How To Easily Deep Clean A Small Rug?

Small rugs need to be cleaned just as often as carpets. They tend to attract a lot of dirt, dust, and impurities as well as germs which is why I highly recommend you deep clean them at least once every two months – and vacuum them on regular basis! That way you will reduce the amounts of impurities that go deep all the way to the base as well as get in the way of all those germs from breeding.

Thankfully, cleaning a small rug is extremely easy – and today, I will show you how to do it!

How To Easily Deep Clean A Small Rug?

Start off with vacuuming both the top and the bottom of the rug.

Then it’s time to make our DIY carpet cleaner which will deep clean the rug. Mix a cup of vinegar, a tablespoon and a half of your laundry detergent, and a cup of water in a bowl.

Grab a sponge, soak it in the cleaner and start gently scrubbing the rug. Since it’s small, it won’t take too long! Focus on any dirty patches and stains.

Once you are done, you need to rinse the rug. I usually take it outside and spray it with my hose, however, if you cannot do that then you can rinse it with your showerhead.

Then I recommend you take it outside so it can air-dry. If the weather is sunny then even better because it will dry way easier.

Once your rug is completely dry, you can sprinkle some baking soda on top and let the powder sit for a few hours. That way, any bad odour will be removed and the rug will be refreshed. Finally, vacuum the rug to get rid of the baking soda – and that’s everything you need to do to deep clean your rug!

5 Cleaning Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Cleaning is not a chore that many find annoying and time-consuming. I myself rarely enjoy it because I feel like I waste a lot of time on it since I consider myself a “clean freak”.

Of course, I know that cleaning is beneficial to my health and well-being so I never compromise with the cleanliness of my living space. Unfortunately, I recently learned that there are some common mistakes people tend to make when cleaning their homes – and I am also guilty of doing these mistakes. I wanted to share the ones I used to make in hopes to help you.

5 Cleaning Mistakes You Are Probably Doing

– Mixing Cleaners

In general, there are a lot of cleaners that shouldn’t be mixed because they might create chemical reactions that are harmful.

For example, you should never mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar, or even rubbing alcohol because the created fumes might cause irritation to your skin and eyes.

This is why you need to always read the label of the cleaners you intend on using to see the ingredients that are in them.

– Immediately wiping disinfectants

When you spray a certain surface with a disinfectant you need to let it evaporate. People tend to spray then immediately wipe the liquid with a cloth but this is wrong and will get in the way of the disinfectant working properly.

– Using all-purpose cleaners everywhere

The term “all-purpose cleaner” shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Some people really do use their all-purpose cleaner to clean… everything in their homes (myself included), however, this means that your house won’t get cleaned properly.

There are certain surfaces that require special cleaners – and the all-purpose one might even damage them.

– Cleaning windows when it’s sunny

Cleaning windows is definitely a chore people hate and neglect to do for as long as they can. But did you know that you need to wait for a cloudy day to clean them?

If you perform this chore when it’s sunny then you will be left with streaks and water stains because the glass will be hot. This means that the liquid you use to clean will easily dry before you even had the chance to wipe it with a cloth or a paper towel.

– Never washing pillows

This is a pretty common mistake people make. It’s important to wash your pillows every few months because they absorb body liquids, dirt, dust, and germs. They may cause acne, unwanted breakouts, skin and eyes irritation, etc.

Simply throw your pillows in your washing machine and run a full cycle at least once every three months!

How To Clean Your Kitchen With Natural Ingredients?

I am a huge fan of using natural ingredients when cleaning my home? Have you ever tried cleaning your home with natural ingredients? Well, if you haven’t then I will show you exactly how I clean my kitchen. Trust me – it’s effective, efficient, and will save you a lot of money!

How I Clean My Dishwasher?

One of the easiest cleaning chores ever has to be taking care of the dishwasher. All I do to clean it is fill a cup with white vinegar, place it on the top rack of my dishwasher then run an empty hot cycle.

This is enough to deep clean your appliance and you don’t need to do it more than once a month!

How I Clean My Oven?

If you want to clean your oven without scrubbing the build-up and greasy stains for hours then it’s your lucky day. All you need is vinegar and some baking soda.

Start off with sprinkling baking soda all over the interior of your oven. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray the liquid on top of the baking soda. Both ingredients will cause a fizzing reaction but don’t worry – this reaction will loosen all the impurities making them easier to remove later. You can close the over door and let the ingredients sit for 25 minutes.

Then, dampen a cloth and wipe the interior with it.

How I Clean My Kitchen Countertop?

I usually make an all-purpose cleaner and use it to clean my countertop. I dilute the vinegar with water then add 15 drops of lavender essential oil but you can use whatever essential oil you like. I personally recommend lavender or tea tree because they both have antibacterial properties.

How I Clean My Glass Stovetop?

I use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which I have found work best in removing burnt marks and stains. I sprinkle baking soda on my glass stovetop following by hydrogen peroxide. Then I place a damp towel over the surface and let it sit overnight.

In the morning, I wipe the stovetop with a cloth so I remove the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and impurities.

