How To Easily Clean Gutters?

How often do you clean the gutters on your house? I know that it’s such an annoying chore, however, it’s super important, and maintaining the gutters clean will save you a ton of headaches and problems. Now, thankfully, you don’t need to clean them every week… in fact, I do it once or twice a year – and it’s more than enough!

I usually take care of them during the spring and fall. I know that most people go years without cleaning the gutters but you need to start prioritizing this because it’s important for your house.

Here Is What I Do!

You will be surprised at how easy the cleaning part actually is. I know you are expecting some fancy equipment and detergents but all you need is a ladder, a trowel, and your garden hose. That’s it – nothing else! Also, another misconception people tend to have it that this chore is time-consuming but it really isn’t. You will be finished in half an hour!

Now, I grab my ladder and my favourite gardening tool – a trowel. That way I will be able to scoop out all the impurities and get rid of them easily.

Once I do that, it’s time to rinse them. I do that with my garden hose. I check to see whether the downspout is free of any clogs. If water doesn’t flow out of the bottom then it’s clogged and you need to shake the pipe.

How To Get Rid Of Bad Odours In Your Kitchen?

There are a lot of rooms in your home that can smell bad but the kitchen is number one on the list due to all the cooking! It can be pretty annoying to have a smelly kitchen which is why I will show you how to get rid of the odours easily (and using only natural ingredients)!

– A smelly microwave

In order to get rid of bad odours coming from your microwave, you need to fill a bowl with water and add the juice of half a lemon. Place the bowl in your appliance and heat it for 5-7 minutes.

The created steam and the acidity of the lemon will deal with the bad odours. You can also grab a cloth and wipe the interior after you take the bowl out to easily clean the interior of the appliance!

– A smelly kitchen

If you cooked a few hours ago but you still can’t get rid of the smell, you can use your slow cooker as a way to get rid of the odour. Cut one orange and put it in the slow cooker, add a few cinnamon sticks as well as water to the mix and plug the appliance.

– A smelly dishwasher

If you have a smelly dishwasher then fill a cup with vinegar, place it on the top rack of your appliance then run a hot full cycle. The vinegar will get rid of the smells!

– A smelly trash can

If you don’t clean your trash can as often as necessary it will start to smell bad. In those cases, I recommend you sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the can before putting a new garbage bag. Baking soda is known for deodorizing and dealing with bad smells which means that it will eat up the odour of the garbage!

How To Properly Load Your Dishwasher?

I absolutely love my dishwasher. I purchased mine two years ago and I just fell in love with it. It’s so helpful because I no longer need to do my most hated chore – washing the dishes by hand! And since I love my appliance so much I had to learn how to properly use it and take care of it so it lasts me a long time. If you don’t use your dishwasher properly then it most likely will break – and I don’t think anyone wants that!

So How To Properly Load Your Dishwasher?

My first tip is to always rinse dishes first. I know that you think your dishwasher will do all the dirty work, however, if the dishes you will put are extremely dirty then a quick rinse will help the appliance.

Place the glasses and cups on the top rack and all the plates and bowls on the bottom rack.

Have you ever had opened the door to realize half of the dishes are clean and the other half are still dirty? That’s why you should always make sure that the arms of the appliance aren’t blocked by a bowl or pan. That way the dishwasher will be able to spray and clean everything.

And Do Not Forget To Clean Your Dishwasher!

Yes, it’s an appliance that is designed to clean, however, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care of it. You still need to clean your dishwasher from time to time. In fact, this is the most important thing you need to do if you want your appliance to last you a long time without breaking.

Thankfully, cleaning it is super easy. All you need to do is fill a cup with vinegar, place it on the top rack then run a hot cycle. The vinegar will clean and disinfect! Do this once a month!

How To Get Rid Of Cat Pee Smell?

If you have a cat then you must be used to accidents happening. In case your cat peed somewhere that they shouldn’t have then you are probably wondering how to remove the smell. Well, thankfully, it’s easier than you think and today I will show you exactly how to do it!

How To Get Rid Of Cat Pee Smell?

– Find Where Your Cat Peed

The first thing you need to do is identify the source of the smell. Find where your cat peed as soon as possible because the longer it sits – the worse it will get!

– Use Cold Water To Blot

Next, you need to dampen a paper towel with cold water and blot the spot where your cat peed. Avoid scrubbing or using warm or hot water because it will create an even bigger mess that will be harder to clean up later.

