Ten Tips to Really Clean Your Living Room
Being cooped up inside may be leaving a mess in all of your living areas this time of year! Just picking up your laundry and dishes may not be enough to really make it shine. Let’s get up and clean up that living room with these ten helpful tips!
1. Dust Off Fan Blades with a Pillowcase
Let’s start with something very simple and practical. All you need is an old pillowcase, preferably a really old one and a pretty long one too. Slide the pillowcase over one of the blades and slide it down. The pillowcase will collect all the dust and dirt! Anything left attached to the wall of the fabric can easily be shaken down to the bottom. Once done cleaning them, dump out the pillowcase into the nearest trashcan and rejoice!
2. Get Stains Out of Your Microfiber Couch
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Use isopropyl alcohol, a white sponge, some elbow grease, and a white bristle brush to make your couch look like new! Just make sure to get white tools so that the color dyes don’t transfer to your fabric.
3. Remove Water Rings
This has happened to me a number of times throughout my life, even when taking special precautions. The dreaded water ring, created from either warm or cold liquids, can leave your nice table looking used and belonging to a basement. Remove those water rings with a hair dryer or an iron! Hold the hair dryer up to the stain on high for about 30 minutes and it should go away!
4. Clean Your Blinds
Your blinds can be one of the first thing your eyes attract to when walking into a room, and seeing them dirty is not something you or any guest would like to see. First, dust off your blinds before really cleaning. Now that is taken care of, mix equal parts vinegar and water into a bowl and then grab a pair of old socks. You read that right, your old socks. It actually is easier to get in between your slats because it is less bulky, so slip on one sock puppet and get to work! Dip the sock into the cleaner and rub on the slats. Once the sock is pretty grimy, take it off and rinse it out in the mixture. Grab the other sock mate to your wet one and then wipe them all down to dry them off!
5. Iron Out Those Stains
Tired of looking at that dirt or food stain near your couch or entry in your living room? Here is a simple trick to get those stains out without having to call a professional or rent a carpet cleaner for a day. The supplies you will need are an iron, a rag, water, a spray bottle and white vinegar. Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water into the spray bottle. Spray the spot, get the rag damp with water and lay it over the spot. Now lay the iron on top of the damp rag and turn it on the steam setting for about 30 seconds. If it is really stubborn, repeat the process.
6. Take Out Those Stubborn Stains
A simple wash cloth and carpet cleaner spray will most likely not get out set in oil stains like the picture above, but this trick will! First, scrape off any of the liquid that has solidified at the top. Crusty carpet is not okay anywhere in your home. Next, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain and let it absorb for 10 minutes, then vacuum. After that is vacuumed, mix one tablespoon of clear dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Using a white wash cloth or microfiber cloth, sponge the stain with the solution created and blot until all the liquid is absorbed. Finally, sponge off with cold water and blot dry. Repeat again if not fully up.
7. Wash Your Vents
Usually completely ignored, especially if they are on the floor, vent covers can be covered in dust. It can be even worse if you have animals and pet dander! Take off those vent covers by unscrewing each corner or lifting off of the ground. When you lift it up you’ll see that the backside of the cover can sometimes be even worse and absolutely covered in dust. To clean, place the covers in a sink filled with hot, soapy water and wash with a microfiber cloth.
8. Clean Your Walls
We really do suggest investing in a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This handy, dandy tool will scrub out most scuffs on your walls and on your trim. Now for the really hard to scrub off marks and stains on your wall we suggest grabbing a few supplies. Fill a bowl with liter of hot water, add a couple drops of dish soap and a few sprays of all surface cleaner. Soak the super sponge in the mixture and rub out those pesky smudges.
9. Change out Your Air Filter
During the heating season, filters are a must watch! If dirty, filters will restrict airflow and increase energy demand. We suggest you change them every three months, but during these winter months it is not a bad idea to change them once a month. It can be easily forgotten, so making a monthly calendar event on your google account or on your phone to remind you can help a ton.
If you would like to save money in the long run, consider investing in a permanent air filter. Permanent air filters cut out the hassle of changing it out and there are better options than just the regular air filter. Actually, the disposable fiberglass air filters only trap 10 to 40% of debris. An electrostatic filter will stop 88% of debris and multiple airborne illnesses and allergens. They can cost $50 to a hefty $1000. An even better option would be a HEPA filter which can stop 99.97% of debris, according to the Department of Energy Standards.
10. Make Your Home Smell like Home
This simple mixture will make your home smelling sweet and clean! You will need a small stockpot, water, rosemary, one lemon and vanilla extract. Fill the pot two-thirds full and set it so it will simmer. Slice your lemon and throw it in, add a few sprigs of rosemary and then add 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Let this concoction simmer throughout the day to make your home smell phenomenal!