Occasionally, we need to find at-home cleaning solutions fast. Whether the shops are shut, your toddler is blissfully asleep, or you are entertaining guests in the evening, you won’t need to leave your home with these hacks.
From scuff marks on the wall and grimy grout to reviving your upholstery and saving burnt pots – the unexpected can send you into stress mode. These cleaning tips use staple household products to fix the problem fast, no matter the scenario.
Remove wall marks
The time has come for your dinner party. As you carefully move an extra dining table down the hallway, your partner tells you to move left. You move left. Only, they meant their left and you have just hit the wall. You assess the damage – a giant scuff mark.
Fix: Enter the humble cream cleaner: Jif. It works wonders on walls – from scuff marks to crayons and texta markers. Just don’t use too much elbow grease!
Clean grimy grout
Who has time for dirty grout? Especially when guests are about to arrive. Whether it is in your bathroom or kitchen, this homemade grout cleaner will be your quick and easy solution. Plus, it only requires two ingredients: baking soda and bleach.
Fix: Mix ¾ cup baking soda with ¼ cup bleach and mix until it forms a thick paste. Apply the paste to the grimy grout. After leaving it to sit for 10-15 minutes, rub the solution with a scrubbing brush to work it deeper into the grout. Wait another 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off. Wait for the grout to dry to see the final result. (Remember to open a window and wear rubber gloves, safety glasses and a respirator to protect yourself from the bleach.)
Revive your upholstery
Your guests are only an hour away when you notice how dirty your couch looks. You need a solution stat. Luckily a household staple is an answer: bicarb soda. Not only will it neutralise fabric odours, but it will also bring your furniture back to life.
Fix: Simply vacuum your upholstery before sprinkling bicarb soda onto the fabric. Leave it to sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum once more. If you have any stubborn stains, use diluted dish soap and a sponge for a deeper clean. Be careful not to rub the fabric and blot dry with a clean cloth.
Remedy red wine stains
The joke was just too good, and as your friend laughs uncontrollably, the red wine spills onto the cream carpet. Suddenly, things aren’t so funny anymore. Don’t panic! All you need is a cloth, warm water, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar and a sponge.
Fix: Blot the stain with the clean cloth to try to soak up as much red wine as possible. Mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Dip the sponge into the solution and continue blotting the stain until it has lifted. If this doesn’t work, try mixing a three-to-one ratio of water to baking soda and putting it on the affected area. Leave to dry before vacuuming it up.
Gather shattered glass
As the night progresses, your friend sits her glass on the edge of the kitchen bench to tell you a story. She expresses her enthusiasm with her arms, and you watch her clip the glass in slow motion. It’s amazing how much a glass can shatter…
Fix: Sweeping and vacuuming got the big pieces, but what about the tiny shards that remain? Grab a piece of bread and press it over the area. The shards will stick to the slice.
Save your burnt pot
Your night was a success – minus a couple of minor incidences. Now it’s time to manage the aftermath, including the pot you burnt while tending to shattered glass. Luckily, the combination of baking soda and vinegar can clean almost everything.
Fix: Place the burnt pot on the stove. Fill it with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar and bring it to boil. Once it reaches boiling point, remove it from the heat and place it in the sink. Add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let it fix. When it is finished, pour it out and scrub the pot with a scouring pad. If stubborn spots remain, add extra baking soda.
Clean wooden cutting boards
Your wooden boards are stained from last night’s feast. An easy solution is a lemon and salt.
Fix: Simply sprinkle coarse salt on the stained area and scour the surface using a lemon that has been cut in half. Squeeze the juice onto the board as you scrub. Let the juice sit for five minutes before finally rinsing it with a clean sponge. Voila!
Who knew common household items such as lemon, salt and bread could be so handy when it comes to cleaning? Adding Jif, vinegar, bleach and baking soda to your must-have list at home will help you to easily tackle cleaning at any time!