How To Properly Clean A Nonstick Pan?

All nonstick pans can truly last you over a decade if you take proper care of them. Of course, eventually, you might start noticing some wear and tear on the surface, however, this shouldn’t worry you.

I have one very special nonstick pan in my kitchen – one I purchased 12 years ago. And I still use it to this day. This pan really has been through a lot, however, I have taken good care of it which is why it is still my favorite one 12 years later!

How To Properly Clean A Nonstick Pan?

– Never Use Your Dishwasher!

One crucial thing you must avoid if you want your nonstick pan to last you a long time is to never clean it in your dishwasher. The high heat and the detergents will damage the nonstick coating of the pan!

– How I Clean My Nonstick Pan?

I wait for the pan to cool down completely then I squirt dish soap on a sponge and gently start rubbing the pan. I never use abrasive scrub brushes (or metal ones) because they will scratch the coating.

Now is the time to add another tip – never use harsh cleaners like bleach or oven cleaners. I know some people recommend using them when cleaning pans, however, they are way too harsh and will damage the pan – and after all, you want to learn how to properly clean it so it lasts you a long time, right?

Next, I rinse the soap. If I see some stubborn stains, I sprinkle salt over them while the pan is still wet then scrub it with a sponge. Of course, I never apply too much pressure or scrub hard. Then I rinse.

Once I am done cleaning it, I always “condition” it and apply some vegetable oil with a paper towel. Next, I wipe the excess with another paper towel.

These 4 Things Shouldn’t Be Cleaned With Vinegar

So many people use vinegar as a cleaner or they implement it in their homemade cleaners. One of the most common recipes I have seen (and used) is an all-purpose cleaner. Of course, I love it and I use it on a daily basis, however, not many people know that there are certain surfaces you need to avoid when using vinegar. Why? Vinegar is highly acidic and will have a chemical reaction with certain objects like marble.

So if you have decided you want to try out some homemade cleaner that contains vinegar make sure that it’s safe to be used first!

Never Use Vinegar On These 4 Things

– Your iron

If I have to be honest, I have seen people who recommend using vinegar when cleaning an iron, however, this is extremely wrong and it will damage the iron.

– Grout

If your grout is unsealed then the vinegar’s acidity will eat it away resulting in irreversible damage. This is why I do not recommend using vinegar or any cleaners that contain vinegar on grout!

– Hardwood floors

Believe it or not, vinegar shouldn’t be used when cleaning hardwood floors. I know that you have probably seen a lot of recipes for floor cleaners whose main ingredient is… vinegar, however, over time, the acidity will damage your expensive floors and their protective coating.

– Granite and Marble

Avoid using vinegar to clean both granite and marble surfaces at all cost, otherwise, the sealant will be damaged resulting in… terrible looking surface.

Here Is How I Spice Up My DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

We have all heard of using vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. We have all seen different DIY recipes for an all-purpose cleaner but I started to get pretty bored with the most common ones.

Another huge downfall to using vinegar is the smell… that horrible smell I cannot stand. I wanted to find a way to still get all benefits from cleaning with vinegar while avoiding the smell.

If I have to be honest with you making my own cleaners has become like a hobby to me which is why I wanted to try out new things and spice up the recipes I follow. I started experimenting with different ingredients trying to find something interesting – and I am here to share with you everything I “invented”!

Here Is What You Can Do!

One of my favourite ways to cancel out the smell of vinegar is by simply adding lemon peels and thyme to the vinegar. Then I let them sit in the vinegar for at least two days so that they can replace the smell.

Another amazing trick I use is to add orange peels and a few drops of vanilla essential oil. Both these ingredients add an amazing scent to the vinegar!

Next on my list has to be adding lavender – it’s relaxing, smells amazing, and has antibacterial properties that work very well with the vinegar. Grab a lavender essential oil and add it to your DIY all-purpose cleaner – you won’t regret it!

Last but definitely not least on my list is adding sage to your vinegar and leaving it for a few days in it until it cancels the bad scent of the vinegar. Similar to lavender, sage has antibacterial properties – and who doesn’t want to make their cleaner stronger?

Start Experimenting More

Everything I shared with you today is just a small portion of all the possibilities which are endless when you really think about it. You can add all sorts of essential oils, herbs, and even fruits to your vinegar so that it can infuse with them.

