Thursday, January 13, 2011

All You:: 30 secret household cleaners (you already own) 1/13/11

30 secret household cleaners (you already own)

Learn how to clean your house with things already in your cupboard. These easy household cleaners are tough on grime but easy on your wallet.
You don't need expensive cleaning products with our easy guide to saving money!
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Save money on household cleaners

These 30 money-saving cleaning tips can help solve almost any household cleaning problem. Just shop your pantry for these secret cleaners to disinfect, polish and shine.
Eliminate odors from your fridge with new or used coffee grounds.

Eliminate odors

Try coffee grounds to keep your refrigerator smelling nice and fresh, just as you do with an open box of baking soda. Place them, new or used, in a bowl and remember to replace them every month or two.
White vinegar has many uses for cleaning, like helping to clean your dishwasher.

Wash the dishwasher  

To clean the inside of your dishwasher, fill the detergent cups with whichever one of these four products you have on hand: ½ cup white vinegar or a few tablespoons of powdered laundry bleach, Tang or lemon-flavored Kool-Aid (lemon is the only flavor that works). Then run the empty machine through a complete cycle.
try our easy tips to clean your garbage disposal without spending any money

Chill out

Use ice to cleanse the blades in your garbage disposal and break up the grease that collects on the rotors. Every few weeks, toss in a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. Add some orange, lemon or lime peels to ward off odors.
Creative house cleaning ideas: Get rid of grease on dishes with dryer sheets!
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Soften up grease  

Get baked-on foods off pots and pans with a dryer sheet. Just place one in a pot, fill with water and let sit overnight, then sponge off the next morning. The antistatic agent weakens the bond between the stuck-on food and the surface of the pan, while the fabric softener works its loosening magic.
Have an odorless trash can and less smelly garbage with this tip

Absorb grime

Cover the bottom of your trash can with old newspapers. It's an easy way to keep clean and soaks up leaks and odors.


Scuffs on vinyl floors can be wasily removed with our affordable tips and tricks!

Wipe away scuffs

Make scuffs on vinyl flooring disappear by applying a little baking soda with a damp sponge.
Try our idea: use children's clay to safely clean-up broken glass

Gather shards

Pick up tiny slivers of broken glass—the ones you don’t notice until you’ve stepped on them—by gently pressing a slice of bread or a piece of Play-Doh on the area. Be sure to wrap the glass up carefully before throwing it away—you don’t want an animal to eat it or a child to play with it.
Microwave sponges to kill germs.

Zap bacteria

To keep bacteria from taking up permanent residence in your kitchen sponges, rinse them with water at the end of each day, squeeze, then put in the microwave for three minutes. Let cool before touching. Do the same with your cutting boards, if they are microwaveable.
Clean your house the fast and easy way with our tips, like use lemon juice.

Use lemons

Harness the power of citrus to clean your microwave: Cut a lemon in half, squeeze juice into a small bowl of water, add both lemon halves and place in the microwave for five minutes. The fresh scent eliminates cooking odors, and condensation from the steam loosens random splatters that have hardened. Wipe with a damp cloth.
Use salt to polish silver or copper around your house.

Bring back the bling  

Polish tarnished copper with this natural solution: Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of salt. Spray onto the copper, let sit briefly, then rub clean.
Floss is an easy way to clean a can opener without cuts.

Floss often

Remove debris from the cutting disc on your electric can opener with dental floss.
Try mouthwash to clean your floors!

Use a substitute

Try Listerine mouthwash if you’re out of floor cleaner. Add a capful to a gallon of water and mop vinyl or tile—but not wood—floors with the mixture. The same product that kills bad-breath germs also zaps the gunk beneath your feet.
Try wipes to disinfect your home in between cleaning.

Clean in between

Grab a few disinfecting wipes to give faucets, sinks, tubs, toilet seats—you name it—an easy daily touch-up.
Avoid the ring around the tub with our easy bath tips

Pretreat

After going over your bathtub, sink or shower with disinfectant, wipe the area with baby oil or lemon oil. Do this once or twice a month, and it will help dirty water bead and roll down the drain faster, buying you more time before the next cleaning.
Clean with alka seltzer our a can of cola in your bathroom.

