10 Cleaning Tips Using Common Household Items

clean-with-saltWe’ve all heard our fair share of cleaning tips and tricks using common household items, but it’s hard to determine which ones are worth remembering. While some strange tips are useful, many of them simply don’t work as you’d expect. The following ten tips may seem strange, but they REALLY work:

Shine Copper and Brass with Lemon and Salt – Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt, and rub it over a copper or brass surface. Polish the surface with a wet cloth to bring back that original shine.

Use Salt and Club Soda to Clean Red Wine Stains – Spilling red wine on your carpet, upholstery, or clothes requires immediate action to avoid a permanent stain. Pour salt over the stain to help absorb the wine. Let it sit for up to 5 minutes, then pour club soda directly on the salt-covered stain. Scrub the area using a soft, wet cloth while the bubbling action of the club soda helps to lift the stain out of the material.

Prevent Bathroom Mirror Fogging with Shaving Cream – Apply a very thin layer of shaving cream to the entire mirror, and then wipe it down with a clean, wet rag. This will prevent the mirror from fogging up when you take a hot shower, and it can also help to remove toothpaste splatters and water spots.

Clean Refrigerators and Freezers with Baking Soda – Instead of using harsh cleaning agents or scented soaps, clean the inside of your appliance with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Baking soda is often used to help absorb funky odors in the fridge, and using it as a cleaner is just as effective.

Remove Tea and Coffee Stains with Lemon and Kosher Salt – The inside of your coffee mugs and tea cups can become stained over time. Cut a lemon into small pieces that are easy to handle, and then dip them in kosher salt. Rub the lemon into the stain and wash the cup with warm, soapy water.

Use a Rubber Glove to Remove Animal Hair – Shedding animals can wreak havoc on your furniture and upholstery, and there are several dedicated products and vacuum attachments designed to remove pet hair quickly and effectively. If you don’t want to spend the extra money on these specialized products, then you can use a common rubber glove. Simply wear the glove like normal and run your hand across the surface of the fabric, and the pet hair will stick right to the glove.  Turn the glove inside out while taking it off to trap the hair inside.

Prevent Freezing Steps with Dishwashing Liquid – While not exactly a household cleaning tip, this trick can help prevent a broken leg, so it deserves to be mentioned. Mix several drops of dishwashing liquid into a large bowl of hot water. Pour the water directly onto your steps prior to the arrival of freezing temperatures, but not so early in the season that the mixture will be washed away. You may need to repeat this process every other week or directly after a heavy rain, as the soapy residue will not last forever.

Treat Grass Stains on Jeans with Rubbing Alcohol – Grass stains are tough. So tough, in fact, that there are multiple products designed especially for their removal. Try soaking the stain in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes, and then scrub the area with detergent. When the area dries, dab it with rubbing alcohol once more and put it into the laundry like normal. Remember that this method is to be used ONLY on jeans, as alcohol can damage other fabrics, such as wool and silk.

Use Lemon Juice to Clean Stains on White Clothes – Apply natural lemon juice to the stain, and then place the clothes directly in the sun. Let the sun shine directly on the stain for up to an hour, and then apply more lemon juice immediately prior to laundering.

Remove Perspiration Stains with Ammonia – Sweat stains grow gradually over time, and they can become unsightly and ruin your favorite shirt. Stop these stains dead in their tracks by applying ammonia directly to the area. Let the ammonia sit for at least 30 minutes, and then wash the shirt normally.

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