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Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 2)

August 24, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning with baking soda, part 2




Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 2)

Specific uses for baking soda in cleaning

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an extremely versatile compound, and has countless uses in cleaning and other fields. It can be useful for eliminating bad smells, cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom, cleaning your body and can even be used in cooking. It is affordable and eco-friendly, which means that it will not pollute the environment if you use it. In this article, we will see some specific uses for baking soda in cleaning so you can keep your home pristine.

General home cleaning:

  • Cleaning surfaces: To clean places like the bathtub, bathroom tiles, drains and other surfaces (even fiberglass and delicate tiles), sprinkle baking soda in a slightly damp sponge and scrub them as you would if you were using a chemical product, then rinse and dry. If you need to clean a particularly dirty spot, you can make a paste with baking soda, salt and liquid soap, mixing them in a bowl. Then, let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, apply it to the sponge, scrub the affected areas and rinse.
  • Cleaning your shower curtain: Eliminate stains and bad smells from your shower curtains by sprinkling baking soda over a brush or clean sponge. Then scrub the curtain thoroughly and rinse. Hang to dry.
  • Cleaning the microwave: Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge and scrub carefully the inside and the outside of the microwave. Then, rinse with water and dry.
    Washing dishes, pots and pans: Add 2 full tablespoons of baking soda to your regular dish soap to help remove grease stains in your tableware, pots and pans. If your pots have food stuck in them, let them soak in a mixture of baking soda, dish soap and water for some time, then use dry baking soda with a sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching their surfaces.
  • Removing bad smells from your kitchen and bathroom sponges: Soak your sponges in a saturated solution of baking soda to remove dirt. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of lukewarm water.
  • Cleaning the oven: Sprinkle baking soda inside the oven, then add a few drops of water to moisten the powder. Let it rest overnight. The next morning, scrub and remove the baking soda and dirt with a sponge or cloth and rinse.
  • Cleaning floors: Mix ½ cup of baking soda in a bucket with warm water and use it to scrub floors, then rinse. This will help remove dirt and grime from tile floors and floors without a wax coating. If you want to remove scratch marks and similar marks from your floors, scrub them with a wet sponge where you applied baking soda and then rinse with water.
  • Polishing silverware: Make a paste with baking soda (3 parts baking soda and 1 part water) and scrub the silverware with a sponge. Make sure to rinse them very well and dry them with a soft cloth to polish them.
  • Cleaning coffee and tea stains from your pots and cups: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Scrub the pots and cups with a sponge soaked in this solution to remove coffee and tea stains and get rid of any bitter remnants. If the stains are hard to remove, soak your pots and cups in a solution of baking soda and dish soap overnight.
  • Cleaning fruits and vegetables: Using baking soda is a great way to eliminate all traces of dirt from your fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle the powder on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
  • Cleaning combs and brushes: Soak your combs and brushes in a solution made with 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small amount of warm water. This will help keep them clean and remove any traces of dust or scalp skin and hair from them.
  • Washing clothes: Add ½ cup of baking soda to your clothes before washing them. This will help balance the pH of the detergent and will leave your clothes cleaner and feeling fresher.
  • Clean furniture and walls: Using baking soda can help remove stains and scratches from your furniture and wall. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the surfaces carefully. Then, clean them again with a soft, dry cloth.

Removing smells:

  • Removing smells from the fridge: Place an open box or container of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any smells from food and other products.
  • Removing smells from drains: To remove smells from the drains in your sink and bathtub, pour ½ cup down them while the water is running. The warm water will mix with the baking soda and neutralize the smells. This is also a great way to use the baking soda that you put inside the fridge.
  • Removing smells from tableware: Scrub all tableware with a sponge and baking soda before placing it inside the dishwasher. You can also put it in the dishwasher for mild cleaning.
  • Removing smells from rugs and mats: Sprinkle large amounts of baking soda on your rugs. Let it rest overnight or for as long as possible (it works better the more you let it rest). Then sweep off the baking soda and vacuum the rest (it will likely fill out your vacuum bag).
  • Removing smells from vacuum cleaners: Cleaning your rugs and mats with the aforementioned method will also help remove smells from your vacuum cleaner.

