12 Portland House Cleaning Ideas
Looking for some creative ways to turn your messy home into a clean pleasant palace? Check out these 12 Portland house cleaning ideas we want to share with you to help take on those common cleaning dilemmas. Not only will some of these cleaning ideas save you time and money, but you may even find a few of them to be a little cookie and fun too.
1: Furniture Dusting Hack
Do you have animals in your home that leave hair everywhere? Maybe even a hairy friend or significant other can end up leaving a lot of hair behind all over your furniture. An easy way to clean off your couches and other hair-magnets is with a lint roller! Not only are they cheap and easy to use, but you can even try and recycle the sheets of paper too. If you aren’t really into all that then you can also try a wet towel, it will wipe all the hair into a bunch which you can then just grab and throw away.
2: Steam Clean Your Microwave
Ever used a friends microwave and seen how repulsive the inside is? Well, that doesn’t happen overnight, or in some cases, it can if you’re microwaving uncovered foods that explode all over the inside. If you’re one of those people or maybe you have kids that neglect covering their foods then here’s an easy trick to make your life a lot easier! Just put a cup of water in to cook for a few minutes along with some white vinegar. This will boil the water and the steam will make all the built-up gunk inside a breeze to whip out with a few swipes of a paper towel.
3: Stinky Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, they’re prone to end up smelling pretty bad since we put so much organic waste down into them. A simple, cheap and eco-friendly solution to this is using lemons! Just slice up a few lemons, then stick the remains into the disposal and let it grind them up. After a while, your disposal and sink should start smelling a whole lot better!
4: Cleaning the Window Blinds
If anyone has tried cleaning their blinds by hand then you know how annoying and time consuming it can be when you’re individually wiping each slat. Fortunately, there’s an easier way to do it which will also cut down a significant amount of time. Just use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, that’s the one which attaches to the hose and has brush bristles on it.
5: Disinfecting Your Cleaning Sponges
If you’re like me then you seldom throw away those sponges we use for months on end cleaning God knows what. The good news is that even though they may be stinky and dirty doesn’t mean they don’t still work well and also that they can’t be cleaned instead of replaced. Simply place them in some water and lemon juice into the microwave for a few minutes to zap all the bacteria and also make them smell better.
6: Dusting Baseboards
If you don’t want to get on your hands and knees to clean the edges and corners of your baseboards then just use a swiffer or broom with a fabric softening sheet attached to it. This will easily pick up all the dust particles while also spreading a pleasant smell in your home.
7: Shower Head Solution
According to studies, one in five people has shower heads that are infected with bacteria that can actually harm you. You don’t have to have a visibly disgusting and discolored shower head to be one of these people, but you can easily clean it to make sure you aren’t. Simply fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and attach it to the shower head overnight with a rubber band, letting it soak will kill the bacteria and also help clean out any built up deposits also.
8: Make Your Mattress More Fresh
If you’re like most people trying to be an adult then you understand that some things like our mattress probably don’t get cleaned as often as they should. This can lead to an abundant amount of germs, bacteria, dead skin and bed bug buildup. One way to remedy these issues is to vacuum your bed, then cover it with some baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. This will help soak up moisture and kill bacteria, then just vacuum it again to soak it all up. Voila! The bed should be fresher and cleaner than ever.
9: Streak-Free Window Washing
If you’re looking for an easy and effective way to clean your windows and glass tabletops without any streaks then use a newspaper. This is one of the best ways to use an old paper other than recycling it or using it as a fire starter. Simply spray on your vinegar or ammonia based window cleaning solution and then wipe away with some newspaper.
10: Cleaning Wooden Cutting Boards
Unless you have a plastic cutting board which can easily be washed in the dishwasher machine then it can be more difficult cleaning a wood one. Other than avoiding destroying the wood by soaking it too long, you also want to make sure and disinfect it since you’re likely cutting various meats on it with dangerous bacteria. A great solution for this is using salt and a lemon. Simply sprinkle salt all over the board, squeezing lemon juice on it too and then using the lemon halves to scrub it with the salt.
11: Dryer Disinfecting
Believe it or not, your dryer can be full of bacteria, especially if you let piles of wet or damp clothes sit in there for prolonged periods of time. One way to clean this out and disinfect the bacteria is to put some water and bleach solution in there then running it until its dried. Some dryers even has a sanitize setting.
12: Gas Burner Hack
Gas appliances are far less popular in Oregon and Portland is no exception. If you’re someone who has opted for a gas range then you may have some dirty burners that can be difficult to clean. A great solution for this is to soak the burners over night in sealed bags filled with ammonia. The next day they should literally wipe clean.
Portland Cleaning Ideas
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