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With the coronavirus still endangering the health of many Americans and many individuals spending more time at home than ever, regular thorough cleaning has never been more important. But just because you’re cleaning more regularly doesn’t mean you have to spend more time doing it. Experts in cleaning and disinfection have provided us with sanitizing advice that can save you time, money, and sanity. (Spoiler alert: buy vinegar!) Check out 5 Disinfectants That Kill Coronavirus in 30 Seconds or Less for more quick sanitizing ideas.

 

1) Use vinegar to remove water stains:

If you have water stains on your glasses, vinegar is the remedy. According to Maid Right, all you need to do is mix 50/50 vinegar and water, apply it to the water stains, and let it soak for 15 minutes. After the vinegar solution has broken down the dirt, scrape the scum away with a toothbrush, rinse the glass, and wipe clean

 

2) Brush your keyboard with vinegar.

 

keyboard with vinegar

Cleaning keyboard with vinegar

 

The amount of germs on a computer keyboard is astounding. A 2018 research in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health identified Bacillus (which can cause a range of illnesses) and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on keyboards (which can cause upper respiratory tract infections).

 

What’s new? It’s easy to disinfect and clean. Cleaning between and on keys with a vinegar/water solution kills germs, says Liz O’Hanlon, director of Metro Cleaning Ltd. in the UK. Want more disinfectants? 10 Disinfectants Kill Coronavirus Faster Than Lysol Wipes

 

2) Microwave your sponges to clean them.

Wet or dry, we use our kitchen sponge to clean utensils, plates, and even Unfortunately, a 2017 Scientific Reports study suggests that doing so may spread millions of germs around your house.

But it’s easier than you think to disinfect your sponge. “If you put a damp sponge in the microwave for 90 seconds on full power, you’ll reduce the amount of bacterial on it by [up to] 99 percent,” adds O’Hanlon.

It’s going to take a lot of elbow grease to get that stuck-on gunk off your leftover pasta. Luckily, a little steam can help a lot.

According to Justin Carpenter, owner of Tucson Maids, cleaning your microwave without scrubbing is easy. Carpenter says that boiling the water creates steam that loosens dirt in the microwave and makes it simple to wash off.

Then clean it with denture pills.

coffee pot, cleaning hacks

Your filthy coffee maker only needs some denture cleaning!

Then run the machine for a few cycles to clear up any muck that may have collected within, advises Abe Navas, general manager of Emily’s Maids in Dallas. Also, here’s how often you should clean every room in your house.

 

5) Clean your coffee machine with vinegar.

 

Some of us don’t deep clean our coffee makers as regularly as we should. So you could be consuming some of the nasty stuff along with your dark roast, according to a 2015 Scientific Reports study.

So, how should you deal with all that muck? “Once a month, fill your coffee maker’s reservoir with four tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with only water to get rid of any vinegar smell,” O’Hanlon advises.

 

6) Baking soda will polish your dishes.

Cleaning utensils with baking soda

Cleaning utensils with baking soda

 

A careless knife here, an overzealous fork there, and your kitchen is full of ugly scratched dishes. Fortunately, baking soda can restore your dishes’ lustre.

“Make a paste with baking soda and water, buff it into the scratches,” O’Hanlon adds.

 

12) Give your waste disposal a lemon.

Cut kitchen bin order with lemon

Cut kitchen bin order with lemon

It’s no surprise that our garbage disposals are a veritable petri dish, as evidenced by the foul aromas. Thankfully, cleaning them up is simple: “Drop some cut lemons down your drain for a fresh scent” O’Hanlon advises.

 

11Auto-clean your blender

Blender cleaning

Blender cleaning

Cleaning a blender is risky business. Every time you try to remove the remnants of smoothie off your blades, you have to put your hand into a bowl full of knives and hope for the best.

 

But that stuff is easy to remove. “some warm water, baking soda, and washing-up soap in your blender, and blend it for a few seconds,” adds O’Hanlon. After that, give it a short rinse with clean water or put it in the dishwasher.

 

 

13) Wash your chopping boards with lemon.

Chopping board cleaning

Chopping board cleaning

While most plastic cutting boards may be put in the dishwasher, wooden ones cannot.