These are only some of the uses of baking soda in cleaning, but they are the most important ones. You will see that it is truly a miraculous substance!



Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 1)

August 8, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning with Baking Soda, Part 1



Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 1)

What is baking soda?

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a solid, crystalline, white-colored compound, soluble in water, which can be found naturally in nahcolite or produced artificially in the lab.

This compound has many uses, from health to cosmetics to house cleaning, among others. It would take a very long article to list them all, so for now, we will focus only on its uses as a household cleaner.

Why is baking soda a great household cleaner?

Baking soda is a chemical compound that does not harm the environment, as it occurs naturally and does not need to biodegrade. It also does not contribute to pollution of water sources and the soil, which means that you can flush it down the drain safely.

Furthermore, baking soda is easy to find and very affordable. You can find it in most supermarkets and stores, and can purchase it for very little money. For example, a box of 4lb of Arm & Hammer Baking soda costs $6.64 at Walmart. This amount could potentially last you a long time.

Why house clean with baking soda?

Every person has chemical products of some sort in their home. However, many of them contain toxic compounds that can irritate or burn skin if touched, and damage internal tissues if inhaled or ingested. Baking soda does not do that (it can lead to stomach problems in large amounts, however).

Main uses of baking soda

Baking soda is a powerful acid neutralizer. With a pH of 9, it is considered a base, and thus reacts with acids in a neutralization reaction. In the human body, it can react with the acids in the stomach (mainly hydrochloric acid), which is why it is sometimes used as an antacid. Chemists often use baking soda to cause these reactions, but that is not its only use. It also:

  • Neutralizes and removes bad smells in almost all areas of the home.
  • Removes stains, especially grease or oil stains.
  • Softens water, which allows the person to use less detergent and thus clean surfaces easily in their home without polluting the environment.

How to use baking soda to clean large and small objects

  1. Soak a sponge, cloth or rag in water.
  2. Apply the baking soda (if desired, you can also add a few drops of essential oils, which are great disinfectants – particularly lavender oil and tea tree oil).
  3. Clean the object.
  4. Dry it with a soft, clean cloth.

For small objects, let it soak for some time in water mixed with baking soda, and then rub and dry it with a clean cloth.

Next article, we will be having specific uses for baking soda in house cleaning. Stay tuned!

Caution When Using These

July 18, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning Products to Use Cautiously or Avoid

Caution when cleaningIf we thought really carefully about the kinds of cleaning products we purchase for our homes before going into the store, we would never buy anything again. While food products are getting more and more regulated with each passing day, the same cannot be said for cleaning ones. Most companies are not required by law to list every ingredient used in their products; in fact, the most some of these contain is a short list of ingredients and a toxicity label, alongside measures to be taken in case of accidental ingestion. According to a study made by the NYC Poison Control Center, 85% of labels on cleaning products are inadequate, because they do not list the long-term health and environmental effects of the usage of certain substances.
It is necessary for homeowners to know what kinds of substances they are absorbing as well as releasing into the environment, and how to best avoid them.

Among the five worst cleaning products to have in the home are:

Toilet cleaners: These products are much more abrasive and toxic than regular bathroom cleaning products, as they contain acids that can be irritants or even corrosive. Toilet disinfectants, especially, pollute the water (their active chemicals go straight into the drain) and are dangerous for children, who, if left unsupervised, might be attracted to their bright coloring and ingest or touch them.

• Oven cleaners: These products usually contain caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), which can cause chemical burns shortly after exposure. It is very important to follow the instructions on the safety labeling to the letter if one must use oven cleaners to remove built-up grease, although this build-up can be avoided by cleaning the oven shortly after each use, before it cools down completely.

