How To Clean Blinds and do Minor Repair

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Everyone who has blinds knows the challenges of cleaning each slat to perfection. This process usually involves wiping down each slat individually to remove dust and grime, and if you have many blinds in your home, cleaning them is likely to feel overwhelming to the point you may not do it at all. The process if often time-consuming and tedious and most people find it difficult to find the appropriate amount of time to accomplish blind cleaning. Ellora, the author of ‘Creatively Southern’ lifestyle blog, shares her easy method for cleaning blinds fast. All you need is a bathtub and some bleach to clean blinds efficiently.

Ellora places her blinds in a bath and covers them with water that has some bleach in it. Once the blinds are soaked for a few minutes, they are completely clean and only need to dry before being put in place at a window. Bleach is a good solution for when you have white blinds that are yellowed because it will whiten and freshen them up. Bleach, however, isn’t the best choice for when you are cleaning colored blinds since this may discolor them. Also, household bleach isn’t the safest cleaner to use in the home, especially if you have children and pets. In the case of Ellora, bleach is an excellent solution for her because she has white blinds and her busy lifestyle demands something efficient, but she does state she is in the process of determining a better cleaner and suggests that vinegar may be a good solution for cleaning blinds instead.

Vinegar won’t bleach white blinds back to their fresh white state, but it will be an effective enough disinfectant for the purpose of cleaning blinds. Vinegar is one of the best green cleaning products for your home, because it is a safe product to consume, and therefore, safe around children and pets. Vinegar is also effective at killing most germs and is completely biodegradable. The fact that you can find such an effective cleaner within the home is particularly good news considering the lack of regulation of store-bought cleaning products. Most cleaning products at the store don’t contain a list of any of the ingredients they contain, and when they do, it is only in relation to the percentage of pesticides they contain. Disturbingly, manufactured products often contain chemicals that can give people skin rashes, trigger asthma, and can be linked to cancer. Even the smell of citrus-based cleaners isn’t natural, but rather can be made up of more than 3,000 different chemical ingredients. Since the cleaning industry isn’t regulated so that consumers know what they are buying, it is a good idea to search for non toxic cleaners, like vinegar, to use as an alternative within the home.

Besides showing the best way for cleaning blinds, Ellora also demonstrates how to replace broken slats with step-by-step instructions. This process involves removing a slat from the bottom of the blinds, as you would when trying to shorten them, and reapplying it to the area with the broken slat. Thank you to Ellora, the author of ‘Creatively Southern’ lifestyle blog, for sharing her steps for cleaning blinds.

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