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5 Amazing Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning the house is almost like fighting a battle. You must have learnt many cleaning techniques from your parents and grandparents. But here, I bring the easiest cleaning hacks for you which will make cleaning very easy for you!

5 Amazing Cleaning Hacks

1. How to clean your dishwasher?

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Pull the bottom rack out and examine the drain area and make sure there are no hard chunks that can plug the drain, cause damage to the pump or scratch dishes. You’d be surprised at what dishwasher repairmen find – bones, crab shells, glass shards, and even small pieces of gravel! Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitize, and help remove the musty odor.Using the hottest water setting, run the dishwasher through a cycle. The dishwasher should be empty except for the cup of vinegar. After the vinegar cycle finishes, sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a short cycle using the hottest water. The baking soda will help further deodorize your dishwasher and help in removing any stains.If you have problems with mold and mildew, add ½-1 cup bleach in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full cycle.


2. How to make your own homemade deodorizing disks?

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Add a 3 to 4 drops of any essential oil to approximately 1/2 cup water. Pour the water/oil mixture into baking soda and mix well. Continue to add water until you have a THICK paste. Divide the mixture into your molds or muffin tin cups. Let it dry for 24 to 48 hours until completely hardened.


3. How to get the stinky smell out of the bath towels?

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Put the offending towels in your washing machine and fill with HOT water! You might want to turn up your hot water heater temporarily for this, or I usually just boil some water on the stove and add it to the load. Leave the towels in the washer after the vinegar wash cycle is done. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washer, and run through another wash cycle with HOT water. Finally, make sure to dry your towels THOROUGHLY in the dryer or outside on the clothesline. This one-two punch of vinegar and baking soda should take care of the problem 9 times out of 10. If you are still experiencing bad smells or poor absorbency afterwards, try repeating the same process above until it is gone. (I should also note that I am not recommending using this method every time you wash your towels. Just use it when you start to notice that “funky” smell, or that the towels don’t seem to be absorbing the way they should.


4. How to unclog a toilet?

Image result for toilet seatIf the toilet looks like it’s about to overflow and you want to avoid that (which you do), then you should close the toilet flapper as quickly as possible to prevent any more water from getting into the toilet bowl. If you really want to be safe, you can also shut off the water supply to the toilet so no more water can get into the tank or bowl. (The handle to shut off the water is usually behind the toilet, close to the floor.) Now, add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl before you attempt plunging, and you may not have to plunge at all. The heat helps to melt the fats in the “clog” & makes it more likely to flush. Let the hot water sit for a few minutes, and then use a plunger to vigorously push and pull water through the hole in the toilet bowl. This could come in very handy if you’re facing clogged toiled situation at a friend’s house and you can’t find a plunger in the bathroom. If you can’t find a bucket in the bathroom, look for a wastebasket. Empty out the wastebasket and fill it up with hot water from the sink or shower. Pour the hot water down the toilet carefully and the clog should be fixed in no time. (And put the wastebasket or bucket back where you found it!)


5. How to remove burnt, stuck on foods from your pots and pans?

Sprinkle a cup or two of baking soda in the bottom of the scorched pan and add just enough water to cover. Simmer for 15 minutes to 1/2 hour, repeating if necessary. The most crusted on black burned mess will fall right off leaving a sparkling pan. Ordinary table salt will work in a pinch as well.

Simran Bhola
Simran Bhola
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