15 Cleaning Tips & Tricks for a Sparkling Home

Although cleaning the house is not one my favorite activities, I have always loved the results. Sometimes it can even mean rescuing something that you thought was ready to be trashed.  The money you save on cleaning products and not having to replace damaged items, is one advantage, but it's that feeling of accomplishment when you see (and smell) the whole place clean which justifies the time and effort you put in.

1. Homemade gunk remover.

Kitchen cabinets accumulate gunk and it’s not a pretty sight but you can fix the problem with this homemade gunk remover. Mix one part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda and use a sponge or a cloth to clean the cabinets.

2. Get Lego Blocks Clean.

Lego pieces, especially small ones can get very icky and if you want to clean them one by one it would take forever. So put them all in a laundry bag and into the washing machine. Add some soap and then simply take them out and let them dry.

3. Getting In-between the Oven Glass Clean.

Cleaning the oven can be very painful and the most annoying part is that the window glass always seems to be dirty. That’s because you have to clean in between too. See the full tutorial on how to clean your oven glass at askannamoseley.com.

4.Remove Sticky Labels Off Glass.

Removing the labels from bottles or jars is not an easy task but you can greatly simplify the process if you use OxiClean. Fill the sink with warm water and add a scoop of Oxiclean. Let the bottles soak for 30 minutes and the labels come off. 

5. Getting Your Iron Clean.

Cleaning the iron is very simple if you know this tip. First sprinkle salt onto the ironing board, turn the iron to the highest setting and set off the steam option and then simply iron over the salt. The dirt sticks to the salt and the iron becomes clean and shiny.

 6. Remove Pet Hair from Furniture.

If you have a cat or a dog then I’m sure you’re at war with all the hair they leave around the house. But it’s not that difficult to remove all that hair. All you need is a pair of rubber gloves. Run your hand over the upholstery and the hair will cling to the glove.

 7.Whiten yellowed pillows.

It’s so annoying when you have pillow covers, or other things, which used to be white but now they have a yellow shade. But the good news is you can fix that. Mix the following ingredients in the washer: 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup of bleach, ½ cup of borax and very hot water, throw pillows or covers in and wash.

8. Fix Scratches in Wood Furniture.

If you have an old wooden table with the top all scratched and ugly, don’t throw it out because it can still be saved. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil, dip a cloth in the mixture and rub it onto the wood. The scratches completely disappear and the wood looks like new.

9. Make your grill non-stick.

Getting ready for a barbeque? Don’t forget the onion. That’s right, you need an onion if you want to make your grill non-stick. Just cut the onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated grill grate.

10. Get Bathroom Faucets to Sparkle.

Instead of using all sorts of cleaning products, which may or may not be toxic, try a more natural approach. You can clean the bathroom faucet with a lemon. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the hard water stains on any fixture. 

11.Get Your Showerheads Clean.

Make your showerhead look like new again using distilled white vinegar and a plastic baggy. Pour vinegar in the bag and secure it to the showerhead. Let it soak for an hour and wipe clean with a wet towel.

12. Get Sparkling Kitchen Sinks.

Make your own cleaner for the kitchen sink using the following ingredients: liquid soap, white vinegar, and baking soda. You’ll also need paper towel, a toothbrush and a soft sponge. Rinse off the sink and sprinkle baking soda onto the surface making a paste, and rinse. Scrub the rim with a toothbrush soaked in baking soda paste or soap. Then line the entire sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes. Saturate a sponge with soapy water and and give the sink a final wipe down.

13. Clean Wooden Cutting Boards.    

You’ve probably noticed that wood cutting boards retain dirt so here’s how you can clean them. You need 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 cup of water, ½ lemon, sea salt, mineral oil or board oil and a towel. Wipe down the cutting board with a mix of vinegar and water. Cut a lemon in half, dip it in sea salt and scrub. Wipe with water. Then dip the towel into mineral oil and massage it into the wood.

14.Get Permanent Marker Off Floors and Furniture.

If you have a kid who just discovered the magic of permanent markers, then you’ll most likely find works of art on the floor and furniture. Don’t worry it can be removed. Put a dab of white toothpaste on top of the marker and rub with a damp cloth or paper towel. 

15. Get Stains Out of the Carpet with an Iron.

Some stains just won’t come off the carpet, no matter what type of cleaner you use. But there’s a solution for that. Spray window cleaner over the stain, put a cloth or towel over it and iron. Repeat until the stain comes off.

Happy Cleaning!

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