Cleaning is not always on the top of our list of “Fun” things to do, but it is something that we have to do at some point! Here are some simple solutions to some common cleaning challenges:
But I HATE Cleaning! – Hate tackling cleaning jobs (like I do)? Pick one project to do, put on some good music, set a timer for 15-20 minutes and tackle just one job. When the timer goes off, stop and move on. And don’t feel guilty! I use this tip to tackle some of the paper piles that build up on my desk, or to do a speed pick up of a room.
Vinegar – The Super Cleaner! I love using vinegar to do some simple cleaning jobs around the house. It is non-toxic and does a great job! Try out some of these cleaning tips using white vinegar:
- Clean Your Microwave – Fill a microwave safe bowl with ½ c. white vinegar and ½ c. water. Run in microwave 3-4 minutes. Take a damp cloth and wipe down inside of microwave– the steam, plus vinegar, helps to loosen cooked on debris and deodorize the inside of the microwave.
- Simple Way To Clean Gunk Off Shower Head– Do mineral deposits clog your shower head? Fill a quart-sized baggie with white vinegar. Take a rubber band and attach the vinegar-filled bag to your shower head, making sure the shower head is covered completely with the vinegar. Leave on overnight. The vinegar will do the cleaning for you! The next day, remove the bag, take an old toothbrush (you will toss after using!) and gentle scrub the shower head. The crusted on gunk should come off easily! To see the process in action, Click Here.
Dust It? No, Roll It! – Have dusty lampshades but find it awkward to vacuum the shades? Use a lint roller to get the dust off the shade.
Remove Sticky Stickers from Dishes or Glassware– Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or Q-tip to tackle the job. If it doesn’t come off, soak a cotton ball in the rubbing alcohol and let sit o the sticker for 5 minutes before trying again.
You can check out more links to other video cleaning tips from Simple Solutions Diva:
Putting Pinterest To The Test: Clean Your Top Loading Washer
How To Remove Mildew From Towels
Uses For Vinegar Around The House
And finally, here is an interesting link from BuzzFeed.com on 16 Common Product Combinations You Should Never Mix.
Thank you to WTLV-TV’s First Coast Living for inviting me on the show to share these tips!
UPDATE 7/6/13: Several people asked about how to do this technique with a front loading washer. Simply add the baking soda in along with the towels, then start the washer. Thanks for the feedback everyone!
Click Here to find three DIY household cleaners that will save you money!
Check out the links below to find out more about the products mentioned in this episode of SimpleSolutionsDiva.com:
Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner – This aromatic cleaner is made of essential oils from Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemon, and Oregano – a combination sure to lift your spirits as you tackle tough cleaning jobs around the house. Click Here to see more information on the story behind the product.
Boston Warehouse – This is the site if you are looking for unique, fun products for the home. From adorable ceramics and entertainment serving pieces to cleaning tools with a bit of whimsy, this is the site to explore! Click Here to see what they have to offer.
Getting ready to tackle the big spring cleaning jobs around your house, but don’t want to spend a fortune on commercial cleaners that may, or may not, work? Consumer Reports ShopSmartMag.org (April 2013) recommends three, tried and true, homemade recipes for cleaners that are inexpensive and easy to make!
All-Purpose Vinegar Cleaner: Good For Counters
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
1. Combine the vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
2. Shake well to blend
All-Purpose Soapy Ammonia: Use on Walls and Floors
- 1/2 cup household ammonia
- 1 teaspoon mild liquid dishwashing detergent (without bleach)
1. Combine the ammonia and liquid dishwashing detergent in a bottle.
2. Shake well to blend.
3. Dilute in 1 gallon of water for use on walls and floors.
- 7 pints cold water
- 1/2 cup soapy ammonia
- 1 pint rubbing alcohol
1. Fill a 1- or 2-gallon bucket with the water. Carefully add the ammonia and rubbing alcohol (See Safety Tips below).
2. Mix well and pour into spray bottles. The mixture should clean glass well and leave few or no streaks.
5 SAFETY MUSTS!!
- Never mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar, or other acids. Those combos can produce deadly gases.
- Always wear gloves to protect skin.
- Store safely. Keep all cleaners, including homemade ones, well labeled. Store them away from kids and pets.
- When working with chemical cleaners, check warning labels, open windows and doors, and keep kids and pets far away from where you’re cleaning.
- Try a cleaner in a hidden spot before using it on a surface for the first time.
The Pinterest Pin I’m testing here, Make Your Own Bleach Pen, originated from the website MeAndMyDIY.com. You can Click Here to find the written instructions!
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