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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tips to Consider to Help Keep Your Garage Clean

Whether your garage is just a normal built-in garage or one of those steel buildings at the bottom of your driveway, it’s nice to keep it clean and tidy because you never know when you’ll need to take tools or other items out of it. A lot of homeowners don’t use the garage for their vehicles; they just use it as a dumping ground for unused items and tools. Your garage doesn’t have to be a dumping ground as it can be another place for you to enjoy instead. 

If you’re looking for ways to keep your garage clean and tidy, have a look at some of the information below that will help you in the process.


Take Everything Out and Start Again

If you want to keep your garage clean it’s important you have a space for everything, and being able to create a space for everything will require you to take everything out to sort out completely. Start by taking every single item out of your garage and then consider how best to organize everything. Once your garage is empty, give it a spring clean to remove dust and cobwebs and then consider doing the same to every item you’re going to store in there again.

Get Rid of Useless Items You No Longer Need

If you’ve got a broken lawnmower sitting right next to your working new one in your garage, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t chuck the broken one out or at least get it repaired so you can sell it. The garage doesn’t need to have rubbish stacked in it or items you don’t use anymore so give it a good clear out and you’ll find you have much more space to work with when it comes to finding a place for everything.


Create Cabinets & Other Storage Space-Savers

Home-made cabinets are a fantastic way to keep your garage in tip-top shape. Cabinets provide room for your tools and other products such as used paint cans and car care products. Building shelves is always a terrific way to take advantage of the higher space and there’s no reason why shouldn’t bang nails into the wall so you can hang hand tools such as hammers and handsaws for you to be able to easily access when you need them.

Paint Your Garage Floor

A lot of homeowners turn their noses up at the idea of painting their garage floors, but you’ll find it’s an effective way to keep the floor spick and span. The process of painting your garage floor is very easy and even though many homeowners feel it is an expensive project, it’s actually affordable and will cost you around $30-$50 to complete the project.



If you organize your garage in such a way so you can take advantage of all the space on offer, you’ll find keeping your garage clean is very easy and you’ll only have to go out there once every few weeks to give your newly painted floor a sweep.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

All kinds of homes require cleaning to function well—high-rise condos, modest apartment, or even designer prefab homes. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of daily life can take time away from cleaning. But don’t let work and lifestyle get away from your cleaning tasks. When life gets busy, apply these ten cleaning hacks to have spic and span rooms in a breeze.

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

1. Clean the insides of blenders by blending soap and water

Shakes and smoothies are a sweet treat you can take any day. All’s good and well until you have to clean your blenders with sharp blades, which make the insides hard to clean.

Cleaning hack: Blend soap and water, push the button, and you’re done!

2. Disinfect objects through boiling

Most disinfectants tend to be costly and have some chemical propositions that may be hazardous to your health. Disinfecting through boiling and hot water, on the other hand, is an effective and cheap way to kill germs and avoid spreading of diseases.

Cleaning Hacks boiling

Cleaning hack: Wash and soak objects (toys, sheets, clothes, appliances) in hot water and soap. Be wary of some plastics, though, as it may melt under the heat.

3. Do a 15-minute clean up before going to bed

Dreaming of a peaceful and a good night sleep? Make 15-minute cleaning before bed a daily habit for you, your family, or your roommates. The feeling of getting everything done before going to bed is a satisfying feat. Through this, you can face the next day with no worries and dirt troubles.

Cleaning hack: Set a 15-minute timer and assign a room to clean up before going to bed. Cheers to good mornings!

4. Place a shoe rack by the door

Having footwear all over the place, especially when you have celebrations or any form of gathering can cause dirt to lie around and be a visitor in your floors as well.

Cleaning hack: Put shoe racks or closets near the door, so your visitors can easily store their shoes and keep the floors clean.

>Cleaning Hacks Shoes

5. Put microfiber cloths in easy to reach places for easy dusting

Microfiber cloths are cleaning wonders for when you need to dust away. Simply wiping will just leave the dust to settle to other places, and will add more cleaning time.

Cleaning hack: When in need of dusting, make sure to have a microfiber cloth nearby. Avoid wiping on greasy and oily materials, as it may damage the cloth and be less sufficient.

6. Mix lemon and baking soda to clean countertops

When lemon and baking soda combine, you can be sure that your surfaces will be clean in just a wipe. These two are cleaning charms and have been tried and tested already by a lot of people when it comes to cleaning. It’s safe, natural, and have few coarse chemicals to worry about.

Cleaning hack: Clean and wipe countertops and surfaces by mixing lemon juice and baking soda.

Cleaning Hacks Lemon

7. Use liquid shower gels to remove bathroom grout

Bathroom grout is one of the toughest stains you’ll have to clean and encounter. You may be squeaky clean after every refreshing bath, but your bathroom won’t be as clean as you.

To counter the grout, here’s a neat trick: use shower gels instead of bath soaps. The oils found in soap can cause grout, while shower gels have specially formulated ingredients.

Cleaning hack: Use shower gels instead of bath soap when bathing. Scrub the excess residue on the bathroom floor to clean grout.

8. Prevent rusting with petroleum jelly

It’s inevitable that metal objects will rust over time. To ensure that such objects can stand the test of time, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to avoid rusting and be usable for a long time.

Cleaning hack: Dab petroleum jelly on certain tools, metal objects, and furniture to prevent rusting.



Cleaning Hacks Rust

9. Clean spilled glitter with clay or tape

What glitters is not usually gold, as glitters could spill on your floor and be a challenging task to clean up. No worries, though, because clay and scotch tape are here to save your day. Just place either of these two materials, and the glitter will stick to it like glue.

Cleaning hack: Pick up spilled glitter with clay or scotch tape.

10. Make salt as an alternative stain remover

Apart from delicious cooking, salt is also a great factor when removing stains and for home cleaning. Different kinds of salts (e.g. iodized, coarse) can be matched with other elements like lemon and vinegar to get the job done right.

Cleaning hack: Add salt to a mixture of water for stain removal. Its natural components can be your ally in home cleaning.

In all honesty, cleaning is both a refreshing and an enlightening experience. Nothing beats the feeling of a newly-cleaned and decluttered room where you can see spaces that weren’t freed up before.

Yes, the task might be grueling and tiring, but if you’ll look around the corner, cleaning comes with a lot of benefits. With these hacks, you can wipe your way to a cleaner home with little to no costs in no time.