It’s always a joy to see pets having fun and feeling cozy at home. After all, they’re like family to us already. But, fun for them sometimes means trouble for us. Drooling over the carpet, spreading fur everywhere, bringing in dead things, rolling over gross stuff—you name it!
These are all fun to watch but a hassle to clean after. It’s a dilemma. How do we keep our pets happy while maintaining house cleanliness?
You don’t have to wonder anymore, for Cleanrific prepared a list of practical tips to keep the mess at bay while pets have the time of their lives every day.
1. Regularly scrub the litterbox
If you own a cat, you know very well how strong its dump can smell. Hence, it’s essential to clean the litterbox regularly. The ideal frequency of emptying and scrubbing is twice a day. This will ensure that the smell does not linger for too long on the container.
Apart from the daily cleaning, make time to deep clean the litterbox at least once a week to preserve the container’s quality and ensure that microbes are completely removed. Deep-cleaning includes the following steps:
Disinfection using a bleach solution
Replacement of sand
It’s also advised to replace your litterbox at least once a year.
2. Collect fur using latex gloves
Pets like dogs shed a lot to keep them in good shape. Consequently, layers of their hair can be seen almost everywhere in the house—sofa, bed, carpets, and even bathrooms.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to remove some hair strands completely because of their short size. One solution to this is the use of latex gloves. The friction between the gloves and the upholstery creates static energy that readily attracts the pet hair. Simply rub the gloves in a single direction and observe how most hair is picked up.
3. Use baby wipes skewer to clean hard-to-reach spots
Sometimes dogs and cats like to hang around narrow spaces and end up leaving their dirt in cracks and other hard-to-reach areas. One effective solution to this problem is using a skewer with baby wipes wrapped around it to clean every nook and cranny.
4. Use baking soda to clean upholsteries and pet beds
This will ideally neutralise the odour and remove light stains from the fabric.
5. Deodorise carpets with vinegar
Of course, we can’t forget the usual disinfecting partner of baking soda—vinegar!
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar. Then, spray the solution on carpet stains. Next, let the spot dry, and voila! You’ll notice that the lingering smells are gone.
6. Use enzyme-based cleaners to remove stains and odours
If you’re still unconvinced with the vinegar and baking soda’s deodorising abilities, you may also use enzyme-based cleaners. These products contain useful microorganisms that can eat away the odour-causing organic matter. Without this organic matter as a food supply, bacteria on the surface will eventually die.
All you have to do is spray enough on the target area and let the solution stay for a few hours or days by covering the sprayed area with plastic or wet fabric.
7. Cover the drain with a hair catcher
Pet hair often fall off during bath time. Unfortunately, this often clogs the shower drain. You can keep the fur out of the drain by covering it with a bath mat or a meshy scrubbing pad. Make sure to either wedge the pads with a stopper or clip them with bobby pins to keep them in place.
8. Deep-clean pet items
Pet items, like collars and toys, can quickly get smelly as pets frequently use them. If neglected, these items would get too smelly and spread the unpleasant odour all over the house.
To deep clean pet items, simply submerge them in a bowl of shampoo and hot water for 30 minutes. Then, thoroughly rinse the items with cold water and air-dry.
9. Invest in practical pet items
Cleaning can also be made easy if the items we buy for our pets are easy-clean, such as pet beds with removable covers.
10. Keep your pets clean
Finally, always keep your pets clean. After all, it would be useless to clean home surfaces and pet-related items if our pets themselves are untidy and smelly. Hence, give them a good wash every time they go out and start smelling funny.
As technology evolves at an unprecedented rate, the world also becomes busier than ever. It’s like everyone’s always on the go to the point that even meals have to be quick. One of the few appliances that made quick meals possible is a microwave.
Since a modern microwave can efficiently heat leftover food and even make quick dishes, it has become a must-have in the kitchen. But, no matter how fast microwaves can prepare meals, they’re just like any appliance at home—they also need to be cleaned.
Grease and burnt aroma often stay inside your microwave. Sometimes, these can even affect your next dish’s quality.
Apart from the untidy appearance and food alterations, leaving your microwave in an unclean condition also promotes bacterial growth and early appliance degradation.
Fortunately, there are accessible and affordable ways to clean our reliable microwaves. Read through and learn how to give your kitchen buddy the best cleaning.
Microwave Interior Cleaning Options
Listed below are a few methods you can use to clean your microwave based on the severity of the mess and the availability of materials.
If we’re looking at a microwave with minimal stains and odours, then a paper towel would usually suffice.
Place wet paper towels in the microwave.
Produce stream from the wet towels by turning on the microwave for about 5 minutes. This will soften stubborn stains and dirt.
Wipe down the stains and other contaminants.
If you’re uncomfortable heating up paper towels, you may also use a bowl of soapy water to produce steam inside.
Make a paste by mixing a few tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water.
Wipe it over hardened food inside the microwave.
