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April, 2013

8 Cleaning Tips Using Everyday Items

When it comes to chores, does it seem like you never have the right cleaning products for the job? The solution may be as close as your kitchen cabinets. A lot of household items can be used to make short work of your cleaning duties.

  • Easy microwave solution

    Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a 4-cup microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, then simply remove the bowl and wipe the insides clean.
  • Freshen up your garbage disposal

    Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of baking soda down the drain, drop in a few ice cubes, and turn on the disposal while running hot water.
  • Minimize mineral deposits

    Wrap paper towels soaked in vinegar around any lime or mineral deposits that build up on your bathroom faucets. Let set for an hour for easy mineral scale removal.
  • A half-cup of baking soda and half-cup of white vinegar save you a WHOLE lot of hassle

    Keep your shower drain clog free with this simple preventative measure. Sprinkle a half-cup of baking soda down the shower drain, next add a half cup of white vinegar. After the mixture foams for a few minutes, pour boiling water down the drain to flush away clogs.
  • Rubbing away stains

    Use a sponge dampened with rubbing alcohol to clean and disinfect splatters and stains on your tiled backsplash.
  • Fighting back against bacteria

    Wooden surfaces can easily trap in bacteria making them hard to get to. Mix a half-cup of baking soda with one quart of warm water and rub the wooden surface with a sponge. Use plain water to rinse the surface afterwards.
  • Clean shower head…it’s in the bag

    Removing build up from a shower head doesn’t have to be a chore. All you need is a sandwich bag and white vinegar. Simply fill the sandwich bag with white vinegar, submerge the shower head in the bag, and tie it with a twist tie. Let the setup sit overnight—you’ll have a clean shower head in the morning.

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  • Steel shiny after all these years

    Keep your stainless steel surfaces bright and shiny with olive oil. Simply put a small amount on a soft cloth and wipe away smudges and fingerprints.
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