– Grab Some Vinegar

The next step is to neutralize the smell. You can do that by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water. Vinegar is amazing at neutralizing smells – even the strong ones like cat urine!

I would suggest you pour the vinegar mixture into a spray bottle then spray the affected area with it. Next, let it sit for 5 minutes.

– Rinse

The final step is to rinse the area. Dampen a paper towel in cold water again and dampen the area.

In case the smell still remains – repeat all the steps once or twice, until you are satisfied with the result. Sometimes, the smell doesn’t go away from the first try – just be patient.

Once you have successfully removed the smell – open all windows so the spot can air dry.

How To Clean Your Oven With Natural Ingredients?

If you want a spotless oven yet you don’t want to spend money on commercial cleaners or/ and you don’t like using them because they contain harsh chemicals then keep on reading!

How To Do It?

The first thing you need to do is remove the racks and get rid of all the crumbs and impurities. You can do that by using a brush and sweeping all the impurities onto a corner then vacuuming them with your vacuum cleaner.

Then it’s time to make our cleaner. Today, we will use baking soda, water, and a few drops of dish soap. Mix the ingredients together and apply the paste all over your oven. I like to use a sponge – it’s easier to spread. Once you are done – close the door and leave the paste overnight.

The baking soda will take care of any stained areas and bad odour while the soap will get rid of any greasy spots.

Next – clean the oven racks you removed. I like to fill a tub with hot water, pour a bit of dish soap into the bathtub then soak the racks in there overnight.

What To Do The Next Morning?

Grab a sponge and scrub the racks so that any residue of the grime and dirt is removed. Then rinse them with hot water and drain your tub.

Then continue with filling a spray bottle with water and vinegar (equal parts) then spraying the oven with it. The baking soda and vinegar will react but this is a good thing. This reaction will break up any residue so that you don’t have to scrub for hours!

Then dampen a sponge and wipe the paste away.

When you are done, your oven must be spotless!

How To Clean Your Upholstery In Under 15 Minutes!

All cleaning chores can be done fast and efficient – even the ones that are labelled as “time-consuming and hard”. For example, did you know that you can easily clean your upholstery in under 15 minutes? Yes, it’s not that hard and you don’t need to clear out your schedule for the entire day!

How To Clean Your Upholstery In Under 15 Minutes?

– Start with vacuuming

The first thing you need to do in order to clean your upholstery is to grab your vacuum cleaner and vacuum the entire upholstered furniture!

That way you will get rid of any dirt, dust, pet hairs, crumbs, and other impurities that are sitting on top of the fabric.

– Then continue with using liquid soap

If your upholstery is labelled with the code W or WS you can apply water on the fabric and it won’t damage. Usually, the tags are hidden under a cushion or under the furniture.

If the code is X or S then skip this step and stick to vacuuming only because water will damage the fabric!

Now, in order to clean your W or WS upholstery mix a teaspoon of liquid soap (a clear one, stay away from any coloured soaps) and warm water in a bucket. Sip a soft brush in the mixture and clean the upholstery using a small circular motion.

Of course, don’t use a lot of the mixture. You should avoid soaking the fabric in the soapy mixture – less is more for sure!

Once you are done cleaning – damp a cloth and wipe the fabric so that the soapy water is completely removed!

Then allow the fabric to dry completely.

Start Cleaning Hardwood Floors With Hydrogen Peroxide!

If you have hardwood floors then you have probably already tried almost every commercial cleaner out there. If I have to be honest – I don’t like them! They contain harsh chemicals (some of which are toxic) and they can even damage your flooring. This is why I avoid them and try to make my own cleaner with natural ingredients whenever I have the time!

Most recipes you will find online contain vinegar, however, I don’t like using it because of the smell… that terrible smell. Honestly, the last thing I want is for my home to smell like vinegar which is why I have been digging more in hopes of finding a recipe that does not contain vinegar.

Here Is How I Make My Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner!

Instead of vinegar, I use hydrogen peroxide. I have found that it’s a very safe and effective cleaning ingredient which is also environmentally-friendly. It’s not toxic and won’t do any harm to the floors.

It also disinfects which is another very important thing – especially when you have a pet! It’s great at removing dirty and/ or sticky stains!

I recommend you to dilute the hydrogen peroxide in cold water before you start cleaning because it’s way too strong to be used on its own.

