Cleaning Tips

1An alternative to Magic Erasers
Rather than buy the name brand magic erasers, buy the melamine sponge in bulk from
2Use microfiber cloths to clean your home or office
Microfiber cloths make cleaning easy. They can be used for cleaning all types of surfaces, including dusting. They can also be used wet to clean toilets and other surfaces and are good at removing light stains and marks.
3How to make natural scouring powder
For soap scum on tubs and showers, make your own scouring powder using 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax. It will cut through any scum!
4How to make a good smelling vinegar cleaner
Fill up a jar with any citrus peels you like and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days and strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner. Use for mopping floors and disinfecting surfaces. It smells a lot better than plain old vinegar!
5How to clean the dishwasher
How to clean your dishwasher with no effort: fill a dishwasher-safe bowl or jar with 2 cups of vinegar. Set on the top rack of the dishwasher where it’s safer if you’re using plastic.

Run through on a hot cycle with no other dishes in the dishwasher to clean and remove the musty odor.
6How to clean the garbage disposal
• Cut a lemon in half, shove in garbage disposal and grind with water running for 10 seconds.
• Freeze lemon and orange peels in ice cube trays with vinegar or water and throw these in and grind for 10 seconds
• Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in and then 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes before running the water and and the disposal
7How to make a natural air freshener
In a medium saucepan, simmer a quart of water with natural ingredients to freshen and clean the air. Make sure not to let the water evaporate completely! Some delicious combinations are:
• 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla
• 1 sliced lime and 1 piece chopped ginger root
• 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves (yummy, smells like pumpkin pie!)
• 1 sliced lime and 2 tablespoons thyme
• Try with any combinations you like. Try different herbs and fruits to fit the season and the atmosphere you’d like to create.
8How to clean shower heads
Clean a showerhead by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar. Tie the bag around the showerhead so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave for up to 12 hours and remove carefully. Pour it down the drain and your showerhead should be clean and free of hard water residue.
9How to naturally clean your cutting board
Use Kosher salt and lemons to clean your chopping board without leaving any chemicals.
10How to remove coloring marks from wood
Use toothpaste to remove coloring marks from wood made by markers.
11How to clean your mattress
• If the mattress is musty, use a commercial foam upholstery cleaner, or mix 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in a quart of warm water. Whip it with an egg beater to get a froth, and apply the suds with a sponge or soft brush without soaking the mattress.
• Work on a small area at a time, overlapping areas to avoid spotting. Change the rinse water frequently to keep it clean. Let one side dry thoroughly before you do the other. Use a fan to speed up this process. Another way to freshen the mattress is to sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on it to absorb musty odors. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum.
12How to clean headboards and footboards
• Both varnished and brass beds can be dusted, then rubbed lightly with lemon oil on a dampened rag.
• Wooden headboards can be cleaned with lemon oil, and for laminates, use all-purpose cleaner or a liquid abrasive.
13How to clean your shower while taking a shower
Keep your shower sparkling longer between deep cleanings with the help of this daily-use spritz. Made from three ingredients, the cleaner cuts down on the amount of scrubbing needed without the smell of harsh chemicals. And you can even personalize with a few drops of essential oil.
What You'll Need:
• 1 cup vinegar
• 1 cup dish soap
• 1 cup water
• Essential oil (optional)
1. It's as simple as mixing the three ingredients in a spray bottle and giving a little shake. The vinegar and dish soap work together to cut soap-scum buildup in your shower, which makes it a wonderful cleaner to stash in the bathroom.
2. For best results, give your shower a serious cleaning before starting to use the daily spray. Then, after each shower use, spray your entire shower, and enjoy the clean.
14How to clean burned residue from metal pots and pans
What You'll Need:
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
• 1 to 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
• Scrub sponge
1. Mix together the baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide in a small dish. Stir until it resembles a bowl of whipped cream, adding more hydrogen peroxide as needed.
