I have been cleaning my oven WRONG for my entire life! Not to mention my cookie sheets, mattresses, and even the kid’s toys! There are a few of these that I already do, but the rest surprised me! Hey, any excuse to speed up the cleaning process is a gift! These new ways to clean give me time to do other things that I just never seem to have time for. Check out this list and see if you can improve your daily cleaning schedule!
1. Stainless steel appliances with cream of tartar.
Yes, plain of cream of tartar from the spice rack! When mixed with a bit of water or distilled white vinegar, it will have your sink, fridge, or any other stainless steel appliance shining like new in practically no time at all! Cream of tartar will remove the toughest rust stains and make scratches look a lot less obvious. It is a whitening agent, so be sure to test a small patch on your appliance in the back to make sure it won’t cause any discoloration.
2. Keep your toothbrushes clean and fresh.
We replace our toothbrushes every 2 – 3 months, but once a week I’ll soak them in white vinegar for a minute or two. These brushes are some of the dirtiest things in the house – I like to be sure that they are maintained just as neatly as my family’s teeth! After the quick soak, I just run them under hot water to rinse them. The vinegar taste isn’t too noticeable, and it really puts my mind at ease! This method is so much easier than boiling water!
3. Clean your blender without washing it!
My blender gets a deep clean maybe once a month, but the rest of the time, I barely touch it to keep it clean! My husband loves a smoothie in the morning for breakfast, so after his meal is all mixed up, I rinse it out and fill it about halfway with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. I run it for a few seconds until the smoothie is lifted, and rinse it out in the sink. The food is gone, the blender is clean, and it’ll be dry by the time I use it again tomorrow! Easy.
4. Dust delicate paintings with…bread?
Seriously. Household bread will pick up any dust that is hanging out on your pictures or paintings without scratching the surface. You don’t need to worry about any damage from moisture, abrasive dusters, chemicals, or liquids with a slice of bread! This trick works with a half of a bagel, too, if you somehow find yourself without a slice of bread and a desperate need to dust your paintings.
5. Clean your cast iron pan the RIGHT way!
Don’t destroy grandma’s 60-year-old cast iron pot by stripping it of that delicious flavor! Soap and water should never touch this sacred pan, and there is a much better way to clean it! When you find that there is too much grease and grime to remove with a quick swipe of a paper towel, toss in a few pinches of salt and scrub away at the build-up with a cloth. You can rinse the salt away in the sink, and apply a thin coat of oil back onto the pan to make sure it stays seasoned. There’s a reason grandma’s cooking always tastes better than anyone else’s – this is the reason!
6. Dusting your blinds has never been easier.
When I used to dust blinds, dust would start flying all over the place, and my house seemed to have its very own coughing fit! Create a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Put an old sock over your hand, dip it into the mixture, and slide your sock over each blind individually. This will remove the dust, keep the dust on your hand, and disinfect the blinds all at once! Give this task to one of the kids if you don’t have the patience!
7. Deep clean your coffee maker!
When your coffee starts to taste a little, well, strange, it might be time for a deep clean! Take your coffee pot and fill it with water and vinegar in equal portions. Run this pot through your machine and follow it with a pot of plain water. You may need to run a “water” cycle a few times to get rid of the vinegar smell, but your coffee will now be fresh and perfect!
8. Clean your kid’s toys without disinfectant.
Spraying the plastic toys and blocks with disinfectant might get rid of 99.9% of the germs, but it won’t get rid of that gross sticky feeling that seems to follow everything the kids touch. At first, I took an afternoon to wash the kid’s toys in the sink when I noticed that they were just plain gross, but I found this new method that is just fabulous! Dump all of their plastic toys into the dishwasher. Yes, your dishwasher is magical. As long as the toys don’t have batteries or wiring, you can have them cleaned up in no time at all!
9. Clean your microwave with zero scrubbing.
Pour water and vinegar in equal parts into a microwave safe bowl and run your microwave for a minute. Leave the microwave closed after it beeps so that the steam can settle into the gunk. Wet a wash cloth and wipe away the grime! If it didn’t all come off the first time, run that microwave again, and this time you should have no problems!
10. Clean your grater with a potato.
I hated hand-washing my grater. I especially hated it after I grated cheese. My sponge would be ruined, but I couldn’t run it through the dish washer because I never remember to take this appliance out and dry it before it rusts. If your recipe calls for potatoes, shred them last! The acids in the potato will lift off any residue making this much easier to rinse off and put away!
11. Clean your mattress!
Hey, I’ll admit, I almost never cleaned my mattresses. I might spray them with disinfectant or fabric spray, but once a mattress began to smell, I would just turn it over or buy a new one. I know! Gross!
The solution to a smelly and dirty mattress is simple. Apply a generous layer of baking soda to the smelly area and let it sit on your mattress for a few hours. You can wet the baking soda and scrub and the tough stains, but vacuuming the baking soda off will usually leave a mattress without any smells or stains!
12. Clean your shower head overnight.
The best cleaning is the kind that you don’t have to do. Get a little plastic baggie and pull it up over your shower head. I like to pour the vinegar after I put the baggie on the shower head so that it doesn’t overflow, but this is up to you. Secure it with a rubber band and in the morning, it’ll be sparkling like new! Excellent!
13. Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide will destroy stains.
All those years worth of build-up on your cookie sheets will be gone after you let a paste of baking soda and peroxide sit on it for a few hours. Rinse it off and admire the shine!
14. Clean our your wooden chopping block.
Maybe you wash this in the sink or the dishwasher, but once you try this method, you will never clean it any other way! Scour the surface of the wood by sprinkling it with salt and scrubbing it with half of a lemon. This will help to lift the gunk out from between the grains and give a deeper clean – all things a sponge and soap would miss. Use a metal spatula or a butter knife and scrape along the block. The gray sludge that comes out will shock you. Seriously. Rinse it off after you’re done scraping and let it dry.
15. And finally, your oven.
I know! I hate this, too! Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it on all of the surfaces of your oven. Let this mixture sit for several hours (or overnight if it’s been a while) and wipe everything away in after it’s dried. This is the best way to clean an oven, in my opinion!.
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