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Did You Know You Can Clean With Vodka?

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If you thought Vodka was just for drinking, think again! We all know vinegar is widely used for cleaning purposes, Vodka performs the same tasks such as degreasing cookware, countertops, removing stains, refreshing fabrics, neutralising odours and disinfecting floors and counters. Here are top 9 hacks you should try out today:

1) Greasy Cookware

Stainless steel utensils in professional kitchen- Vodka Cleaning Hacks

If cooking a yummy meal has left your pots and pans greasy you can make a cleaning solution by mixing a little vodka along with your dish soap and let it sit for a bit and rinse away.

2) Effective Window Cleaner

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 Most window cleaning sprays available on the market rely on alcohol for effectiveness. You can take a spray bottle and fill it up with vodka, as it will do just as good of a job cleaning your windows.

3) Disinfect your mattress

White Mattress with Grey Bed- Vodka Cleaning Hacks

 

Mattresses accumulate more dirt, sweat and grime than we could ever imagine. Although, it is highly recommended to get a professional mattress clean every year. Quarterly, you can pour a few ounces of vodka into a spray bottle and spray it across the surface. Let the mattress dry completely before making the bed.

4) Remove carpet stains

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 Be it red wine, makeup or plain food stains, Vodka acts as an effective cleaner. It is best to treat a stain or spill as soon as it occurs, soak a rag with vodka and blot the stain, do not rub, blotting it will remove the excess, clean the area with plain water and let it dry. If the stain still remains, call professional carpet cleaners as soon as possible, as the longer, the stain remains in the carpet the harder it is to remove. Read this for more carpet cleaning tips. 

5) Bathroom Surfaces

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Bathroom surfaces and tiles are one of the dirtiest surfaces at home. It is recommended you make it a monthly routine, Spraying vodka straight onto the floor surface to remove soap scum from shower walls, polish shower door frames, and remove water spots from faucets.

6) Best Jewellery Cleaner

Hanging silver jewellery

Soak your Jewellery in a shallow vodka bath for 15-20 minutes then wipe with a clean cloth. Using a shallow vodka bath is not recommended for jewellery with gems or stones, it is best to use soda water for that.

 

7) Freshen up your upholstery

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Over time upholstered dining chairs accumulate dirt, grime, sweat and stains. They develop a musky smell and dull their appearance. Using a vodka spray will fresh up your upholstery and as well as lighten existing stains. It is recommended to get professional upholstery cleaning to remove allergens and bacteria.

8) Deodorizer

Diffuser with glass bottle and mint

 

Have you ever thought of vodka as a deodorizer? Well, to be honest, neither have we! To make a room diffuser mix water, vodka and your favourite essential oil, our recommendations are lavender and lemon essential oil. You have your very own DIY diffuser. You can watch the full tutorial here.

9) De-stink mildewy clothing

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 Adding a quarter cup of vodka along with laundry liquid to your regular and it will remove the smell. It works wonders on super musty kitchen towels as well.

 

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DIY All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

grapefruit,lemon and limes cut and put together for Who Who Carpet Cleaning BrisbaneIf you have followed us or read our blogs, you know that we love offering DIY organic recipes for cleaning,stain removal or just to make your home smell nice!
In the cleaning blogs, White Vinegar is a staple cause of its star power. It’s effective and safe for those of us who are sensitive to harsh chemicals. Vinegar has been proven to be effective against a variety of bacteria, viruses and mould, including E. coli and the flu virus.
There are innumerable reasons to love citrus oils, they enhance mood and emotional balance, act as an air freshener, reduce anxiety, sanitize, support the immune system, boost antioxidants! What’s not to love?!

Ingredients

A collection of citrus peels
Vinegar- 1 litre
A glass jar for all of this to sit in
An empty spritzer bottle

 

Method

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1. Take a big jar, ensure it is clean and dry. You do not want a dirty jar to start off with.

2. Start storing the citrus peels in the jar as you eat or use them. Make sure that there is not a lot of flesh remains on the peels. You can always scrape them off.

3. Top it up with white vinegar and leave in a cool spot for at least two weeks (you can continue to add peels during this time).

4. When ready the vinegar has a yellowish tinge to it and a strong citrus odour.

5. Strain the liquid into your spritzer bottle. Citrus peels contain d-limonene, a naturally occurring solvent which breaks down and removes oil from dirty surfaces. Given time, the d-limonene fuses with the white vinegar to create a powerful cleaning agent!

 

We at Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management strive to bring our customers the best and efficient DIY recipes for home maintenance, carpet and rug cleaning, upholstery and leather maintenance and pest management. Watch this space. 

When Life gives you Lemons, Clean with them!

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We have heard the phrase “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade”! The phrase has several variations now such as “When Life gives you lemons, put them in a bag and hit people with it”, “When life gives you lemons, crack open the tequila and the salt or throw it back and say I wanted a mango or make lemon cupcakes, the list goes on and on.

The not so common phrase

“When Life gives you Lemons, Clean with them”. Lemons make a great green cleaning agent as they comprise of Citric Acid that acts a mild acid that fights water spots and hard water film, D-Limonene which is a powerful degreaser and solvent and lastly, Lemon Oil, an uplifting natural fragrance and antibacterial disinfectant.

Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management present the top 5 ways lemons can be used:

1) DIY Furniture Polish:

We all want our homes, furniture and upholstery to sparkly and clean at all times. Lemon juice, olive oil, and white vinegar make a great cleaning staple that can be used to dust, polish wooden furniture, clean stainless steel, remove sticky labels. It is best to conduct a spot test with furniture as lemon juice is a bleaching agent. You can find the step by step polish recipe here.

2) Disinfectant Spray:

If you are thinking of switching to green and organic products, what better way to start than a disinfectant spray for your countertops and surfaces?
All you need is Vodka and 4-6 lemons! Wash and Peel the lemon rinds and place them in a mason jar, pour vodka over it until covers the lemon rinds and let it for about 4-6 weeks.
Remove the rinds and empty the solution into a spray bottle. Your disinfectant spray is ready for use once the liquid has reached a bright yellow colour!

3) Microwave Cleaner:

This Microwave cleaning hack will leave your microwave looking spotless and smelling fresh! All you have to do is cut up a few slices of lemon, place them in a bowl of water and add a dash of vinegar. Place the bowl in your microwave and set the timer for 4-6 minutes and let the bowl sit for another 3 minutes once the timer goes off.
Use a damp cloth to wipe down the microwave and the food scraps with no effort whatsoever!

4) Tile Cleaner:

Are your tiles stained with food stains, watermarks and other dirt? All you need is lemon and salt. Cut a lemon into half and sprinkle salt on it generously. Rub the lemon half on the stained piece and let it sit for five minutes, finish it off by wiping it down with a damp cloth.

5) Plastic Container Stain Remover:

We use plastic containers on a daily basis to store food, to carry our food to work and school. Over time they develop a yellowish or brownish tinge and musky smell. To remove the stain and odour, all you have to do is cut the lemon wedge into half and rub it along the plastic container and let it rest. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and your plastic container is as good as new.

Not all surfaces and cleaning can be DIY unfortunately. This is why you have professional cleaners! We at Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management offer carpet cleaning, leather and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mattress cleaning, flood water extraction as well as pest management.

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