Cleaning in Time - 11 Time Savers For Your Home
By Ian on Mar 1st, 2015 12:07 PM
I'm sharing a few of my favourite time saving secrets because I know that even if you have a professional home cleaning/housekeeping service, there's still a lot to do between scheduled visits.
- Roughly once about every six months it is a good idea to scrub your wooden cutting boards down with vegetable oil. Let it sit overnight and wipe it down in the morning. The oil keeps the board from staining over the next few months depending on how heavily it is used.
- Lint on dark clothing? This part is obvious, but some people just don't realize it:
don't put towels in with your dark shirts! The next part; not so much, but once you try it you'll never forget. Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash, and to keep them from fading as fast, wash your darker clothing inside out.
- Spray your Tupperware with Pam before using it with a tomato based sauce to avoid stains.
- To remove the tougher food pieces stuck to your dishes, soak them in boiling water and add a few tablespoons of salt or baking soda and let it sit overnight if you have to.
- I always catch flack for this, but its in good fun. But trust me on this one, us Irish
know our potatoes! To remove rust from your baking pans, scour them with a cut potato dipped in powdered cleanser. It's magic.
- Grease stains on your pots and burners? Soak them in ammonia overnight to get rid of those stains!
- Water stains in your glass vases? Fill 'em up and drop a few of those bubbly Alka Seltzer tablets in.
- After handling garlic, you know it's going to hang around your hands for a while. You'll NEVER guess... but rub your hands on some stainless steel... I know right?
- Before cleaning out your microwave, boil a cup of water in it first to loosen the particles and all you have to do is give it a quick wipe.
- Did you know that using liquid body wash rather than hard bar soap won't leave soap buildup in your grout?
- Bloodstains. Hopefully you don't have to deal with them often, but they are going to happen sooner or later to your favourite rug or article of clothing. Time is KEY! Get to it QUICK with hydrogen peroxide.