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It’s hard enough to keep the home clean with one child, let alone two. While mess is inevitable, and no parent should feel bad about their home not being perfectly clean all the time, we have a few life hacks for a cleaner home to help you turn the tide in the battle against messes.
Baking Soda for Stains and Smells
From couches to carpets, there are plenty of stainable surfaces in the house. And with little ones, there is no end to how those surfaces can get stained. Fortunately, there’s a simple trick not only remove the stain from these surfaces but neutralize any lingering odors. Simply sprinkle the couch with baking soda and let it sit from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on your preference and the amount of time you have available. When time is up, vacuum up the baking soda.
This trick even works on carpet. If you have an oil-based stain, pour the baking soda on the stain, working it into the carpet. Allow it to sit for at least fifteen minutes, then use the vacuum. For tougher stains, add a little vinegar before sprinkling on the baking powder. The mixture will bubble up like your old high school science far projects. You can allow the mixture to dry, suck it up for a vacuum, or let it sit up to thirty minutes before blotting it out with a towel, depending on the stain’s severity.
Clean the Microwave with a Lemon
Our microwave ovens accumulate a lot of gunk as time goes on. But even the gunkiest microwaves are no match for this clever cleaning life hack. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe bowl. Add the two lemon halves to the bowl then microwave the whole thing on high for five to ten minutes. Wait another five minutes. After you take the bowl out, you’ll be able to wipe the dirt off the dish and walls of the microwave with ease.
Car Wax for Clean Appliances
Our children’s tiny fingers are constantly out exploring the world, and the evidence of it is often all over the surface of our stainless-steel appliances. Rather than tell our kids they can’t touch anything, it’s possible to make the appliances less prone to fingerprints. Car wax is designed to help surfaces resist dirt and water. If you clean stainless steel appliances with any type of car wax, you’ll find fingerprints don’t show up on the surfaces nearly as frequently. On top of that, your appliances will shine like never before.