Remember – always patch test first!

Before you start cleaning make sure you do a patch test on a small area of the hardwood flooring which isn’t visible (under a carpet, for example). You never know how the floor will react which is why you need to test and see whether there is any damage.

Also, don’t forget to vacuum the floors before cleaning with hydrogen peroxide so that you can get rid of any larger pieces of debris, dirt, pet hair, etc.

Here Is The Easiest Way To Remove Steak Sauce!

Using a steak sauce is a great way to spice up an ordinary steak, right? The only con that this sauce has is that it leaves a hard-to-remove stain behind when you spill it.

Usually, steak sauces are made with tomatoes, sugar, and spices – this combination of ingredients is the reason the stain is hard to remove. But, fortunately, hard to remove doesn’t mean impossible, therefore, all you need to know is the proper way to treat it.

How To Remove Steak Sauce From Clothes?

The first thing I want to cover is how to remove the stains from a steak sauce from your clothes. Keep in mind that you need to immediately start taking care of the stain.

I recommend grabbing a spoon and scooping the excess sauce first. Then, blot with a white cloth or a paper towel.

The next thing you need to do is flush the stain with cold water (flush from the wrong side of the fabric). Once you do that you should grab some rubbing alcohol with which you need to soak a sponge then wipe the affected area (you can also use ammonia).

Then simply throw the clothing item in the washing machine and wash it. Once it’s dry you should examine whether the stain is completely removed or there is still some left. If that is the case then dilute oxygen-based bleach with water and soak the clothing item in there. Leave overnight then wash again.

How To Remove Steak Sauce From Upholstery/ Carpet?

Again, you need to immediately grab a spoon and remove the excess then blot with a clean cloth.

Continue with mixing a tablespoon of liquid soap with two cups of water, soak a clean cloth in the mixture, and start blotting the stain. Repeat this step until there is no more colour transferring from your upholstery/ carpet to the cloth.

Once you are done with that you need to rinse the area. How to do that? Simply dampen a clean cloth and wipe the area.

If the stain remains you can apply the same technique you applied for your clothing item – dilute oxygen bleach with water and treat the are with it.

The best way to disinfect a thermometer

I can’t think of a more important thing to disinfect in your home, to be honest. If someone isn’t feeling well and decides to use the thermometer then it immediately needs to be disinfected.

But how can you do that without damaging it?

Well, if you have a non-digital thermometer in your home then start with washing it in warm soapy water (only use anti-bacterial liquid soap).

Then dampen a cotton ball/ pad in rubbing alcohol (it needs to be over 60 percent) and wipe the thermometer. Allow the rubbing alcohol to completely dry and then rinse the thermometer.

If you have a digital thermometer then, of course, it shouldn’t go anywhere near water. Instead of washing it dampen a cotton ball/ pad in rubbing alcohol and wipe it.

What About Infrared Thermometers? How to disinfect them?

Either dampen a cotton ball or pad in rubbing alcohol and wipe it with it or simply use a disinfecting wipe then allow to air-dry completely.

You have a toaster oven? Here is how to clean it!

People that have toaster ovens usually swear by them. I know I do! It’s such a great invention that allows you to use it whenever you don’t feel like using your actual oven – and it completely has eliminated the need for any type of toaster.

But, of course, just like anything else in your home it needs to be properly cleaned.

You need to lightly clean the toaster oven after using it each time, this is something that we all know.

But how often should you deep clean the appliance? Of course, it depends on how often you use it. If you use it on a daily basis then I would recommend you deep clean it once a week!

How to deep clean a toaster oven?

So the first thing you need to do is unplug the toaster oven and wait for it to cool completely. Then place it near the sink or near the garbage can so that the cleaning process would be easier for you.

Continue with removing all the trays and the racks then make a mixture of warm water and liquid soap in the sink (or in a bucket). Soak them in the warm soapy water.

Go back to the toaster oven and remove all of the crumbs with a dry cloth. If any crumbs are stuck then you can grab a brush in order to loosen them. I recommend using an old toothbrush!

The next thing you should do is dampen a cloth in the soapy water and wipe the non-stick interior of the appliance.

Once you are done with that go back to the trays and racks that you left in the soapy water. Scrub them in order to remove any residue and then rinse them. Allow them to either air dry completely or dry them with a clean cloth before placing them back in the toaster oven.