The Chinese culture is one that fascinates me. Their food and lifestyle are secretive and somewhat exciting. I am always curious about how they live and what they do. I know that if I dig deep enough I would find a ton of interesting facts about the Chinese.
Cleaning in the Chinese family is quite unique as also everything else they do. The women play a major role in the household with cooking and cleaning. Even though the Chinese way of cleaning may differ from the norm they are witty and practical. Don’t freak out when you see some of these cleaning tips.
1. ONION FOR GLASS CLEANER
You can forget about glass cleaners or better yet if you’re out of glass cleaner. Grab an onion cut it in halves. Use one half to clean the glass. After cleaning with the onion use an old sheet of newspaper to clean the mirror streak-free.
2. BLEACH FOR UGLY CAULKS
This is a common problem most bathroom showers and tubs have. Caulk turning black or green is not a pretty sight. The easiest way to clean these caulks is to do as the Chinese.
Wet sheets of paper towels with bleach. Line the towels on the caulks. Allow it to sit overnight. Remove in the morning and get prepared to be amazed.
3. FABRIC SOFTENER FURNITURE CLEANER
I was doing this one long before knowing this was invented by the Chinese. If you dilute fabric softener with water and wipe your microfiber sofa it will remove bad odors and leave it smelling wonderful.
Now I learn that making a mixture of 1 tablespoon fabric softener to 2 cups water. can be used as an all-purpose furniture cleaner. That’s just amazing.
4. TEA FOR WOODEN FURNITURE
Your tea is not just for drinking anymore. If you want to clean and brighten your dull and dirty wooden furniture here is what to do. Brew a cup of herbal tea. Use the tea to clean your wooden furniture to remove dirt and even grease marks from your hands.
5. EGG WHITE RESTORE LEATHER
Leather chairs fading and looking old? When preparing breakfast keep the egg whites for cleaning. Yep using egg whites to buff your leather furniture will restore its color. When you’re through allow it to dry then mist the chair with a safe air freshener. HHMM interesting something to think about.
6. CLEAN POTS AND PANS WITH A POTATO
Seem like we’re using a lot of our food to clean in this article. Come to think of it that’s creative. To be a good home keeper creativity is the game.
Cant play it too safe all the time you have to explore. To clean your stained pot/pans is like feeding a baby. Simply cut a potato in two. Use half to scrub the pot.
The starch in the potato will release the stubborn grease stains. My take on this is to add a little baking soda then use the potato to scrub. Wash with dish soap and that should complete that bizarre tip. Give it a try it really works.
7. HEAT YOUR STOVE THEN CLEAN IT
Heating your stove then cleaning it makes completes sense as grease breaks down when heated. Before cleaning your stove turn it on for 2 minutes. Use a damp sponge with dish soap to cleaning right away. The heat oxidizes the grease making it easy to be removed also making your job easier.
The best time to remove stubborn grease from your stove is when you’re cooking. While still cooking keeping wipe the stove to remove the softened grease.
8. CHINESE STOCKING DUSTING TRICK
Dust can get into places you can never reach with only your hands. The Chinese came up with is a wonderful idea of a dust wand. Here’s how to make your own dust wand.
If you have a stocking lying around then you’re in luck. You’ll be needing this to wrap around a broom. Use this to reach the ceiling and other corners dust may be hiding.
9. ORANGE RIND FOR BREAKING DOWN GREASE
Have you ever struggle to get the grease from behind the stove’s knob? These greases are not only sticky and stuck-on but their location is impossible. A clever way to remove the grease from behind the knob is to simply do this.
Peel a lemon or an orange. Use the peel to place behind the knob. Another way is to squeeze the rind behind the knob. Either way, allow it to sit for 15 minutes then use a drop of dish soap on a queue tip to wipe behind the knob. The rind is highly acidic which will break down the grease quickly.
10. A GLASS OF MILK FOR CLEANING
The reason for this must be scientific. The thought of milk on your wooden furniture is quite appalling. In times like these appalling is the name of the day. That’s why cleaning your wooden furniture with milk fits right in. To clean your wooden pieces simply soak a cleaning rag into a bowl of milk.
Squeeze the milk out of the rag and proceed to wipe it on the wooden piece. The coat from the milk will create a cover that has a sheen. This in turn will give your wooden furniture a natural glow. When you’re through, use a rag dab with a little essential oil to buff the piece to hide the smell of the milk.
11. COKE TOILET CLEANER
If coke is really for cleaning then why do we drink it? Well, food is becoming popular in the cleaning industry such as this one 15 EPIC KETCHUP CLEANING HACKS THAT’LL SAVE THE DAY.
As with all the other food tips in this article, food is no exception when it comes to cleaning. There’s no surprise to find a can of coke here.
Coke is great for cleaning toilets. The acidic components make it a master at breaking down toilet stains, like urine rings and any other stain that your toilet may entertain.
Simply pour the can of coke into the toilet before going to be. In the morning use a toilet brush to wash the toilet. The stains will be gone and your toilet smells amazing.
How exciting cleaning can be. There’re new ways to try every day. If you’re a cleaning explorer then you’ll want to try these appalling Chinese cleaning tips. I did, and they work for me. Let’s see if they’ll work for you.