Drain openers and clog removers: Some of these products are extremely dangerous to both the environment and our organisms. This is due to them containing chemicals like sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid, which can cause burns or tissue damage if ingested. It can even cause permanent blindness if splayed onto the eyes. While they are efficient in removing clogs and opening stuck drains, they can be easily avoided; simply by preventing the drains from getting stuck to begin with, and by installing removable pipes and valves. That way, one can simply remove the affected area in case of a clogged drain. If this is impossible, then try other mechanical drain-opening methods, like using a plunger or a drain snake (also called an auger) or less toxic chemical methods, like:

a) Baking soda: Prepare this amazing drain cleaner by mixing 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and ½ cup of cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) in a bowl. Then pour ¼ cup of this mixture at a time down the drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Make sure to wait for about a minute before repeating the process. Although this method may take a few tries to work, it will surely help out.
b) Washing soda or soda crystals: Since washing soda (sodium carbonate) is more alkaline than baking soda (with a pH of 11), it can be useful for opening those really clogged drains where the baking soda has not made much of a difference. Simply pour one cup of the washing soda down the clogged drain and wait a while until it sets on the clog. Then, use the baking soda method above until your drains are completely open. However, never used this method if you have already used a commercial drain opener, as both chemicals would react strongly and such could damage the pipes. Also, washing soda damages PVC piping in the long run, so do not use it often if that is the case.

Disinfectants and antibacterial cleaning products: Many of these products are useless, and some of them are even counterproductive for maintaining a sterile environment. Furthermore, some of them contribute to bacteria developing antibiotic resistance, and thus must be used with caution, sporadically, or avoided completely. Simple detergent will be enough to eliminate most bacteria from surfaces.

Air fresheners: Some of these products contain solvents that are toxic and can cause a lot of damage to the organism. Many also can trigger asthma attacks or worsen them if they are already present, and can cause migraines or bronchitis in people sensitive to these substances. The best way to keep a room smelling fresh is to open the windows and let the air flow.

So, in general, it is best to have just a general multipurpose cleaner to keep your home clean, or use natural alternatives like baking soda and vinegar. And, never forget, plain old water and soap; the universal cleaners.

Cleaning and Organizing Your Garage

June 21, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Keep it clean!

Cleaning and Organizing Your Garage
Although the main purpose of a garage is to store one or more vehicles, most people end up using this space as storage, cluttering up everything with tools, boxes, but mostly junk. For this reason, it’s recommended that you clean and organize your garage at least twice a year, so that you can get rid of anything that you don’t use anymore and allow this room to be used for its original intended purpose.

This guide will be separated in two parts: cleaning and organizing. It’s best to do the former first before attempting the latter.

First and foremost, remove everything from the garage, especially your car, so that you can access and clean every surface. Gather everything in one place outside of the garage so you can organize it later.

  • Clean all shelves and surfaces with a damp cloth and a cleaning product adequate for the material you will be cleaning.
  • Clean the floor. This will differ depending on the material the surface is made of. Most garage floors are made of concrete, although many others are made of linoleum and similar materials. For concrete floors, it’s better to have an industrial cleaning company help you, as garages can accumulate a lot of grease and oil; these stains are very hard to remove by conventional means. If you have linoleum floors, you will need to clean them with an appropriate product and polish them.

Now you can return to the pile of objects you made earlier.