Just use the ones you like and watch how making your own all-purpose cleaner will become pleasant!

If You Have Plastic Shower Curtains Then Here Is How To Clean Them!

If you have a shower curtain then you know that maintaining it clean is the key to having a spotless bathroom. No matter how many times you scrub the tub or clean the toilet – your bathroom won’t look clean unless you also take care of your shower curtains.

Many people throw their plastic shower curtains when they are dirty and they replace it, however, you should know that that isn’t necessary. All you need to do is clean it and it will look like it’s brand new.

Now, thankfully, cleaning shower curtains aren’t that hard especially if yours are made out of plastic. In fact, I will show you exactly how easy it is!

Also, keep in mind that you don’t need any special detergents, commercial cleaners, or anything fancy – just natural ingredients!

How To Clean Your Plastic Shower Curtain

Now, there are two different cleaning methods you can apply – and each requires you to use different natural ingredients you already have in your home.

Let’s start with baking soda

You can clean your plastic shower curtain with baking soda. Now, don’t assume that you need to scrub the curtain with the baking soda. Instead, you will place two towels in your washing machine then you will place the shower curtain in there. Next, add 1/2 cup of baking soda where you would normally put the laundry detergent. Turn on your washing machine then once it’s time for the rinse cycle add 1/2 cup of vinegar in the laundry detergent compartment.

You can also use bleach

If there is mildew or mould on the shower curtain than this method will be perfect. Again, you need to place the curtain in your washing machine with two towels. Then add warm water, 1/4 cup of laundry detergent, and 1/2 cup of bleach in your washing machine and turn on the appliance.

Start Deep Cleaning Your Fridge With Natural Ingredients!

Deep cleaning is never a fun experience – it is time-consuming and requires a lot of energy. But regardless of this fact – it’s still really important for a clean and hygienic home.

One of the areas which require a deep clean the most is the kitchen. The appliances are used every day and they are often neglected for long periods of time.

Today, I want to show you how I deep clean my fridge using only natural ingredients!

How I Deep Clean My Fridge?

When I think of deep cleaning my kitchen the first thing that comes to my mind is my fridge. It’s the appliance that people clean the least – but that needs to change! After all, it’s where you store your food and if you want to avoid food poisoning then cleaning and disinfecting is crucial!

Now, all you need is vinegar, dish soap, and a few cleaning tools like an old toothbrush and microfiber cloths!

Start with unplugging your fridge and removing all the food. Check for expired products and throw them away.

Then continue with disassembling all the removable parts since we will soak them in hot soapy water. If you happen to have a bathtub then I recommend washing them there.

Then you need to mix a cup of vinegar, a cup of water, and two teaspoons of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the interior of your fridge and start scrubbing with the toothbrush. This solution will both clean and disinfect which is why I like using it so much.

Once you are done with cleaning you should grab a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the interior.

Assemble everything back together and organize the food back in the fridge!

How to easily remove sweat stains from clothes?

Are you dealing with sweat stains on your clothes? Well, welcome to the club! I must say out of all stains that can occur on my clothes the sweat ones are my least favourite. They aren’t that easy to remove and they come in combination with a bad smell which is something we need to keep in mind when removing them.

I have tried a lot of different ways to remove those yellow armpit stains, however, very few actually work. For example, I have tried using chlorine bleach on white shirts and I did not see any results.

Here is the one thing that actually removes sweat stains!

As I said, I have tried a lot of different methods and very rarely does something actually work with these stubborn stains!

I found one recipe which I decided to try since it looked quite promising due to the ingredients – and I am really happy to announce that it worked!

The recipe for this stain remover is quite simple – lemon juice, water, salt, and baking soda.

I recommend you combine the ingredients in a lidded jar so that you can store it and use later (equal parts of water and lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda).

Then dip an old toothbrush in the mixture and start scrubbing the stain. You can also allow the cleaner to sit for an hour on the affected area before you wash the clothing item.

Once you have washed the clothing piece – allow it to air dry. Don’t throw it in the dryer because if the stain isn’t removed completely then the heat from the dryer will make it even harder for you to remove later.

