Eco-friendly Tips to Ease Your Holiday Household Cleaning


Eco-friendly Tips to Ease Your Holiday Household Cleaning 20/12/17

Household care is absolutely mandatory, especially as holidays approach! A dirty oven might bring an unpleasant scent to your meal and low bathroom hygiene could potentially lead to staph, E. coli or many of the other health risks poor cleaning comes with. Grime and mildew can seemingly pop up out of nowhere and the best way to tackle unwanted circumstances is prevention.

That’s why, at EuropeanProperty.com we have a handful of clever DIY eco-friendly cleaning tips to help you clean and freshen up your home without the use of chemical-rich detergents!

1. Wipe and clean with used black tea bags!

Brew a warm pot of tea in and use it twice to wipe and clean your mirrors. Used tea bags are a clever way to wipe and polish smudges and marks off glass and metal surfaces. Using black tea to clean your mirrors or windows is both an eco-friendly and organic solution.

2. Mix vinegar and baking soda for a strong DIY detergent.

When mixed, there two become a powerful mixture, that can easily help you clean the bath. Apply and leave in peace for half an hour. Scrub and rinse, and you'll get a completely cleaned bathroom basin or tiles.

3. Polish it with baby oil.

It is among the best DIY ways to achieve beautiful polishing. You can apply it to faucets, shower heads, handles, woodworks and more!

4. Clean with mixed grapefruit juice and salt.

This mixture is not only refreshing the atmosphere, but it is a powerful solution to help you cleanse soap scum and dirty foam.

5. Soak metal objects in vinegar.

A clever tip many are aware of, but barely remember to actually use it. Pour some vinegar into a plastic bag, no holes of course. Place your metal object of choice within (shower head, faucet or even dining wear) and leave it to soak overnight. It is a great way to cleanse scaly buildups.

6. Clogging maintenance and prevention.

The first eco-friendly solution to clogged drains is using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Combine, watch the mixture fix for a while and pour it down the drain.

The second way is by merely using good old fashioned hot water. Although you could use it as it is, adding a dash of salt/baking soda is always a plus.

7. Wax your tiles.

Another clever idea is to apply a coat of car wax to tiles at least once every few months. This is a really simple yet efficient trick to tackle tile watermarks.

A few extra tips to help you cut on elbow grease while cleaning the bathroom:

Tip 1 Here’s an amazing bathroom cleaning trick to help you cut on elbow grease and minimise scrubbing!

 What you'll need: 

  • Hot water,
  • A regular sprayer bottle
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • A few rags/dry cloth or paper towel

1. Spray your entire bathroom – wall tiles, ceiling, countertops, shelves, the floor and, etc.

2. Leave the hot water ON. The goal is to fully hot-steam everything for at least 15 minutes

3. Turn hot water OFF and let steam soak in for another 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Wipe your bathroom top to bottom with a rag, dry cloth or even paper towel.

Finito! You've just saved yourself a good chunk of scrubbing, while your bathroom is freshen and clean with minimum hassle and effort.

A bonus idea:

Treat any bathroom tiles with a coat of car wax once two or three months. This way you will reduce water marks in the bathroom for good. This is a great hack to help with selling a property fast, because it works fast and comes with splendid results.

Tip 2. Three clever hacks to clean your WC:

  • Drop antacid tablets or a denture tablet along with regular baking soda straight in your toilet. Wait for about half an hour. The goal here is for all ingredients to fully dissolve. An alternative is to try a vitamin C tablet instead.
  • Try cleaning your WC with mouthwash. Yes, mouthwash. Just pour 1/2 cup and leave it be for about half an hour. Scrub, rinse and Voala!
  • Coca -Cola is a famous solution for unclogging drains, cleaning blood stains and even rust. Pour some in your WC, let it soak in for about 1hr, scrub, rinse and flush. You’ll be surprised how efficient it is.

Tip 3. A simple hack to clean shower doors:

Mix distilled white vinegar and baking soda until you achieve a paste-like substance. It's important for the mixture to be as thick as possible so it can stick to the surface you want to clean. Once applied, let it be in peace for at least an hour or two. Afterwards, all you have to do is rinse and let doors dry up.

