Do you pride yourself on being a clean freak? Has your knack for neatness become a local legend? If you love cleanliness and all things “organizy” than this post is for you. Here are some fantastic cleaning tips that will have the neat freak in you grinning from ear to ear. Grab your favorite rubber gloves and come along for the ride.
1. The Dreaded Stove Top
If you’re anything like me, you HATE boil-over. Why? Because you’re all too familiar with that frothy stuff that gets all over your stove top because of it. It’s a mess, and it can be hard to get rid of…especially if you have a glass cooktop. The solution? Baking soda and a wet rag. Sprinkle and scrub, and you’ll be rid of that hazy gunk in no time.
2. Grout Magic
You don’t need DIY or commercial grout cleaners to do the job on dirty tile lines. You’ve probably already got the ideal tool: toilet cleaner! Yes! The targeted spout meant to squirt under the rim of your toilet bowl is perfect for precision coverage of grout lines. Draw it on, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then scrub. Mop if needed to get the rest of the cleaner up. Your grout has never looked better!
3. Car Upholstery Revival
If your car’s upholstery has seen better days (got kids?), you can remove stains, water spots, and more with a simple mixture of vinegar, dish soap, and club soda.
4. Vacuum Filter Saver
Is your vacuum filter stinky and gross? If you can’t stand the thought of vacuuming with that awful filter that can’t possibly do its job well, try running it through the dishwasher! Just don’t put any dishes in there with it, or they could end up dirty, too!
5. Shower Door Rescue
If you hate a dingy shower door as much as I do, keep a dish wand — the kind that lets you fill the handle with soap — right in the shower. Fill it with a mixture of dish soap and vinegar OR bleach (not both…vinegar and bleach together make toxic fumes). Every time you shower, spend a few minutes scrubbing. Heck, why not use it on the tile, too?
6. Help Your Dishwasher Keep its “Kool”
There are several different methods for cleaning your dishwasher, but one of the best involves lemon Kool-Aid and a bottle of soda. First, pour some hot water down your disposal while running it. You need to make sure the dirty water can exit your dishwasher freely. Then, if your dishwasher has food trap, pull that out and empty it of any debris you can get out. Next, pour the packet of lemon Kool-Aid into a bottle of mix Coke or Pepsi (or a cheap knock-off). The citric acid in the drink mix combines with the phosphoric acid in the soda to make a powerful cleaner for hard water deposits and other gunk.
Pour out a little of this magic mix into a bowl. Dip a scrub brush in the mixture and brush it over the inside of your dishwasher, wherever you see a need. Then dump the whole mixture from the bottle into the bottom of your dishwasher, and run it on the hottest cycle. Use the extra rinse option i you have it. When the cycle is done, get a good kitchen towel and wipe down the inside.
7. End the Yucky Toilet Brush
Don’t you hate the way your toilet brush gets all gross? To fix this problem, just pour a little of your favorite disinfecting cleaner into the holder where you store it. It’ll keep germs away, resulting in a cleaner brush and caddy.
8. Chrome Spot Killer
Bet you’ve never heard of this one! If you hate spotty chrome faucets like I do, you can actually clean them and keep them shinier, longer, with wax paper! Just rub to polish up your chrome, and the waxy stuff left behind isn’t noticeable, but will help repel water spots.