• Tamara Morgan

10 Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Here are a few cleaning hack for spring cleaning!

Descale Your Coffee Maker

Remove caked-on minerals by filling the reservoir with a mixture that's half vinegar, half water. Let the solution brew halfway, then stop and let sit for 30 minutes before completing the cycle. Rinse by "brewing" a pot of clean water afterwards.



Restore Your Shower Pressure

Unclog your shower head by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the shower head to immerse the holes in the solution and secure with a twist tie. Let soak up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.


Easily Buff Out Floor Scuffs

Protect your hardwood by removing small marks with a sock or clean tennis ball. To erase bigger scuffs, add a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub. Then rinse with a damp paper towel and dry.


Make an All-Purpose Cleaner

Here's a DIY cleaner recipe that will make nearly every surface gleam (especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator). Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.


Banish Stray Marks from Coloring Time

Toothpaste will erase marker stains from wood — a handy trick to have in your back pocket if you've got creative kids.


De-Stink the Garbage Disposal

Run a few lemon rinds through the disposal and follow with cold water to dispel any sour odors.



Clear a Slow Drain

When you notice your drain is starting to clog, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth to contain the science fair-like effects. Wait five minutes and then flush with hot water.


Untangle a Knotted Necklace

Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot by sprinkling a little baby powder on it and then using a pin to pull it apart.



Get Stains Out of a Cutting Board

Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.


Make Your White T's Bright Again

To keep your whites truly white, sponge white vinegar on sweat stains and then pretreat with an enzyme prewash stain remover like Carbona or liquid enzyme detergent like Tide. Then wash on the hottest cycle safe for the fabric, adding regular Clorox Bleach for especially stubborn marks.



Source: Good Housekeeping

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