The Independent's Guide to Independence: Ep 2 - Keeping it Clean
I know that it's been weeks since my last post but please cut me some slack, I've been on vacation. I really would love to stay more in touch with you all so Twitter is your best bet at this point: @xNTA while I figure out how I'd like a facebook page set up (if I have one at all? Let me know what you think).
This week is a continuation of my series The Independent's Guide to Independence, and this time we'll be covering some amazing tips and tricks on cleaning! Sound boring? You clearly have never had to get rid of microwave splatter...
1. Baking Soda - I love youOdours. They lurk everywhere and so it's no wonder baking soda has fast become my best friend. I pop it in the fridge, have a small cup of it behind the toilet in the bathroom to keep it smelling fresh and of course, I have some in my boots.
Wait - what? You read right. I keep some in my boots to keep them from smelling like something crawled in there and died. This of course applies to sneakers or any other shoe you feel needs a little picker-upper. I tend to sprinkle some baking powder onto squares of dryer sheets and place it straight into my shoes. The combination soaks up smells and leaves them smelling spring fresh!
Quick tip: Your own feet not exactly smelling like roses? Soak them in black tea for a while to get rid of the smell! Tea naturally and gently kills odour-causing bacteria.
My favourite thing to do? I don't wear perfume, but I do love the smell of my downy (I swear I'm not being paid/sponsored by them!) and so I like to cut up squares that I put in my jeans pockets, sweater pockets, pockets in shirts if there are any and of course in my big down jacket to keep them smelling great.
Now that winter is officially gone (thank Goodness!) I pack away all my jackets with sheets of these as well as some soap that I cut up using a knife and place in ziploc bags which I puncture holes into to keep moths away and keep my clothes smelling fresh!
I also like to sneak a few sheets between my mattress, the mattress protectant and the sheets as well.
Obsessed? Maybe a little. But my bed smells lovely.
I was haunted by a curry poltergeist for a week. Just when I thought the smell was gone, it was back. With a vengeance. It drove me up the wall (that also smelt like curry). I vowed never again. Until I discovered what Vinegar could do.
When cooking food with strong odours (frying fish, curry, etc), place a small bowl of vinegar on your counter. It absorbs the smells so you can once again enjoy cooking whatever you'd like!
Quick tip: Smelly hands after handling fish, garlic or onions? Rub your hands against stainless steel under running water!
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4. Rubber Gloves - I'm not all about smells!For those of us who own pets, they really are a blessing! Cats and dogs can fill a void with their steady companionship and loyalty. But almost all pets shed and that's when your relationship can sometimes hit a roadblock.
Now I'm not saying I'd love my pets more if they didn't shed. I'm just saying I once stared longingly at a girl's fur-free black tights and for a moment there I thought to myself, what if --
Of course I'm kidding. Sort of.
That's when rubber gloves come in. Now I've gotten lint rollers from IKEA and Shopper's and wherever I could find them. But they never did the trick. I resorted to using packaging tape - I would wrap the tape around my hands, sticky side out and pick up lint and pet dander that way but it still wasn't enough. Rubber gloves? Does the job in minutes.
The static that they produce cause lint, pet dander and the like to stick to your gloved hand as you swipe it over the surface. You can either wash your hands to clean the glove (be sure to catch the fur or it may clog your drain!), or use disposable gloves to throw away with the former option being much nicer on the environment!
Anyway. I use old news papers and windex to clean all my glass surfaces. From windows to mirrors, this leaves them absolutely streak free! The gentle abrasiveness of the paper also gently scrubs off almost all types of dirty and grime.
Quick tip: Placing some newspaper into wet shoes helps dry them quickly. A mat made of a pile of newspapers is a great way to recycle them and keep your floors safe from your slushy winter/rain boots.
Unfortunately, unless you have one of those special covers you can use to prevent it, you're going to suffer from cooked on splatter all over your microwave.
This, fortunately, has a relatively quick fix: just place a microwavable bowl of water in your microwave and microwave until you see the water boiling. Turn off the microwave, and take out the bowl (be careful! it's hot!). The steam from the water should have softened the dirt on the sides of the microwave making it easy for you to sponge off.
Speaking of sponges, to keep them from becoming a growing culture of bacteria, soak in lemon juice to get rid of the smell, squeeze out excess juice and then zap it in the microwave on high for a good 10 seconds or so to kill bacteria. Alternatively, pop it in your dishwasher every once in a while.
Quick tip: Your dishwasher can be invaluable when cleaning. A few drops of lemon in your dishwasher will rid your dishes and pans of odours. You can also place your hair brush in here (remove hair first of course) to give it a nice good clean every once in a while.
And that's it for now! Do you have any invaluable tips that you'd like to share? Leave it in the comment below and I'll add it here with credit to you of course!
Thanks everybody! Have a great one!
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