The Willie Evangelista Guide for House Cleaning

Most of us hate cleaning because it’s tedious and sometimes, it consumes most of our time in a day. It gets really insane to do things in a fast-paced manner without compromising our other household chores.

But worry not, we’ve got you covered as we are about to spill genius hacks that will forever change how you clean your house.


1. Blender Cleaner



It’s actually easy peasy to clean the blender. Simply fill it up with warm water and drop little amount of dish soap. Turn it on and blend for a few seconds and then dump, rinse with clean water, and dry it.


2. Dishwasher Deep Cleaner

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Run your dishwasher on the highest temperature with a cup of vinegar on the top shelf. Afterwards, sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and run it again. Now, your dishwasher is immaculately clean!



3. Mattress




Pour some vodka into an empty spray bottle, spritz lightly across your mattress and then leave it to air-dry. The alcohol content of the vodka will precisely kill the odor causing bacteria.


4. Sponge


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Sanitize your sponge by microwaving it while it’s wet for 2 minutes to kill 99% of its germs. You may also opt to run it in a dishwasher.


5. Quick-Dry Wet Shoes & Gloves




Crumble a sheet of newspaper for a super quick dryer. No newspaper? Use a sachet of plain uncooked rice!



6. Grease Stain



Worry not about destroying your clothes with grease. Just cover the stains with a white chalk. Wait a few minutes and then wipe it away with a damp cloth. Voila!



7. Microfiber Couch


Dapper up your couch by using a spray bottle to cover it with a rubbing alcohol.  Then, use a clean white sponge to rub it and fluff the fibers with a hard bristle brush. And you’re finished.


8. Overnight Oven Cleaner



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Place a bowl filled with 1/2 cup of ammonia into the oven and leave it overnight. Next, wipe it clean the next day.



9. Dryer Sheet Cleaners




Make used of dryer sheets to clean anything like TV & shelves. Also, the anti-cling effect will stick around and revoke dirt in the future. Simply amazing, isn’t it?


10. Carpet Stain Lifter



Make a mixture of water and vinegar and spray it on the stain of your carpet. Lay a damp rag over the top, and then lastly, iron it.


There you have it, we hope these newly acquired “skills” help you deal on that dirty house. 


Lovingly written by Joy












5 Practical Tips to Declutter Your Home

It is not just about having enough time to clean. Interior experts say that one of the reasons why households remain cluttered is because of the lack of organization and firm decisions. This is especially true for sentimental people who always find one reason or another no hold on to old stuff. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but these are the sort of items that usually stay in disorganized piles or in the back of your closet.

Leading property portal Lamudi suggests five ways to declutter your home, freeing up space in your house to make your living more comfortable, and your environment more breathable.


1.       THE FOUR BOX METHOD

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Get four boxes and label them the following: Put Away, Give Away/Sell, Storage, and Trash. This is the easiest way to organize your things, especially for those who need a little push in decision-making. Put Away are the stuff you need on a regular basis. Give Away/Sell are items you no longer need, but are still in good condition, and can be used by someone else. You can donate to charity or hold a garage sale. Storage are items that you still need, but only seasonal or infrequently. Trash items are typically damaged, broken, or overused. Take note of the quantity of each box. Your Put Away and Storage boxes must not be so much more than your Give Away/Sell and Trash. Ideally, these two are the smallest of your pile. If not, maybe you need to reassess its contents and re-categorize. (This article suggests other Boxing Methods)


2.       THE OPRAH HANGER METHOD

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Organizing a closet is one of the biggest headaches experienced by women. You can’t find your favorite pair of jeans, you have socks in your underwear drawer, you are not sure which shirt you already wore last week! Public icon, Oprah Winfrey proposes this solution:  Hang all your clothes with hangers facing backwards. When your return them to your closet after use, turn the hanger around so that it is facing the correct direction. Doing this for five to six months will give you a clearer picture of what clothes you wear often, and what clothes you don’t wear at all. Not to mention, it saves you a lot of folder time.


3.       IN-AND-OUT

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Drawers and cabinets are the easiest prey of clutter. Old useless pens, receipts from transactions over a year ago, piles of post-its, stray staple wires… the list is endless in these pull-out treasure coves. There are two things you can do to declutter.The first is throwing one item out for every one item you put in. The second is to take everyone out of your drawer, and to put them back inside one piece at a time. This is also a way for you to sort out which items to keep, and which ones to discard.


4.       STORE AND LABEL

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The kitchen is one of the most intimidating places to declutter.The simplest solution is to make use of empty lidded jars, and using them as containers for your spices, sugar, salt, flour, etc. to store in your kitchen drawer or cupboard. This is not only a form of recycling, but these clear containers make it easy for you to find what you need.


5.       ESTABLISH GOOD HABITS

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Easier said than done, right? It starts with a simple visualization of what you want your home to look like. (The power of visualization is worth more than you think.) Having this vision constantly in mind will help you develop and maintain good habits that will help you deal with clutter and organize your household on a daily basis. Imagining all your shoes organized in a shoe rack? Then don’t leave your shoes lying around. As soon as you take them off, put them back where they belong. Thinking of having your own little reading nook? Then put all your books, magazines, and other reading materials in one area.

