Running a household proves to be a daunting and costly task…but it doesn’t have to be! These cleaning tips require minimal effort and cost in utilizing what is already in your own home.
In your kitchen…
• Quickly wash your food processor or blender by filling it half full with water and adding a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Operate for a few seconds. Wash with a kitchen brush, then rinse and let dry.
• Don’t forget to clean your microwave! Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to a cup of water in a bowl. Heat your concoction and allow it to boil for roughly five minutes. Wipe out the inside with a kitchen scrubber.
• Electric can openers require clean and sanitary blades to work well, so wash them with a kitchen scrubber and white vinegar.
• Erase stubborn water spots from a stainless steel sink by wiping them with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
• To clean smudges and fingerprints on the outside of the dishwasher, use a damp cloth dipped in baking soda.
• If an enamel pan is severely burnt, sprinkle it with two tablespoons lemon juice and one tablespoon salt. Let it stand for an 60 minutes, then gently rub the pan with a scrubber.
• Clean and deodorize the inside of a refrigerator with a solution of three tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of warm water. Wipe dry with a cloth.
For your furniture…
• To care for a grease stain on upholstery, sprinkle it with talcum powder; rub thoroughly and leave until the grease is absorbed. Brush off the powder/grease with a scrub brush and wipe with a damp cloth.
• To remove polish build-up, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Rub furniture with a soft cloth that has been moistened with the solution. Dry immediately with a clean cloth.
• To prevent dust from gathering on the surface of glass-topped tables, TV screens or stereo lids, mix a little fabric softener with warm water. Wipe mixture on the surface, then rub dry with a soft cloth.
And don’t forget your walls and screens!
• To dust papered walls, tie a clean dust cloth over a broom head, and brush the walls from top to bottom.
• To erase crayon from walls, cover the mark with toothpaste and let it set for 30 minutes. Wipe clean with a cloth.
• To clean a window screen, lay it flat on a piece of cloth or old carpet outside. Wash it using a soft-bristled brush and a mild detergent. Rinse with a hose and let it dry in the sun.
Now that you are equipped with the knowledge to save you money and time, get started! Not only will you be satisfied with your home and wallet, you will also find yourself reminiscing on the scent akin to your parents and grandparents house; which is always a great thing.