  • Organize the pile of objects into four main categories: “keep”, “donate”, “garbage” and “toxic or dangerous materials.”
  • Throw away the “garbage” pile, but separate and recycle what you can.
  • Dispose of the “toxic or dangerous materials” in an appropriate manner. You can look up information on the internet or call an environmental agency in your area to find how to properly dispose hazardous waste.
  • Put the “donate” pile in boxes and place these in your car to save time. Later on, you can take these to the charity of your choice.
  • Organize the “keep” category into smaller, more specific ones. For example: gardening tools and equipment, car tools and equipment, sports, cleaning implements, ornaments, etc.
  • Once everything has been organized into categories, put some stuff in boxes and others in shelves. Make sure to label everything so that you can find it later with ease.
  • You can place hooks inside your garage to hang things like gardening tools and equipment to save space. It’s easy to find these in any supermarket or store, although you can also fashion them yourself if you like. Of course, you can also use shelves to store these, but that tends to use more space.
  • You can store things like compost, dirt and fertilizers in small plastic containers with wheels. That way, you can move them around easily.
  • If you have bicycles at home, it’s recommended that you hang them on hooks attached to the ceiling, which will not only allow you to save space but also access them much more easily.
  • To store objects that you use infrequently, like Christmas ornaments, use boxes and label them appropriately. Place these boxes on the uppermost shelves with the label in front so that you can read and find them easily, should the need arise.

You have finished! Hopefully these tips will help you keep your garage neat and organized.

How to Detail Clean Your Living Room

June 10, 2016 by Dallas Maids

cleaning the living room

How to detail clean a living room 

The living room is also a very important room in the house, because it’s the very first (and likely only) room your guests will see. It’s a relatively difficult area to keep organized, because if even a small object is out of place, it can ruin the appearance of the entire room.

Where to start?
It’s recommended that you start cleaning this room from top to bottom, so that no stray dust falls onto what you have already cleaned.

  • Begin with the ceiling, removing cobwebs and dust with a broom, making sure it’s clean before doing so. You can also wrap a cloth around the room to catch dust better.
  • Remove the dust from ceiling fans and lamps with a long-handled brush or with a cloth, although you will need to use a ladder for the latter.
  • Clean any light switches, electrical sockets and plugs with a mildly damp dishcloth. Also make sure to clean the walls around these objects, because they tend to accumulate a lot of dirt.
  • Remove your curtains and put them in the laundry, or buy new ones. After removing all curtains, you will clean your window frames, followed by the windows themselves and any other objects made of glass.
  • First, dust your window frames and clean them carefully. Then, clean your windows and glass objects, using a glass-cleaning solution or water mixed with vinegar. After applying the solution, use a dry cloth to scrub the glass clean.
  • Clean your doors and door handles. To do this, use a dry cloth to remove any dust, and then polish them with a product that is appropriate for the materials cleaned.
  • Clean your lamps. Dust the shades and remove the light bulbs. Clean them carefully with a damp cloth. If you can, take the lamps apart to remove insects and dust that might have settled inside the fixture. Also replace any light bulbs that are burned out.
  • Clean your sofa and armchairs. These are very important to keep clean, so remove the cushions and clean the inside of the couch with a damp cloth. You can use ammonia mixed with water to remove food, drink and other stains.  Extra tip: Check the effect of any cleaning solution on a non-visible corner of the couch, so that you can see the effects it has on the fabric.
  • Clean your ornaments. Check them thoroughly to make sure that they aren’t broken and clean them carefully. Dispose of any old and dusty candles. Put away any ornaments that you dislike. If you have too many ornaments, put half of them in a box and alternate them every month or so.
  • Clean your tables and chairs. Use a product to polish wood (if your tables and chairs are made of this material) or mix ½ cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of lemon juice and use it to polish most surfaces. To clean these surfaces carefully, use a soft, dry cloth.
  • Clean all electronic devices (TV, stereo, home theater, telephones, etc.) and their remote controls. Use a microfiber cloth for this purpose and a bit of alcohol to remove stains. Make sure to unplug all your devices before cleaning them.
  • Once everything else has been cleaned, sweep your floors and vacuum your carpets thoroughly. You can also polish your floors with a product appropriate for their materials.
  • Put new flowers in any vases you have around so that the room looks and smells nice.
  • Spray the room with air freshener and enjoy!

You have finished! Hopefully these tips will help you keep your living room clean and your guests happy!

