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Home Selling Tip #2: Scrub It ’Til It Sparkles

 Home Selling Tip #2: Scrub It ’Til It Sparkles

Every homeowner wants their property to sell fast and bring top dollar, but it takes more than decluttering to make this happen. After you’ve cleared your house of clutter, the next step is to make it sparkle. Before you stage your home for prospective buyers, you need to scrub it from top to bottom. We’ll share with you some tricks of the trade.


Ideally, your home should evoke fresh and enticing scents, not smell of harsh cleaning chemicals. Make your own all-purpose disinfectant cleaner with a few drops of lemon essential oils in a glass spray bottle filled with half vinegar and half water. They clean, sanitise and deodorise countertops, fridges and other shiny surfaces just as well as regular detergents.

To get rid of stubborn grease stains on your pots and pans, mix two tablespoons of baking soda, a cup of water and half a cup of vinegar. Let it boil for ten minutes. The stains will come right off.

Remove oil stains from your stove with a lemon. Squeeze out the juice and rub the lemon over the stove. Wait fifteen minutes, then wipe down the stove with a wet cloth. To clean the burners, put ¼ cup of ammonia in a Ziploc bag together with the burner and let it sit for a few hours. The ammonia fumes will detach the grease and dirt.

The kitchen sink is one of the muckiest areas in the entire house. To properly clean it, pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar down the drain, then rinse it all off with boiling water.


If hard mineral deposits have left unsightly streaks on your sink and shower faucets, sprinkle a little baking soda and water on an old toothbrush and scrub away. Alternatively, fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water, and use the mixture to descale your faucets. White vinegar also works hard on tiles, counters and soap scum, but won’t leave an odour. For anything in stainless-steel, lemon juice works wonders.

Mix one part dish soap with one part vinegar to buff your shower walls and remove the grime from the grout.

To get rid of stains in your toilet bowl, fill a jar with citric acid and a few drops of essential oils. Sprinkle a few tablespoons in your toilet bowl and leave overnight.

To make your bathtub sparkle, nothing beats hydrogen peroxide — it will get rid of lime scale, calcium stains and yellow spots. Pour it into a spray bottle, spray on the bathtub, wait an hour, then rinse it off with warm water.

The entire house

Use rags to clean, not paper towels. Paper towels leave lint, but rags don’t.

Start from the top. Use a dust broom with a long handle to wipe down ceiling fans, corners and air vents. Then vacuum and wash floors — dilute half a cup of Castile soap in 11 litres of hot water for a highly efficient mopping solution. Starting from the top saves time because you won’t be going over the same area twice.

Clean the window blinds one by one using vinegar and an old sock. Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half hot water, then lightly spray it on the sock.

When listing your home with one of our Linzen Real Estate sales specialists, we offer to walk through your home to provide you with some winning tips to help present your home in its best light. Contact one of our sales team today.

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