DIY Disposal Cleaner
I don’t like pouring harsh chemicals down the drain, especially since we are on a septic tank. So to clean my disposal, I opt for a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. The best part is that it has a fresh smell without being overwhelming. Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup baking soda
Heat lemon juice in microwave for 30 seconds. Add baking soda slowly (it will bubble) and mix well. Turn on the disposal and pour down the drain. Turn on hot water for a few seconds to rinse away any mix remaining in the sink or the bowl. Use weekly. If disposal still has a bad odor, repeat.
Coffee Ground Fridge Deodorizer
Coffee grounds make a great deodorizer for the refrigerator. Just pour about 1/2 cup dry coffee grounds (more if needed) into a small bowl and place it on one of the shelves. Change out monthly or just remove the grounds after the odor is gone.
DIY Dishwasher Cleaner
For clean, streak-free dishes you need a clean dishwasher. But you don’t need some brand name cleaner to do the job. You can make your own cleaner at home!
All you need is one cup of while distilled vinegar. Just pour the vinegar into the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run it on the hi-temp wash setting. That’s it. Your dishwasher gets nice and clean and there’s no vinegar smell afterwards.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Window cleaner isn’t just for windows anymore. Turns out, you can use it to clean hardwood floors too. Just spray on the floor and go over the area with a Swiffer or dust mop. It’s safe, makes the floor shine, and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind!
How to Dust a Lamp Shade
Removing dust from lamp shades is easy! Just use a lint roller.
How to Prevent Colors from Bleeding
To keep colors from bleeding in the laundry, add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle, or if you have a HE washer, put the salt in with the clothes. I love using this little trick on Sophie’s bright colored clothes. It’s also great for brand new clothing!
Use Play-Doh to Pick Up Broken Glass
Turns out, all that smashed-together Play-Doh actually serves a purpose! You can use it to pick up broken glass. Not only does it grab the big pieces, it grabs the tiny pieces that the broom misses too. Just be sure to toss the Play-Doh after you’re done.
DIY Pot and Pan Cleaner
No more scouring pots and pans! Just mix together 2 parts baking soda with 1 part peroxide (it will make a paste) and rub the area with a dish rag until clean.
DIY Stain Remover
I use it to remove wine from silk and it came right off. Well, of course you know I had to try it! And guess what, it worked like a charm. Check it out:
Before: Buffalo Wing Sauce on a white cotton towel.
Mix together equal parts peroxide and dish soap and apply it to the stain.
Rub the fabric together or rub it in with your fingers. Rinse and repeat if necessary.After stain is gone, rinse away remaining suds. This buffalo wing sauce came out in about 1 minute.
Incredible, right? If you try this, be sure to leave me a comment to let me know how it worked for you!
How to Remove Lime Deposits from a Tea Kettle
To clean lime deposits out of a tea kettle, just add 1/2 c. of white vinegar and 1 cup of water to the tea kettle and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, rinse with water.
If the kettle has heavy deposits, boil 1 cup of vinegar by itself for 3-4 minutes, allow it to cool then rinse with water.
How to Remove Permanent Marker From Skin
To remove permanent marker and ink from skin, try eye make-up remover ( I use Mary Kay). Just apply to a cotton ball and wipe.