Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to give those dusty corners a once-over. Spring cleaning can be done simply and easily – and without spending a ton on cleaning supplies – using many products that you probably have around the home.
Here are some tips:
Dilute a small amount of white vinegar in a spray bottle to clean windows and granite counter tops. Use full strength with an old toothbrush to scrub dirty grout stains. Clean your coffeemaker from the inside by running a cycle with a half cup of vinegar in a pot of water.
A little dab of alcohol on a washcloth can clean the screen on your smartphone or tablet or bring back the shine on your chrome faucet or door handles. It can also take ink stains out of clothing. Just apply a little to a stained area, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash. Rubbing alcohol also can take the grease and grime off of remote controls and help restore luster to stainless steel appliances.
A few spoons of uncooked white rice and some warm water can clean the residue out of your coffee pot carafe. Just dump in and shake, shake, shake. This combo also can clean odd-shaped containers that are hard to clean, like flower vases.
An inexpensive box of table salt can help lift sticky residue from pots and pans. Just a dash or two helps the stains lift when they hit the dishwater. A spoon of salt in a vinegar solution helps clean soap scum off of bathroom tile and clear water stains from a glass shower door. A salt and lemon juice paste can remove coffee stains from your mugs and rust stains from your scissors.
Sprinkle baking soda inside the bottom of your trash can to help get rid of stinky odors. Eliminate odors from pet stains on your carpet with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda. Just let sit and vacuum up when dry.
Use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize toys, clear up blood stains on laundry and clean your toilet bowl. Dilute with some warm water and mop your floors to a low-cost shine.
Sprinkle corn starch in shoes to absorb moisture and help reduce odor. Soak up spills on carpet with corn starch. Just let it sit on a spill until dry, then vacuum.
After you cut up a lemon for cooking, drop the peels down the garbage disposal to help eliminate odors. Lemon juice also can get rid of stains on your wooden cutting boards. Just let the lemon sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Olive oil is a natural wood conditioner. Rub a little into your wood furniture to cover scratches and restore luster. Baby oil can clean sticky residue off of stainless steel and bring on a shine.
Repurposed Household Items
Slip an old pillowcase over ceiling fan blades to get dust off without releasing clouds of it into the air. Use old socks on your floor sweeper instead of disposable sheets and toss in the wash when done. Repurpose old cloth diapers and cut up T-shirts into cleaning wipes. Save used dryer sheets and use them to dust television and computer screens and reduce static that attracts dust. They also make handy dusters for windowsills and baseboards.
Head to your kitchen pantry and your drawer of old linens for all-natural cleaning supplies that will freshen your home and make spring cleaning a breeze.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.