- 18/ Feb, 2019
DIY HACKS FOR CLEANING HOME ELECTRICALS
When you purchase home décor products, keeping them clean can surely mount a pressure. There are many different commercial products these days which are filled with chemicals wrapped in extravagant packaging. There are never-ending marketing efforts to make you buy the newest, most fragrant and powerful cleaner for your daily cleaning needs. The reality is, however, that keeping it simple and switching to DIY cleaners can give you all you need to have a clean and healthy home. Also, making your cleansers can save you from the expenses and lessen the use of toxic chemicals.
Few cleaning hacks that will save your time, money and of course sanity!
Switch cleaning hack
We often forget about the light switches when it comes to cleaning, but they should be on the top of the list. You spread germs with your hands, and there are few household appliances that you often touch like a switch. Light switches should be cleaned once a week. Two home DIY solutions can make this task easy.
- Vinegar solution
Mix 1 cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of rubbing alcohol and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. You can add tree oil to this solution as well.
Spray this cleaning solution on a paper towel or cloth and rub down the switch. Use a Q-tip to clean the spots you can’t reach with the towel. Clean the switch with a dry towel to pick up the excess moisture at the end of the process.
- Microfiber cloth
Fold the tissue in half three times, so there are eight small sides. This way you can get the most out of the tissue, because you can use eight sides for up to eight separate light switches. Microfiber disinfects surfaces naturally without the harmful effects of chemicals. Rub down the whole switch surface with one of the eight cloth sides. Don’t run water over the cloth or the dirt you have picked up will spread. Use another side of the folded tissue instead to wipe the next switch down.
Bulb cleaning hack
Use a dry or damp cloth to wipe the dirt from the bulb. Make sure the fabric is not soaking wet as it can damage the electronics if the water gets into the lamp holes. Dry the bulb with a Microfiber cloth and leave it to air- dry for 20 minutes before attaching into the fixture. You can also use a soft brush to clean the dust regularly.
- To be extra careful, turn off the circuit breaker or put tape over the switch so that nobody else turns it on while you work.
- If you have halogen light bulbs, you must wait for the bulb to cool down before the fitting is removed.
Fan cleaning hack
Cleaning of fan blades should be a done once in 10 days as the dirt accumulation over them can pollute the air and mess the room. The most straightforward DIY hack to clean the fan is a pillowcase.
Spry a glass cleaner or a half-vinegar and a half-water mixture into a pillowcase to clean a ceiling fan easily. Place the cover over a blade of the fan and pull it while applying gentle pressure toward the floor. The pillowcase cleans the top of the blade. This hack saves from all the sneezing and gasping caused by the dust particles that fly around the room.
While performing these DIY hacks always keep safety in mind. Use gloves and cloth to cover your face to prevent dust or cleaning solution from hurting your eyes.