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How To Easily Clean Your Ice Maker?

Posted by Layla Byrd on

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.


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?

Posted by Layla Byrd on

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!


Here is how to clean your entire home with baking soda!

Posted by Layla Byrd on

I know you have baking soda somewhere in your kitchen. Every household has it, right? Well, why not find the best way to use this inexpensive ingredient and put it to work? I am here to teach you of all the amazing ways you can use baking soda to clean your home!

– Cutting boards

Cleaning and disinfecting cutting boards are extremely important. Washing them with soapy water isn’t enough – trust me!

The easiest way to clean your cutting board is to mix baking soda with salt and water. After creating a paste you should scrub the board with it.

– Your fridge

More specifically – deodorizing your fridge. After deep cleaning it, you can create a deodorizer which consists of 2 cups of baking soda and 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. Place the mixture in your fridge and allow it to absorb any bad smells!

– The grill

If you love grilling then you need to know how to clean the grill, right? I have found that the best way to do so is by making a paste with dish soap and baking soda. Spread it all over the grill rack and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then, of course, grab a scrubbing brush and scrub then rinse!

– Dishwashing tablets

Did you know that you can make your own dishwashing tablets? Well, you can even make them with baking soda. All you need is baking soda, kosher salt, washing soda, and citric acid and your dishes will be spotless!

– Upholstery

I like cleaning my mattress with baking soda and essential oils. Not only do I clean it but I disinfect it as well. I simply mix the baking soda with the essential oil of my choice, sprinkle the entire mattress with it, and leave it for a few hours. Then I vacuum the powder.

This is a great way to clean not only your mattress but your sofa as well!


Removing Food Coloring Stains? Here is how to do it!

Posted by Layla Byrd on

If you enjoy cooking and think presentation is important then I am sure you have used food colouring in some form – gel, powder, liquid. It’s a pretty fun way to decorate your dishes or desserts but the one downfall is that they will easily stain your clothes.

But don’t stress about it – these stains are easy to remove. To be honest, in most cases you would probably only need cold water and laundry detergent to get rid of it.

Let’s get to cleaning!

Rinse the stained area with cold water – simply hold the clothing item with the wrong side up under cold running water.

Then grab the laundry detergent you usually use and treat the stained area with it. Either work in it with your fingers or use a soft brush. Once you are done and the stain is gone – wash the clothing item in your washing machine.

But if the stain isn’t completely gone then you can mix cold water and an oxygen-based bleach. I suggest you dilute the bleach according to what the package directions say so that you don’t experience any problems. Once you do that soak the clothing piece in the mixture overnight, then wash as usual!


Learn how to unclog a drain using your vacuum cleaner

Posted by Layla Byrd on

Unclogging a drain is one of the most annoying chores ever – it even beats cleaning a toilet in my opinion. However, I have found a pretty amazing and easy trick that will fix your problems and it has everything to do with your vacuum cleaner. I know it sounds very weird but trust me – it will save your life.

You will only need a wet-dry vacuum and a rag.

Start with turning the water on and letting it build up a little. Make sure to dip the rag in there.

Grab the end of your vacuum cleaner’s hose, place the rag on there and press everything against the drain. Now turn on your vacuum cleaner. You would want to create a tight seal.

Once you are done slowly remove the vacuum hose. If your sink or tub stains properly then you have successfully removed the hair or grime that is causing the trouble. If not then feel free to repeat the whole process.


Tips on how to clean your home for Christmas

Posted by Layla Byrd on

Christmas is right around the corner. You probably are making dinner and you are having guests over – your family or friends. You need to welcome them in a clean environment, of course. But in order to do that, you have to deep clean your entire home which is not an easy task. It’s time consuming, chaotic, and stressful. But I can help you organize the cleaning and transform it into something not so annoying.

Follow these tips and you won’t have any problems with turning your house spotless so that you can impress your guests.

Clean one room at a time

For starters, always put your attention to one room at a time. Start cleaning your living room, for example, and go to the next room only after you are finished with the previous one. If you start cleaning your kitchen then go into your bedroom then into your bathroom and then come back to the kitchen you are wasting a lot of time, you are making the whole process chaotic and stressful as well as you are spreading germs all-around your house.

– ‘‘Ceiling to floor’’

When you are cleaning you need to make this a habit of yours. Start with the things that are higher then proceed with cleaning the floors. If you do decide to vacuum the carpet, for example, then you start removing the dust from the shelves and counters all of the dust, dirt, bacteria, etc. will go straight to the floor you just cleaned. This will mean that your cleaning chores will be endless. If you clean everything in a room and leave the floors to be the last thing you check off your to-do list then you will know that all of the unwanted dirt and dust in a room will be vacuum cleaned and mopped.

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