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Important Home Items You Should be Cleaning

No one really likes to clean their home, but with a new home, comes new responsibilities, and cleaning items you never really think to clean, is important. Corpus Christi moving companies have moved a lot of families out of their homes, and we have noticed when certain items are left unkempt for a new homeowner to have to deal with. If you are looking to sell your home, have just bought a home that has used appliances, or you need help cleaning some of your everyday home items, we have some tips on home cleaning so that these items can shine bright.

Oven: The oven is an appliance that we tend to use daily, if not multiple times a day, so how often should it be cleaned? Keep an eye on if there is any build up that is building on the inside. The buildup is typically black, as it gets burnt as you keep using your oven. The longer that you wait to clean the residue off of the inside of your oven, the harder the stains will be to remove and the harder you will have to scrub. For a natural, stain fighting oven cleaning compound: mix warm water with ½ cup baking soda and roughly 2 tablespoons of salt. Mix until it is a paste and then use it to scrub the inside of your stove.

Dishwasher. Your dishwasher is what washes your dishes…duh. But, do you ever think to clean the thing that you rely on to clean what you eat off of? If you are not cleaning your dishwasher every so often, you might want to refrain from trusting it to keep your dishes clean. An easy way to clean and disinfect your dishwasher: throw some vinegar and lemon juice, even baking soda in the soap tray while it is empty and run an empty cycle. Make sure you put it on steam dry too, for added disinfecting.

Clothes Iron. Your clothes iron more often than not, has a dirty plate. However, it is easy to keep clean so that when you are in a rush to get rid of wrinkles, you don’t have to worry about staining your favorite blouse.  To clean your iron: Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover the plate with the mixture and wipe clean with a cloth and clean in the holes with Qtips. The final step: fill your iron with fresh water, turn it on the highest setting, and iron a test cloth to free any inside residue.

Pillows. Pillows are typically forgotten when it comes to washing your bed sheets and blankets. However, they build up so much from your face creams and makeup, to withstanding your wet hair after you shower.  Since your pillows can also be home to dust mites, you should wash them at least once a year.  To keep your pillows clean: it’s simple; toss it into the washing machine with a little detergent and make sure that the water setting is on hot. Set the rinse cycle to re-rinse and then throw your pillows into the dryer on “fluff”.

Microwave. Your microwave most likely gets cleaned often, as it is easy to get dirty. However, are you sanitizing it? Does it smell clean? You can steam clean your microwave by filling a microwave safe bowl with water and filling it with a couple slices of lemon. Cooking the bowl of lemon water will steam clean your microwave. However, it will not get rid of the crumbs so make sure that you scrape your microwave free of crumbs before you microwave the lemon-water bowl.

Mattress. Your mattress has a lifespan of roughly eight years, and that is a long time to build up sweat, oils, dust, skin particles, dirt, and much more. In order to keep your mattress clean enough for comfort, start by vacuuming it. Then, sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface. Let the baking soda sit for a couple hours, then vacuum it off. Here comes the harder part: take your mattress outside to air out and get a tan. Yes, UV rays are beneficial to killing any bacteria that could be lurking on or in your mattress. Fresh air and UV rays are one of the best things for your mattress.