What do tennis balls, baby oil, dish soap, newspaper, baking soda, aluminum foil, and vinegar have in common? They’re your essential toolkit for deep cleaning this spring! These items are simple and effective tools to clean your home without spending hardly any money or using toxic chemicals.
Raid your recycling bin, check your cupboards, and get ready for an epic deep clean of your entire house with these unexpected hacks.
Around the House
These recipes and tips can make every room of your home look better!
- All-purpose cleaner– Make an effective cleaner with things you already have on hand. In a spray bottle, mix together 2 parts vinegar, 1 part water, and a few drops of dish soap. Use this on most any surface.
- Windows- Make your own cleaner with equal parts vinegar and water. Spray it on windows then use pieces of newsprint for a streak-free finish.
- Scuffs on paint- Use a clean tennis ball to buff out scuff marks on wall paint. Simply rub the tennis ball on the area and watch marks disappear with ease.
- Refresh fabric- In a spray bottle, make a solution of 2 cups of warm water with a teaspoon of baking soda, and then shake well. Spray on fabric surfaces and allow to dry and magically smells are removed. (Avoid spraying hard surfaces with this refresher, it can leave a cloudy film.)
Kitchens tend to accumulate the most grime from nonstop use. These hacks show you how to clean your kitchen with ease.
- Keep trash can smells at bay- Line your kitchen trash bins with newspaper before replacing the bag. The newsprint will absorb any foul odors or leaks and keep your trash can fresh.
- Vinegar- Vinegar is your best friend when it comes to kitchen cleaning. Use it as a nontoxic way to clean your dishwasher, microwave a bowl for a few minutes to steam away stubborn spills in your microwave oven, freshen drains with it, and use it as an inexpensive soaking solution with hot water for anything caked with grime.
- Spot free stainless- If you’re sick of those stubborn fingerprints on your stainless appliances, use a soft cloth with a small amount of baby oil as a polishing solution. This will keep the spots and fingerprints at bay!
- De-stink drains- Pour baking soda down your drain, flush with vinegar, and watch it bubble like a first grade science experiment. Flush the drain with lots of hot water. Run ice cubes and vinegar in kitchen disposers to also help remove any stuck on gunk.
- Polish the silver- Line your sink or a large pan with aluminum foil (or use a disposable aluminum pan). Fill with boiling water, at least three inches deep, and add a tablespoon each of baking soda and salt. Soak your silver in the solution for at least 10 minutes. Use something like tongs to safely remove the items and polish them with a dry cloth.
The room where we get clean can be one of the dirtiest around. It’s important to clean the hidden spots in your bathroom regularly so things don’t get out of hand. These hacks make your cleaning even more effective!
- Remove soap scum from shower doors- Use a ball of aluminum foil with your favorite cleaner and scrub the area in small circular motions. The foil ball acts as an abrasive to remove the scum and makes your cleaner even more effective. Rinse with water and use a squeegee to wipe and dry.
- Keep your toilet brush smell free- Your toilet brush does the dirtiest work. Rinse the brush following a toilet scrub, then sandwich the handle between the toilet seat with the brush hanging over the toilet bowl. Allow the brush to drip dry before returning to its caddy. (Don’t forget to clean the inside of your toilet brush caddy regularly as well!)
- Lazy cleaning with vinegar- Soak long pieces of paper towel with white vinegar. Wrap the pieces around your faucets and bathroom handles. Let the solution sit on the area for 20-30 minutes. Remove the towels and stubborn grime and mildew will disappear with a clean cloth wiped on the area.
You’re bound to have a more restful sleep if your sleeping space is clean and tidy. Try these hacks to refresh the bedroom today!
- Freshen your mattress- Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and leave for a few hours. Using your vacuum hose, remove the baking soda for a refreshed sleeping surface!
- Fluff your pillows– Wash your pillows regularly, simply changing the pillowcases isn’t always enough to get rid of dust mites, allergens, and odors. To bring your pillows back to life, place a couple of tennis balls in the dryer to fluff them up as they dry.
- Shine your wood furniture – Use baby oil as a furniture polish. It works to shine the furniture but doesn’t go rancid over time like vegetable oils.
These tips are only the beginning. There are hundreds of other hacks that feature these common household items. What are your favorite ways to use unexpected items to clean your home?
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