Something you may not know about me is that, back in college, I had a few cleaning jobs to help pay tuition bills. Even now that I'm home with Carson, I have picked up a small handful of cleaning job that I fit in here and there throughout the week. I don't particularly love cleaning, and sometimes it feels like pulling teeth to get the cleaning done around my house, BUT I have picked up a few tricks along the way that go a long way to speed up the process. The best part...they all save money and you probably have most in your home already!
1. Streaky Mirrors that won't disappear with glass cleaner.
In my house, I have a few cheap mirrors that seem to always streak when I clean them with glass cleaner. This can also happen with older mirrors. The fix? White Distilled Vinegar. I used this smelly stuff for a lot of different things, but this is one of my favorites. Pour a little on an old t-shirt and wipe on the mirror, then dry with a clean cloth or a dry part of the t-shirt. Works without fail.
2. Soap Scum on your glass shower doors.
Unless you are one of those people who faithfully squeegees you shower glass after every shower, you know what I'm talking about. This fix seriously blew my mind the first time I tried it. It is so simple...spray the glass with warm water, or make a 50/50 water/vinegar solution to make it even better. Scrub the glass with a dryer sheet in a circular motion. Spray again and wipe completely dry with a dry cloth. It may not be perfect the first time, but I promise that the results will improve every time you try this!
3. Streaky Stainless Steel Appliances and Dull Granite Countertops.
This is my only fix that costs a little up front, but the redeeming factor is that these babies have replaced so many cleaning products in my house that I'm actually saving money. Norwex makes a microfiber cloth that not only removes bacteria better than antibacterial products, but does so with JUST WATER. The cloths also have silver in the weave, so bacteria cannot grow on these cloths. All that sciency stuff aside, I absolutely love these cloths for these two specific reasons: Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite Countertops. The microfiber envirocloth, made damp with water, cleans both of these surfaces in my kitchen with very little elbow grease. I follow up with the window cloth on both surfaces to wipe off any excess water streaks left behind. This process is so quick and has much better results than stainless spray and granite sprays that I've tried. Norwex isn't paying me to share their products...I just truly love these cloths.
4. & 5. Best Stain Remover, hands down!
I have to thank my MIL for this one. Dawn dish soap is my one and only stain remover for clothing. It seriously works so well that I often use it for other stains around the house too (it took sharpie off a countertop, y'all). Just put a small amount directly on the stain, gently scrub with an old toothbrush if its a really tough one, then let it set. Just throw it in the wash with your other clothes, using cold water. So far, I've had perfect success with pen marks, grease stains, grass stains, blood, tomato sauce, fruit stains, and spit up to name a few.
What are some of your favorite cleaning hacks? I'm always game to try something new....as long as it saves me time and money, I really don't care how odd it sounds!
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