Give Your House a Deep Clean to Refresh Your Interiors

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Of course, no one is suggesting that you don’t keep your house clean, but over the years, there are some things that just gradually build up and you need to do a deep clean to restore your house to its freshest look.

 

It might be that the carpet has suffered a few stains, or maybe the oven is looking a bit, well, used. Perhaps you haven’t pulled the sofa out for a while or maybe your cupboards need a good sort out to get rid of packets with dates preceding 2016.

 

Though the traditional spring clean is a few months away, giving your house the deep clean treatment before the chaos of Christmas will give you the chance to relax in comfort throughout the season, knowing that your mother-in-law (and to be honest, anyone else) isn’t going to notice a stain you’ve long since forgotten about!

Take Everything Out of the Kitchen (and Put it Back Again!)

The kitchen is one of those rooms where you tend to use and replace the same things at the front of each cupboard. This means that in every house, at the back of every cupboard, there are all kinds of things that really should have been thrown out months, or even years, ago.

 

Start by using an oven cleaner to lift the baked on grease. Then, while it soaks, take everything out of the kitchen and give all your cupboards a clean. Before you put it all back, get rid of anything you haven’t used for a while and everything past its best. Defrost the freezer and empty and clean the fridge too for total kitchen zen. Return to the oven and simply wipe clean.

Give Your Carpets the Deep Clean Treatment

Usually the reason a carpet looks bad is because it has various stains that have remained untreated and the fibres (wool or otherwise) have not been cared for. Luckily you only need to find a good carpet cleaner to restore your carpet to its former glory.

 

Though you can do the job yourself, a company like chemdrybexarco.com will do all the hard work for you – get them to pull out the furniture to really make the most! This form of carpet cleaning is ideal because it is relatively quick and will also remove any allergens like dust and pollen, making you breathe easy. Plus they use all-natural products so you don’t need to worry.

 

If you do get any stains after your deep clean, it is important that you work to remove it as soon as possible. Blot, don’t scrub, using a towel to get as much liquid away as possible. Then, have a look at this comprehensive list of stains and removal tips to make the best of the accident. You can’t always control everything in your house and if you have kids, your carpet is going to suffer at some point, but now you can minimize the stain and you know who to call for a professional clean, everything will be alright in the end.

Wipe Down, Polish and Tidy

The last thing you need to do is go through your house room by room, tidying things away and wiping down surfaces to get rid of any settled dust. This is a nice, easy task and you will immediately feel the benefit of clearing things away. And if you really like it, perhaps you should give minimalism a try!  

 

Marie Kondo is quite a superstar when it comes to magically tidying everything away and her folding techniques really do make storage a lot easier. You might not want to go through all your things right now, but it is worth considering having a big sort out after Christmas to get rid of the things you just don’t use, things that are looking old and the things you have fallen out of love with.

 

There are all kinds of great storage solutions available, but your house shouldn’t just be about storing lots of stuff. Instead, you need to find creative storage solutions that allow you to enjoy your things without feeling swamped by them. In the kitchen this might mean introducing a spice rack to organise herbs and spices; in the bedroom it might mean designing an integrated wardrobe to hide all your clothes and shoes away; in the living room, it might be that you buy a sofa that has storage under the seats.

 

Once everything is clean and tidied away, you will have the perfect home to welcome guests and feel completely relaxed yourself.

Deodorize Your Kitchen From Constant Cooking Smells

If you prepare all of your meals from scratch, you will know that all those cooking smells and odors tend to linger around for a very long time! The more you cook, the longer they will stay around for, unfortunately. On the other hand, if you aren’t a very cook and end up burning food, you will also know just how difficult it can be to get rid of bad cooking smells!

 

There is only one way you can freshen up your kitchen and neutralize any powerful odors – you need to deodorize it! Here are some tips to help you deodorize your kitchen.

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Get To The Source

 

One of the main sources of bad food smells in kitchens is a dirty fridge. Ideally, you should be cleaning your fridge every three months. You will need to go through all the food items that are in it so that you can see if anything is past its use-by date and needs to go in the bin. Go around the inside of the fridge and clean up any residue. Some of this could have dripped from fresh food products and may start to go bad soon.

 

Let Air In

 

Another tip that will help you minimize kitchen smells and odors is to keep all the windows open whenever you are cooking. As well as windows, you might want to leave any doors open if they lead outside. Some homeowners buy custom french doors for their kitchen as they can get them with a tilt-and-turn mechanism. That means that the door can be tilted forward slightly to let air in while it is still closed.

 

Be Efficient With Your Garbage

 

Ideally, you should take your kitchen garbage out every day, especially in the summer. It is also necessary to clean out your garbage container every couple of weeks as dirt and liquids can gather in it and cause strong smells. Wiping the inside of the bin with a small amount of detergent will kill any germs and bacteria. Some people like to add slices of lemon to the bottom of any new rubbish bags they place in the container, as it helps it to smell fresher for longer.

 

Keep Your Chopping Boards Clean

 

Very few people clean their cutting boards as effectively as they should. You shouldn’t use strong chemicals on them as these can be poisonous and contaminate food and ingredients. Instead, you can simply wipe them down using a mixture of water and baking soda. This will clean the board and remove any traces of bacteria. Just remember to rinse it thoroughly with warm water once you are finished!

 

Invest In An Extractor Fan

 

If you cook particularly pungent recipes, you will find that an extractor fan is a very useful tool in your kitchen. Once the fan is on, it will remove all the fragrant steam and aromas from the kitchen. It is also very effective at keeping the moisture content of your kitchen’s air down to a minimum.

 

Your kitchen doesn’t have to stink just because your cooking does!

Ozeri Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3 Piece Knife Set Chicken Salad Recipe

I love spending time in the kitchen, especially if I have everything I need for a dish I am craving. This is the time of year, I love to make salads! Any type works for me. After eating so much for Easter we decided to try and eat light this week. We grilled chicken along with a ton of other food over the weekend, so I decided to make chicken salad.  I call this my dump salad because I like to add what I have.

Ozeri Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3-Piece Knife Set

 

Of course, I couldn’t have chopped all of the ingredients up without my awesome new knife from Ozeri, it is a 3-pack of the best cutting knives you will ever use. I was so impressed with how sharp and smooth these knives are! They are so comfortable in your hand while you are using them and cut so quickly it doesn’t even seem like you are working!

 

 

So here is how I made this “dump” chicken salad:

Chopped up leftover grilled chicken (I had three-quarters left)

Chopped up 1/2 apple (I slice the other half to serve with the salad)

1 tsp Curry powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/4 mayonnaise

1/4 chopped green onion (or any other type onion you may have)

Mix it all together and serve. I love to serve on crackers!

 

 

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