Cleaning Hacks

(August 09, 2018 )

Recently, I was helping a client prepare his home for sale. This is something that I do frequently, whether my clients need help with furniture placement, organization or just whatever. 
When I insisted that the bathtub needed to be cleaner better, he confessed to me the many different products he had tried that did not work. I asked him to humour me and try one more thing. 
He did, and surprise, it worked! He spent the rest of the afternoon marvelling over this new 'cleaning hack' as he called it.
Being that I am pretty much a clean freak by nature and had spent years at home with my kids when they were little, I had ample time to perfect my Martha Stewart-esq cleaning skills. 
I am often surprised and delighted when I can share these secrets with clients who previously had no idea and can put them to good use. 
So without further delay, here are some of my favourites. Make sure you wear gloves and use common sense when using any of these products. 

Mr Clean Magic Eraser is great for removing scuff marks on anything including walls and trim.

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner and a toothbrush for cleaning the grungiest of grout. Just pour on, let sit a few minutes, scrub, wipe and rise off. You may want to wear eye protection for this one. 

Vinegar! Can I just say that this is by far the best, cheapest and most versatile cleaning product ever? Ever get a milk product dumped out on carpet or in your car? It reeks. BAD. Soak up the product as much as possible, pour vinegar on it and let it sit 30 seconds. Sprinkle baking soda on top-kinda like your grade 3 science project-enjoy the foaming action of your mini volcano! Let it sit for a couple of hours but don't let it dry. 
 Blot up as much as possible, and use a carpet shampooer to remove the rest of the vinegar, then give the area a quick rinse and extraction. No more gross smell!

And finally, the bathtub hack! Use a combination of Vim with Bleach and a Mr Clean Magic Eraser to clean even the most stubborn dirt on tubs. Works great on sinks and even toilets.

These are my personal favourites that I find many people haven't heard of. Hopefully you too can put them to good use!

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