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Using vinegar when doing the laundry? Here is how to do that!

All of us have heard of using vinegar when cleaning our homes. In fact, a lot of us actually do use vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. I even have made a lot of different cleaning recipes I have found on the internet but no one talks about using vinegar when doing the laundry…

Of course, I am not talking about apple cider vinegar – I am talking about using white distilled vinegar! They are completely different.

Distilled white vinegar is safe to use on clothes – it won’t stain them or damage them. In fact, it will do the opposite!

– You can easily remove stains with it!

Just pour some on a clean cloth and dab the affected area of your clothing item.

– You can brighten discolouration in white clothes

Soak any white clothing which is discoloured in a bucket filled with warm water and a little bit white vinegar!

– You can soften towels

All you need is two cups of white distilled vinegar to soften your towels!

– You can remove bad smells

All you need to do in order to deal with stains that smell bad ( for example, under the arms) is to fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray the affected area!

Here is how to easily clean your hardwood floor

Hardwood floors are pretty easy to clean and maintain good looking, however, there are some specific methods that you should implement in your cleaning routine depending on the different finish of the floor.

This way you will be able to prevent any type of damage.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is to always remove any types of spills immediately.

How to prevent any damage

I have a few rules that you should follow if you want to avoid damage.

Use protector pads under furniture which will make sure that no scratches occur on the flooring.

You also shouldn’t walk in high heels on the hard floor. If you have a pet – trim their nails on a regular basis so that they don’t scratch the surface.

If you spill something – wipe it immediately.

Vacuum the flooring often which will make sure that all dust, dirt, and other impurities won’t damage the protective finish.

A guide to the cleaning schedule you should follow

Cleaning is the only way your hardwood floor will always look good.

You should vacuum every day (use a floor-brush attachment) and mop once or twice a week (use a mop that has a microfiber cloth pad).

If you don’t want to use a commercial cleaner

When you mop the floors you need to use a cleaner, however, commercial cleaners aren’t always the best solution. Some of them can be quite strong and can contain ingredients that are too harsh for the floor.

If you want you can simply mix warm water and dish soap.

How to clean your ice maker?

Are you dealing with nasty smells coming out of your ice maker? This is just one downfall of having a dirty ice maker. If you do not want to experience funky tasting ice cubes then you need to get to work and clean the ice maker itself.

Usually, they need to be cleaned twice a year. It’s definitely not a chore that you need to do often which is comforting since I myself do not like cleaning appliances. I find it annoying and way too time-consuming.

So what is the easiest way to clean an ice maker?

The first step you need to take is to unplug the refrigerator. And I promise you, the cleaning process won’t take that long, therefore, there is no need to worry about all of the groceries you have in your fridge. They will be fine.

Then continue with cleaning the ice cube bin. In some cases, it can be pulled out or you will have to lift it up before you remove it.

Once you do that, get rid of the ice. Take a look and see whether you can also remove the drip tray.

Keep one thing in mind: the plastic pieces need to be hand washed and you cannot throw them in the dishwasher. Be gentle, and use warm soapy water. If they are really dirty you can even use some baking soda to scrub them well. Once you clean them let them air dry completely.

The next step? Remove all of the frozen ice from the ice maker. Use warm water to do so. Then make a mixture of water and vinegar with which you are going to clean the exterior of the ice maker. I usually use a toothbrush to get in the parts that are hard to reach.

Another tip I have for you is to check the filter and see its condition. If it has become clogged then it will have a negative impact on the appliance as well as the taste of the ice.

Continue with assembling everything, plugging the fridge and turning the ice maker on so that you can try it out.

And just like that you deep cleaned your ice maker!

Here is how to clean your pans with baking soda

Your pans and pots need a little extra care from time to time – deep cleaning them with baking soda is a great cleaning method to try for yourself. You will be able to remove tough stains and leftover burnt food that is stubborn and won’t come out no matter how hard you scrub.

