Here’s some great cleaning tips on almost everything from A to Z. With tips like these cleaning SHOULD be a “breeze”.
1. Acrylic Paint on Clothing
Just dab with some rubbing alcohol.
3. Armpit Stains (Ew)
1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and a couple tablespoons of baking soda — then scrub.
5. Bath Toys
Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water and let the toys soak for an hour. Squeeze all the water out.
But the best tip comes from We Love Being Moms, who says add a dab of hot glue to the air hole so that water doesn’t get into the toy and start harboring mold.
[Source: We Love Being Moms]
6. Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Using canned air to blow dust and debris out could save your life — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires.
Wipe down with half a lemon covered in salt.
9. Burnt Pans
Fill the bottom of the pan with water. Add a cup of white vinegar to the pan. Bring the pan to a boil. Take the pan off the stove and add 2 tablespoons baking soda. Empty the pan and scour.
source: Apartment Therapy; Images by Sarah Starkey.
10. Carpet Pet Hair
Use a squeegee.
12. Cheese Grater
Grate a piece of raw potato. The hardness of the potato along with the oxalic acid will get that cheesy gunk off your grater.
[source: Household Magic]
13. Charcoal Grill
Take a white onion, peel it, cut it in half, stab a fork into the small end of one half. Use the fork to rub the onion back and forth over the grates of a hot grill. The onion will deglaze the grates and add a little extra flavor the next time you bust out your grill!
[source: How to Clean Things]
14. Clarisonic Brushes
Disinfect your Clarisonic brushes with hydrogen peroxide, lemon, and baking soda, and you will drastically cut down on how often you need to buy new heads. Full directions here.
17. Coffee or Spice Grinder
Pulverize bread or uncooked white rice to pick up lingering aromas. You can also grind 1 tablespoon baking soda and wipe thoroughly.
22. Cutting Boards
Soak cutting boards in a mixture of bleach and water in the sink for at least an hour. They’ll be good as new!
Use vinegar and Kool-Aid. Get full directions here.
26. Ear Buds
Lightly dampen a q-tip with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the surface. Just be sure to use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol, as liquids can damage electronics.
28. Floor Grease
You’ll need a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, 1/4 cup washing soda, 2 gallons of very warm tap water mixed together in a bucket.
31. Glass Cooktop
You’ll need dishwashing liquid or powder, baking soda, gloves, and a rag. Get the full directions here.
32. Glass Bakeware
Crumple up a ball of aluminum foil, add a little dish soap, and scrub.
Just use some play dough.
34. Glue Gun
While the gun is still hot, use a ball of aluminum foil to wipe off the nozzle without burning your fingers. Get the full directions here.
36. Grease Stains in Clothing
Rub white chalk over the grease stain. It has powerful absorbing qualities.
37. Grout Mildew
Use Cellucotton Cotton Coils from the beauty store and soak them in bleach. Lay them on the mildew and mold in your tub and let it sit for a day.
43. Jean Stains
Just use alcohol-free face cleansing wipes.
Use a lint roller to get the dust off.
47. Latex Paint Messes
Use pimple pads to wipe them up. The alcohol in them softens the latex.
49. Lipstick Stains
Spray the spot with hairspray, let it set for 10 minutes, dab with a damp washcloth, and wash as normal.
51. Makeup Brushes
Clean them with baby shampoo. Once you’ve rinsed them well, hang them up to dry using a hanger and binder clips. This way the water doesn’t drip back down into the handles, which will harbor mold and make the bristles fall out.
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Sprinkle baking soda (and optionally, a nice-smelling essential oil like lavender) over the mattress, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.
Heat a bowl of water and vinegar for 5 minutes in the microwave. The steam will dissolve stuck-on stains.
55. Mini Muffin Pans
A baby bottle brush! Brilliant.
56. Mirrors and Glass
Use a concoction of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 cups warm water. Spray and wipe down with newspaper.
57. Moldy Water Bottle
EIICHHHH that SMELL. You’ll need bleach, baking soda, and water. It’s a lengthy process, which you can find here.
Soak them in vinegar for 30 minutes.
65. Red Wine
For a stain that’s dried already, treat it with shaving cream and throw it into the washing machine. For a wet stain, there are a number of different methods, from club soda to kitty litter, which you can get here.
66. Rubber Stamps
Use baby shampoo and glycerin (which you can find easily at any drugstore).
68. Rusty Loaf Pans
You’ll need baking soda, water, a scourer, and oil. Sprinkle baking soda on and leave for about 30 minutes. Scrub with a scourer. Coat in oil so it doesn’t get rusty again.
69. Scuff Marks on Linoleum
Just rub with a plain old eraser!
76. Sterling Silver
Use tartar control toothpaste! Rub it in like you would soap and it’ll get the tarnish off.
78. Stove Burners
Pour on a thick coat of baking soda. Follow with a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide onto each burner. Wait 15 minutes, then scrub away all that nasty brown stuff.
[source: The Mortician’s Wife]
79. Stuffed Animals
Many stuffed animals can’t go in the washing machine, so you have to clean them in a basin. You’ll need a clean toothbrush, two clean white washcloths, a clean white towel, and high-efficiency laundry detergent. Get more details here.
84. White Heat Marks
Use an iron and some cloth napkins. Full directions here.
85. Wicker Baskets
Give them a rinse in the shower, or with a hose. Set them outside to dry in the sun. Spray with Pam to keep them looking shiny.
86. Yellowed Pillowcases
That yellow stuff is SWEAT and DROOL if that doesn’t compel you to do this right now. Throw them in the washing machine using REALLY HOT water, 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup bleach, and 1/2 cup borax. Get more details here.
[source: One Good Thing By Jillee]
87. Yoga Mat
Fill a spray bottle with 3 parts water to 1 part distilled white vinegar. Optionally, add a few drops of essential oil. Spray and wipe down the solution.
I hope these cleaning tips help and be sure to pass them on to friends and family. Thanks!