2. Spread the mixture over the pot or pan and allow the cleaner to work its magic for a few minutes. Baking soda is a natural and soft abrasive that helps lift stains from metal, while hydrogen peroxide does a wonder cleaning and breaking up buildup.
3. Place the pot or pan in your sink and use a scrub sponge to gently work the cleaner into the cookware. Continue working until everything's sparkling clean.
15How to clean cloudy glass
Pour rubbing alcohol into the inside of the glass. If you can fit your hand inside, use a towel to wipe it. If not, swirl it around and watch the cloudiness disappear.
16How to clean sponges
There are 2 ways to clean your sponges: toss them in the dishwasher or put them in wet into the microwave for 30 seconds.
17How to clean the inside of your coffee pot
Fill coffee pot or dispenser with cola or white vinegar. Let sit overnight. Rinse and wipe out with paper towel or cloth.
18How to clean broad leaf house plants
The easiest and quickest way is put them in the shower using warm water. Let sit to dry. It’s that simple!
19How to clean rust stains.
Using lemon juice or white vinegar apply to the rusted area. Scrub the area with a scrub pad and wipe. Repeat if necessary. If the rust stain is on stainless steel try scrubbing with an ordinary sponge so as not to scratch the surfac. Rinse and wipe dry.
20How to remove lipstick stains
Lipstick on clothing or other material – dab the stain with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Next add a few drops of laundry detergent and wash the garment in washing machine. If the stain is on carpeting, lightly scrub with wet cleaning cloth and dab with dry cloth. You may have to repeat several times.
21How to remove finger nail polish or hair dye
Nail polish on hard surface material – use finger nail polish remover with cleaning cloth.
Nail polish on clothing or other material – to remove from clothing simply put a small amount of nail polish remover onto the stain and wash as instructed. To remove from carpeting or other surface apply finger nail polish to the material a little at a time blotting with cloth as you go. Use a small amount of dish detergent with a damp cleaning cloth to finish the job.
22How to remove coffee stains
Mix one teaspoon of a PH balanced detergent with a cup of warm water. Blot stain with cleaning cloth. Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cups of water. Apply and blot again. Wipe with water and clean cloth. Repeat if necessary. This is one of the toughest stains to remove.
23How to remove wine stains
Mix one teaspoon of a PH balanced detergent with a cup of warm water. Blot stain with cleaning cloth. Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cups of water. Apply and blot again. Wipe with water and clean cloth. Repeat if necessary. This is one of the toughest stains to remove.
24How to clean a dirty microwave quickly
Put a dish of water with lemon into microwave and bring to boil or put in a wet sponge and run for 30-45 seconds. The water vapors will loosen the food debris. Use a paper towel or cloth to remove debris and wipe dry.
25Creative uses for dryer sheets
Dryer sheets repel mosquitoes – place several sheets outdoors in your sitting area.
Place a dryer sheet in your luggage or travel bag. This will prevent musty odors.
Place a dryer sheet at the bottom of wastebaskets or hamper. This helps eliminates odors.
26How to remove pet hair from steps or furniture
Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from carpeting. Use a rubber glove or damp cloth to remove from furniture. You will be amazed how well this works!
27How to remove allergens from the home or office
The number one way to remove allergens and pollutants is to have your home or office cleaned on a regular basis. Clean air vents and replace air filters on HVAC systems 1/year. Clean bed sheets and drapes on a regular basis.
28De-clutter counter tops
Keep those things you use on a daily basis on your counters. Create a permanent spot for everything else. This may require keeping kitchen items in other parts of your home stored away if you don’t have the space in your kitchen. Your kitchen will be more organized and helps to create a calmer atmosphere.
29How to remove tape or sticker adhesive
A natural way to remove hard to remove tape or stickers from hard surfaces is to use lemon or orange oil. Apply solvent to surface with cleaning cloth and using a razor blade remove tape or sticker. Use vinegar or glass cleaner to wipe clean once removed.