Cleaning can be a chore, even just the regular day-to-day sweeping and dusting. Then you get into places that can be hard to clean and well . . . they might get put off for a little longer than you intended. Now that the weather is nice, it is time to tackle those tough tasks.
Now, we know things have to get cleaned, but we are also all about efficiency. A wise person once said "work smarter, not harder." Here are 19 tips to finally get to the things you haven't cleaned lately and more importantly, how to make it easier.
1. Detail Your Own Car
Sure you can take it to a shop, but it will set you back about $200. Or you could do it yourself with a mixture of club soda, dish soap and vinegar. Scrub the solution with a firm brush and steam clean to remove residue. For full instructions go here.
A lot of dirt can build up between your screen and glass window pane. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the dirt and pour on just enough vinegar to let it bubble up. Use an old toothbrush or cotton swap to scrub away stuck on gunk and rinse out wish warm water.
If you have a refrigerator with an ice maker, when is the last time that you cleaned it? Probably never right? A dirty ice maker can make ice that tastes or smells funny and can harbor bacteria. There are a few ways to clean it, but this one just uses steam. Don't use a harsh cleaner that could damage the ice maker - check the manual if you're unsure. If you threw it away, you can find most manuals online at the company's website.
If you have a high efficiency front load washing machine, you know that they can get really smelly. Simply running the machine on a hot cycle with bleach every couple weeks can keep it from getting dirty in the first place. If you've really let it go, find the directions for a vinegar/ baking soda remedy here.
Nothing makings a clean house look filthier than stained, nasty grout. Using just Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner With Bleach and a scrub brush this tile went from gross to great in just 10 minutes. If you have darker grout, test a spot below an appliance or out of sight before you do the whole floor - it does have bleach so it could do some damage.
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11. Remove Rust From Knives
If your favorite knife has started to look a little worse for wear, and you've tried every DIY option with no results you don't have to buy a new one. Just grab a bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend and scrub away - the rust will start to vanish in minutes.
Dog toys can get really, really gross. Drool, dirt, dust and whatever else is all over these things. For the health of your dog - and you if you pick them up too - give them a wash. You can find simple instructions to clean soft toys, squeaky toys and plastic toys here.
Sometimes those pretty decorative bottles develop a dirty residue inside and a bottle brush just can't reach. Pour coarse salt, dish soap and a tiny bit of warm water into the bottle and shake -hard then rinse. The solution should be gritty enough to scrub but liquid enough to move around. Depending how dirty they are you might have to repeat this process a few times to get rid of all the marks.
These open-style facets look so pretty - until they get grimy. Create a paste with coarse salt and cleaning vinegar (it is slightly more acidic than regular vinegar and can really power through stains.) Rub it onto the stains and let it sit for 15. Give it a quick scrub before rinsing and the deposits will be gone.
Stains in a driveway look terrible, but they're so hard to clean. To pull out an old, embedded stain this product called Pour-N-Restore is your best bet. It is a poultice and draws out the dried in oil stains. The product pours on as a liquid that you spread over the stain. As it dries it becomes a powder that holds onto the oily stain so you can sweep it away instead of rinsing it into your lawn.