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How to Clean Your Bathroom

May 17, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning the bathroomHow to thoroughly clean your bathroom

Now that you know how to clean a kitchen, let’s move on onto another commonly used room in the house, and that is the bathroom. It’s very important to know how to clean it properly, because this is probably the area that accumulates the most germs and dirt in the entire house. People spend a lot of their time here, whether it is to shower or take a bath, brush their teeth or simply to use the toilet.

As before, it’s recommended to do a light cleaning every day, and a more thorough one once a week. Make sure to use gloves to protect your hands from any chemical you might be using.

Where to start?
This, once again, depends on the person’s preference, but it’s best to start with the largest, most used objects first. Start with the bathtub or shower, and then move on onto the toilet. Next, clean the sink, bidet and soap dish, followed by the tiles, mirrors, and windows. At the very end, sweep and clean the floor.

Start by removing any and all objects from the bathroom, like decorations and toiletries; anything that can bother you while cleaning. Every surface must be completely free so you can clean the bathroom as quickly and easily as possible. Also, you can take advantage of this opportunity to throw out anything useless, take out the garbage and put any dirty towels in the hamper to wash later.

Remember to open any windows to keep the room ventilated while you clean. That way you will not risk breathing in any toxic chemicals.

Bathtub or shower: Remove any hairs and debris that might have been gathered up in the drain. Next, scrub the entire surface of the tub or shower plate with a cream or powder bathroom cleaner and a sponge. You can also use a liquid cleaner to remove the brown sediment from the tiles and the tap. After scrubbing everything thoroughly, rinse with plenty of water until no residues are left. If the bathtub has rust or mold stains, use chlorine-based disinfectants like bleach or ammonia. Let them rest for several minutes, and then rinse them away with water. If there are any hard-to-remove stains, use turpentine and rubbing alcohol, then rinse with hot water and dish soap. Water stains can be easily removed with glass-cleaning products.

Toilet: This is the object that you must clean absolutely thoroughly, because it is the most exposed to germs and other disease-causing organisms. Once a month, clean the toilet tank with a long-handle brush to remove the debris that has gathered up at the bottom of the tank. Flush the toilet once finished. Then, scrub the interior with a cloth that has been soaked in disinfectant, or simply put a chlorine tablet inside.

More often, you will have to clean the bowl. Use a chlorine-based disinfectant, like bleach or ammonia, to do so. Spray them inside the bowl and let them rest for a while. Then, use the long-handle brush to scrub the sides of the bowl and flush. Make sure to empty the tank completely to remove all traces of the disinfectant and check that everything is clean. Otherwise, you will have to start all over again. If the bowl has any rust stains or sediment, apply an abrasive cleaner, scrub the stain with a sponge, rinse and let dry.

Finally, you will have to clean the outside of the toilet. Simply scrub the surfaces with a cloth and a cleaning product, then rinse. Don’t forget to clean the toilet handles, the outside of the tank and the base.

Sink and bidet: Cleaning these can be a tricky business; the drain connections and the tap itself tend to accumulate a lot of filth, so you will have to use a toothbrush or similar brush to get to all those hard places to reach. Also, you must be careful with the sink counter tops, as they are usually made of delicate materials. Make sure to use the appropriate cleaning products for these.

The process of cleaning a sink and bidet tap also differs depending on the material it is made of.

  • Golden and enameled taps must be cleaned with special products or dried every time after use. Never use cleaning products that can damage these materials.
  • Chrome taps should be scrubbed with a lemon wedge until any rust stains disappear. Then rinse and dry.
  • Taps with a wooden finish must be cleaned with water and bleach. To clean the base, use an old toothbrush with a cream or powder cleaner. Rinse and dry.

If you want your taps to be spotless, dry and scrub them with a dry cloth to remove any water stains. To avoid lime scales, wipe them with a cloth after using them. You can also clean them with water and baking soda, the dry and scrub them with a dry cloth so that they shine.