Let it stay for 5 minutes before wiping it off using a sponge.
Repeat the process until you’ve completely removed the stains or the stuck burnt food.
Commercial Microwave Cleaner
If you’re uncomfortable or unsure about using DIY cleaning products, commercial microwave cleaners are also available online or in local grocery stores. Just make sure to read the instructions carefully.
How to eliminate the odour?
I’m sure you’ve already experienced burning food in your microwave, especially when you were still getting familiar with the microwave manual. It’s unpleasant, right?
You don’t have to stress over it now. All To remove the odour, all you have to do is wipe your microwave with vinegar and hot water or place a bowl of baking soda to absorb the odour.
You may use an odour-absorbing gel if you’re dealing with a strong odour.
How to remove the grease from microwave doors?
Once you’re done with the interior, never forget that you still have to deal with the greasy doors. And sides. Follow these steps, and you’ll find your doors grease-free in no time.
Using a sponge and baking soda solution, wipe the microwave door frame on both sides. For hard-to-reach edges or door parts, use a toothbrush.
For the glass window, use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Make sure to dry the glass after.
If you’re still unsatisfied with the result, you may also use warm soapy water or a commercial grease-cutting cleaner.
Microwaves provide modern solutions to our busier lifestyle. If we want to keep having them around, they’ll also need modern care. This is also our aim here at Cleanrific. Give us a call, and we’ll give your microwave and other appliances the cleaning they deserve.
People have been spending most of their time at home for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, many have picked up new hobbies, rekindled forgotten talents, and even developed physically fit lifestyles through exercise.
But, as people engage in a more active lifestyle, germs and dirt also start to build up in public gyms. Fitrated.com inspected 27 gym equipment and found that each piece contains 1 million germs per square inch. 90 to 95% of which are harmful to humans. Yikes!
Cleaning supplies and equipment you’ll need for home gym cleaning
Unlike other house surfaces, furniture, and items, gym equipment and other fitness items are sensitive to the chemicals you introduce. Hence, it’s best to use cleaning products specially made for gym stuff. Your DIY cleaning materials would probably cause irreversible damage.
The items you may use are gentle detergents, carpet and upholstery shampoo, mat wash sprays, and kitchen wipes. Preferred options include the likes of Lysol, Clorox, and Tide.
Suppose you’re still unsure about your cleaning agent. In that case, you may also consult house cleaning companies, like Cleanrific, since we always make sure that our cleaning products are eco-friendly and gentle enough to effectively clean your home without damaging anything.
Once you’ve decided what cleaning products to use, it’s time for our home gym cleaning.
Our home gym cleaning routine starts with the equipment and other fitness items. Since each piece of equipment has its own cleaning needs and material sensitivity, detailed below are the specific ways to clean them.
Resistance bands are latex, polycarbonate, or synthetic rubber materials used for strength training and physical rehabilitation. Hence, these have frequent contact with body sweat and dirt and require regular cleaning.
Since resistance bands are stretchy and made of materials with low chemical resistance to alcohol-based cleaning solutions, they’re more challenging to clean.
Instead of using harsh cleaning agents, wipe resistance bands with disinfectant wipes after every use. For its deep cleaning, submerge your bands in a warm soapy bath. Then, scrub and swish them around for 30 seconds. Finally, rinse and air-dry the bands.
Free weights are made of grippy and textured materials that germs and dirt love to cling onto. To sanitize these, use a cleaning wipe paired with disinfectant sprays, like Lysol. Allow the weights to completely dry first before using them again to ensure the termination of harmful microorganisms.
If you notice dirt build-up around the ridges, scrubbing the material using a brush with a soapy solution should do the trick.
In cleaning gym machines, like treadmills, make sure to unplug them first. Then, it’s pretty much easier from hereon since gym machines often have smooth surfaces. All you have to do is wipe down the machine surfaces with a disinfectant. Do this after every workout.
Apart from the gym equipment, it’s also vital to keep your floors clean and well-maintained. After all, you get down there to do some exercises.
The type of flooring material matters when it comes to cleaning. Some floors hate moisture, like wood and vinyl. For these types of floor, dusting and the use of a mild floor cleaner would suffice.
After a workout, we usually settle on our benches to rest. Consequently, some sweat and microbes we might have carried are also transferred on the bench surface. Since benches are usually smooth, just wipe down the surface with a disinfectant.
Generally, home gym cleaning must be a daily commitment, especially when you’re using it pretty often. Specifically, make sure to at least disinfect shared and high-touch surfaces (e.g. mats and dumbbells) with wipes after every use.
As for deep cleaning, do it at least once a month. But, if your home gym has poor air circulation or is prone to accumulating sweat and dirt, schedule deep cleaning more often.
It’s good that people are now heading towards a more healthy lifestyle with the help of a home gym. But, we shouldn’t forget that it’s also our responsibility to keep the gym clean to protect our families from diseases and preserve the excellent condition of our fitness equipment.