Once dry – observe the stained area to determine whether the stain is completely removed or it still remains. If it remains then you should repeat the steps and scrub it one more time with the cleaner!

How to clean soap scum from surfaces in your bathroom?

Everyone has to deal with soap scum in their bathroom – unless, of course, you prevent everyone in your home from using soap but that is impossible so we have to know exactly how to clean it regardless of the surface we are talking about.

In this article I am going to tell you exactly how to clean soap scum off any surface in your bathroom.

Metal fixtures and shower

A surface that soap scums shows very clearly on are metal fixtures and showers.

– Stainless steel

Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and place the fixtures/ shower in the bag securing it with a rubber band. Leave the vinegar work for a couple of hours (you can even leave it there overnight) then remove the bag. Make sure you rinse the stainless steel fixtures/ shower head and wipe them with a cloth.

– Oil-rubbed bronze or brass finish

Usually, when it comes to these types of fixtures it is recommended that you clean it using only water but if only water isn’t able to remove the soap scum you can try vinegar – but always make sure you test this cleaning method on a small spot and see if there is any reaction. The last thing we want is to damage the surface.

Mix the vinegar with an equal amount of water. You can also make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. Whatever you decide to use apply it on a sponge or a cloth and gently rub the surface.

Glass shower doors

If you want to clean your glass shower doors I have the perfect recipe for a DIY cleaner. You need to mix a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar. You want to create a thick paste. Once the mixture has stopped fizzing dip a cloth or a sponge in it and apply a thin layer on the surface. Leave the paste for around 15 minutes then rinse.

If the soap scum is still there then reapply the paste then dip a sponge in salt and start scrubbing the surface.

What happens when you swallow gum?

Gum is such an amazing thing. I chew it all the time. I always make sure I have chewing gum in my bag, car or somewhere close by. I am also a smoker and it helps me a lot to reduce the number of cigarettes I smoke. It also helps me cut down on calories. I don’t usually reach out for unhealthy snacks like chips or sweets throughout the day when I am chewing gum. But as great of an invention, it is there is one downfall – swallowing it. It’s unpleasant – I have choked a couple of times in my life with chewing gum (don’t mind my inability to do basic human activities; I am just a clumsy individual overall). We have all heard that swallowing gum means it will stay in your body for seven years. Well, after I went down the rabbit hole that the internet is one night, I can say that this is not true.

And not only do I say it’s not true – research says it as well. Yes, chewing gum is definitely not digestible (meaning it is not good for your body when you repeatedly swallow gum) but it absolutely won’t stay in your body for seven years. The longest it can stay there is a week. According to The Ohio State University, this is because the stomach empties itself periodically into the small intestine.

Even if it’s not fully digestible, there are some ingredients in gum like sweeteners that are digestible. There is a huge but – like I said, repeatedly swallowing gum is not good for your body. It can lead to bowel obstruction.

So if it doesn’t happen often and you occasionally swallow gum – it’s ok. It won’t harm you or cause something bad to happen. Just make sure it’s not a habit of yours and you don’t do it often.

Polishing Hardwood Floors as Part of Cleaning Maintenance

Hardwood Floor CleaningHardwood floors are stylish interior touches which consolidate room design and give the entire property a classy look and feel. Hardwood floors are also somewhat expensive to purchase and install, so it makes sense to keep them looking better for longer through the right cleaning maintenance procedures.

Hardwood floors require specialised cleaning approach in order to preserve their good looks and properties. Hardwood floors don’t tolerate harsh cleaning chemicals or aggressive solvents so consult with manufacturer instructions or speak to your specialised retailer on how to keep your particular type of hardwood floor clean and fresh without risk of damage or alteration.

One thing all hardwood floors have in common is that they require polishing as part of their effective cleaning routine. Polishing your hardwood floors may seem complex and tedious, but in fact the process is not as hard or daunting as it appears.

Solid Paste Wax – the good, old fashioned wax-in-a-can, is best used for polishing true linoleum flooring, most types of unvarnished hardwood floors, unfinished cork flooring as well as some polished concrete floors.

This type of wax is not to be used on no-wax flooring, vinyl and urethane-finish flooring surfaces.

