A Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner To Clean Your Bathroom

I know that the bathroom is the room you absolutely hate cleaning and you avoid it like the plague, however, all of the cleaning chores waiting for you won’t just disappear. In fact, the longer you postpone cleaning your bathroom the harder it would be.

Of course, I myself used to hate cleaning the bathroom because I didn’t exactly know which cleaner to buy and use. There are so many different surfaces that need both cleaning and disinfecting – the sink, countertop, the bathtub, toilet, the tiles, and the fixtures.

Thankfully, ever since I decided to switch from using commercial cleaners to actually making my own using natural ingredients cleaning has been so much easier! I use a few ingredients to make an all-purpose cleaner that I truly use on just about any surface in my home – in all rooms. I also make a soft scrub cleaner which I use whenever I want to deep clean my bathroom. It’s really simple and you don’t need any fancy ingredients. Let me teach you how to make it!

How To Make A Soft Scrub Cleaner?

You need a cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of Castile soap, 2 tablespoons of water, and around 10 drops of any essential oil you like. I like using lavender because of its antibacterial properties, however, you can experiment!

Mix all of these ingredients into a mason jar or any other container with a lid – and your scrub cleaner is ready!

How To Use It?

If I have to be honest, you can use this scrub in every room – not just the bathroom, however, I mainly use it there. Sometimes I scrub my kitchen sink with it as well.

I wouldn’t recommend you using it on any untreated surfaces such as marble, wood, or granite because it might damage them.

I simply scoop some of the mixtures on a sponge and start scrubbing… the entire bathroom. I cover my sink, bathtub, faucets, toilet, and even the tiles.

Once I am done, I rinse everything with the showerhead.

4 Of The Dirtiest Items In Your Home And How To Clean Them!

We all perform our daily cleaning chores the best we can, however, people often only focus on dusting and vacuuming – and there is so much more that needs to be done. By neglecting some items in your home they become extremely dirty which makes their cleaning harder. But if you tend to forget about certain objects – don’t worry, I will tell you exactly how to clean them without spending too much time or effort (because there are cleaning hacks for everything nowadays)!

What Are The Dirtiest Items In Your Home?

I will share with you the most common items people forget to clean!

  • Your Oven

Number one on my list had to be the oven because most people neglect them the most when they are the most important appliance in their kitchen!

The most important piece of advice I have for you is to clean up any spills and never leave them. This is the reason your appliance has burnt food and greasy stains all over it!

Now, if you decided you should clean your oven here is how to do it:

  • Remove the racks and soak them in soapy hot water for a few hours
  • Mix three tablespoons of water with baking soda so you create a paste then spread it all over the interior of your oven. Let it sit overnight!
  • Then, the next morning, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray it on top of the baking soda. Any stubborn stains will loosen up due to the reaction vinegar makes with baking soda.
  • Your Stovetop

The next dirtiest item in your home is probably the stovetop.

Again, you need to clean up any spills and never let them sit for a long period of time because then cleaning them will become even harder.

If you have a glass stovetop then mix white vinegar with water in a spray bottle then spray the mixture all over the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it away.

For other stovetops, you should try sprinkling baking soda all over the surface then adding hydrogen peroxide. Leave it for a few hours then rinse.

  • Your Sink

The next thing you rarely clean is probably the sink – and just because you wash your dishes in there doesn’t mean that the sink is clean!

Make sure you spray it with an all-purpose cleaner every day then wipe it with a cloth and rinse!

  • Your Showerhead

Now let’s move from the kitchen to your bathroom and focus on the showerhead. When was the last time you cleaned it? If you can’t even remember then it’s time to grab vinegar, pour it in a bag or a bucket then submerge the showerhead in there.

Let it sit overnight then rinse the showerhead with warm water. All limescale, dirt, build-up, soap scum, and other impurities will be removed!

Here Is What To Do If You Have A Mouldy Dishwasher!

If your dishwasher has mould in it then don’t worry too much – it’s a pretty common thing that most people deal with at some point.

When you really think about it the interior of this appliance provides the perfect conditions for mould to grow – it’s warm, damp, and dark. This is exactly why you need to pay attention to your dishwasher and clean it from time to time.

Not Sure If There Is Mould In Your Dishwasher?

Trust me – you will know! Your dishwasher will have a strong bad odour.

So if yours smells bad then it’s mouldy!

How To Get Rid Of The Mould?

Once you have determined than mould is the problem it’s time to treat it and remove it!

Start with removing the tacks, the drain stainer, and the rotor then clean them by hand with hot soapy water.

Then either grab a small brush or a toothbrush and scrub any hard-to-reach places with it (again, use hot soapy water).

Once you do that it’s time to scrub the interior with a sponge and hot soapy water.

