Here are 14 tips I was so happy to learn and share. I hope you find them as useful as I have.
|1. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda|
Your dishwasher needs a cleaning itself from time to time. Run the dishwasher with regular detergent normal, and place a dishwasher safe glass of white vinegar on the top rack and sprinkle baking soda on the bottom rack and door. Your dishwasher will come out sparkling clean.
2. Vinegar and baking soda: multi-purpose household cleaner
This is the solution that should be your go to for all household cleaning. The classic acid/base reaction will be useful for so many
surfaces in your house. An added bonus is that it's safe and cheap.
Using an ice tray, mix 8 parts water with 1 part white vinegar. Add chopped lemon peel and freeze. Once frozen you can drop this solution in your garbage disposal to clear out any leftover bits of food. The ice sharpens the blades while the vinegar sanitizes. The lemon makes the machine smell nicer.
4. Lemon juice to remove hard water stains
Hard water leaves stains which can be tricky to remove. Instead of buying fancy cleaning solutions try using lemon juice. The acid will dissolve the calcium. If the buildup is really tough, add salt to the lemon.
5. Ammonia cleans an oven easily
This trick only works with a completely cold oven. Pour half a cup of ammonia in a bowl. Place it in the oven overnight with the door left slightly ajar. The fumes will loosen any grime. You should be able to wipe the dirt away.
6. Ammonia also cleans gas burners
Using the same idea that governed the oven cleaning trick, use ammonia to loosen grime built up around your burners. Place a little ammonia in a sealable plastic bag along with the removable burner and let them rest overnight. The next morning you should be able to wipe away the dirt.
7. Aluminum for cleaning glassware
Using a crumpled piece of foil, you can remove any excess dirt that has stuck to your glass cookware. The foil has a similar surface to steel wool but is far less rough on your hands. It's also another way to re-use any leftover foil.
8. Pick up broken glass with bread
Instead of using a brush and pan or a rag, gather the shards of broken glass with a slice of bread. The bread allows you to pick up the small bits you would usually miss by using a brush. When you're finished cleaning, you can throw the whole thing away.
9. Homemade vacuum nozzle
Sometimes your regular vacuum nozzles can't reach all the places dirt might be hiding small plugs or keyboards. Attach a squirt nozzle to the vacuum pipe and those hard to reach places will be dirt-free.
10. Remove grease stains with chalk
Some grease stains don't just come out by being tossed in the washing machine. In those cases try rubbing some chalk over the stains before you run a load of laundry. The chalk dust absorbs the grease and rinses away the stain.
11. Clean glitter with play dough
Pick up loose glitter with a blob of play-dough. Your mess is gone and your play dough will sparkle.
12. Remove fuzz from your carpet with a squeegee
Hair tends to clog up the vacuum cleaner. You can prevent this from happening by removing the hair from any floor surface with a squeegee. The hair collects into a clumps for easy disposal.
13. Use baby shampoo to clean make-up brushes
Wash, rinse and blot the brush to make sure no makeup has remained in the brush. Once this is done, you can hang them upside down to dry. This prevents water from collecting in the handle. The brush should be makeup free and shimmering.
14. Lemon and salt clean wood and bamboo
Use lemons to clean a wooden or bamboo cutting board. Sprinkle with coarse salt and go over it with a slice of lemon. Rinse without soap and let it dry.