Since the dishwasher’s main function is to clean, many people forget that it – like any other appliance – also requires a good cleaning every once in a while. “Though it might seem counterintuitive, think of all the dirty particles that go in and out of it on a daily basis – it’s no surprise your dishwasher can smell!” says Johnson. She recommends taking lemons cut into quarters and placing them in a bowl of water. “Put this dishwasher-safe bowl on the top rack and then run it for one cleaning cycle,” she says. “This will help remove the odour.”
Those slats may seem like a hassle to clean, but they don’t have to be, according to Rodriguez. Close the blinds and then dust them by holding the bottom with one hand and wiping the slats with a microfibre cloth. “Use a vacuum with a soft dusting brush attachment and set it to low-suction to remove even more dust; then repeat on the other side,” she says. For heavily soiled blinds, she recommends using a damp microfibre towel with warm water; for wood blinds, be careful not to soak them. “If you’re having a hard time removing grease or old dust stains, try using some soap and water,” she adds. “The last step is to let the blinds air dry and then vacuum any remaining dust that has fallen onto the window sill area or floors.”
For your windows to function as intended – offering you a view on the world – they must be clean. Johnson recommends dipping a microfibre cloth into a mixture that consists of one part water and one part white vinegar. “Spray the liquid lightly on your windows making sure not to over-spray,” she says. “This can add time to the cleaning process since you have to wipe up the excess product before the cleaning can begin.”
Using a dry microfibre cloth, wipe off the solution. “The cloth won’t leave any residue.” For your windowsill, use a small dustpan or vacuum attachment to get rid of dust, soot, cobwebs and insects, says Brian Sansoni of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI). “You can use cleaning wipes on plastic and vinyl window frames,” he added. “If you’re using a spray product, put it on the cloth and only use it for the sills, not the glass.” Without the microfibre clothes, it is easy to smudge your windows during the cleaning process.