It is that time of the year again when the fairy lights are out of the closet and Google search history is filled with Rangoli design ideas. But just when everything felt ready and set for the festival of lights, did you notice a few corners of your home untouched and dusty?
After weeks of busy cleaning schedule, and preparing for the most awaited festival, welcoming your guests to a dusty home is the last thing you need. Fret not! We have got you covered.
If you are running out of time, the simplest and most affordable way to get started with Diwali home cleaning is by resorting to readily available kitchen products at home. To make life simpler, make a cleaning checklist. This will be a breather from all the last-minute chaos.
One of the most common cleaning agents is baking soda. It is effective on almost all kinds of stains; vinegar and lemon are the other two most useful kitchen products that act like magic!
1. White vinegar: If you are looking for easy cleaning tips this Diwali, head straight to your kitchen and find the humble vinegar bottle. White vinegar acts as a super cleaning agent when it comes to fighting glass stains. Use it to clean up windows, mirrors and glass shelves.
Use a spray bottle and mix warm water and vinegar in a 50:50 ratio. Clean the surface with the solution using a wiper and then wipe it completely dry with a soft cloth.
To remove burnt stains from vessels, soak the vessel in vinegar and let it sit for a few hours. Wash it with warm water and regular dish soap.
2. Lemon and apple cider vinegar: Hardwater stains on kitchen taps, countertops, steel or glass utensils can be stubborn and with so much cleaning to do already, this can be taken care of by using the all-natural agent – lemon mixed with equal parts of apple cider vinegar. Mix the solution and spray in on the targeted surface. Leave it for about 20 minutes and rinse it with water.
3. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide: Best known as a title cleaning agent, a mixture of ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish soap can give you clean, grout-free kitchen and bathroom floors. Use a hand glove while applying this mix on to the tile and grout, leave it for about 7 minutes before you rinse it water.
4. Baking soda and dish soap: Who knew baking soda can be such a multi-tasker! While we spend hours deep cleaning the entire house, we take our bathrooms for granted. But did you know that a clean and hygienic bathroom can set a good impression instantly! Simply sprinkle baking soda over the sink and other bathroom fittings. Take a drop of dish soap on a scrubber and scrub, scrub!
You can also use baking soda to clean tough stains from the toilet. Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda in the toilet bowl. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Follow it by spattering vinegar and scrub it with a toilet brush. Flush it to perfection!
5. Rearrange furniture: Cleaning up before Diwali is not just limited to home cleaning. You can also make give your home a fresh look by just rearranging your furniture. Arrange them in a way that your living room gives out a spacious vibe and looks neat and clutter-free. Discard old stack of magazines and newspapers from the centre and side tables and add flower vase or other showpieces to oomph up the room.
Let your Diwali house sparkle with these simple cleaning hacks and be festival ready!
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