How to … clean nine tricky household items

How to clean nine of the trickiest household items. It’s easier than you might think.

How to … clean nine tricky household items

If you have an ever-growing list of cleaning tasks that you avoid because they’re tricky, you’re not alone. How do you properly clean a pillow? How do you keep that shower curtain hygienic? Here are nine cleaning tricks that should help.

Window blinds
Slatted blinds can collect so much dust it can be easy to forget what colour they really are. Turn a sock inside out and wet it with equal parts water and white vinegar. Place your hand in the sock and run it along each slat to collect dust from both the top and bottom sides at once.

Cast-iron cookware
Use a sponge, scrubber and coarse salt to remove stuck-on food, rinse and dry thoroughly. Rub the item with a little cooking oil and place it over a high heat. Once it begins smoking, turn off the heat and allow the dish to cool. That’s it. If you religiously follow this procedure, the item will last longer than you!

Pillows
Experts say we should clean our pillows at least twice a year and suggest the following method. If you have latex or memory foam pillows, wash them by hand in cold water with a gentle detergent and set them out flat to dry. If you have synthetic or down pillows, wash them two at a time on a hot setting before placing them in the dryer on low heat or in the sun. To keep the pillows fluffy, place a few tennis balls in the dryer with them.

Doonas
Depending on the size of your doona and the capacity of your washing machine, pop it into the machine on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Dry in the sun or on low heat with some tennis balls or dryer balls. Alternatively, wash and dry at a laundromat – a cheaper option to the drycleaner

Ceiling fans
Have you ever seen the top of a ceiling fan blade? It’s generally not pretty. This requires a ladder and that may not be a good idea for you. However if you can find a nimble assistant, get him or her to place a damp pillow case over a blade, hold it down at one end then slide the case back off the blade. This will contain the dust and stop it from raining down on the room.

Mattress

If you've noticed an odour coming from your mattress, try this before you flip it next. Sift some baking soda over the mattress, let it sit for at least half an hour, then vacuum it away. This will help to eliminate smells and keep your mattress clean and hygienic.

Pet hair
Every noticed that no matter how many times you run a broom over the floor there always seems to be hair left over? Try using a dampened mop on hard floors or a window squeegee on carpeted floors.

Shower curtains
Pop your shower curtain in the washing machine, but use half the recommended detergent and add a cup of vinegar. Once out of the wash, soak it for three hours in a tub or bucket of water containing up to a cup of salt. This will keep your shower curtain clean and hygienic for longer.

Keep clothes dust free
If you hang up nice outfits but don’t want the whole fuss of keeping them in plastic sleeves to keep dust from settling on them, get a paper napkin and cut a small hole in the middle of it. Put the top of the hanger through this hole to that the napkin sits on top of your clothing.

Did you already know any of these cleaning tricks? What other cleaning tips and tricks can you recommend to other readers?

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    Taragosun
    8th May 2019
    11:26am
    Can't understand why anyone would want any type of slatted blinds in their home - nothing but dust collectors - and a pain to clean. Verticals are the way to go as they don't collect dust and the regular opening and closing dislodges any dust they may have collected.


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