Then it’s time to disinfect your dishwasher! Either use bleach or vinegar – both are powerful and effective ways. I prefer to use vinegar because I find that bleach is way too harsh and I don’t like using it in general. I have a very sensitive nose and allergies which do not appreciate me using bleach. Also, you have to use it in a well-ventilated room.

I normally put a cup of distilled white vinegar on the top rack of the appliance and run the hottest cycle.

Can You Prevent Mould?

Technically, yes. I recommend you always keep the dishwasher door opened a bit so that it can dry after cleaning your dishes.

Of course, if your dishwasher’s door falls open and you can’t crack it open just a little bit then I suggest opening it completely for a few hours after using it so that it can dry completely.

Another thing I would suggest is for you to clean it once a month. Simply using the disinfecting vinegar method is enough to keep your appliance spotless!

How To Clean Your Kitchen With Natural Ingredients?

Usually, people use their kitchen on a daily basis whether they will cook, make a drink, or simply make a sandwich. This means that a kitchen should be cleaned often in order to get rid of germs, build-up, greasy stains, and all sorts of other impurities.

In my opinion, the best way to deal with all the kitchen-related cleaning chores is by avoiding any commercial cleaners and switch over to cleaning with natural ingredients. That way you will stay away from all those harsh toxic chemicals which are in commercial cleaner but you will also be able to spend less money and still achieve the same results!

I have been cleaning my entire home with only natural ingredients for years and I must say that the difference is huge. There is nothing triggering my allergies anymore, I have saved money, and my home never smells like chemicals!

I have some amazing DIY cleaner recipes for you which I want to share.

Cleaning the counters

If you want to clean and disinfect your counters with one product then this recipe will be perfect for you!

Grab a large glass jar where you will mix everything. Cut two lemongrass stalks into small pieces and peel two limes. Place them in the jar and pour a cup of vinegar. Place the lid and shake the ingredients.

Leave the jar overnight so that it has time to infuse. That way the vinegar won’t smell bad. Then remove the peels of the lime and the lemongrass and pour the mixture into a spray bottle!

Deep clean your dishwasher

You should deep clean your dishwasher every two months. How can you do that? By making your own dishwasher tablets and running an empty hot cycle with them!

Mix a cup of washing soda and a cup of baking soda. You also need a cup of salt and a cup of water. Mix everything well and add 1/2 cup of citric acid.

Now, once you are done press the mixture in ice cube trays and leave them until they are completely dry. And by now, they are ready to be used!

Clean your sponges

Sponges absorb a lot of germs which is why they need to be replaced often. I recommend you replace them once every two weeks – and in between these two weeks, you still need to disinfect them.

You can easily do that by soaking them for a few hours in vinegar and lavender essential oil. Why is the oil necessary? It contains powerful antibacterial properties which will help with removing the germs!

The perfect recipe for homemade toilet cleaning bombs!

If you hate cleaning your toilet then this is just the right article for you! I know I do not enjoy cleaning my toilet at all but since it’s such an important task I have forced myself to find creative and easy ways to do it without actually having to scrub and waste my time.

I will show you exactly how I make my own cleaning bombs so that you can try them out and see whether you like them.

What do you need?

This homemade recipe is extremely easy and you only need three ingredients – a cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of citric acid, and a tablespoon of liquid dish soap.

Pour all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix very well. Then grab either silicone moulds or an ice cube tray and scoop the mixture in there.

Then leave them overnight so they can dry completely.

The next morning you can pop them out of the mould/ ice cube tray and store them in a container.

Now, once your toilet cleaning bombs are ready you can use them whenever you want to clean the toilet. Just toss one in the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for a while before you flush.

The easiest way to clean shower doors

Shower doors often become covered in soap scum and all sorts of other impurities that you should know how to remove.

I have some tricks under my sleeve when it comes to cleaning shower doors that I want to share with you so that I can make your life a lot easier since maintaining your bathroom clean is very important.

Use vinegar

Heat one cup of vinegar in the microwave for 30 seconds and place it into a spray bottle. Make sure you add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid in there as well.

Spray the mixture all over the shower doors and let it sit there for five minutes.

Then continue with scrubbing using a sponge. Once you are done make sure you rinse the surface as well as dry it down with a cloth.

Use lemon juice

Lemon smells great – a lot better than vinegar so if you aren’t a huge fan of the smell then I would advise you to try out this cleaning method instead.

Again, spray lemon juice all over the shower doors and wait five minutes. Continue with scrubbing using a sponge. Once you are ready, dry the surface – there is no need to rinse it.

Use ammonia

Please, never use ammonia if you are cleaning your bathroom with chlorine bleach since mixing the two ingredients might form toxic fumes that are extremely dangerous.

Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with 4 cups of warm water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle.

Open the windows in your bathroom and spray the solution all over the shower doors. Again, wait for five minutes then scrub with a sponge.

When you are done don’t rinse – simply dry the door with a cloth.

8 foods that will boost your brain

All of the foods that I will list below are good for your brain and will keep it healthy.

– Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is extremely good for your brain – from reducing the risk of dementia, improving memory, focus and tons of other benefits.

– Broccoli

Thanks to the sulforaphane that broccoli contains when you eat them your brain will be protected.

Another great thing about this vegetable is that it has vitamin K which helps the brain to function properly and healthy.

– Walnuts

In general, nuts are good for the brain – but walnuts can do wonders. They are full of alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids which better the performance.

– Berries

Berries and brain health go hand-in-hand. They are full of antioxidants that cross the blood-brain barrier which will affect parts of the brain accountable for learning and good memory.

You can benefit from berries just by eating half a cup a day.

– Fish that’s oily

Any fish from salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, mackerel are oily and contain omega-3s EPA and DHA. In general, the brain is the fattiest organ in the body which means that it needs to be nurtured with foods with omega-3.

– Eggs

Research shows that eating eggs will boost your brainpower tremendously. Another extremely beneficial thing about eggs is that it reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s diseases or dementia.

– Milk

Milk contains choline which is very good for the brain. If you are pregnant, make sure you drink lots of milk since choline helps with the development of the brain in infants.

– Wine

Did you know that drinking wine is an even better exercise for your brain than solving a math problem? Wine has numerous health benefits in general and the brain is no exception. Wine engages working parts of the brain – and there is no other activity out there that can achieve this result.

11 of the worst things that you can spill on your carpet or rug

No matter what you spill on your carpet – it can cause huge damage, especially when not treated the proper right way. But there are some things that will cause greater damage than others. If these stains stay on the carpet for longer – not even a cleaning company will be able to remove them.

  • Red Wine and Grape Juice
    Red wine can cause great damage to a carpet. It’s hard to remove, it’s acidic. For the lighter carpets – it’s even worse. But it’s not impossible to be removed. Try to blot the stain (immediately after you spill the wine) with a cloth and pour club soda on it. If this doesn’t work – try the baking soda and scrub the stain until you get rid of it.
    Grape juice is the same – a nightmare for your carpet. You need to treat the stain immediately. If not – a cleaning company can take care of your problems.
  • BloodSimilar to the wine and grape juice, blood is an enemy to your carpet. When a stain is dry is even harder to be removed – so these types of stains need to be taken care of immediately. When you wait and they dry you have less of a chance to remove them.
  • Bleach
    Usually, using bleach to remove stains from clothes, for example, does wonders. But once it gets on your carpet it will stain it. And bleach stains are very hard to be removed. If you spill bleach on your carpet – there’s nothing you can do to get rid of it. Be very careful where you store bleach and what are you doing with it because even the best cleaning company wouldn’t be able to remove a bleach stain. You will either need to live with the stain or replace your carpet with a brand new one.
  • Chocolate
    You do not want chocolate on your carpet for sure. Remove it as soon as it gets on the carpet because once it melts, it will be pretty hard to get rid of and it also damages the fibers.
  • Nail Polish
    Do not do your nails on your carpet. The risk of you spilling it is high and believe me, nail polish is close to impossible to be removed. You will need professional help. There are so many DIY ways to remove this problem so I guess it happens very often. But I am here to tell you – these DIY methods won’t work and they might even make everything worse.
  • Coffee
    I get that everyone starts their day with a morning coffee. But if you spill it on your carpet while you are still sleepy – it will cause huge damage. It doesn’t really matter if you spill a lot or a small amount – the damage is huge anyway. A cleaning company will be needed.
  • Tomato
    When the stain is a darker color, like the coffee, red wine, and grape juice, it is harder to be removed. When you are dealing with a tomato stain you most likely won’t be able to clean it fully. It stains the fibers very quickly. When you first stain it make sure you blot the spot and then you need to call a cleaning company.
  • Beer
    Beer will leave a stain and an odor. Even if you manage to clean the stain, this smell will still be present.
  • Ink
    The ink was obviously made to permanently stain. It’s a nightmare when the stained thing is a carpet. They are so hard to be removed as well. No doubt – you will need to contact a cleaning company.
  • Wax
    Once the wax hardens on the carpet it is hard to be removed since it sticks to the fibers. If the wax is colored – you have an even bigger problem, a colored stain. If you can’t have a cleaning company immediately come and fix the problem, try applying heat to the stain (put a clean cloth on the stain and use an iron) and dab with a solution.

