33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You And if you don't follow these rules, your world will probably fall apart. Just kidding! But OCD or not, you can probably stand to get a little more thorough with your cleaning, while saving time in the long run.
Use a binder clip as a sponge stand.
This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy.
Clean your clean machine: the washer.
page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine.
When your toaster gets all sticky and gunky...
Now watch this video on how to clean the INSIDE of the toaster.
Clean your sink drain.
Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs.
Get directions on how to use baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh.
Clean your window tracks.
Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again.
Refresh your mattress.
Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you'll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions
Hint: you can also use fabric softener instead of lavender oil if you DON'T want to do this the all-natural way.
Keep baseboards clean with fabric softener.
Remove any carpet stain (and anything off a mattress as well).
Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet.
Invest in a "Purifying Light Sanitizing Cutting Board System."
It costs $129 but just think of all the germs from old food that could be embedded in your cutting boards.
Dust first, then vacuum.
Clean your candles with pantyhose.
Unscrew light bulbs and wipe off with a microfiber cloth.
Rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.
Snip off a slice of a Magic Eraser and drop it in the toilet.
Let it float overnight and it'll remove any toilet ring. No scrubbing! No one wants to be touching toilet germs, not even with gloves on.
Keep a Scotch Brite dishwand in the shower filled with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 dishwashing detergent.
This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower.
Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven.
"Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven."
Use slow cooker liners.
You know these things are a pain to clean.
Clean old paintings with a bagel cut in half.
Clean blinds with an old sock.
Get the full directions
While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.
Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers. It's a trick
hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least 5-7 minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent build-up.
Cut a hole in a cloth napkin to make dust covers for coats and vests.
Use foil in your George Foreman grill or panini maker to prevent mess.
Electrical appliances are a pain to clean, and you can't just dunk the whole thing in soapy water. Prevent disgusting drips and messes by either covering the insides of the grill with foil, or wrapping the item you want to grill in foil.
Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors.
Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher.
Know your uses for vinegar and natural cleaning agents.
If you're paranoid about chemicals (many OCDers are), white vinegar is an ideal alternative. It kills 99% of bacterias, 82% of molds and more than 80% of viruses. You can use it with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to increase its antibacterial effectiveness. However, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar should be applied separately, not mixed together. Also, don't use vinegar in your microwave or oven — your kitchen will smell like vinegar for days when using those appliances. And never mix bleach with vinegar in hopes of amplifying the cleaning power — it creates a dangerous chemical reaction.
Cream of tartar is another natural cleaning agent. Get more tips on how to use cream of tartar
Hang your brooms and mops instead of storing them on the floor.
Start cleaning out your dryer vents.
Behold, the sanitizing vacuum cleaner.
Use a Solution of 1/2 Coconut Oil and 1/2 Baking Soda to Remove Sticky Residues
The ultimate organization tip: anything and everything should have a place.
This seems to be the #1 organization tip from OCDers: everything you own should have a place to be put away, and should always be put back to that place after use. Sounds simple, but it's a practice that takes getting used to if you're an inherently messy person.
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