Why spend your hard-earned dollars at the supermarket buying fancy-looking household products when you can mix your own at home? It’s cheaper, cleaner, greener and often more effective. Plus you need only a few ingredients to mix a whole range of cleaning products. Baxton Property Management in Hobart comes clean on a few ways to spruce up your rental and almost everything in it.
What everyday items put muscle into your cleaning?
There’s a long list of things you might find hiding on your kitchen shelves that can do a sterling job of cleaning. But when it comes the crunch, you can go a long way with just these Three Musketeers that can meet almost any dirt challenge. Sometimes it will be all for one, and sometimes one will do it all.
- Number 1: Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking soda)
If you have this cleaning wizard in your cupboard, you are probably most of the way to meeting your cleaning needs. Mix this white powder with a little water, and you already have a strong cleaner on your side.
It’s a gift of the grape but without the tipsy feeling provided by wine, instead there’s just a rush of pleasure when surfaces start shining. White vinegar is another cleaning superhero that often works with Bicarb to make a winning team.
- Number 3: The Not So Humble Lemon
This proud citrus is not only good for you to drink with water first thing in the morning to cleanse your body, it works wonderfully when it comes to cutting grease and adding a shine. And it adds a fresh smell to the air.
In most instances, it’s a case of just adding water, and these three will do the trick, either alone, or together. Mixing the potions requires little effort and ratios and amounts can be fairly freehanded.
- Freshens your laundry if sprinkled over the load prior to washing.
- Removes musty smells from linen cupboards, and nasty stenches from your fridge. Pour some into an open container and place it in fridge or cupboard.
- Burnt food stuck on the bottom of a pan? Heat a little water in the pan, add bicarb, and see the difference it makes to cleaning. Add some vinegar if the burnt debris is too tough to respond.
- Bicarb worked into a paste with a little water will remove laundry stains if applied a few minutes before you wash the item. (For tougher stains, bring some vinegar into the mixture). The same paste will clean cookware, as well as tile grouting (scrub it on with an old toothbrush).
Meet your friendly window, tile and toilet cleaner – About 60ml of one part vinegar diluted with 2 parts water will act as a fabric softener during the final rinse cycle. For the previous uses, a similar ratio of vinegar to water applies to window cleaning, a cup or so added to a small bucket will do the trick on floor or wall tiles, and undiluted vinegar takes on toilet duty if poured round the top of the bowl before scrubbing.
Dip the cut surface of half a lemon into salt and then apply a little elbow grease to rubbing the salty lemon over the surfaces of wooden cutting boards and copper cookware. Always remember to rinse the lemon juice and salt off the items afterwards to preserve the surfaces.
Teamwork Adds Strength
A vinegar and bicarbonate of soda paste will clean the build-up of old polish off wooden furniture so you can start afresh with the original wood. It also makes light work of cleaning stove tops, loosening even the toughly baked on build up around the hotplates. In fact, there is little these two powerhouses can’t handle. Adding a little lemon juice to the paste can increase effectiveness, and add a lovely fresh scent into the air.
Tenants are responsible for keeping rental properties clean. It’s also in their best interest to do so, as their ability to claim back their security bond on departure, may be affected by how well the property was looked after. Baxton Property Management believes in providing information that may make things easier for tenants in Hobart. Visit their website for more tenant tips.
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