 

If you by rub some lemon and salt onto the chopping board, you can get out those difficult stains in your wooden boards.. Try massaging the salt into the chopping board for a few minutes before washing it away.

 

14) Use vodka to remove mildew.

Clean mildew with vodka

Clean mildew with vodka

 

Your frozen vodka can be used for more than simply martinis. If you have mildew in your bathroom, it can help you quickly eliminate it.

 

“Fill a spray bottle with a 50-50 mix of vodka and water, spray it on the affected areas, and leave it for around 10 minutes,” Parry advises. He adds that the vodka’s alcohol will not only clean up but also destroy mildew. How to clean a toilet? 7 Bathroom Disinfectants that Kill Coronavirus

 

 

15) Bleach keeps your washer smelling new.

Washing machine

Washing machine

 

Many of us mistakenly believe our washing machines are self-cleaning. A 2007 research in Applied and Environmental Microbiology revealed that a standard wash and rinse with detergent did not eliminate many pathogenic viruses.

 

But there’s an easy fix for your washing machine. “Run your machine on a clean setting with a mixture of hot water and a squirt of bleach,” O’Hanlon advises. This helps destroy any bugs that may be lurking within.

 

16) Lemon and salt your shower doors.

Shower door cleaning

Shower door cleaning

 

Shower doors are easier to clean than you think, and you don’t need harsh cleaners to shine them.

 

Cut a lemon in half, dip one half in salt, and scrub away! Like your wooden cutting boards, the abrasives of the salt and the acidity of the lemon eats away the soap scum and mineral build up. If you don’t have a lemon, you can use a grapefruit instead.

 

 

18) USE VINEGAR TO CLEAN THE SHOWER Head

Shower head cleaning

Shower head cleaning

Your bathroom’s splotchy shower head is as bad as it appears. An investigation in 2009 revealed that 20% of shower heads examined had Mycobacterium avium, which can cause significant respiratory problems.

 

 

Fortunately, cleaning the exterior of your shower head is easy. “Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and attach it to your shower head with a rubber band, leaving to soak overnight,” advises O’Hanlon. They’ll be gone in the morning.

 

 

19) Wax paper shines sink fixtures.

Kitchen sink cleaning

Kitchen sink cleaning

Our continuous use of our sinks means they often seem dirty even after being completely cleaned. After cleaning your sink with an antibacterial cleanser, polish your taps and handles with some wax paper. The paper’s wax repels water, avoiding further stains.

 

20) Toothpaste removes silver tarnish

Silver

Silver

 

If you don’t have silver cleaning on available, a product from your medical cabinet will do the trick. “Simply apply toothpaste to your pieces and rub it in with a rag,” explains Parry. Or work it into elaborate motifs with a gentle toothbrush.

 

 

21) Use newspaper to clean windows instead of paper towels.

 

Window cleaning

Window cleaning

Using paper towels to clean your mirrors and windows is a waste of time.

 

“The cheap and easy way to clean your glass surfaces is with newspaper, which won’t streak or leave your surfaces covered with annoying bits [of lint],” says O’Hanlon. Spray your regular cleaner over the glass, then spread it with newspaper. A slick sheen.

 

23) Blinds – Vacuum them!

Blind cleaning

Blind cleaning

 

Cleaning blinds with a feather duster is a thankless chore that takes longer than expected.

 

Instead, O’Hanlon suggests using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean them. “use tumble dryer sheets… [with] tongs to reach the top,” she suggests.

 

24) Shaving cream removes upholstery stains.

Sofa cleaning

Sofa cleaning

 

No need to engage a costly specialist to remove stains from your furniture.

 

Rub a little shaving cream (not gel) into the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes on more stubborn stains, and then dab to dry. First test this on a hidden part of your furniture first to ensure it doesn’t damage the upholstery’s colour.

 

25) Baking Soda Mattress Freshener

Mattress cleaning

Mattress cleaning

 

Hopefully, by maturity, you’re cleaning your pillows and pillowcases semi-regularly. But most of us don’t clean our beds. But you can easily reduce bacterial contamination and allergy-causing dust on your bed.

Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda then vacuum it. After a few hours vacuum again to remove any smells. This can be done once a month to ensure that its always fresh.