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How To Easily Clean Your Ice Maker?

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Do you have an ice maker at home? I have one as well that I use very often during the summer. I love making lemonade which requires a lot of ice cubes. It’s way easier to use an ice maker in comparison to making ice cubes in your freezer. But, of course, just like any other appliance in your home, you need to regularly clean the ice maker so the ice doesn’t get dirty and packed with dangerous bacteria.

How To Easily Clean Your Ice Maker?

First thing you need to do in order to clean your ice maker is to remove all of the ice before you start. I like to turn the machine off and wait for the ice to completely melt since it’s way easier than individually removing the ice.

Then I turn the machine on again and press the clean button – every ice maker has one. When you press this button, the water will be drained into the garbage disposal unit. Before I continue with the cleaning, I always wait for the water to refill completely.

Next, I unplug the appliance once again, and then it’s time to start the actual cleaning. I use vinegar – and I dilute it with water. Then I take the machine apart by removing all removable parts and then soak them in the vinegar mixture. I also like to scrub them with a sponge because of that way the limescale and all the build-up can be removed easily. Once I am done with the removable parts, I rinse them and then dry them with a cloth.

Then I assemble everything and focus on the exterior of the machine. I like to clean it with warm soapy water. I just fill a bowl with warm water then add a few drops of liquid soap, mix well then sip a cloth in the solution. I wipe the ice maker with it then I continue with rinsing. And just like that, my ice maker is spotless and ready to be used again.


How to Clean Your White Shoes: Cloth, Leather, Canvas, Suede?

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Wearing white shoes is a fashion statement – and the white shoes can make your outfit so much better, however, the only downfall is that they get dirty super fast. This means that in order to wear white shoes, you have to know exactly how to clean them – especially if you invested a lot of money in your pair.

Today, I am going to show you how I properly clean all of my white shoes including cloth, leather, canvas, and suede material.

How to Clean Your White Shoes: Cloth, Leather, Canvas, Suede?

– How to clean your white cloth shoes?

Let’s start off with the most common white shoes – the ones made from cloth material. Remove the laces and inserts if there are any. Then grab one lemon or two limes, squeeze the juice and mix it with three parts water. Do not use the store-bought pre-squeezed lemon juice because it can stain the white shoes.

Dampen a cloth in the mixture and wipe the shoes. Also, use an old toothbrush to treat any stained areas so you can get the dirt to loosen up easier. Then get another rag, dampen it in water, and use it to wipe the shoes so you can remove the lemon juice mixture and the impurities.

– How to clean your white canvas shoes?

Next on our list are white canvas shoes. Again, remove the laces and inserts if present. Next, fill a glass with a cap of bleach, the same amount of dish detergent, and half a cup of water.

Take a cloth, dampen it in the cleaner we made, and wipe the shoes. Use an old toothbrush if there are any hard-to-reach places or stained areas.

Once you are ready, dampen a cloth with water and wipe the shoes in order to remove the cleaner and the impurities.

– How to clean your white leather shoes?

Believe it or not, your white leather shoes are the easiest to clean. Repeat the same steps I told you to follow when cleaning canvas shoes – use bleach, dish detergent, and water mixture.

– How to clean your white suede shoes?

Now these are the hardest to clean – and you need to be patient and careful in order to avoid damage. I recommend you try using white vinegar for the cleaning. Just dampen a cloth in the vinegar and gently dab the suede but do not rub or wipe.

In case your white suede shoes are very expensive or you love them a bit too much – just allow a dry cleaning company to take care of them.

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How to Clean The Exterior Of Your Stainless Steel Appliances With Natural Ingredients?

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I love stainless steel appliances because they look stylish. Everyone knows that their appeal hides in how shiny they look, however, in order to maintain that shine, you need to take proper care of them – otherwise, they will get covered in smudges, fingerprints, and even hard water stains.

But if you want to switch to stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, don’t let this stop you because there is an easy and cheap way to bring back their shine – and you only need two natural ingredients for that! And no, this is not a time-consuming chore, simply spray and wipe… that’s it!