Soap dish: This usually accumulates soap debris in its surface, so it’s necessary to clean it every once in a while. Wash the dish with hot water, scrub with a sponge, rinse and dry. If the dish is made of plastic, leave it soaking in a solution of warm water and baking soda.

Tiles: One of the largest problems when cleaning tiles is that mold tends to grow on them if the bathroom is not well-ventilated. To remove mold, you should use a diluted solution of bleach and water, and scrub the tiles thoroughly with a sponge. Make sure that it is not made of any hard materials, or it will damage the tiles. If the tiles are relatively clean, then simply use water and soap. Do this every week to keep your tiles in a perfect state.

Mirrors and Windows: If they only have water stains, then use a commercial glass cleaner. If they have filth or soap stains, then scrub them first with a solution of water and vinegar. Let this solution rest for 30 minutes. Rinse and polish the windows with a dry cloth. Also make sure to clean the frames; after all, excellence is in the details.

Floor: Start by sweeping the floor, because it always gathers up stray hairs and debris. After doing so, scrub the floor with water and the cleaning product of your choice, depending on the materials the floor is made of. Finish everything by drying the floor with a dry cloth so that it has no water stains.

You have finished! Hopefully these tips will help you keep your bathroom spotless!

How to Thoroughly Clean Your Bedroom

May 4, 2016 by Dallas Maids

cleaning your bedroom

How to thoroughly clean your bedroom

While cleaning your bedroom daily will keep it relatively organized, it’s always necessary to do a more thorough cleaning every now and then. Usually, this task will take you about two hours (depending on how messy your room is), and you should do it at least once every month or two.

Where to start?
As always, you must ventilate your room for about 10 minutes or more, pulling open your curtains, raising the blinds and opening your windows. Once everything is aired out, you can begin.

  1. First, remove everything from your closet and organize your clothing, putting aside what you are not going to wear anymore, so you can donate it or throw it out later on.
  2. After, gather up all scattered clothing, sheets, covers, blankets, pillowcases and put them in the laundry. Also, take out your curtains and shades and wash those, too.
  3. Move your furniture so that you can clean it. Using a damp microfiber
    dishcloth, clean all surfaces thoroughly. Also make sure to clean all nooks and crannies, as well as frames, handles, doorknobs, etc.
  4. Clean your doors, rails, and air conditioning unit. Be sure to rinse and wring out the dishcloth every time you use it. You might even need to use several dishcloths.
  5. Vacuum every surface and all corners, as well as your upholstery and mattress. Use the thin vacuum nozzle for those.
  6. Take out any paintings you might have in the room and clean them very carefully with a mildly damp cloth; both the frame and the back of the painting. Take a lot of care not to damage the painting inside. If the frame includes a glass cover, then you can clean it with a glass-cleaning solution.
  7. Clean your desk lamps, light bulbs, cables, nightlights, TVs, and nightstands with a mildly damp cloth. Then, use a ladder to reach your ceiling lamp and fan and clean them from any dust that might have gathered up there.
  8. Check your roof and its corners for spider webs. If you find any, use a broom covered with a slightly damp washcloth or a mop to remove them. You can also spray some insecticide in the corners to avoid future infestations.
  9. Clean your windows with a commercial glass-cleaning solution or water mixed in equal parts with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to use a lint-free cloth or old newspapers to clean your windows.
  10. Clean your closet. If you emptied your closet beforehand, you can then clean all its interior surfaces with a cloth that has been slightly dampened in water mixed with a few drops of white vinegar. After washing all surfaces, dry them with a clean dishcloth.
  11. Finally, you can make your bed once everything is clean, replace your clothing inside the closet and perfume your room with scented candles or incense so that it smells wonderful!

Some extra tips: It’s recommended to turn your mattress (especially if it’s a spring one) over every 3 months so that it wears evenly. Also, make sure to throw out anything that you are not going to use or is broken. And, most importantly, take out your trash regularly! Never let it pile up or your room will start to smell badly.