It’s safe for your pans and pots, therefore, you can use baking soda anytime you use them and there is a stubborn stain left on them.

All you need is boiling water and baking soda

Simply fill the pan/ pot with water and put it on your stove to boil it.

Continue with adding baking soda (around 2 tablespoon is enough) and stir – use a wooden spoon. Do this for a couple of minutes then throw away the water and rinse the pan/ pot.

Do this for a shiny copper bottom

Turn your pan/ pot upside down and sprinkle the copper bottom with baking soda. Next, grab vinegar and pour some over the baking soda.

Another thing you can do is to cut up a lemon in half and use one half to scrub the area.

How to disinfect your home effectively using alcohol

If you are a clean freak then you should consider adding another thing in your cleaning chore to-do list – disinfecting. As a matter of fact, everyone should add disinfecting as an important step to their cleaning routines, especially with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only is it going to calm you down a lot but you will actually be able to kill any bacteria that are present in your home. Monster Cleaning was kind enough to help me with this article and provide me with efficient methods you can disinfect your entire home safely. They are an amazing cleaning company in London that recently added another service to their list – a Professional Disinfecting Service. If you are really troubled with the recent events then you might want to give them a call and let them professionally sanitize your home (or office, of course).

Use alcohol when disinfecting

If you don’t happen to have any fancy disinfecting products at your disposal do not panic because the Monster Cleaning team says that alcohol will work just as fine and will kill all of the bacteria that are present. You can use alcohol on any surfaces without worrying about damaging them. Just make sure you use alcohol products that are at least 70 percent alcohol. They are powerful enough to kill every bacteria including COVID-19.

A huge tip from the experts

They advise any of you one thing – do not use vinegar or vodka for disinfecting your home. They say that vinegar is not powerful enough to kill bacteria such as the coronavirus one. When it comes to vodka, they say that the concentration of alcohol present in vodka is not high enough in order to kill viruses. Usually, vodka is only 40 percent alcohol which is not high enough.

5 Essentials for a cleaner home

A clean home equals a happy home. That’s why we have gathered some tips and tricks to help you maintain a cleaner more organized home.

Nothing can beat a clean house. Even if you buy the nicest most expensive furniture out there and you get the best interior designer to help you with your home decor if you don’t regularly deep clean your property it will lose its charm and it won’t be as appealing and cozy. We know very well how busy our everyday life is and how little time we all have to take care of our homes. That’s why we and Monster Cleaning are here to help you.

  • Use Open Storage Containers

With an open container, your cleaning routine will become way easier. Pour some water in it, mix it with a detergent and you are ready. Stores usually sell them in combination with a brush and a mop. You can clean floors, sinks, tiles and many more. For creative readers – you can even clean your car.

  • A Surface Cleaner

We would advise you to find an all-purpose surface cleaner. That way you will be able to clean more things. Another tip – don’t buy cheap ones since they won’t do a very good at in cleaning and sanitizing and they usually smell really bad.

  • Wood Cleaner

Everyone has items in their home that are made of wood. Each home needs a good wood cleaner.

  • Powerful Vacuum Cleaner

A lot of people have carpets in their houses. And carpets are very hard to clean. They easily collect dirt, dust, bacteria. They are stain magnets as well. A strong vacuum cleaner is the best solution for a clean carpet. You should stock up on good vacuum cleaner parts, bags, belts, hoses.

  • Mirrors and Windows Disinfectants

Clean windows and mirrors really change the look of a home. Even if your house is spotless if your windows are dirty it won’t look very good. A good disinfectant will not only clean your windows but will remove all bacteria and germs and will sanitize them.

Sofa cleaning and how to do it

The sofa is very likely to be your favourite piece of furniture at home. Because of this, you should make sure not to cut any corners when you are handling its cleaning and general maintenance.