Scrubbing bubbles

Freshen the toilet bowl with effervescent tablets (denture or antacid) in between scourings. Drop two in the water, let soak for at least 20 minutes, then brush and flush. A can of cola dumped in for one hour also does the trick. The phosphoric acid in the beverage removes rust rings and other mineral deposits.
Shine up your bathroom fixtures with our easy lime removal tip!

Shine on  

Get rid of lime buildup on sinks by soaking an old rag in vinegar, then wrapping it around the faucet and clasping with a hair clip. Let sit for an hour, then take off rag and dry faucet.
Use baking soda and lemon juice to get rid of mold and mildew without toxic chemicals.

Lose the spots  

Combat mold and mildew on tiles and shower curtains with a paste of equal parts lemon juice and baking powder. Spread on the mixture, leave for two hours, then rinse.
Try cleaning with vinegar! It's great for metal.

Mist away  

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar to clean chrome and stainless-steel fixtures, and to remove scum, grime and mildew from your bathtub, tile or shower curtain.


Use our idea on how to clean household items.

Dust tough-to-clean items

A dry paintbrush (with bristles at least 3 inches long) is great for both the surface and grooves of your collectibles. Dust framed photos with a pastry brush, which is softer than a paintbrush and easier to dip into corners and places that are difficult to reach.
Make the art in your house look like new with our simple cleaning idea!

Revive canvases

Cut the crust off a piece of white bread, squish the bread into a doughy ball and use it to gently dab the surface of paintings (but not valuable or antique works). Once the ball is covered with dirt and grime, start again with a new slice. Use a pastry brush (or another soft-bristled brush) to clear off any crumbs.
Easily clean blinds in minutes with our creative idea!

De-grime shades

Take a hands-on approach to your mini blinds and venetians. Just slip on a pair of white cotton gloves, dip fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, then run your fingers across both sides of each slat. Rinse gloves as necessary in a bowl of clean water.
Use potatoes to clean!

Remove mud with a spud

Slice a potato in half and gently rub the cut end on a muddy slipcover or comforter. Soak the fabric in cool water, then throw it in your next load of laundry.
Eliminate dust, mold and mildew spored in the air with houseplants!

Go green

Keep air pure with houseplants. Research from NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America suggests that palms, English ivy, ferns, mums and similar plants remove up to 87 percent of indoor pollutants.
Clean your house easily with our creative tips!

Freshen foliage

Use a lint brush with disposable sheets to dust lamp shades and plant leaves.
Easily clean vases or glasses with our great ideas, tips and tricks.

Shake it

To wash a narrow vase, pour in 2 tablespoons of dry rice and ½ cup warm water, cover with the palm of your hand, shake vigorously, then rinse.


Easily clean light fixtures and chandeliers with this creative idea!

Air dry

Give chandeliers a quick cleaning with a blow-dryer (set on low) or a feather duster. For tougher jobs, fill a spray bottle with one part vodka to five parts water, spritz on fixtures and blow-dry.
Easily clean hard to reach places with our creative tricks and tips!

Practice your swing

Wrap a microfiber cloth over the bristles of a regular broom or around the end of a golf club, secure it with a rubber band and use to get rid of cobwebs or dust in hard-to-reach places.
Clean scribbles and crayons off your walls with this great cleaning idea!

Erase every trace

Did your child use the painted walls as a canvas? Mist them with hairspray and wipe immediately to remove colored marker. For crayon, scrub with a toothpaste-covered toothbrush, or gently massage with baking soda and a damp microfiber cloth.
Polish household brass with this easy at home remedy for cleaning

Raid the fridge

Shine brass using a dab of Worcestershire sauce or ketchup. Squeeze the condiment onto a cloth, rub the item, then rinse with water and dry with a towel.
Use tennis balls to eliminate and remove scuffs and other scratches from your home!

Scour scuffs

Use a new tennis ball to wipe scuff marks off tile, vinyl, woodwork—even painted walls. It won’t harm the surface.



Text by: Kimberly Goad

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