How to Clean Your Bedroom Daily

April 28, 2016 by Dallas Maids

cleaning your bedroom

How to clean your bedroom daily

So you have finished cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. Which room should you clean next? Well, probably the one you use the very most: your bedroom. After all, it’s your most personal space and you surely want to keep it organized and neat. This article will teach you the basics of daily bedroom cleaning. In general, it’s best to clean your room lightly every day and more thoroughly whenever you feel it’s necessary although it’s recommended to do it at least once e.very month or so

Where to start?

This time, it’s best to start by ventilating your room before cleaning anything. Pull your curtains open, raise the blinds and open the windows. Let the air flow into the room for about 10 minutes. If the weather is nice, then you can keep the windows open for as long as you want. This will help reduce the air humidity in your room, especially in your bed, because bedbugs and mites tend to reproduce in moist environments.
Also, while your windows are open, take advantage of the opportunity to lay out your sheets and blankets in the sun. Extend them neatly over a windowsill so that they catch all the sun’s rays. This will also help dry them out and reduce humidity.

After the air in your room is nice and fresh, then you can start cleaning.

  • Begin by making your bed. Make sure to shake off your sheets to both air them and remove any debris that might have gathered on them. Also be sure to extend them nicely before placing the blankets and covers on top.
  • Dust your furniture. You can use a dust cloth or a feather duster to remove dust from your nightstands, the headboard and bed frame of your bed, your TV, game consoles, etc.
  • Shake off your carpets every day and vacuum them once a week. If your floor does not have a carpet (it’s made of tile, wood or parquet), then clean it every couple of days with a mop. Also spray a cleaning solution all over its surface and scrub it well with a cloth. If you can, polish it.
  • Clean your windows and mirrors with a commercial glass-cleaning solution or water and soap. Make sure to dry them thoroughly with a dry cloth so that no stains remain. Also, clean your window frames, so that everything looks neat.

Now that everything is clean, you can light up a scented candle or an aromatic incense to give your room a lovely smell that will last for the rest of the day.

Step by Step to a Clean Kitchen

April 14, 2016 by Dallas Maids

How to clean your kitchen thoroughly

Cleaning Kitchen

Knowing how to properly clean a kitchen is very important. After all, it’s one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, which means that it gets dirty every day. In general, it’s best to do a light cleaning every day, and a more thorough one once a week.

Where to start

This depends on the person’s preference, although it’s best to start with cupboards and other cabinets, followed by electrical appliances and assorted surfaces, like cooktops and counters. Last, you should sweep and wash the floor. Make sure to always use gloves to protect your hands.

Cupboards and cabinets: These tend to gather crumbs and scraps of food, especially powders like sugar, salt, coffee, etc. Once a month, you should clean your cupboards and cabinets thoroughly to prevent insects from infesting your kitchen. Empty them completely, remove the shelves (if possible), and scrub all surfaces with a damp washcloth. Rinse them and let them dry. Make sure that everything is completely dry before replacing any items. While you do this, check all canned items for their expiration date. Discard any expired foods and clean those that are still fresh with a damp washcloth to prevent them from accumulating grease. Also, make sure that the base of each container is fully dry before replacing it in the cupboard, to avoid damaging it with water.

Kitchen appliances: To properly clean any kitchen, it’s necessary to clean all appliances, although particularly those that are used the most, like the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and even the oven.

  • Refrigerator: First and foremost, remove all foods from the refrigerator. Once this is done, begin by cleaning the crisper drawer. Empty it and wash it thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Continue with the meat drawer, washing it in the same way as the crisper drawer. If there are any other drawers in the fridge, remove them and wash them, as well. Finally, clean the freezer. In order to do this, turn off the refrigerator and let any ice remnants thaw out. Wash everything with warm water and soap.

    Some extra tips: You can make an amazing cleaning solution out of water and baking soda; just mix a tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water. White vinegar is also a great alternative. Also, to keep bad odors at bay, you can put a wedge of lemon in a plate and place that in the fridge.

