Meticulous Cleaning Tips.
So, the original title for this post was “Meticulous Cleaning Tips (For The OCD Inside You)” but then I realized I am neither meticulous or OCD. But there’s always little chores around the house that must be done. And perfectly. Know what I mean? The rest of the kitchen can look like a goat exploded out of the oven, as long as my sink is shiny and clean.
So, in this light I proudly present to you…
Meticulous Cleaning Tips (For The OCD Inside You)
1. So, going back to that sink issue of mine, here’s some incredible directions on cleaning and sanitizing a sink, armed with an old toothbrush, baking soda and citrus.
2. Ugh. The kitchen sponge. Home to the most nauseating germs in your house–sometimes even more so than the average toilet. And you’re wiping down the counters with it. Throw that little sucker in the microwave and set it for two minutes. This will kill all the bacteria and leave you with a nice, fresh sponge. (Editor’s note: this does not work on sponges with metal edging or metal scrubbing pads.) And here’s part two of this genius plan: before chucking the sponge into Mr. Microwave, wet the sponge well and add a dab of dish liquid soap. This will instantly soften all the digusting dried gunk on the inside of the microwave and it’ll all wipe right off.
3. Ever walk in the house and it has that funky smell? You check your underarms to see if it’s you? Then, you worry if other people have been walking into your house and smelling that funky smell and wondering if you haven’t cleaned the cat box or maybe you’re running a meth lab in the basement? No? That’s just me? Oh. Well, in case you do need to de-stinkify the house–especially helpful in the winter months when everything is closed up tight, you’ll need your vanilla extact. Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven.
4. When cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap. Why? Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature “doubles the effectiveness” of alkaline cleansers. It’s a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least 5-7 minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent build-up.
5. Say hello to vinegar: your new best friend. If you’re paranoid about chemicals (many OCDers are), white vinegar is an ideal alternative. It kills 99% of bacterias, 82% of molds and more than 80% of viruses. You can use it with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to increase its antibacterial effectiveness. However, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar should be applied separately, not mixed together. Also, don’t use vinegar in your microwave or oven — your kitchen will smell like vinegar for days when using those appliances. And never mix bleach with vinegar in hopes of amplifying the cleaning power — it creates a dangerous chemical reaction.
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