For best results, solid paste wax is applied manually. The correct application procedure is as follows:

  • Moisten a non-linen cloth or rag, wring it out well to prevent it from absorbing too much wax.
  • Work the wax over the hardwood floor surface as per the instructions on the wax container.
  • Make sure you work systematically and spread the wax evenly for a good, uniform finish.
  • The drying waxed surface will appear clouded – buff it to a glimmering finish, using a soft cloth or an electric polisher.

Liquid Wax or Oil – Liquid wax is easier to apply than solid paste. This type of wax is best used for polishing unvarnished hardwood, unfinished cork and linoleum. Liquid wax has a shorter lasting effect than solid paste treatments. Do not use liquid wax on no-wax flooring, vinyl and urethane-finish flooring surfaces. Application of liquid wax is the same as the application method for solid paste wax in the above paragraph.

Water-Base Silicone Polishes – these waxes are the more universal sealing and polishing treatment as they can be used on a variety of hard flooring surfaces, except unsealed wood, cork and linoleum. Water base silicone polishes are the only suitable product for urethane-finish surfaces. These polishes are hard wearing and long lasting. Apply the treatment in a number of thin layers or coats, consecutively as applying a single thicker layer will take forever to dry. Application is as follows:

  • Pour a small amount of polish onto a no-linen cloth or rag, also pour a small amount of polish directly onto the flooring surface.
  • Spread the water-base wax evenly as to avoid bubbles forming in (the still) liquid polish.
  • Let the polish dry and then buff to a shine using soft cloth or electric polisher.

Apply additional coats of polish in high traffic areas as per the instructions above. Avoid spilling and splashing the polish on painted surfaces and walls as it causes heavy stains.

 

 

A Few Interesting Facts That Should Make Cleaning More Fun

CleaningCleaning is not everyone’s favourite past time, but cleaning can be interesting, at least on paper anyway or for Cleaners Wimbledon which do it professionaly. Below you will find some of the more intriguing facts about cleaning – enjoy the read and raise your housekeeping IQ.

  • Up to eighty percent of all dust particles inside the house are dead skin cells. The other twenty percent come from outside.
  • In theory and practice, it turns out Iceland is the cleanest country in the world.
  • It is estimated that over six million people in Britain use professional cleaning;
  • Besides making stains, tomato ketchup can also polish corroded brass to a glimmering finish, it also removes rust stains from different fabrics.
  • Contrary to common belief, the kitchen sink basin has more germs and bacteria growing on it than the average toilet.
  • Spraying a cleaning solvent over a surface and then wiping it off right away will not do the trick as most antibacterial cleaners need sixty to ninety seconds to do their job.
  • Lemons can replace antibacterial cleaners as they are excellent natural disinfectants.
  • Banana peels are great for polishing silverware and they also work well on leather items like shoes and bags.
  • Oily chewing gum stains on fabrics can be removed by placing as piece of paper over the stained area and then ironing over it gently.
  • Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland and couple more countries have an annual house-cleaning day – the day before New Year’s.
  • It is estimated that the average woman spends nearly thirteen thousand hours of her life in cleaning.
  • It is also estimated that the average man cleans for about six and a half thousand hours in his lifetime.
  • Statistics show that sixty six percent of people in Britain clean and polish surfaces in their home on a daily basis.
  • If one cleans for two hours per day, they burn at least two hundred calories in the process.
  • House cleaning is one of the most important chores in life as the average person spends nearly ninety percent of their life indoors.
  • Most people say that the bathroom is their favourite room in the house to clean.
  • If using improper cleaning products, indoor air quality can deteriorate by up to five hundred percent as compared to outside air quality.
  • Nearly three quarters of infectious disease in the US and Canada is caused by poor kitchen hygiene and improper food storage and handling.
  • The most common type of allergy in North America is caused by dust and dust mites inside the premises – in result more than fifty million North Americans suffer from chronic allergies.
  • Damp dishwashing gloves are ideal for picking up and removing pet fur and hair from upholstered furniture.
  • Oxygenated bleach works well in removing stickers, labels and glue from different polished surfaces like counter tops, glass, metal etc.
  • Emery board, commonly used for making nail files is suitable for buffing away stains from suede items.
  • A pencil eraser works well for removing (even old) scuffmarks from different types of wood flooring.