How to clean a kitchen super super fast?

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  1. Remove all that does not belong in the kitchen!
    Focus is important. Make sure you clean out everything that does not belong in the kitchen, i.e. vases, picture frames, toys and etc. Try not to distract yourself with fully emptying cabinets and drawers.
  2. Clean up all items that do belong in the kitchen. 
    Place items where they belong (dining ware, silverware & etc). Focus is really important if you want to get done with cleaning the kitchen fast. Once again, make sure you do not waste time in rearranging your kitchen cabinets or drawers. Just place items where they belong.
  3. Dust off everything top to bottom fast.
    You only need a fast swipe to remove the layer of dust and spider webs. Use a broom to cover ceiling corners.
  4. Wash and wipe all kitchen surfaces. 
    After you clean the stage, grab your sponge or rag. If you are not in a race with a professional cleaning company, you don't have to meet high-end standards. A great tip is to "circle" the kitchen, so see how fast you advance. Wipe and wash worktops, kitchen sinks, shelves and on top of appliances. Look out for blots and smirch signs.
  5. When all is done with, aim at the floor
    If you have to be extremely fast, simply dump all on the ground. When you're done with 1 to 4, you can broom bigger chunks of rubbish via your broom and leave the smaller stuff to your vacuum cleaner. 

Here’s an extra tip:

If you have many dirty dishes, tap the sink, fill it with hot water, add your detergent of choice, dump all your dirty dishes in and leave those be for a while. A good 15 minutes in hot water should be sufficient to ease the cleaning of grease and oil.

What Cleaning MISTAKES do people tend to do the most often?

What are the cleaning mistakes that actually spread bacteria rather than get rid of it?

We consulted FantasticCleaners.com for advice and here we have 5 common beliefs that are actually misleading and clearly a bad choice: 

  • Baking trays, baking trays, baking trays! Most people do clean the baking tray as they should! Why neglect it when taking care is silly-easy?
    Use the ubiquitous recipe of baking soda and lemon juice. Spruce over all burnt areas and let it soak in for a bit. Avoid scratching your baking tray and use a wooden spoon. The mixture will ease burnt leftovers to detach, without scrubbing too much elbow grease to it. 
    Mix  lemon and baking soda and rubbing it in. Leave it be for a while. After 15, 20 minutes rub it away with the back of a wooden spoon. Damaged should go away without too much elbow grease. Once ready, wash with hot water and detergent..
  • People tend to leave tupperware in a dirty condition, which often leads to proper cleaning being impossible!
    Truth is, if you leave your tupperware dirty for too long, stains will simply become permanent, regardless of how much or how hard you wash it! You could try soaking it vinegar overnight, but depending on how greasy and oily your meal was, it might not always work.
  • Kitchen robots, blenders and electric can openers should be washed SEPARATELY!
    A simple rinse with hot water and cleaning detergent will often not send germs away. Remember, that you have to always dismantle all the blades (of course, if possible) and clean them one by one, in order to send gunk and bacteria away.
  • Feather dusters are a DECEPTION!
    Feather dusters became popular for being a great tool for hard-to-reach places and truth is, they are quite good at it but do they actually clean anything? The answer is - no! Unlike wiping with a regular cloth, feather dusters do not absorb in any way, but rather merely further spread both dust and dirt. I'm not saying that feather dusters are useless, for they are a great solution for cobwebs but that's that. Using only a duster will not make your room cleaner, but will simply spread germs all over it.
  • Learn and remember! First close the lid, then flush the water!
    When you flush the toilet, tiny water particle can rise up to six feet in the air above! No matter if you are scrubbing it or simply had to use it. Imagine how water particles can go up to six feet above and always closed the lid before flushing the water.

Conclusion and takeaways:

Domestic chores are always a hefty task and chemical-rich products are often a pain point. Truth is, you don’t have to use commercial detergents ALL the time. Give our humble dash of eco-friendly tips a try and you will surely adore the results