15 cleaning secrets
Check out our list of useful natural solutions for easy household cleaning.
- To remove furniture dents from pure wool carpet, place a towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibers.
- To clean your microwave, heat a bowl of water and vinegar for 5 minutes in the microwave. The steam will dissolve stuck on stains. Open the door and wipe the inside clean.
- To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.
- To mask unpleasant odors, put some coffee beans in a saucepan and burn them. The smell of coffee will overpower the other nasty odors.
- To unblock your drain, pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.
- Use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors.
- Clean the interior of your oven using only paste made of white vinegar and baking soda.
- Clean stainless steel with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar and a few drops of water. Rub and scrub. Then rinse.
- Scrub your cast iron with coarse salt and a soft sponge. The salt is a natural abrasive and will absorb oil. Rinse and wipe dry.
- Mix together 1/4 cup of canola/olive oil and 3/4 cup vinegar to repair damaged wood. Dip a rag in it and simply swipe.
- The solution to keep your toilet clean is a cleaning mixture of 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of hot water.
- Rub your faucet with waxed paper, water doesn’t leave a mark anymore.
- To pick up pet hair, put on a wet rubber dish-washing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.
- Place a bowl of coffee grounds, new or used, in your fridge. Replace them every two months for a fresh, slightly caffeinated smell.
- Vacuuming a mattress, particularly along piping and crevices, removes dead skin cells that attract dust mites.