Cleaning and Household Hints

I have long been an advocate of using natural products for cleaning.  For one thing, it is better for the environment.  For another, it is safer if you have children around.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started.  I recommend having a cleaning kit.  It could be a bucket, a compartmentalized tote, or even a dishpan — anything that is easy to carry, and that will help keep everything you need in one place as you go from room to room.  Here are a few specific cleaning hints:

  1. Remove Bugs from Windshield:  Mix baking soda with warm water to make a paste.  Spread the paste over your windshield and leave for fifteen minutes. Then wipe or spray off with a hose.
  2. Clean BBQ Grill:  Mix a cup of baking soda with half a cup water to  make a paste. Dip your brush (which I ONLY use for the grill) into the paste and scrub the grill. The caked on  pieces and black residue will come off much quicker, and using baking soda is  much safer and cheaper than using cleaning chemicals.
  3. Cleaning tea stains:  Put a dab of baking soda on a damp cloth and use to wipe tea stains out of mugs, off counters, etc.  Does the trick nicely, and there’s no harm done to the ceramic! This also works nicely for the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  4. Clean windows and mirrors:  For streak-free cleaning, add 1/2 cup of water to a tablespoon of vinegar and use to wash windows and mirrors. I’ve heard that using newspaper, crumpled, is a quick and easy way to polish these surfaces, as well, though I haven’t tried this myself — I never have newspaper lying around!
  5. Cleaning Grunge from Around Edges of Sink: I love old toothbrushes for cleaning!  They are especially good for cleaning around the edges of the sink or anything else that has an edge around it.  I’ve even used a DRY toothbrush to clean between the keys on my laptop!
  6. Clean Can Opener Gears.  Run a few small strips of wax paper through the can opener to clean out the bits and pieces that have built up in the gears throughout the year. The wax will also rub off on the gears to protect for future use as well.
  7. Remove Crayon from Walls:  Use WD-40 and a cloth to remove stubborn crayon marks from the walls just by spraying the wall and wiping with a cloth.
  8. Get Rid of Armpit Stains on T-Shirts:  Grind up an aspirin tablet or two, then make a paste out of it using water, lemon or vinegar. Spread the paste on the stained area and let sit for an hour before washing.
  9. Whitening Teeth:  This may sound a little odd, but rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth twice a day for two weeks and you will receive the same effect from a teeth-whitening kit. Plus, you’ll save yourself money and the hassle of using chemicals.
  10. Whiten Whites:  Add about half a cup of lemon juice to your load of whites to makes them extra white.  It will not harm the clothes as much as bleach would.
  11. Prevent Wall from Chipping When Nailing:  Prevent chips when hammering by placing a piece of scotch tape over the area you’re going to nail. The wall will be held tighter, preventing chips from occurring. Don’t forget to remove the tape so it doesn’t harm the paint over time.

One thought on “Cleaning and Household Hints

  1. I love all of these ideas. Especially the teeth whitening. I can’t wait to try it. My dentist charges $600 for whitening. thanks for these awesome and helpful tips


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