How To Easily Remove Mould From Your Washing Machine?

If your washing machine smells a bit weird, chances are that there is mould or mildew growing something in the appliance. Usually, it can be found behind the rubber gasket that seals the door but it can also be in the drainage pipes or the detergent dispensers.

In general, mould usually forms when you don’t leave the door of your appliance open after you have taken out your laundry. The moisture is trapped inside the washing machine and it creates the perfect environment for mould and mildew bacteria.

How To Easily Remove Mould From Your Washing Machine?

Start with an empty washing machine – you should remove all clothes as well as the laundry detergent and fabric softener because we will be performing a deep cleaning.

Then either add a cup of chlorine bleach to the washer drum or half a cup of the bleach to the detergent dispenser. In case you don’t want to use bleach, you can swap it for hydrogen peroxide. Next, select a normal wash cycle to the highest temperature possible and turn on the washing machine. The product you put as well as the hot water will disinfect the appliance.

Of course, when the cycle is complete, you need to dry the washer door and the gasket with a cloth. In fact, this needs to be done every time you use your washing machine because it will prevent mould.

You also need to clean the dispensers because detergent and fabric softeners can build up over time and cause bad odours. I like to remove my dispensers and wash them in my kitchen sink with hot water and liquid soap. You can also soak them in vinegar so any bacteria is removed and once the dispenser is disinfected, wash with hot water.

Once you have cleaned everything, put the dispenser back and your washing machine will be spotless and ready for the next cycle without all the impurities, bad smells, and mould!

How to Remove Cream Cheese Stains From Carpets?

If you dropped cream cheese on your favourite carpet then here is how you can remove it easily without wasting too much time or effort.

How to Remove Cream Cheese Stains From Carpets?

First thing is removing the excess cream cheese from the surface. Before you begin cleaning, you need to prepare the carpet which means scooping up the cream cheese you dropped. I like to use a spoon because it’s the easiest way.

Then mix two cups of warm water, two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar, and a tablespoon of any dishwashing liquid. Dip a cloth in the mixture and start treating the affected area. Don’t apply too much pressure and simply blot rather than rub because otherwise, you will drive the stain deeper.

Once you are ready with treating the stain, it’s time to rinse it with a damp cloth. Again, blot the area so you remove the soapy water and the vinegar. The soap will attract impurities which may lead to dirty patches forming on the carpet while the vinegar just smells bad.

Once you remove everything and rinse the area well, let the carpet air-dry, and do not apply direct heat to it. You may think that using your blowdryer to speed up the drying process might be suitable but it is not because if for some reason the stain is not removed completely, the high heat will set the stain and you will have a much harder time removing it later.

How to Properly Clean Grout With Natural Ingredients?

Is it time to deep clean the tiles in your bathroom? This means that you also have to focus on the grout because this is the part that gets dirty the easiest. Believe it or not, the most effective way to do it is to avoid commercial grout cleaners and use natural ingredients. And I don’t mean the most popular natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar. Although they are effective in cleaning, today we will use something that’s way more effective and will make the cleaning less time-consuming.

What will we use? Oxygen bleach!

How to Properly Clean Grout With Natural Ingredients?

First, it’s time to get the oxygen bleach and dilute it with water. Follow the instructions on the package, however, usually, you should apply around 2 to 4 tablespoons of the bleach with 2 cups of water. This, however, won’t be enough for the cleaning so I recommend you grab a bucket and use around 10 cups of water.

Then spread the mixture on your tiles and grout. I like to use a sponge for this step. But make sure you put on gloves!

Once you have coated the tile and grout with our cleaner, let it sit for at least 10 minutes so it has time to work its magic and loosen up all the impurities. It will lift stains and remove dirt.

Next, grab a brush and start scrubbing the grout. You can also use an old toothbrush. Make sure to cover small areas then dry them with a cloth before the cleaner has dried and the impurities have settled again.

Of course, the last step is rinsing the tiles and grout with water. Once everything has dried, take a look and inspect whether it’s spotless – and if it’s not, you might have to repeat the cleaning once again depending on how dirty the tiles were.

How to Properly Clean Your Leather Belongings?

Leather is a very expensive material and it needs to be taken care of in order to last. Yes, leather is durable but just like anything else – you have to take certain steps to ensure it’s in great condition at all times. You must have at least one leather item whether that would be a wallet, a bag, shoes, a jacket, a sofa, chairs, etc.

Of course, cleaning leather should be done in a certain way with special ingredients and most importantly – care! This, however, does not mean that you have to spend a ton of money on detergents, conditioners, or even cleaning services. You can clean all of your leather items by yourself – but first, you need to educate yourself on how to perform this task!

How to Properly Clean Your Leather Belongings?

Here is what you are going to need – a gentle soap (you can use Castile soap), olive oil, water, and a few microfiber cloths. But before you start cleaning, I recommend you test this method on a small hidden area just in case the leather doesn’t react well to the cleaner. If everything is okay then move on to cleaning your entire sofa, jacket, shoes, or any other leather item of yours.

Dampen a cloth in water, squeeze out the excess water so it’s damp rather than soaking wet, and apply a bit of the soap you prepare.

Gently rub the leather – and if there are any stains or dirty patches, focus on those as well.

Then grab another cloth, dampen it again, and remove the soap residue. And also make sure you wipe with a paper towel to dry the leather before you continue.

And then it’s time to use the olive oil so you can condition the leather. Conditioning is very important because it protects the surface from scratches and wrinkles. Put a bit of olive oil on a cloth and buff it into the leather item. Do not use a lot, you don’t want to make the surface greasy.

How to Properly Clean Your Shower Door?

I am certain that cleaning your shower door is not on top of your to-do list and it’s one of your least favourite chores. This, however, needs to change because it’s important for the overall cleanliness of your bathroom. You take the time to clean your toilet, sink, showerhead, and other parts of your bathroom, right? So why avoid the shower door?

You may think that cleaning it will be time-consuming and exhausting, however, this is not the case. There is a simple method that I use that allows me to easily clean it without wasting time, money, or energy – and today, I will show you how I do it!

How to Properly Clean Your Shower Door?

First, prepare all of the ingredients and supplies you will need. This includes a bucket, a sponge, a toothbrush or another small brush, a towel, and white vinegar (yes, you only need vinegar for the cleaning).

Then make sure you rinse the shower door with hot water. I also recommend you leave the hot water running for a few minutes so there can be steam which will loosen up any impurities making them easy to clean.

Continue filling the bucket with hot water, add a cup of vinegar in there, dip your sponge, and start scrubbing the shower door. Cover any hard-to-reach places or stubborn stains with the toothbrush instead.

If there are any hard water stains or limescale then I recommend you go grab one lemon, cut it in half then rub one half over the stains. Let it sit for at least 2 minutes before you rinse. I love using lemon to get rid of limescale and hard water stains from my shower door, faucet, and even showerhead.

Then rinse again and make sure you dry the shower door. Don’t let it air-dry because this will create even more hard water stains, spots, and smudges on the door you just cleaned – and no one wants that!

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!