Also, be a smart shopper. This may be the true source of your cluttering problems. Only buy what you really need. Don’t pile up on toilet paper when you have more than enough, and especially if you have no space to store them all. Don’t buy 3 bottles of shampoo in one go, when you just need one. The less stuff you bring home, the less clutter you will have to deal with.


Lovingly written by Joy












Cleaning with club soda

Besides being used as a drink, club soda can be a means of cleaning in the household as well. It can be used for cleaning stains from different fabrics and carpets, cleaning jewellery, the windscreens of cars, counter tops, fixtures, cast iron and other items. Cleaning with club soda is easy and can be done by everyone. It doesn't require any special skills.

To remove stains from different fabrics just simply pour the club soda over the stain. If you want to remove urine, wine stains and more obstinate odours and marks from your carpets, just blot the club soda up. It will remove the bad smell and won't let the stain spread into a larger area. The final step of  removing the stain is scrubbing it. Scrub more gently if the fabric is more delicate and more energetically for steadier fabrics and carpets.

If you want to clean your gems like rubies, diamonds and sapphires, you can use club soda. The cleaning procedure is very easy. Pour club soda in a cup, put the expensive precious stones in it and let them to be soaked for one night. They will be clean and looking like new after you take them out of the glass.

You can use club soda to clean the windscreens of your car. To do this you need to pour club soda in a spray bottle. Keep the bottle inside your car for easy access, whenever you need it. It can be used for cleaning birds' excrements, oily stains and all obstinate dirty marks. After spraying the club soda on your windscreens, polish and wipe dry with a paper or a cloth.  Your car windscreens will be as clean as new.


Club soda can be used as a cleaning product for different counter tops, appliances and fittings. Pour club soda on the surface of the appliance, fitting or shelf, which you want to clean. If you want to clean inside your refrigerator, you have to mix club soda with a little salt. Then wipe the surfaces with a soft towel and rinse with warm water. After this, you need to dry and air the cleaned area. If you clean porcelain fixtures, the rinsing with water and wiping dry procedures won't be necessary are saying from http://www.topdomesticcleaners.co.uk/domestic-cleaner-london/hampstead-NW3.


Club Soda Faroff
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Club soda can be used for cleaning different cast iron items.  You have to pour the club soda directly in the pot or pan, while they are still warm after cooking. Let the club soda soak in the pan or pot till it becomes cool enough. Continue the cleaning procedure by washing with the dish detergent you usually use for cleaning your plates and utensils. 

For removing stains from red wine and other spills from your carpet, drapery or wool rugs, you will need only salt, club soda and a dish towel. Extract the liquid of the stain with a towel as quick as possible after the spill is being made. Scatter salt over the stained area, but don't apply too much of it and pour club soda over it. Leave the salt and club soda to do their work for a couple of hours or one night. Blot the stained area once again to extract the liquid. Vacuum clean the area to remove well the salt and liquid. Your stains will be vanished completely.

Club soda is a wonderful product, which besides as a drink, can be used for cleaning different items, without the need of chemicals. It can be used as a non-toxic cleaning solution, which can replace your expensive and harmful chemicals. It provides cheap and efficient cleaning of your possessions, which won't harm the fabrics you clean. 




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Tricks To Getting Out Those Stubborn Stains

For homes that have stains on the carpets or furniture, it can be difficult to remove the blemishes with common products and tools. From red wine spills to ink marks, there are many stains that can be impossible to remove and can detract from the fabric. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to getting rid of the marks and restoring the condition of the carpet or couch.



Pretreat the Item

One of the main secrets to removing stains is to pretreat the affected area as soon as possible, which will prevent the stain from setting in. Consider using an enzyme detergent or solution, which will break down the proteins. Allow the detergent to set for several minutes before repeating the process once or twice.

Hire Professional Cleaning Services

It can be difficult to remove stubborn stains from carpets with your own vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner. According to Grimebusters Ltd, a company that provides Edmonton carpet cleaning, a professional carpet cleaning company will use high-quality tools and solutions to restore the condition of the carpet and pick up stains that would otherwise be permanent.

Apply Cornstarch

For grease or oil stains, cornstarch or cornstarch powder should be rubbed liberally on the stain and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also use an iron on the area to allow the cornstarch to set in and even repeat the process several times. The cornstarch can then be brushed off with a dry towel.

Blot and Scrape

Whether you're trying to remove blood from an upholstered chair or peanut butter from the carpet, one of the most effective ways of removing the stain is to blot and scrape. Use a tool like a spoon or brush to scrape as much of the material off of the fabric. You should then blot the stain several times with a stain removing product and repeat the process. Have patience and also soak from underneath the stain to remove more of the gunk.


Stains can often go neglected due to the work involved to remove the blemish. Instead of allowing your furniture or floors to look used and abused, opt for different methods to removing stains that you may assume are permanent. By consulting the services of a professional company, it will also work to remove the spills that can be difficult to clean with basic household products.


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