Never Clean These 5 Things With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can be amazing – you save money, you don’t use cleaners that contain harsh chemicals and you rarely experience allergies while still being able to leave your home spotless.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar because you might damage them. But if you are at the beginning of your “natural ingredients” cleaning then you might not be aware of them which will cause you a lot of headaches and stress. This is exactly why I have combined all of them in this article – so that you don’t have to worry!

Here Are The 5 Things You Shouldn’t Clean With Vinegar

– Stone Floor Tiles

A lot of people have stone floor tiles in their homes – and they add a lot of elegance, however, they shouldn’t be cleaned with vinegar, ammonia, or even lemon. Why? All of these products are acidic and will leave the stone dull-looking.

– Granite/ Marble Countertops

If you have granite or marble countertops then it is necessary to stay away from using vinegar. It might be tempting because almost all recipes for an all-purpose cleaner contain vinegar but you should avoid it at all cost!

You can safely replace the vinegar with rubbing alcohol – another great way to both clean and disinfect your countertops!

– Hardwood Floors

In most cases, using vinegar to clean hardwood floors will damage the finish – and the last thing we all want is to damage our expensive wooden floors, right?

Also, note that you shouldn’t use vinegar to clean any wooden furniture – so if you have a wooden table skip on the vinegar!

– Knives

Never clean your kitchen knives with vinegar because the acidity will damage the edges. Instead, simply use hot soapy water!

– When Mixed With Bleach

The last thing I wanted to add to my list is to never use vinegar after or before using bleach. You shouldn’t do it because it’s quite dangerous since a toxic chlorine gas will be released which causes irritation to the eyes, throat, and lungs.

How To Clean Your Granite Countertop?

If the countertops in your kitchen are granite than you know how hard it is to find the right cleaner. And if you know me then you are aware of the fact that I do not like to use a commercial cleaner, however, most homemade cleaners shouldn’t be applied on granite.

For example, vinegar will easily damage your granite countertops – and most DIY recipes out there contain vinegar.

I must admit that I used to be so afraid of damaging mine that I used liquid soap and warm water to clean them. And while there is nothing wrong with doing this there were still times that I wanted something stronger. Something that will be able to remove all the impurities as well as disinfect the countertops.

This made me research and try out different cleaning methods until I find the right one – the one that is powerful enough to clean and disinfect while it’s still gentle and won’t damage the surface.

Here Is How To Clean Your Granite Countertops!

Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of ingredients. Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid soap, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol with 2 1/2 cups of water. After you mix everything very well you need to pour it in a spray bottle so that you can easily use the cleaner as well as store it.

Whenever I use this cleaner I always wipe it with a microfiber cloth so that I am left with a streak-free surface, however, I usually spray it and let it sit for about 2 minutes before I wipe it. Why do I do this? Due to the rubbing alcohol, the cleaner has disinfecting properties. As you probably know you need to wait for the disinfectant to work before you wipe it away. If you immediately wipe after spraying than it wouldn’t be able to disinfect the surface properly!

The Best Toilet Tank Cleaner Recipe You Should Try!

When you are cleaning your bathroom the last thing on your mind is how to clean the toilet tank. In fact, you probably have never even cleaned it, right?

Well, I am here to tell you that it is time to do this cleaning chore! Don’t worry though – it’s not hard at all. I even make these bombs which I simply place in the tank. Yes, you don’t need to add another cleaning chore you hate to your list. There is no need to scrub the tank or waste your time cleaning it – these bombs will do everything for you!

How often should you clean your toilet tank?

You will be relieved when you hear how often you need to clean the toilet tank – twice a year! I didn’t make it up – many plumbers say that twice a year is enough to maintain everything clean and avoid any problems with your toilet!

How to make your own toilet tank cleaner?

In order to make those bombs, I talked about you need to prepare four ingredients – citric acid, baking soda, liquid soap, and your favourite essential oil!

Start off with mixing 1/4 cup of citric acid, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 10 drops of the essential oil you decided to use.

Then it’s time to add the liquid soap. Slowly add 1/2 cup of it while you are stirring the mixture.

Once the mixture is ready it’s time to press it into ice trays or silicone moulds. You need to let them dry for 24 hours before they are ready to be used!

How To Use Them?

All you need to do is drop one bomb in the toilet tank. The cleaner will start to fizz for a few minutes – let it sit at least 15 minutes after the fizzing has stopped!

Then just flush and you are done!

What Is Causing Your Drains To Clog And How To Fix Them?

Unfortunately, clogged drains happen to everyone – no matter how careful you are! I must admit – it’s very annoying and frustrating.

I wanted to talk a bit about what is causing drains to clog and, of course, how to fix this problem! There is one very common reason which everyone has experienced at least a few times in their lives which is:

– Hair and soap scum

Hair and soap scum is the most common cause of clogged drains. The hair and the soap scum builds up until one day it starts to restrict the flow of the water.

If your drain is clogged then see whether you see hair in it. If that is the case then pull the hair out with your fingers.

Can you prevent clogged drains?

