Clever Cleaning Tricks for Your Home
Keeping the house clean can be a struggle for working families. Since time is of the essence, it is helpful to know the quickest and easiest way to clean the most challenging messes. Fortunately, there are solutions to get things around the house clean without taking away precious time. We’ve put together our essential list of cleaning ideas get those tough spots looking as good as new:
Damp Paper Towel on the Grill
When your sandwich grill has caked on grime and gunk, you do not need to scrub with all of your strength. All you really need is a wet paper towel; well, actually two wet paper towels. Place two damp paper towels on the grill. Then, turn on the grill to the low setting and wait for the steam. After two minutes, turn off the grill, clean up the grime, let the grill cool, and put it away clean. Don’t forget to throw those paper towels in the recycle bin.
Lemony Clean Chrome
Chrome is another surface that can present challenges. It often gets finger prints, soap spots, and unknown substances on it. After time the shiny chrome that you once loved starts to look tired and grimy. The easiest way to remedy this problem and bring back the shine is with a half of a lemon. When you rub the lemon on the chrome, the acid cuts through the grime and brings back the shine. And, your kitchen will smell fabulous!
Coke Cleans Toilet Bowls
Not only does Coke taste good, but it will clean out your toilet bowl, too. Even though many people no longer drink the sugary beverage, it is still worth having a few two-liter bottles of it around for cleaning the toilet. (Coke is much less expensive that toilet-bowl cleaners.) All you have to do is pour the Coke in your toilet and wait. The soda chemicals will clean the bowl for you. After a few minutes, flush. If you need to repeat, then repeat.
Clean Your Baseboards
There is no reason to get down on your hands and knees to clean your baseboards. A dryer sheet will take care of them for you. This is one of the easiest cleaning ideas, as all you have to do is wipe the dryer sheet on your baseboard and appreciate the cleanliness and fragrance that is left behind. This is so easy to do that you could even have your young, school-age kids help get the job done.
Stainless Steel Appliances and Cream of Tartar
Have you noticed how expensive stainless steel appliance cleaning products are? Well, with this quick tip, you can leave those expensive cleaning products on the shelves at your favorite stores. Instead, buy some cream of tartar and a cleaning sponge. Wet the sponge, put some cream of tartar on it and clean your appliances. Don’t forget to rinse the substance off of your appliances.
Easy Shower Head Cleaner
Shower heads are not fun to clean. All those little holes can harbor gunk and they are difficult to clean. Instead of cleaning each of those little holes, you can get the job done with two household items: a plastic baggie and vinegar. Fill the bag with vinegar and tie the bag to your shower head. Make sure the vinegar covers the holes when you put the bag on it. Then, go do something fun for a few hours. When you come back, the vinegar will have cleaned the shower head and made it look like new.
Fresh and Clean Mattresses
Mattresses are big, bulky, and difficult to clean. Since we spend so much time in bed, it is a good idea to keep our mattresses clean. But, you can’t just throw it in the washing machine. So, try this instead. Give the mattress top a good vacuuming. Then, open up a new box of baking soda and lightly dot the mattress with it. Let the baking soda rest so it can absorb oil and odors. Then, vacuum it up after a couple of hours.
Safe Cheese Grater Cleaning
The cheese grater is a useful tool, but it can be dangerous to clean and it can be deadly for your poor kitchen sponge. The best way to clean out the sticky cheese is to use a potato. Peel it by using the grater and the cheese will no longer stick. And, the potato is too starchy to stick, too.
Wipe Away the Microwave Grime
Vinegar will clean more than just a showerhead. A bowl of it does wonders in the microwave. Put a bowl of water and vinegar in the microwave for a few minutes. This will create a steam that loosens the mess on the walls and ceiling of the appliance. Once the timer is finished, remove the bowl and clean the walls. The gunk will come off easily.
Give Children’s Toys a Quick Shower
There is no need to clean each one of your children’s toys by hand. Have you kids gather up the plastic toys and bring them to the dishwasher. Load them on the top shelf and run the cycle. You can also clean them in the washing machine, if you keep them in a tightly closed pillowcase or a laundry bag.
Cast Iron Cleaning Tips
Even though many expert chefs suggest that it is best to season your cast iron pots and pans, it can be troubling to think about not ever cleaning them. You cannot put them in the dishwasher and they shouldn’t be washed in the sink either. Instead, you can clean your cast iron pans with olive oil and kosher salt. The salt will scrub away the unwanted food stuffs and the olive oil will keep the iron safe. Use a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel to spread the mixture. You can use water to rinse the pot. Then, dry it thoroughly.
Quick Clean Blender
If you use your blender everyday, it can be a hassle to have to wash it in the dishwasher. Instead, wash it on the counter with your dishwashing soap and warm water. Put water and soap in the blender and blend away. Then, rinse it out and the blender will be ready for your next beverage.
Clean Your Toothbrushes
Cleaning toothbrushes can help keep your teeth clean. Again, vinegar does the trick. Put your toothbrush in a cup that has a two-to-one ratio of water to vinegar. Let the toothbrush sit in the mix for 30 minutes. Remember to rinse out the vinegar before you brush.
Detail Your Air Vents
If you’ve got air vents in your home, you know that often times they will be riddled with dust and grime. Most of the time, it takes a lot of work to clean it out with a rag or a paper towel. A trick you can use to easily remove buildup from your vents and even baseboards is by using a scrub brush. This will give your home that deep-cleaned look without much effort on your part. Easy!
Get the Grease Out
It might seem like nothing gets out grease, but there is one substance that does the job quickly and easily: chalk. All you have to do is rub the chalk on the grease and give it some time to absorb it. Use a damp cloth to wash the chalk and grease away.
Get the Burn Marks Off Your Iron
If your iron is leaving marks on your clothes, it is clearly time to clean it. Surprisingly, this is a really easy item to clean. All you need to do is rub salt and a little bit of water on it. The burn marks will wipe away and your iron will work like it did the first time you used it.
With these 15 tips, you can clean the stubborn spots and items with ease. There is no reason avoid cleaning when all it takes is a few typical household items and a few minutes of your time.
Clean Those Yellowed Pillows
Oxiclean is a great cleaning product to have around. It does wonders for washing clothes or even pillow cases and it is also gets rid of stubborn price labels. Those gunky, sticky labels that just don’t want to come off can be a pain. Instead of using your fingernails or a dangerous razor blade, Oxyclean and water will get the labels off quickly and safely. Just soak the item in the mixture and after a couple of minutes, the label will slide right off.