Basic sofa cleaning tips

The first thing to do when you are starting the sofa cleaning process is to run a vacuum through it. Make sure that you have the right attachment on the hose and that is perfectly clean, so that you avoid damaging the fabric of which the surface of the sofa is made of. By vacuuming you are going to accomplish the initial very important task – removing any large particles of dirt and dust from the sofa. Do not forget to pay attention to the cushions as well.

Pay special attention to hard to reach or clean areas

Heavily caked in dust and dirt is removed by using a bristle brush. First you use the brush to break up the dirt that has been built in, and after you are finished with that you will be able to easily vacuum everything.

The finer treatment

Lint and fur, which are the main problem when it comes to maintaining a sofa clean and looking tidy, are not so hard to battle off either. Even though regular vacuum cleaners have a tough time collecting lint and fur, you can always get a lint roller and easily fix the problem. You should just work very carefully and cover every inch of the sofa, because otherwise you are going to miss some hair and lint and there will be little sense of accomplishment when you look at the results of your work.

Do not overlook any detail

If your sofa has a wood surface that is exposed, you should not overlook it either. Using a soft cloth, wipe it down carefully to remove stains of any sort. In case there is some sort of a tough stain on the wood, you might need to employ a cleaning product of some sort, which is to be chosen depending on the type of wood we are talking about.

For those special occasions

Heavy stains on the surface of the sofa are too to be treated using a detergent. This is the place where things become a little bit more complicated, because the right choice is again going to be made depending on the type of fabric that the piece of furniture is made of. If you do not keep the documentation that it came with from the store, or the information you need is simply not featured there, you are in a bit of trouble. If you cannot tell the type of fabric, you will either have to ask a friend whom you know you can trust to help you with the assessment, or just call your nearest cleaning company. That would be a much wiser choice than risking permanent damage to the sofa.

As you can see, sofa cleaning is neither hard nor time-consuming, provided that you know what you are doing.

Posted by : Monster Cleaning Stratford

Carpets are the best flooring solution

Carpets and area rugs are hands down the best type of material that you would want to walk on when you are at home. Hardwood and stone floors do not hold a candle to carpets and here are several very good reasons why.

Tradition

 

As far as flooring solutions go, carpets are the oldest ones. Archaeologists guess that the prototypes of the carpet were pieces of animal skin that were placed on the floors of the caves where the first people used to live. But it was after the first civilizations were settled in the Middle East and Egypt, and agriculture arose when carpets truly became a thing. People had more free time and were looking for ways to make their homes more comfortable. Actually, the oldest rug in the world is the so called Pazyryk Carpet, which was found on the territory of modern day Russia and dates back to the 5 century BC. So it is safe to say that humanity has a long and fruitful tradition in the manufacture of carpets – and we know how to get the job done.

Cozy and comfortable

 

Nothing can create more comfort and coziness in one’s home than a well picked up carpet. Carpets and area rugs make great focus points in every room. There are even some options for placing carpets in the bathroom. The thing is that carpets come in all shapes and sizes, as well as models. There are such that are made of synthetic materials, and those that are made out of natural ones. In all cases, it would not be impossible for you to find the right carpet to go with your living room furniture and decoration, as well as with your own personal tastes. You would not need an interior decorator for that purpose, just to spare some time and look around. Nowadays it is even easier, because you can do your research online.

 

Maintenance

Carpets have the very unpleasant reputation of being nearly impossible to clean, but that is quite removed from the truth. There are several very simple rules to carpet maintenance that when followed produce excellent results. They are not even that hard:

  • You just need not to forget to run a vacuum through your carpet every once in a while. The optimal strategy is to do that every day. However, if we are not talking about a particularly high-traffic area, or you just do not have the time for that, you can always do it just two or three times a week and expect good results.
  • Stains of any kind – pet, wine, food – are easiest to remove the moment they occur. Do not wait for the stain to dry off, because that is when things become really complicated.
  • Have a reliable Carpet Cleaning Croydon  on speed dial for emergency. It is also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every six months for deep sanitation purposes, as well as in order to make them easier to maintain in the following months.