Welcome back to this month’s Spring Cleaning Series! April is about to end and so this is the last post in the series. If you haven’t already done so, check out the previous posts on cleaning the Kitchen, Bathroom & Living Space using homemade DIY products that are sustainable and free of harsh chemicals.
In this post, I will share some DIY cleaning hacks that I use personally to save time and get the job done quickly yet efficiently. If you give them a try, let me know how you like it!
1. Garbage Bin Deodorizer
This is a simple trick I came across that works like a charm to get rid of nasty smells coming from my kitchen garbage bin! You can use this for any garbage areas at home, but I personally use it for my organic compost bin that holds all the food scraps. It’s worth mentioning that I live in a studio apartment with my husband and so everything is open-concept and in close proximity to one another. So, on a regular basis I was able to smell the kitchen scraps from the compost in my living and sleeping space… and as you can imagine, it’s not pleasant at all!
What I have been doing for few months now is placing a handful of baking soda (i.e. sodium bicarbonate) at the base of the bin and layering it with either paper towel or newspaper before adding the garbage bag. This will prevent any leaks from absorbing into the baking soda. As you know, baking soda is great for killing odours and definitely proved to be the case in this scenario too! You can change this out once a week or whenever you change the bag.
2. Maintaining a Clean Fridge
I have to admit that I don’t follow this tip as often as I would like, but when I do I can see the results and why it is time-saving! So, cleaning the inside of your fridge can be a pain especially when it’s filled with foods that need to be unpacked and then repacked after the clean.
My tip is to do the deep clean before you go for the next grocery trip. We do grocery shopping about every 3 weeks, give or take. Having the fridge almost empty before the new groceries come in is the perfect time to give it a good wipe down because it saves a ton of time and energy. And this way, the deep clean is on rotation every 3 weeks! I don’t know about you, but without this method I tend to forget deep cleaning the inside of the fridge because it’s usually out-of-sight, and hence out-of-mind.
If you’re looking for a chemical-free DIY cleaner to wipe down your fridge, check out my recipe for an All Purpose spray in my Kitchen Cleaning post.
3. Shower Glass Door
If you have glass doors in your stand-up shower and depending on where you live, it gets dirty very quickly from the harsh water residue (as it is in my case), then you know how difficult it can be to keep the glass transparent. A trick I came across is to use a dryer sheet to scrub off the soap scum first before adding an All Purpose Cleaner to wipe it down. Dryer sheets work like magic on this and they don’t leave any streaks on the glass!
Currently, I have a pack of dryer sheets from Canada but generally I don’t have access to buy them since they are not available in Brazil… Generally, dryers themselves are not common here because clothes are usually hang-dried. So in that case, it just takes some more elbow grease to clean the glass doors thoroughly. But to prevent harsh water stains from forming in the first place, it’s good to keep a squeegee in the shower and scrape off the water on the door after every use.
4. Shower Head
We tend to neglect cleaning our shower heads as well. The stainless steel can get pretty gross from time to time so a fast and easy way to deep clean and sanitize it is to soak it in vinegar. You can use any plastic bag you may have around the home, fill it half way with vinegar and tie it around the shower head as it is immersed in the bag. Leave it for 15 minutes and you will see that the metal is completely clean and shiny again!
5. Kitchen Sink
I already shared how I deep clean my kitchen sink using baking soda as a scrub, but as mentioned earlier I do live in a studio apartment and want to keep the space smelling fresh all the time. A simple trick I do to block off any odours coming from the drain is to leave an already-used lemon wedge by the drain overnight.
Lemons are another staple in my kitchen because I use it often for cooking and cleaning my wooden cutting board. I always have a used lemon wedge on hand, and so instead of throwing it out, I keep it my sink drain overnight after washing all the dishes. The kitchen remains smelling fresh in the morning and it’s ready to be used again!
Thanks for tuning back in and hope you all had a good Earth Week!
Peace & Love ❤