As we promised before we will keep sharing easy peasy tips for you to save time and effort. Today we will give you five cleaning tips for your sanctuary, your bedroom!
Clean your feather bed at home: Summer is here! And if you haven’t switched to a bedspread made of piqué yet, well it’s time. Before putting your feather bed away, don’t forget to clean it and store it ready for its next use. Start with vacuuming it. Use the fabric attachment on your vacuum cleaner hose. It will suck up all feathers that escaped and also the mites. Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 cup white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz all over the feather bed. Fluff it and spray again. Vinegar is a natural way to get rid of bacterias. Wash your bed following the instructions on its label. For the best result you need to use a dryer machine. After washing your bed toss it in the dryer machine. Wrap two tennis balls in socks and secure by a knot. Mix 1 cup water with 1 tsp laundry detergent, or add a few drops of essential oil. Place the tennis balls in the machine with the feather bed and set the machine at low setting. Tumble dry for 30 minutes. The tennis balls will fluff the bed and make it smell fresh. But because you are not going to use it for a few months store it with lavender sachets so it will stay fresh until next use.
Clean your humidifier: Those little machines are a godsend especially if you have air born illness. But for the best and safest way you should clean yours time to time. Pour out the remaining water, unplug it from electricity and following the instructions on the manual, take apart your humidifier. Add white vinegar to the water tank and base. Let it sit for half an hour. If you have other pieces to clean then place them in a bowl filled with vinegar. If your machine didn’t come with its cleaning brush you can use a toothbrush to clean every area you see dirty. Once you are happy with the result rinse it water.
Clean your lampshades: There are few ways to make your lampshades clean again depending on the material. For fabric ones, you can use your sink, if it is big enough, otherwise you can use your bath. Either way put enough cool water, add some mild soap and swirl the shade. Drain the water and refill it with just water to rinse in it. Shake as much water as possible off and leave to dry or use a blow dryer to make it quick. For paper ones, the best and only option is to vacuum them frequently. For parchment ones, you can use your vacuum cleaner. And if there is any dirt on them, rub it with white bread. Dirt will fall off with the bread crumbs. For plastic ones, you can use warm water and mild soap. They are easy to clean.
Wash your pillows: Your best friend at night needs to be washed every six months. The fresh and fluffed pillows will keep your stress away. First remove any covers from your pillows. If they have holes or tears it’s time to say goodbye. And by inspecting your pillows it’s a good idea to check the label to see the washing instructions. When you decide to wash your pillows toss a pair in the washing machine as it will keep your machine balanced. Add your laundry detergent, let your pillows run through the cycle and set your machine to rinse. If you have a dryer machine toss your pillows in with a few tennis balls. If not, you can air dry them but fluff them all the way until they are completely dry.
Wash your quilt: You might think it is just to cover your bed so there is no point to wash it regularly but you are wrong. You have to wash your quilt every few weeks. Toss your quilt in your washing machine and wash on a gentle wash setting. When it is completely dry instead of folding into a small size fold once or twice then roll it up. You can place lavender sachets in the roll to make it fresh.
If you spare 10-20 minutes every week for simple things it will help you to save time and money in long term. Wait for another 5 tips for another corner of your house!