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Easy cleaning hacks to help you save time at home

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 A man cleaning his windows. (Courtesy)

Most people avoid cleaning because of how tiresome it can be. From scrubbing surfaces to washing dishes, cleaning is no one's piece of cake. It gets worse when one has to go the extra mile to get rid of accumulated dirt, especially dishes on the sink. With time, there have emerged shelves of cleaning products in the market, all promising to make things easier. However, cleaning could be made easier with some do it yourself (DIY) tips.

Stained microwave

When you use a microwave, there are food particles that get stuck on the sides. To clean this, microwave a bowl of water with squeezed lemon for five minutes and watch as the steam loosens the stuck foods. Instead of scrubbing the interior of your microwave, wipe the loosened dirt away.

Water stains on glasses

Vinegar is one of the most used ingredients when cleaning stains. For water stains on glasses, mix equal amounts of vinegar and water, apply on the water stains, and let it sit for about 20 minutes, then use a toothbrush to remove the scum and rinse.

Stained taps and faucets

Water spots are a nuisance on taps. Attempting to scrub them off will only damage the surface of your taps. Instead, rub them off with vinegar.

Cleaning a blender

After you are done making your juice or grinding your vegetables, it's important to clean your blender. This can quickly be done by putting some warm water in the blender, adding baking soda and cleaning soap before blending it for a while and rinsing off with water.

Scratched plates

When cleaning utensils, you might scratch your plates at one point using a fork or knife. To 'unscratch' these marks, mix water and baking powder, apply and rub it on the scratched areas, then rinse off.

Kitchen sponge

A kitchen sponge is regularly used to clean utensils and countertops. In 2017, a study published in the Scientific Report showed that using a kitchen sponge might spread microbacteria in your home. To avoid this, place a dump kitchen sponge in a microwave for 90 seconds in full heat to reduce the number of bacteria.

Bathroom tiles

The spaces between your bathroom tiles darken with time since the usual cleaning procedure doesn't reach them. Use water, baking soda, and an old toothbrush to scrub them clean.

Cleaning windows and mirrors

Cleaning glass windows and mirrors can be tedious at times. A piece of old newspaper will do the trick: you have to crumple it, spray with soap and shine your glass.

Wooden chopping board

For those who use a wooden board to cut their veggies, cleaning it can sometimes be difficult compared to a plastic board. For easy cleaning, rub some lemon and salt on it. Let the mix sit on the chopping board for a few minutes before rinsing off.

Smelly shoes

For some shoes, no amount of cleaning gets rid of bad smell. Sprinkle some baking soda in the shoes to keep them smelling fresh.

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