If your house needs an extreme deep clean, pay close attention to these 9 tips

No matter how often you clean your house, there are always areas that end up neglected. Some are too out of the way and easy to forget whereas others just take too much time and effort. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.

Deep cleaning your house shouldn’t be something you dread. Instead, try a few of these tips. It will make the job easier and you’ll end up with a little more free time in the end:
Brooms (h/t The Krazy Coupon Lady)
Brooms and dustpans can get really gross after a few uses, but most people just stick them back in the closet until they’re needed again. Doing this, however, just spreads dirt and germs. Next time you finish sweeping, try the method demonstrated in the video below instead:
Toilet siphons (h/t Lil’ Luna)
You probably clean your toilet regularly, but how often do you clean the toilet siphons? Trust me; it’s time. You’ll have to start by turning off the water to the toilet and flushing to empty out the remaining water in the bowl. Cover all of your toilet siphons with duct tape and make sure the tape is on tightly. Pour vinegar into the toilet tank and flush, which will cause the vinegar to get trapped in the siphons. Let this sit overnight. In the morning, remove the duct tape and turn the water back on.

Porcelain sink (h/t Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry)
Different types of sinks require different types of cleaning. For porcelain sinks, start by sprinkling a fine layer of baking soda into the sink and scrubbing over it with a sponge. After you’ve worked in the soda, pour a little hydrogen peroxide onto the sponge and scrub some more. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then rinse everything down the drain.

Electric stove burners (h/t Apartment Therapy)
If you can remove the electric stove burners, then you can clean them with nothing more than dish soap and baking soda. Start by squirting a little dish soap onto a damp cloth and wiping down the burners. Make a paste of water and baking soda and gently rub it onto the burners. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing it off. When the burners are completely dry, you can put them back on the stove.

Glass cooktop (h/t Behind the Studio)
Because you can’t remove the burners from a glass cooktop, it requires a different method of cleaning but the same ingredients. Submerge a rag into hot, soapy water and let it soak while you spread a thick layer of baking soda over the cooktop. Take out the soapy rag and squeeze out half the water before laying it over the baking soda. Leave it for 15 minutes and then use the rag to scrub over the baking soda. Finish by drying the cooktop with a clean, dry cloth.

Cloth couches (h/t PopSugar)
With the exception of leather ones, most couches can be cleaned the same way. Start by brushing over the fabric with a stiff brush and sprinkle on a layer of baking soda, which you’ll leave for at least 20 minutes before you vacuum over it with the brush attachment. Use your favorite brand of cleaner (or make your own) to scrub over any stains, and allow the couch to dry.

Area rugs (h/t Homemaking Simplified)
Most people probably have their area rugs professionally cleaned, but the cost of that can quickly add up. Next time you notice a stain or two on a rug, try this method: Lay out the rug on a flat, cement surface (such as your driveway) and spray it with a hose until it’s completely saturated. Pour a small amount of laundry detergent all over the rug, especially on any stains. Spray the hose over it again and brush it out with a large bristle brush. Let the rug sit in the sun for a couple of hours before using the hose again to remove all remaining detergent. Roll the rug tightly to squeeze out the rest of the water and stand it up to dry.

Pillows (h/t The Happier Homemaker)
Although most people wash their pillowcases often enough, how many times have you washed your pillows? It’s pretty easy, so don’t hesitate to try it. Put two pillows into the washing machine and wash them on hot with an extra rinse cycle. Use regular detergent along with 1 cup of bleach. When you dry the pillows, toss a couple of clean tennis balls in with them to help re-fluff the pillows.

Vent covers (h/t Design Dazzle)
Metal vent covers are incredibly easy to clean as long as you can remove them without trouble. First, wipe off the dust and cobwebs with a paper towel and put the vent covers into your dishwasher. Run a short cycle of water only, remove the covers and immediately dry them with a towel. Finish by reattaching the covers.


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