Household Cleaning Tips

Essential oils have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities that can be safely used in your home. These household cleaning tips include many simple recipes that you can mix yourself.  They include ingredients such as tea tree oil, lemon oil, and baking soda but they are as effective as any commercial cleaner on the market.  

Just one drop of tea tree essential oil will remove the stubborn, smeared gunk left behind from peeled-off labels on plastic ware.  Try it on a new plastic item such as an inexpensive mixing bowl or plastic handled dish scrubber and see what I mean.  No need to run out and buy the special formula marketed for such a purpose -- just keep a small bottle of tea tree oil in your kitchen cupboard and rest assured that you've got a powerful gunk remover on your side.  

Baking soda also has potent cleansing properties. If it's not working for you, you may not be applying enough of it.  Use more. It eats odors, it's a mild abrasive, and a brilliant chrome cleaner. Use it to clean and detail any of your chrome appliances, sinks, faucets, as well as the chrome around the headlights of your car.  If you get too much baking soda on the surface of whatever you're cleaning, just add vinegar and fizz it away!

Use baking soda to clean the chrome and glass doors of your oven and microwave. Clean the inside of the microwave oven and eliminate food odors by using a cloth dampened with vinegar and dabbed into a little baking soda. Rinse it off with warm water and vinegar for a sediment free shine.

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If food has exploded and left a mess inside your microwave, cover the main mess with paper towels or a cloth doused in vinegar and cook on high for one minute.  The mess will have softened and you can just wipe it away.  Use baking soda to finish wiping out the entire oven. Rinse with vinegar and water.

Another way to clean a messy microwave is to heat up a bowl of vinegar or a bowl of water with a slice of lemon in it.  The moisture will condense onto the food splattered walls of the oven, where it can be wiped easily away.

Use a damp rag sprinkled with baking soda to clean the inside and outside of your dishwasher.
Pour some baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher and let it sit for two or three hours (or overnight) before wiping it up.  Next time you run a load, try using equal parts baking soda and dishwasher soap.  Clean your silver, dishes, and machine all in one fell swoop.

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Here are two uses for a blackboard eraser:

1. In the car, use it to quickly wipe away condensation that can fog up your windshield.

2. At home, use it to polish a just-washed window to a bright shine.

Add white vinegar to warm water for a perfect rinse for your freshly washed floor. 
This will remove the soap residue from the wash formula and leave your floor shiny clean.  Vinegar is good for wood, vinyl, tile, linoleum, brick, and most other floor coverings.

Spread kitty litter on your garage floor to help absorb oil and grease.When it's time to clean the concrete floor, sweep up the litter and mix together:  1/4 cup Simple Green, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 gallon of warm water. Apply with a sponge mop, then rinse with clear water.  If your floor is extremely greasy, substitute the vinegar with ammonia, use cool water instead of warm, wear gloves and open your garage door for maximum ventilation.  

Hard water can cause lime deposit buildup in your tea kettle. Prevent lime formation with this simple trick: Pour equal amounts vinegar and water into your kettle and bring to a boil.  Then let it stand for 24 hours.

Household cleaning tip - mold.

Kiss the orange mold in your shower goodbye, figuratively speaking. 
Mix together 1/4 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup baking soda, and add 10 drops of tea tree oil.  Spread this paste into corners and around the drain. Let the mixture sit for several minutes, then scrub mold off with a sponge. Get the grout clean with an old toothbrush.  

Next, spread the paste onto the chrome faucet and showerhead fixture, then scrub off with a nonabrasive sponge, and rinse with vinegar and warm water for a brilliant shine.  

Water spots on metal around your shower will come off with lemon oil.
The juice of a lemon will remove spots from enamel or plastic.  Just cut the lemon in half, rub onto stains and rinse.

We hope you have found these household cleaning tips useful.  Please explore the rest of the site for more household cleaning tips.

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