Before you run out to the store next time you need to clean, see if you can save yourself a trip (and money) by trying some of these home cleaning tips using products you already have! These tricks can save you a ton of money on house cleaner supplies and home cleaning services.
Home Cleaning Supplies:
Ice cubes and orange peels
We’re betting you have these on hand! To clean your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal, toss some ice cubes into your garbage disposal to break up grease and loosen gunk and debris. Do this every few weeks – make sure to run cold water while you do it. And cover your ears! You can also toss down the peel of a lemon, a lime, or an orange to get a fresh smell in your kitchen sink. Doing this can save you money on drain cleaning service in the long run!
Citrus is a powerful and natural cleaning agent. To clean your microwave, cut a lemon in half and squeeze out the juice into a small dish of water. Add the lemon halves into the bowl, place the dish in the microwave, and microwave it for five minutes. Your microwave will smell fresh and clean again, and the moisture will loosen all of the gunk lining the walls of your microwave. Use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe away the debris.
Got food baked on to your pots and pans? Get the gunk off with dryer sheets. Simply place the dryer sheet into your dirty pot, fill the pot with water, and let it soak overnight. The next morning, sponge off the loosened gunk. Your dryer sheets contain an antistatic agent that weakens the bond of the food stuck onto the pot’s surface, and the fabric softener helps soften the gunk.
The stuff you use to make your morning cup of joe is great for eliminating odors in your fridge! Grab some new or used coffee grounds, put them in a bowl, and place it on a shelf in your fridge. Replace it every two months (or as needed) for a fresh smelling fridge.
It’s not just great for killing bad breath, it’s also a great home cleaning product! You can add a capful of your mouthwash to a gallon of water and use the solution to mop your tile or vinyl floors. Just don’t use this mixture on wood flooring!
Sponge and baking soda
These two supplies combined make a magic duo that can get rid of scuff marks on vinyl flooring! Lots of maid services use this trick.
Kitchen sponges quickly get infested with bacteria and germs. To kill bacteria on your sponges, rinse the sponges with water each day, squeeze them out, and then microwave them for about three minutes. Make sure to let them cool off before you touch them! You can also use this method with microwaveable cutting boards.
Use disinfectant wipes on your faucets, door knobs, sinks, toilet seats, light switches, and so many other places in your home. Check out our article on where to use disinfectant wipes in your home for more ideas.
Baby oil or lemon oil
After you use disinfectant wipes on your sink, shower, and bathtub, use baby oil (or lemon oil) to wipe these areas down. Doing this a couple times per month will encourage dirty water to roll down your drain faster – meaning you have more time before you or your maid has to clean these areas again! We bet your professional cleaning service doesn’t know this trick!
Dental floss can be used to remove debris from kitchen supplies such as your pizza cutter or the cutting disc on an electric can opener.
White vinegar, powdered laundry bleach, or Kool-Aid
Your dishwasher is one of the dirtiest places in your home, but it’s easy to change that! You can help keep your dishwasher clean using white vinegar. Pour a half of a cup of white vinegar into your dishwasher detergent cups and run your dishwasher (while empty) for a complete cycle. Powdered laundry bleach and lemon flavored Kool-Aid (has to be lemon flavored!) are also great – just use a few tablespoons.
Vinegar can also be used to remove the lime buildup on sinks. Just soak an old rag in vinegar and wrap it around your sink faucet, using a hair tie or string to secure it. Let it sit for one hour, and then remove the rag and wipe the faucet dry. Vinegar is definitely one of the most versatile home cleaning products to have on hand.
In general, recycling your newspaper is the best thing to do with it. The next best thing to do with newspaper is to use it for cheap and easy house cleaning! While you might not have considered newspapers to be a home cleaning product, you can use your old newspaper to get rid of the grime at the bottom of your garbage cans. Simply put a few layers of newspaper at the bottom of your trash can to soak up any leaks or odors.
If you have kids, there is a high likelihood that you have this sticky, tacky substance on hand somewhere in your home! Play-Doh is perfect for picking up tiny shards of broken glass. Just take a small piece of the Play-Doh and use it to pick up the sharp pieces without injuring yourself.
To clean tarnished copper, use salt as a natural house cleaning solution. Grab a sixteen ounce spray bottle, fill it with white vinegar, add three tablespoons of salt, and shake to mix. Use this spray on your tarnished copper – just let it sit briefly and then wipe it clean!
Antacids or soda
Your toilet bowl can be easily freshened up with a couple antacid tablets (or denture tablets). Put two tablets into the toilet bowl and let them soak for at least twenty minutes to loosen stains and debris. Simply brush off the gunk and flush your toilet. You can also use a can of soda as a home cleaning solution for your toilet bowl – just pour into the toilet water and let it soak for an hour. This can remove unsightly rust rings and mineral deposits.
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