  • Stove: The process of cleaning a stove can differ depending on the material its cooktop is made of. Usually, there are two kinds of cooktops; gas and glass-ceramic. For gas cooktops, remove the burners and their caps, and then clean the area thoroughly with a kitchen degreaser or warm water and soap. Make sure that the burners are cold before you do this. After cleaning everything, replace the burners. For glass-ceramic cooktops, you must use special cleaning products, which you can find at any supermarket or convenience store. Before applying any product, however, you must remove any debris from the ceramic surface with a special scraper. Make sure that the cooktop is completely cold before cleaning it. Also, if you spill milk, sugar or similar substances onto the cooktop, remove them immediately with a scraper. Never let them settle.

    Some extra tips: In some cases, you can clean glass-ceramic cooktops with ammonia or detergent. Let them rest on the ceramic surface for an hour, then rinse and dry with a washcloth.

  • Microwave: Start by soaking a washcloth in warm water and soap, then scrub both the inside and the outside of the microwave with it. If there are any hard-to-remove stains, use a solution of water and baking soda instead.

    Some extra tips: You can soften grease spots by putting lemon juice in a container and heating it until it releases vapor.

  • Oven: Make sure that the oven is completely cold before cleaning it, and remove all foods and debris from inside the appliance. Soften any scraps of food with a damp dishcloth and remove them. Use paper towels to remove the accumulated grease. Finally, scrub the entire interior and the door with a cloth soaked in warm water and dish soap. Rinse until it shines and then dry.

    Some extra tips: For a more ‘eco-friendly’ approach, use baking soda instead of a commercial cleaning solution. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water, and use a spray bottle to spread the solution out through the oven’s interior. Let it rest for 12 hours. To remove the solution, use a sponge soaked in white vinegar. Then, rinse the oven’s interior with a damp washcloth and turn on the oven at a temperature of 302 ºF (150 ºC) for 15 minutes to dry it.

  • Other appliances: In the case of blenders, food processors and the like, remove all detachable parts. Clean them as if you would any kitchen utensil; wash them with warm water and soap in the sink, rinse them, and let them dry in a rack. Then, clean both the interior and exterior surfaces of the appliance, making sure not to touch the motor at any time. In general, it’s best to clean these appliances soon after use, to avoid food scraps and debris from sticking to their surfaces.

Surfaces: Kitchen surfaces consist mostly of counters and tables. It’s very important to clean them every day, because it’s these surfaces that accumulate the most bacteria. While you can use an antibacterial cleaning product to clean them, warm water and soap will be more than enough. Remove all crumbs, food scraps and debris with a damp sponge, and then spray the entire surface with a multipurpose cleaner. However, there are a few specific things that you have to keep in mind when cleaning a counter.

  • Marble counters are very delicate and they have a porous surface, so you have to wash, rinse and dry them quickly, so that water does not penetrate them.
  • Wood counters, which can be made of maple, teak or mahogany, must be cleaned once a year with teak or rapeseed oil, rubbing it along the grain of the wood.
  • Plastic laminate counters can be cleaned with water and a teaspoon of baking soda, then rinsed and dried.

Floor: Leaving the best for last, it’s time to clean your kitchen floor. Depending on the material that it’s made of, you will require different cleaning products. Once you have purchased the most adequate cleaning product for your floor, you can begin. First, sweep the kitchen to remove all dust and scraps that might have fallen onto the floor after cleaning everything else. Then, fill half a bucket with warm water and add the recommended amount of cleaner listed in the package. Scrub the floors with a cloth soaked in the cleaning solution, making long, oval-like movements. Repeat this step until you have cleaned the entire floor surface. If the cleaning solution must be rinsed, empty the bucket, fill it with cold water and scrub the floor once more.

You have finished! Hopefully these tips will help you keep your kitchen spotless!

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