3 Tough Cleaning Tasks And Hacks to Tackle Them

House Cleaning St. LouisThere are some cleaning tasks in the house that just seem harder than others. Like me, you probably don’t want to deal with them either because they seem so arduous. When it comes to tackling these problems, perhaps you’ll seek help from a professional house cleaning company.

In the meantime, here are the five biggest things everyone hates cleaning and the tips that everyone’s grandmother keeps telling me work. (And the experts have confirmed. Go Grams!)

Inside the Oven

I love to cook. I’m told I’m pretty good at it too. That being said, after a marathon day creating a six-course meal, my personal satisfaction dwindles to dismay as I look at the mess left for me to clean, especially the brown crusty stuff found all over the oven and range.  How that much of the roast dripped out no longer matters.

Ideally, you wipe the oven down while it’s still warm. But if that doesn’t happen, it’s time to get serious. After you enjoy your meal, of course.

Mix water and baking soda in a bowl, creating a paste that doesn’t drip.  Clear the racks out of the oven and spread the paste on the oven floor and walls. Give it 24 hours to set and then spray with vinegar, heating the oven on low for 15 to 20 minutes and wipe down.

Tile Grout

You may have just cleaned the shower, following all the rules and using the best products, but it still looks gross. That clean shower with black moldy, mildew build up in the grout will make you want to shower with your eyes closed so you don’t feel dirtier.

There are two ways to tackle the black grime in your shower. The first is an OxiClean paste. Just mix it with a small amount of water, apply, and let it sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing. A toothbrush is a great tool to aid in the cleaning, getting into the minute pockets where the grime hides.

Now this solution works, but for a cleaning hack like myself, it can seem like just too much work. Scrubbing with a toothbrush? What if my son doesn’t realize that’s the cleaning toothbrush and uses it later tonight? Problems!

There is another way. Rent or buy a steam cleaner. Fire up that bad boy and let the steam permeate the grout and kill that grime. Yes, the vapor heat wages war against black yuk! And it wins!

“There are several great residential steam cleaners you can buy or you can go to the local home improvement store and get a heavy duty one.” – Show Me Dust Bunnies

The Tidy Toilet Bowl

Ever fear lifting that lid to clean the toilet seat in your child’s bathroom? I have, every single time. Who would have thought replacing the diaper genie dance with successful toilet training would lead to bathroom anxiety.

The reality is, even if you don’t have a child creating unique potty patterns with the commode, making a tidy bowl a tidy bowl is a job no one likes.  With these hacks, you may even be able to sell that HAZMAT suit. Or maybe just keep it for the memories.

Use cleaning wipes to clean the outside of the bowl and all areas of the seat. You’ll feel great that you can swipe and bag the dirty wipes for disposal. Because the wipes are already moist with cleaning solution, you won’t need to worry about spraying and splattering more of a mess.

Now for that ominous bowl. You can stare at it all you like. But while you stare, drop a couple of seltzer tabs in. This is a different type of “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” for your toilet, but it will work away at the film and stains in the bowl. After 15 minutes, give the bowl a quick scrub and flush. Voila! (Unless, or course, you realize there is a hot wheels car stuck down in the drain. Sorry, you’re on your own.)

For those days when you don’t even want to deal with these hacks, book the best professional house cleaners St. Louis has to offer.

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