How to Clean The Exterior Of Your Stainless Steel Appliances With Natural Ingredients?

Now, before we start with the cleaning I want to say that this recipe will not only clean the exterior and bring back the shine of your stainless steel appliances but it will also disinfect them which is incredible!

You need distilled water, rubbing alcohol, and a spray bottle. Yes, that’s all you need!

Combine equal amounts of the distilled water and the rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle then shake well so both ingredients can mix. And you are done – your cleaner is ready to be used!

The rubbing alcohol is the ingredient that is going to leave your stainless steel appliances shiny – plus, it evaporates very quickly so it won’t leave any streaks, marks, or stains. On top of that, it’s a disinfectant.

How do I use it? I simply spray it on the surface I want to clean then I wipe using a microfiber cloth.

Are you convinced that having shiny and beautiful stainless steel appliances is easy now?


How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell From Towels?

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If you have ever dealt with smelly towels you know that simply throwing them in the washing machine won’t do the trick – and they will come out just as smelly as before. This means that you have to be more creative when dealing with mildew smells.

Thankfully, there is one super easy, effective, and cheap trick you can use – not only does it work every time but you need only one ingredient… white distilled vinegar!

How to Get Rid of Mildew Smell From Towels?

Yes, white distilled vinegar is a magical natural ingredient that many uses for cleaning their homes – me included. I also use it to get rid of mildew smells from my towels, and today I am going to teach you how to do it yourself!

It’s super easy – instead of using your fabric softener when washing the towels, use distilled white vinegar. If your washing machine has a fabric softener dispenser then pour the vinegar there but if it is a top-loader – pour half a cup of vinegar on top of the towels. If they are extremely smelly you can use one cup instead of half a cup! And then just wash as usual.

Some people also add a cup of baking soda, however, I don’t think that is necessary plus it will make a huge mess because as we all know baking soda and vinegar react when combined and create fizzing. So I recommend you just stick to vinegar!

If you are worried that your towels will come out smelling like vinegar – they won’t! Trust me, I hate the smell of vinegar and I used to worry about the same thing the first time I tried this trick, however, the vinegar disinfects the towels and gets rid of the mildew smell – it doesn’t replace it!


How To Remove Water Stains From Upholstery?

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Can you believe that water can leave stains? I know that it sounds weird, however, some fabrics like suede can easily get stained by water which is why you shouldn’t use it whenever you clean your suede sofa, for example – instead, use rubbing alcohol.

But cleaning upholstery is a different topic for another day. Today, I will focus only on removing water stains… from upholstery.

Thankfully, it’s super easy and there is particularly one method I love using that works every time. And the best part is that you don’t need any fancy cleaners – just a few household natural ingredients!


Here Is How To Remove Water Stains From Upholstery!

Start off by mixing half a cup of distilled white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Then pick a spot on your upholstery that is hidden so you can test the solution and see whether it leaves any stains behind. Just spray a bit of the solution on the area and wait for it to dry.

If it does not leave any stains behind then continue with spraying the affected area and gently blot with a microfiber cloth. Repeat these steps until the stain is removed completely.

Then grab your hairdryer and dry the area. That way, you won’t have to wait a long time until the area air-dries.

If the solution does leave any stains behind then you need to use either a steam cleaner or an iron that has a steam setting. You need to steam the affected area for a minute then blot with a clean cloth to remove the moisture. Repeat a few times and the water stain will be gone!


How I Deep Clean My Microwave With Natural Ingredients?

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Not everyone enjoys using harsh chemicals and strong commercial cleaners when cleaning their homes. I know I try to avoid using certain ingredients and cleaners because my allergies get triggered by them. Plus, it’s not necessary because there are plenty of amazing natural alternatives for cleaning. These “green” cleaning methods are 100% safe and healthy and won’t cause any unwanted side effects. For example, when you use bleach, you have to be careful and protect your eyes and skin in order to avoid irritation and burning. When you use natural ingredients, you know they won’t harm you in any way!

With that being said, today I wanted to share with you how I clean my microwave with just a few natural ingredients. This method is super easy and effective. You have probably heard of it because it has become super popular over the last couple of years – so if you haven’t tried it yet I strongly recommend you follow my instructions so that you can have a spotless appliance in no time!

