20 top house cleaning tips using everyday cleaning supplies

These top house cleaning tips will help make those cleaning jobs a lot easier. Save money too by using these natural cleaning products that Grandma used. The best tip is to use the cleaning services offered by our registered cleaners and you won’t have to clean at all. Sounds good either way doesn’t it?

 In this house cleaning list of tips and tricks, we’ll look at how to clean different rooms in the house, stain removal and how to make cleaning jobs easier. We’ll be sharing cleaning tips such as cleaning with vinegar, how to clean with bi-carb soda and Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

Cleaning with vinegar and bi-carb soda

Vinegar: Cleans calcium deposits, and cuts grease, grime or wax build-up. 
Bi-carb Soda (also known as Bicarbonate soda and baking soda): Deodorizes, removes stains and softens fabric. 

Let’s start in the kitchen

Microwave
Add some vinegar to a cup of water and microwave for 2-3 minutes, so it gets nice and steamy. The steam will soften the residue, while the vinegar will tackle those baked on nasties making it much easier to wipe them all away. 

Use bi-carb of soda to clean your dishwasher
Keeping your dishwasher in good working order will safe you lots of money in the long-term, and it's easy to do. For starters, shake baking soda onto a damp sponge and wipe it around the edges of your dishwasher to remove any food residue. 

Freshen Tupperware
If your plastic food tubs have seen one too many packed lunch or leftover dinners, and are smelling or stained, you don't need to replace them. Simply treat them to a night at the spa! Soak them in the sink overnight in warm water with a spoonful of bi-carb soda, and the next day, after a rinse, they'll look and smell new again.

Clean appliances
Clean the dishwasher by running an empty cycle with bi-carb soda.
 

Bathroom

Cleaning Toilets 

This method is especially useful for families with boys in the house. I know I don’t have to explain!

Step 1: Mix a paste of bi-carb soda and lemon juice. Lemon juice is a great disinfectant and great for removing odours. The consistency of the paste should be about that of pancake mix.

Step 2: Spread the paste all along the bottom of the toilet {where it meets the floor}, the toilet seat, and any other area that gets a lot of over spray.
Let it set for about 10 minutes.

Step 3: After 10 mins spray the dried paste with white vinegar and let it fizzle. Once it is done fizzing (should only be about a minute), wipe it up with a damp cloth.

You can also use this paste on the inside of the toilet giving the bowl, and the lid a good scrub. Don’t forget the flush button it’s easy to overlook.

Cleaning Bath Tubs
To tackle those horrid bathtub rings, sprinkle bi-carb soda over the bathtub. Spray with white vinegar and wait for the two to foam then wipe clean.

Gooey hair in the drain
Bicarb soda and a sink plunger will do the trick here. Simply pour a little bi-carb soda down your sink, let it sit and use a plunger to remove the hair.

Gungy showerhead?
Tie a baggie of vinegar and a little water around the showerhead and leave it overnight. In the morning, rinse all the messy lime scale away.


General Cleaning

Crystal clear windows
My cleaning recipe for windows is better than any commercial cleaner I have tried. Mind you I haven’t tried them all and didn’t feel the need to once I discovered this.

Add some vinegar to a dish of hot water. Immerse a sponge in the mixture and wipe it over with a squeegee, finishing off with scrunched up newspaper.

I love this method because it really works. There aren’t any streaks and the windows sparkle when you’re finished.

A side note, before starting I suggest you lay down some old towels under the window ‘just in case’ you get a little too liberal with the vinegar solution.

Deter ants and cats

Ants (in fact, all insects) don’t like vinegar. Spray it on doors and windows to keep them at bay. Cats also don’t like vinegar. So, if you want to keep them off the sofa, or out of a room, spray the carpet or fabric with vinegar. Just make sure you test the fabric for colourfastness first as vinegar can bleach some fabrics.


Outdoors Cleaning Tips

Kill garden weeds naturally with baking soda
Discourage weeds by sprinkling bicarb into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.

Use baking soda to scrub your BBQ grill
Keep your BBQ grill clean all summer long by placing your gill into a large tub, sprinkle it with Bi-carb soda and pour over some vinegar. Leave it to soak and then scrub off the persistent nasties. Alternatively, putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate, then rinsing.

Clean rubbish bins
Sprinkle bi-carb soda on the bottom of your bin to keep stinky smells at bay and give it a good hose out on a regular basis.

 

Isopropyl Alcohol - rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol works as a disinfectant for wounds, but can also be used to rid surfaces of grease or dirty residue.

Remove ink stains
If you get ink on your clothing, try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and then wash as usual.

Jewellery cleaner
If you need to clean the alkaline deposits off your jewellery, let it soak in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and clean with a cloth. It will restore the lustre to your jewellery.

Removing stickers
To remove stickers without leaving the sticky glue behind, pour some rubbing alcohol on it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rubbing alcohol is a dissolvent and stickers will peel off easily.

Gardeners friend
To clean garden tools that have been used to remove dead, diseased and rotting plants, use rubbing alcohol. First clean off the tools with soap and water and then let soak in rubbing alcohol for about a minute. Wipe the tools with a clean rag that has also been soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Dust mites and bed bugs 
To kill these unwanted pests, spray a light mist of rubbing alcohol on bed, allow to dry and vacuum.

Stinky shoes
to remove odours, spray the inside of shoes with rubbing alcohol and place in a sunny spot to dry.

Care windscreen wipers

Clean wiper blades with rubbing alcohol for a streak-free windshield.

 

 

 


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