- For really tough carpet stains use an iron and damp washcloth
Want to get rid of those nasty set-in carpet stains? I use an iron and damp washcloth. The warmth from the iron and dampth of the cloth attaches to dirt and breaks it apart.
- Cutting boards
To get all those pesky food particles on cutting boards halve a lemon and sprinkle some kosher salt to rub along the board. This works magic getting those deep lodged in particles to dislodge. After, take a little warm water and dish soap to rinse your board off.
- Cookie sheets
Want those old cookie sheets to sparkle like new again? Take a mixure of 1/4 cup baking soda and add enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Next rub the paste all over your sheet in small little circles. Let it sit for 2-3 hours and then rinse. Like new again.
- Shower head
A quick way to clean and de-clog shower heads is to grab a small plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Get a twisty tie and wrap it around your shower head. Leave it there for 2 hours and then wipe down with water after you remove the bag. Your shower head should be off-the-shelf new again.
One simple tip for cleaning mattresses is to first vaccum everything on the surface and then sprinkle baking soda over the top. Let it sit for 2 hours and come back and vaccum off the baking soda.
- Cheese grater
Instead of destroying a perfectly good sponge, grab a potato. The oxalic acid in potatos quickly grabs onto and dislodges the gunk and residue. You can use the shredded potatoes for hash browns 🙂
Got a grimy microwave? Simply fill a bowl with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and microwave at high for 2 minutes. This will steam clean the microwave from the inside. Then simply wipe down and the grime will come right off.
Want a quick way to clean piles of plastic toys? Throw them into your washing machine. Just make sure the plastic isn’t too thin or flimsy or it could melt. I use the short wash cycle.
- Coffee maker
Fill your coffee maker’s chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Brew, using a paper filter, until half of the chamber is empty. Turn off the machine for 30 minutes and let sit. After 30 minutes, finish brewing. Use a new paper filter to brew a pot of clear water. Then repeat this step. That’s all you need to enjoy mold free coffee.
Forget the vacuum attachement. Simply take an old but clean sock and dip it in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Then wipe down each individual slat. Use another sock to dry off. It’s a perfect way to use those old socks with holes in them that you were going to throw away.
- Cast iron pans
Want to clean your cast iron pan but don’t want to harm the flavor magic. Simply use kosher salt and olive oil. Don’t believe us? Check out this 30 second video. How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
Strange, I know. But rubbing half a bagel over a painting removes the dust and lint that settles on it.
- Gunk remover
Use a solution of 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda to remove sticky residues.
Let your blender clean itself. After you’re done making smothies simply add some warm water and a few kisses of dish soap and turn your blender on for a few seconds.
To clean your toothbrush simply mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and let sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse in the tap.
Don’t neglect the outsides of appliances. To clean grime and gunk off appliances, simply mix some water and cream of tartar and get scrubbing.
Want an all natural way to clean your oven just as well as store-bought cleaners like 409? Check out this all-natural oven cleaner recipe that will get your ovens sparkling like new again: Oven Cleaner Recipe
Here’s what you need:
-A small bowl
And here’s what you do:
First, remove the oven racks.
Mix a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda with some water in the bowl. Create a paste that will be easily spread on oven surfaces.
Spread the paste on the inside of the oven (baking soda will turn brown). Let it sit overnight (at least 12 hours).
The next day, take a wet rag and wipe out as much of the baking soda paste as you can.
Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz on surfaces where you still see baking soda residue. Then wipe with a wet rag.
Put the racks back in the oven and turn the oven onto a very low temperature for 15-20 minutes to let dry.
To clean the oven window:
Make another paste out of baking soda and water.
Apply the paste directly to the window and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Use a clean rag to wipe the window clean.
- Keurig/Espresso Machine
There’s a pretty simple method for cleaning your Keurig/Espresso Machine. You only need to do it once in a while and it makes a big difference in the quality of your cup o’ Joe. Just grab some regular white distilled vinegar and follow these instructions.
- Stove Burners
You thought these were impossible to get completely clean, but there’s a simple solution that works wonders.
- Tile Grout:
Mix together 3/4 cups of baking soda together with 1/4 cup of bleach to create a thick paste. Then using the brush, apply the paste to the dirty grout and let sit for about 10 minutes. After that, work the cleaner deeper into the grout with the brush. Allow to sit for another 5-10 minutes, then rinse the cleaner off of the grout. Once the grout has completely dried, you’re sure to be stunned by the effectiveness of this cleaning technique!
- George Forman Grill
This great cleaning method involves zero scrubbing of the grill. We love it!
- Oven Racks
Make your oven racks sparkle again with this simple 5-step method.
Try this homemade cleaning solution to bring jewelry back to its former luster.
Here’s what you need for 1 bowl of cleaning solution:
-1 tablespoon salt
-1 tablespoon baking soda
-1 tablespoon dish detergent
-1 cup water
-1 piece of aluminum
And here’s what you do:
- Heat up your water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil to roughly fit the bottom of your small bowl. Place foil in bowl.
- Pour hot water into the bowl, followed by salt, soda and dishwashing liquid.
- Place jewelry on top of the foil in the water mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse jewelry in cool water, then dry with a soft cloth.
- Discard solutions and admire your sparkling jewelry, no scrubbing required!
- Toilet Bowl
Freshen up your toilet with very little effort by using these homemade fizzies.:
Here’s what you’ll need to make the fizzies:
-1 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup citric acid
-1/2 teaspoon vinegar
-1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
-15 to 20 drops essential oil
-Spray bottle (optional)
And here’s how you make them:
- Add baking soda to a mixing bowl. Use a fork to break up any clump.
- Add in citric acid (or powdered produce preservative).
- Mix together vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a small glass. Then, drop by drop, add this mixture to the baking soda mixture.
- Add essential oils and mix gently. You can use any oil you want, but something fresh-smelling (lavender, wintergreen, etc.) tend to work best.
- Use a 1/2 tsp to scoop and mold mixture into small half rounds. Tap the half rounds onto a parchment-covered sheet pan. If you want, spritz rounds with equal parts vinegar and water to create a crust (helps keep the fizzies together).
- Allow to dry for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
- Put dried fizzies in a glass jar and place near toilet for easy use whenever needed. And make sure you label the jar!
- Coffee Grinder:
Just throw some regular uncooked white rice into the coffee grinder to clean it right up. After you’ve run it, just dump the rice and wipe clean.
- Gunky Cabinets
Just mix together 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda. Mix ingredients together with a spoon. Then, use a sponge, an old toothbrush or your hands to work the cleaner into the cabinet doors.