I take pride in helping my brothers keep a cleaner house or apartment. In this article, I will give you 9 practical ways to freshen up your bachelor pad. Your guests will thank you. ‘specially the ladies.
1) Sometimes You Just Need to Vent
Here is a technique that is super easy. Take a wooden clothespin and saturate it in the essential oil of your choice (I prefer lemon or orange) and then clip it to the A/C vents in your house and car, and to fans, too.
2) A Better Courtesy Flush
I assume you know what a “courtesy flush” is. If not, it’s simply extending the courtesy of double-flushing your toilet before your houseguests arrive. It’s kinda real important. I’ll also add that I make it a point to put down both the toilet seat and the lid. Yes, I know this is an ancient argument that plays out like a game of tic-tac-toe, but personally, I think it’s more attractive to leave the lid and the seat down.
3) Freshening Up the Garbage Pail and Recycle Bin
Trash cans and recycle bins can sometimes make your home smell foul. No worries, after you take out the trash and empty your recycle bin, place a couple or three drops of the essential oil of your choice (I prefer lemon, orange and pine) on cottonballs and leave them at the bottom of each container. This will remove any odors.
4) Deodorize Your Fridge and Freezer
You can put several drops of an essential oil (you now know which ones I recommend) on a cottonball or two and put those inside your refrigerator and freezer. Or use the wooden clothespin method and put a couple citrus-essential-oil soaked clothespins inside your fridge and freezer.
5) Seriously Consider Buying a Diffuser
Diffusers are an excellent addition to any home. They are similar to humidifiers except that they are designed to disperse essential oils into the air rather than increase humidity levels. This blog article reviews several diffusers that are currently on the market. They use ultrasound to cause a mixture of water and essential oils to vaporize and be dispersed into the air. They generally cost anywhere from as little as $25 to as high as $100 for the most sophisticated models. I own two diffusers, and I think they are a worthwhile investment. Ultrasonic diffusers are the more common type. Less common are nebulizing diffusers.
6) Breeze in a Bottle
To freshen up your linens and upholstery, I make my own homemade version of Febreze. I talk about it in this blog article, and in one of my YouTube videos. Simply spray it on your pillowcases, bedsheets, towels, curtains and upholstered furniture. The alcohol and essential oils kill odor-causing bacteria and remove odors.
7) All Purpose Surface Cleaning Fluid
In this blog article, I show you how to prepare a cleaning fluid that works on all surfaces, including marble and granite countertops. Spray down your kitchen and bathroom countertops, and wipe them clean with paper towels or microfiber cloths.
For mirrors, I would recommend you spray them with the homemade Febreeze instead of the LLTTB cleaning fluid. The alcohol and essential oils should be enough to clean the surface of the mirror. You can use a squeegee to remove any remaining fluid, just like cleaning your windshield.
8) Your Bathtub
In this YouTube video, I show you how to clean your bathtub using baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. If you want, you can just use baking soda and water or vinegar minus the essential oils. Vinegar is not mandatory, but it does speed up the cleaning process. The baking soda is a mild abrasive and the essential oils are antiseptic and antifungal. The combination of vinegar and baking soda makes for a very fast cleaning job. For a more thorough cleaning, use a wet scouring pad to scrub the tub surface with a mixture of essential oils and baking soda. Take a look at the graphics below.
9) Carpet Cleaner
Glade® makes a really good carpet deodorizer. It’s a scented powder that you sprinkle on your carpets and then vacuum up. You can make your own. All you need is a container, some baking soda and essential oils. The container doesn’t need to be fancy; you can use a disposable bowl. Just pour the baking soda in the bowl, and add 10 to 20 drops of the essential oils of your choice. Stir the baking soda and oils and then disperse over your carpeting. Vacuum your carpets as you normally would.
You now have a set of techniques and tips for keeping your abode cleaner and fresher. These tips are simple and easy to execute and should not take much time. You can perform these tasks on a regular or semi-regular basis to keep your digs in good condition.
How about you? Have you discovered or want to share any cleaning tips with other readers? Feel free to leave your tips in the form below.
Here is a link to an infographic on Pinterest that I created for this article. Feel free to print it out and hang it on a wall for reference.