had to keep myself updated with the latest technologies that could help me with giving my family the best, without sacrificing my rest and me-time.

One of my recent buys is a spin mop bucket system that I saw. It’s from Heritage home products. My old mop broke and I decided to try this one. I’ve tried a spin mop before but honestly, I wasn’t exactly happy with it. I still had to squeeze it with my hand because it won’t dry by itself. I’m not exactly sure if it really didn’t work well or I didn’t fully understand how it worked. Nevertheless, I switched back to the regular mop after that. And like I said, this mop has decided to leave the household and break.

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It was about two weeks ago when I came across Heritage Home Products’ spin mop bucket system. The color was catchy and cute. It didn’t look like a mop that you’d definitely hide in the storage room. It looks presentable and wasn’t too big, so that’s a plus for space saving. I’ve been very pleased with this purchase by far. I’m going to state how this has made my life easier so far in this review. It’s only been two weeks, so I’ll update it if I ever find things that are worth mentioning.

Benefits

This spin mop bucket system rotates 360 degrees and has a stainless steel and 3 interchangeable mop heads.

It holds much moisture without dripping, which makes it perfect for hardwood, tiles, and laminates. Have an enhanced mopping experience with a durable floor mop.

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Features

This mop is light and portable and 6.2 pounds a5.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches. It’s a premium quality spin mop bucket system that makes use of premium quality stainless steel and microfiber head. It works fast and easy.

It makes use of innovative design that makes the user free of any pressure on the back. The spin function allows the user to use minimal effort in getting rid of moisture from the mop head.

The bucket system may look simple, but it uses high temperature resistant PP material and a thick plate that has water retaining properties to keep the water from splashing unnecessarily. I am yet to prove if it indeed won’t splash for the long run, but it hasn’t splashed so far in the two weeks that I’ve used it.

It makes use of a stainless steel basket that gives off the impression that it would last for a long time, an embedded soap dispenser, and a very absorbent and conveniently washable microfiber head. The soft fibers are also gentle and wouldn’t cause scratches but thoroughly clean floors, glasses, windows, and most surfaces.

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Pros

What I like most about this is the durable feel that it gives off. The stainless steel handle and bucket and replaceable mop heads tells me that this could last for more years than I expect a regular mop to be.

Another thing that I like about it is the wonder of how it could hold so much moisture without spilling water and soap everywhere. It really makes mopping the floor an easy task. I actually look forward to mopping now, because it isn’t as strenuous as before.

It is literally mess free. No drips of water all over the floor, and zero mess from the spinning action as you can see in the video.

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It takes me only 15mins to clean a room now, when it took about 30 before. It never dripped so far, and had a height that’s just perfect to make mopping an enjoyable task. The light weight helps my daughter adapted to using it too. She actually think that this is cute and I just let her try since yesterday.

Cons

I don’t know how I feel yet about the size, because it’s small but so far, I haven’t had problems with it. I still find it small though. I also had to put more effort than I expected to learn how the mechanisms work to assemble and fix this mop. Once I’ve worked my way around it, it worked perfectly!

[Infographic] Fun House Cleaning Techniques

While some people love cleaning, others would just look for ways to avoid it. Often, it is very hard to build up the motivation to do all the cleaning especially if there’s an overwhelming number of house chores that need to be done. Although cleaning is not on the list of things you always have fun doing,, still there are certain ways on how to implement ways to make cleaning more enjoyable and entertaining. Some people would hire a house cleaning company in Sydney, but here are some D-I-Y cleaning strategies that can boost motivation.

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[Infographic] Professional Oven Cleaning Vs DIY: The Ovenu Challenge

This infographic pits the general public vs professionals when it comes to the all important task of cleaning your oven. From preparation to the finished project…who will win?

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[Infographic] How Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier and Richer

Getting rid of the clutter in your home has a range of health and social benefits – spring cleaning really can make you happier and richer! In this infographic we explore the impact of a cluttered home on our mood, show how getting rid of surplus “stuff” can add value to your property AND share some useful clutter-busting tips. Enjoy!

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[Infographic] End of tenancy cleaning

End of tenancy cleaning refers to the specialist deep cleaning of your rented flat or house before the new tenants move in. It’s also called move out cleaning, tenancy cleaning and just deep cleaning.

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[Infographic] Know Your Cleaning Staff’s Typical Cleaning Equipment

Cleaning neither seem so easy and nor it is easy. And to clean your homes to the maximum it requires a lot of effort as well as wider range of equipment. That is why your cleaners from the cleaning companies bring a lot of brushes, machines and other tools whenever they are at your places and that is also why your houses shine like no other after they have completed their tasks. So what are these equipment they use? They are no alien tools, but simply the equipment we all see day and night, but chosen at the right way. There are Brooms, dustpans, buckets with water/cleaning solutions, cleaning agents, floor polishers, garbage bags, hand dusters, feather dusters, micro fibre floor dusters, mop and mop bucket cart, towels, vacuum cleaners and the one that you won’t be using much at homes; the wet floor sign boards. Many of the professional cleaners you come across, if they are truly working up to quality will definitely have these equipment along with many others. Not only your homes, but there are many benefits of having your offices cleaned once in a while where everything is organized and dirt free. For example one of the major situations is when one of your potential clients walk through the door, the first impression they always get about your office is not how well you perform, but always from how well you keep your office. Your practice and personality will be interpreted with the office environment you work at as well as it will make your office and the company more successful and productive. Your employee’s morale will eventually boost up and they will be happy to come to work each morning and provide you more and more. The employees will be motivated and interested at the work they do and your company will go towards success at much faster rates too. As you see, it is very important for your workplace as well as your homes to be kept always neat and clean. Even when you can’t find a time off your busy schedules to do this by yourself, you can always seek the assistance of professional cleaning services that is; if you are confident about their performance and quality of work. So the next time you need to clean your homes or office, give it a try and see.

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Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine!

Here’s my kitchen cleaning routine – something you can do each day that shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. It’s simple and it works!

What cleaning routine should we do next?!

How to Clean A Bathroom: The Best Bathroom Cleaning Tutorial

Quick tip for people who need to clean the ENTIRE mirror every time they clean the bathroom. Micro fibre clothes do a decent job but SOMETIMES it leaves streaks of fibre marks. I recommend using a sheet of newspaper for this. it does not leave any marks. It helps polish the mirror. AND BEST PART. YOU’RE ACTUALLY RECYCLING NEWSPAPER! (ps. this is how I get rid of all my shoppers and Canadian tire catalogs)