How I Clean My Microwave With Natural Ingredients?

Now, let’s start with preparing everything you need – a bowl, a sponge, water, one lemon, and vinegar. This is everything you need to deep clean your appliance and loosen up all the burnt food and stubborn stains.

Fill your bowl with water then add a few tablespoons of vinegar. Then cut up a lemon into small pieces and place it in your bowl. Put the bowl in your microwave and heat it for 3-5 minutes. All ingredients will create powerful steam which will loosen up all the impurities. I recommend you do not open the door for at least 3 minutes after the appliance turns off so the steam has time to work its magic.

And then just simply remove the bowl, grab your sponge and start wiping the interior. Thanks to the lemon, you won’t be able to smell the vinegar!

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How To Easily Deep Clean Your Toilet?

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Everyone hates cleaning their toilets which is why I must ask you – when was the last time you cleaned yours? You probably don’t even remember! Well, since toilets can get pretty dirty and they are covered in bacteria, you need to take care of yours and deep clean it.

Since cleaning doesn’t really get rid of the bacteria – and if you haven’t cleaned your toilet in a long time, you need to make sure you disinfect it as well, I am going to share with you one “cleaning hack” that I use which both cleans and disinfects. It’s super easy and you only need one ingredient – bleach! Yes, bleach is an amazing disinfectant and it will also clean your toilet.

I don’t really enjoy using bleach because it’s extremely harsh and it also releases toxic fumes, however, it’s the best thing to use for cleaning and disinfecting a toilet. I would suggest you use a protective mask and gloves. Also, if you have a window in your bathroom – open it since you want to be in a well-ventilented area whenever you use bleach!

How To Deep Clean Your Toilet With Bleach?

Get your bleach and pour it into your toilet. Make sure you cover the walls and the rim as well. Next, grab your toilet brush and start scrubbing the toilet. Once you do that, I recommend getting some paper towels and wiping the rim.

Also, cover the outside of your toilet with paper towels. Once you are done, throw the paper towels in the toilet and flush. If you can, get your showerhead and rinse the outside of your toilet as well so that you remove all bleach residue.

And just like that, with one product, your toilet is now free of any germs and impurities.

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Clean Your Kitchen Appliances In Under Two Hours Following These Tips From Experts!

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Your kitchen is filled with appliances – and they need to be cleaned and disinfected from time to time. Taking care of them will ensure better performance and a long lifespan.

But cleaning your fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher can get pretty overwhelming and time-consuming. I know that you do not want to spend your entire weekend locked in your kitchen cleaning appliances – no one wants that! This is why I partnered up with https://cleaners.ltd.uk/ and asked them whether they have some tips and tricks when it comes to cleaning kitchen appliances. To my surprise, they told me that these chores aren’t that hard and don’t necessarily need to waste all of your free time – in fact, you can clean every appliance in your kitchen in under two hours.

Is It Really Possible?

If I have to be honest, I didn’t exactly believe them which is why I tested their tips before I wrote this article. The results? Yes, the cleaning team was right, it is absolutely possible to clean your appliances in two hours which is life-changing!

Here Is How To Do It!

Start off with gathering all cleaning supplies you will need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • A scrub brush (or a toothbrush)
  • An all-purpose cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Rags
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Next, fill your sink with hot water and add liquid dish soap. The hot soapy water will come in handy!

– How To Clean Your Oven?

Spray an all-purpose cleaner in the interior of your oven then shut the door. If your oven is extremely dirty then I suggest using a degreaser instead of the all-purpose cleaner because it will be a lot more effective.

While you wait, spray your stovetop with baking soda then pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Place a rag or a towel over the stove and let it sit for an hour.

Then go back to your oven and wipe the interior with a cloth so you remove all the impurities.

After one hour, go back to your stove and wipe it with a clean towel. All burnt food, grease, and other gunk will easily come off!

– How To Clean Your Microwave?

