Household Cleaning Tips

Over the years I’ve heard and tried countless great tips for cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom.

I particularly like to clean with chemicals that won’t harm myself or my family.

Green is good and easy cleaning ideas are even better. So if you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily like to clean, we’ve got you covered.

Cleaning the Windows:

My grandmother, who had a spotless home, taught me about cleaning windows with a rag soaked in a solution of white vinegar and water then drying the windows with old newspapers.

The windows come out spotless and streak free, vinegar is inexpensive and green, and you’re recycling the newspaper.

To avoid getting newsprint all over your hands you might want to put on a pair of rubber gloves.

Cleaning Burnt on Food:

Have you got stuck on, burnt on food in the bottom of a pan? Sometimes it’s unavoidable. Next time this happens, pour in a few tablespoons of baking soda, cover with water and bring to a good simmer.

Let it simmer awhile and that burnt on mess will come right off. Keep an eye on it so the water doesn’t evaporate. No elbow grease required.

Cutting Grease:

Vinegar is good for cutting grease, should you get any elbow grease on anything.

Cleaning Up Oven Spill-Overs:

Have you ever baked a pie and it spill over in your oven? If this happens to you, throw a good amount of salt on the gooey fallout, either table salt or kosher salt, and when it cools, wipe it up.

This works best on fresh spills. If you wait a couple of years this trick doesn’t work very well. It also puts out the fire if spills ends up on the bottom of the oven.

Removing Heel or Sole Marks from Shoes:

Black sole marks on your vinyl floors? That’s an easy one. They’ll come off with a little Crisco on a paper towel or a little toothpaste on a toothbrush.

Using Crisco works like magic, and as Murphy’s Law goes, black marks usually happens on white kitchen floors.

Cleaning Coffee Pots or Tea Kettles:

Vinegar does a great job of cleaning either a coffee maker or a tea kettle.

Cleaning the teapot. Pour a couple cups of undiluted white vinegar in and bring it to a boil. Then let it simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.

Cleaning the coffee pot. Pour a couple cups of vinegar in and run it through as if you’re making coffee. Repeat the process, using clean vinegar each time until the vinegar comes through clean.

Removing Mildew:

Don’t buy expensive, caustic, dangerous chemicals to get rid of mildew. I always wear cleaning clothes for this type of chore so I don’t accidentally bleach good clothing.

Use a mix of bleach and water. Use a cup of water to three cups of bleach, pour in a spray bottle. This will get rid of mildew quickly.

Never mix bleach and ammonia together, this will produce a gas that can seriously harm you.

Removing Odors:

Baking soda doesn’t just absorb odors in the kitchen. Open a box and hide it behind the toilet. It’s especially great if you have little boys with bad aim.

Reduce Cat Box Odors:

Do you have cats and the only place for the cat box is in the bathroom? To help with the smell, mix the clean litter – not the used stuff with baking soda, coffee grounds or baby powder.

Cleaning the litter box once a day, will help keep the smell to a minimum as well.

Natural Deodorizing:

Baking soda is great for cleaning in the bathroom. It’ll shine the sink and tub right up. Sprinkle a fair amount on a damp surface and wipe with a wet sponge. Not much scrubbing and no bad chemicals.

And don’t forget, since it’s a good deodorizer it’s a useful substance to use for cleaning around the toilet.

Removing Drain Odors:

To clean and deodorize the drain in the bathroom sink (or any sink for that matter), use baking soda and vinegar. Pour a quarter cup down the drain followed with a cup of vinegar. Wait a few minutes then turn on the hot water and let it run for a minute or so to clean the drain.

This will keep the pipes from clogging and may open up some clogged pipes. If you run low on baking soda, use three Alka Seltzer tablets instead.

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