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Household Cleaning Tips

Regardless of your planned New Year’s resolutions, we can all agree that household cleaning is something we can all put on our to-do lists.

  • Laundry dryer sheets:  Use these while wiping your baseboards to get rid of dust and leave a fresh scent around your home. Soak a sheet in water overnight and use it to get stubborn food residue off dishes and pots. Clean off your soap residue with them as well.
  • Removing smells: Having a bowl full of vinegar-soaked cotton balls laying around gets rid of cooking smells. Baking soda gets rid of odors in your fridge. Open containers of coffee grounds and/or bay leaves will freshen up your shelves.  Ice cubes made of vinegar and/or lemons will revive your garbage disposal and sharpen the blades too. Closets can be freshened by having either a piece of charcoal or green tea wrapped in gauze.
  • Use white vinegar: to clean off hard water buildup, faucets, and inside of the refrigerator. Also use in an empty dishwasher cycle to clean all the leftover residue. You can sanitize your toothbrushes by soaking them in it. Clean blinds by mixing an equal part with water, and rub the blinds with a sock soaked in this mixture.
  • Hose off your air conditioning unit. This will increase the efficiency.
  • Line the bottom of your trashcans with newspaper to absorb smells and residues.
  • Aluminum foil: get stubborn food residue off of dishes with a ball of foil and dishwashing detergent. Also, put some down on your counters before you peel produce, fish, etc. 
  • Baking soda: clean your silver with it, and also unclog drains with a mixture of it with vinegar. It’s also used with a sponge to gets scuffs out of vinyl flooring. 
  • Rubber: pick up pet hair from furniture with damp rubber gloves, or with a squeegee from your carpet. 
  • Sliced lemons: Rub on your cutting boards to remove stains. Also, microwave squeezed-out lemon juice and water in a bowl, which will loosen hardened food for easy removal. Use a mixture of baking powder and lemon juice to get off mold and mildew. You can get rust off your silverware by soaking it in lemon juice as well. Last, use it to clean off hard water buildup.
  • Microwave damp sponges for 2-3 minutes to sanitize them.  household cleaning household cleaning household cleaning

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