You certainly can, especially if the hair is the problem. The simple solution is to buy hair catchers. I recommend you install hair catchers in the drains because they really work and will make sure the hair doesn’t go down the drain and clog it. They are inexpensive and will save you a lot of time and headaches!

Also, from time to time you can take some simple steps to make sure the drain is clear. I like to pour boiling water down the drain.

I also like using baking soda and vinegar. I just pour some baking soda then follow that with a little bit of vinegar. We all know that baking soda reacts when mixed with vinegar. This is why this method is so powerful – both ingredients will start to fizz. Once I do that I usually place a rag on top of the drain and leave the baking soda and vinegar for an hour. Then I remove the rag and pour hot water down the drain!

Remove mould and mildew following this easy recipe!

Dealing with mould and mildew is an absolute nightmare! It seems as though it’s impossible to get rid of and no matter how hard you are trying – it always comes back.

I have had a lot of problems in my bathroom due to mould and mildew, however, recently I decided that enough is enough!

I had been using bleach for a few months as a way to get rid of the mould and it seemed to be working for a very short period of time but then things got worse. After talking to a specialist I understood that bleach is not a good option – in fact, it’s a terrible option. The bleach removes only the surface mould which means that it will eventually come back 10 times worse.

So how can you deal with mould and mildew?

After speaking to that specialist I decided that I need to find an inexpensive natural disinfectant which is powerful enough to deal with the mould yet is not toxic or harmful to my health.

Everyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I avoid commercial products and I have always preferred using natural ingredients which is why I was so determined to find something that works – a DIY recipe!

I did a lot of research and I came to a conclusion – I needed to use vinegar!

Here is what I did!

In a spray bottle, I mixed two cups of white vinegar, a teaspoon of tea tree oil, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil.

I would spray the mould and mildew directly with this mixture.

How to clean and disinfect sponges?

A common cleaning tool that everyone has in their home and uses on regular basis is the sponge. They are great and will help you with cleaning the dishes, removing stains from your kitchen countertops, cleaning your appliances, and even your bathroom.

However, one huge downfall is that they get dirty fast and they are a breeding ground for germs. If you don’t replace your old sponges or clean and disinfect them often you will spread dangerous bacteria all over your home which is definitely something you don’t want to do, right?

Well, you can’t avoid replacing them – this is for sure but you can delay this by cleaning and disinfecting them!

Here is how to do that!

Soak your sponges in bleach

This is a great way to get rid of any bacteria in your sponges. You need to dilute the bleach with a lot of water and soak them in there for 10 minutes. Then rinse it very well!

Soak your sponges in vinegar

Not everyone would want to use bleach so a great alternative is vinegar. Soak your sponges in a bowl filled with white vinegar and leave them there for a few hours. You can even leave them overnight!

Then squeeze out the vinegar and rinse very well!

Allow your dishwasher to do all of your work!

Yes, you can place your sponges in the dishwasher! The hot water and the detergent will do a great job in cleaning and disinfecting.

You can even throw them in the washing machine!

Yes, you can wash them with your clothes.

Learn how to determine whether your rug is dirty and how to clean it!

Your favourite rug getting dirty – it’s an inevitable story. But if you want it to look good for a long time then you must take proper care of it.

Vacuuming your rug

Vacuuming it on a daily basis is crucial since that way you would be able to capture the bigger debris from penetrating deep all the way to the base where they are harder to be removed. But you need to keep in mind that your vacuum cleaner is not enough. This shouldn’t be the only way you maintain your rug clean! Why? Dirt, dust, and all sorts of other impurities will land on your rug and will penetrate deep – all the way to the base. Your vacuum cleaner is not powerful enough to extract them which will result in damage, dirty patches, discolouration, etc.

How can you determine whether your rug needs a deep cleaning?

There is a very simple trick out there that you can use to determine exactly how dirty the rug is and whether you need to set aside your vacuum cleaner for a little and focus on deep cleaning it using more powerful methods.

Rub your fingers on the rug in a circular motion for a few seconds and see whether your fingers have dirt on them. If that is the case then it is time for some deep cleaning.

How to clean your rug on your own?

There are many cleaning companies that provide Rug Cleaning out there but if you want to save some money and do it on your own then here is how!

Before we start I need to say one thing – be careful when cleaning your rug because it is made out of very delicate fabric which can easily be damaged!

– Start with the usual – vacuuming the rug. As I previously said, your vacuum cleaner is a great way to remove larger pieces of debris and impurities. Vacuum the back of the rug as well!

– Continue with a rug cleaner of your choice. There are some great options out there. If you want you can also use soapy warm water. Before you start cleaning the whole rug I advise you to test it in a corner or a small area and see whether your rug will react to it. If nothing happens then you are good to go!

– Grab a soft-bristled brush and gently scrub the surface with the cleaner/ soapy water.

– Rinse the rug. If possible, take it outside and use a hose in order to rinse it. You can also do that in the shower or in your bathtub.

– Allow the rug to air-dry completely. This step requires patience since it might take a day or two.