This is extremely easy – fill a bowl with equal parts of water and vinegar then place it in your microwave. Turn the appliance for 3 minutes then let the bowl sit in there for another 5 minutes before you open the door. The created steam will loosen up all the impurities so they can easily be removed. Next, grab a cloth and wipe the interior!

– How To Clean Your Dishwasher?

Fill a cup with vinegar then place it on the top rack. Run a full hot cycle without placing anything else inside of your appliance. Just like that, your dishwasher will be clean and disinfected!

– How To Clean Your Fridge?

Unplug your fridge and let it defrost for a while. While you wait, take out all the food and throw everything that has expired. Next, place all drawers and shelves in the hot soapy water sitting in your sink. Wash them with a sponge.

Then mix a teaspoon of dish soap, a teaspoon of baking soda, and 4 cups of water. Wipe the interior and exterior of your fridge with the mixture (either use a microfiber cloth or a rag). Repeat this step until you are happy with the results.

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This Is The Easiest Way To Clean Your Bathtub!

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Cleaning your bathroom is definitely not fun especially when you have to scrub the bathtub. I know I used to hate this cleaning chore and I would avoid it at all cost which leads to my tub being dirtier… and me having to scrub it for hours.

Thankfully, I have found a way to easily clean it without wasting too much time, however, keep in mind that nothing will replace the regular cleaning. If you want cleaning to be easier, regardless if we are talking about the bathroom or any other room in your home, you shouldn’t skip on your chores for a long time.

How I Easily Clean My Bathtub?

Now it’s time to show you how I clean my bathtub. You might be surprised but I actually use only two ingredients – natural ones! I don’t use any harsh products containing a lot of chemicals, I simply use vinegar and liquid soap.

I start off by pouring some vinegar into a spray bottle following by liquid soap. Then I shake the bottle so the ingredients can mix and my cleaner is ready.

Both of these ingredients work very well at removing soap scum, stains, and impurities and can even be used to clean your toilet!

If I have to be honest, I use it to clean my whole bathroom – not just the bathtub. I spray my shower, tiles, the toilet, and my tub with it and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you are dealing with some pretty stubborn stains you might even want to leave it on for a few hours so the cleaner can loosen them.

Then I simply rinse everything with the showerhead and that is it – my whole bathroom is spotless without me having to do any scrubbing!

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5 Common Cleaning Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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There are so many different cleaning hacks, tips, and tricks out there and, unfortunately, some of the most common ones are completely false. This is why I wanted to focus on some myths I know of and tell you exactly why they do not work!

Bleach Is An Amazing Cleaner

In general, bleach being a cleaner is totally false. What bleach does is kill bacteria but it does not clean – it disinfects.

Both of these things are completely different – cleaning is removing the impurities off of a surface while disinfecting is getting rid of the germs on that surface.

You Need To Use A Special Cleaner For Grout

This is also false – you do not need to use any fancy cleaner that is packed with harsh chemicals. Instead, you can use a simple mixture of white vinegar and water. It’s much more effective and way less harmful.

In case the grout is extremely dirty then you can use a mixture of baking soda and water. The paste will act as a scrub which is an ideal alternative to commercial cleaners.

Use Newspapers When Cleaning Your Windows

In the past this hack has worked great, however, the paper people use to make newspapers nowadays is different and will leave ink stains behind.

This is why you need to leave this hack in the past and move on to using a squeegee.

Natural Cleaners Don’t Work

Another common myth people still believe today is that using natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda isn’t as effective at cleaning as a commercial product. I must admit – I DIY most of the cleaners I use to clean my home and in some cases, they work even better than the ones you can buy from the store.

Not only this but they are cheaper and do not contain any harsh chemicals – very beneficial for people with allergies!

You Don’t Need To Clean Your Dishwasher

Another myth that a lot of people believe, however, all of your appliances need to be cleaned – and your dishwasher isn’t an exception.

In order to have a spotless dishwasher that works properly and has a long lifespan you need to take care of it – regularly clean the filter, removing all food after each cycle, etc.

Also, I recommend you to place a cup of vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher and run an empty cycle once a month. This is a great way to maintain your appliance free of any germs and impurities!