How demanding in terms of cleaning the different types of carpets are

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Many people think that all carpet are the same while it is not the case. For instance some carpets can withstand immense amounts of foot traffic while others can’t.
Some carpet are water or fire proof while other are not, and more importantly some carpets tend to harbour harmful particles such as allergens while other don’t. Another immense difference that all carpet have in comparison to one another is that some carpets are easier to clean and maintain than others. This is why we have decided to list down the types of carpets based on their cleaning and maintain requirements and share with you Carpet Cleaning Barnes a great carpet cleaning company.

Polypropylene carpets – Polypropylene is an inexpensive material that is used for the manufacturing of carpets. According to the latest numbers approximately 85% of all carpets that are on the market are made from polypropylene. These carpets are low end carpets that are very unpretentious when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. The only downside that polypropylene carpets have is that they aren’t very durable and tend to discolour and tear much more quickly than the other types of carpet. However carpets that have a mixture of polypropylene and wool fibres have proven to be much more resilient and enduring and this is why they have become the most sold carpets on the market today.

Nylon Frieze carpetsWhen it comes to carpet cleaning nylon frieze carpets are a real dream come true for people that don’t have enough time to properly clean and maintain their carpets. Nylon frieze carpets require very little cleaning and unlike polypropylene carpets don’t discolour or tear as quickly. Interior designers tend to use such carpets for area that have high levels of foot traffic. Nylon frieze carpets are also the ideal solution for area where kids gather and play as they don’t accumulate allergens and are very hard to stain and soil.

Nylon carpets – Nylon carpets are more expensive then aforementioned types of carpet but also have a longer lifespan. This type of carpets is considered to be middle class carpets and are very durable. Another pro that nylon carpets have is that they are waterproof and just like nylon frieze carpets don’t provide a safe haven for harmful particles such as dirt and allergens.

Wool carpets – Wool carpets are high-end carpets that are very capricious when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. In fact many people say that when it comes to carpet cleaning, wool carpets are a total nightmare as they require frequent cleaning and vacuuming. The cleaning set aside, no other carpet can give to your home or place of work the sophisticated look that a wool carpet gives. So all the hours that you will spend cleaning will certainly be worth if you look at things from a wider angle.

Regardless which type of carpet you choose you will also have to use the services of a professional cleaning company at least twice a year in order to maintain your carpet in top condition. Luckily for you, nowadays there are numerous companies that offer excellent carpet cleaning services.

Now that you have gone through our article and you have learned more about the different types of carpet, the choice is yours.

3 ways to remove blood stains from a wool carpet

Today we will turn your attention on several cleaning methods by Cleaners Hampstead which you can use to remove blood stains from your wool carpet.

Method 1: Water removal method (note: you can use this method only for fresh blood stains)

Carpet CleaningStart by getting a spray bottle and filling it with cold water. It is very important that you use cold water because if you use warm or hot water it will counter react with the blood and make the blood stain irremovable. Spray the cold water over the stained area. If you don’t have a spray bottle you can always damp a clean cloth into a laver with cold water and apply the water on the stained area manually without applying too much pressure. If necessary change the cloth frequently to avoid spreading the blood all over your carpet. Next get a dry towel and absorb the moisture from your wool carpet. If the stain is still present after you have dried the treated area, repeat everything that you have done until know, until the stain vanishes. You can blow a fan towards the treated area to accelerate the drying process. Once the stain is gone and the carpet is dry, vacuum it thoroughly to restore the texture of the carpet fibres.

Method 2: Detergent and water removal method.

This carpet cleaning method is much stronger and therefore more effective than the previous method that we presented to you. Commence by mixing one tablespoon of liquid dish washing detergent with two cups of cold water. Next grab a clean cloth and soak it into the solution and apply the cleaning solution on the stained area of your carpet. Now get a toothbrush and brush gently the stained area. Don’t apply to much pressure as you will push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres and will make it harder to remove. Next blot the treated area with a clean cloth to rinse any residue from the cleaning solution and then use a dry cloth to dry the area. Wait until the treated area to dry completely before you vacuum your carpet and restore the texture of the carpet fibres.

Method 3: Salt and paste removal method.

This method must be used as soon as blood drops on the carpet. Get a small bowl and fill it with cold water. Add within the water enough salt to create a paste. Once the paste is ready, apply it on the blood stains and let it sit for several minutes. Then grab a clean cloth and blot the stained area. Make sure to blot and not rub because if you do rub you will spread the stain further and deeper into the carpet. End the carpet cleaning by vacuum the carpet to remove all salt residue.

As you can see removing blood stains from a wool carpet isn’t as hard and time consuming as you may think. However if you cannot remove the stain with any of these method it is for the best if you call in professional help as the stain may be too deep into the carpet.