Home cleaning tips

Sanitize the sink

It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labelled as  EPA-registered disinfectant, or make your own. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water build up, which deters mould and keeps the sink looking clean longer.

 Zap the sponge

We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high heat for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.

Tame the toilet

Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber…and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush. And if you cringe at the idea of getting splashed by toilet water (ugh!), it is suggested that you push the toilet brush in and out of the trap before you begin. This lowers the water level, allowing you to safely swish away.

Corral strays

Keep drains free of hair and clogs by using a product like Jik or Hypo to make sure potential clogs are gone; then, pour boiling water down drains once a week to keep problem-free. Get rid of those annoying stray hairs on the floor by sweeping them up with a damp wad of toilet paper every morning.

 

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia

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