Here's how to wake up to a cleaner kitchen in the morning.
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Even if you love to cook, cleanup’s never fun. One of the reasons: It’s a major time suck. “So many people do their cleaning in big marathon sessions, spending one entire day or weekend to clean top to bottom, which takes up an outrageous chunk of time that would probably be better spent doing any number of other things,” says Rachel Hoffman, cleaning pro and author of Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess and the forthcoming Cleaning Sucks guided journal
While science has made headway with robots that sweep and scrub, you don’t have to wait until Jetsonian progress has been made to find a better way. Simply embrace passive cleaning. These are chores you can literally do while you sleep, and wake up to a sparkly clean kitchen.
1. De-grease your oven.
Add just enough water to baking soda to make a paste and smear it inside your oven door. Spray that lightly with white vinegar in a spray bottle, close the door, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, wipe it down with a sponge or paper towel and it will look like new, Hoffman says.
2. Descale your faucet.
Sink faucets, handles, and sprayers tend to built up crusty lime deposits (they can be white, orange, or brownish), especially if you have hard water. It’s basically harmless, but gross, says Melissa Maker, cleaning expert and host of YouTube channel Clean My Space. Her lazy fix: Fill a resealable plastic bag with enough white vinegar to submerge the faucet head, and secure it with a rubber band. When you take it off the next morning, your fixtures will be as shiny as the day you got them (and a quick water rinse will get rid of the vinegar smell).
3. Deodorize your garbage can.
Take the bag out, sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom, and leave the lid open to air out overnight, Maker says. You can wipe up the baking soda the next morning, but you don’t have to—it will continue to deodorize and just leave a bit of powder on the bottom of your trash bags.
4. Clean your coffeemaker.
Fill the reservoir with commercial descaler or white vinegar and run a few cycles on automatic drip, followed by a few cycles of clean water to rinse, suggests Hoffman. Voila, wake up to the freshest pot yet. Another easy hack for a crust-free coffee maker? Use denture tabs.
5. Freshen up your garbage disposal.
Toss a few citrus peels and a handful of ice cubes into the disposal and turn it on, says Maker. The combination of oils in the citrus and abrasion from the ice will de-gunk the gears, rinse away food residue and eliminate odors.
6. De-funkify your dishwasher.
No, it’s not self-cleaning. Run a cycle empty except for a bowl full of white vinegar set upright on the top shelf. You’ll clean and deodorize the interior, says Hoffman.
7. Steam-clean your microwave.
Nuke a bowl of water and some pieces of lemon or orange until it boils. The steam will loosen any stuck-on crud, Hoffman says, making it easy to wipe down. Bonus: The inside will smell nicer too, which is great if you recently had something strong-smelling like fish for dinner.
And if you want to avoid devoting full days to cleaning, remember that a lot of messes can be avoided with very quick preventive cleaning, “says Hoffman. “Wipe up spills as they happen. Give the outside of your small appliances a quick wipe while you’re waiting for them to do their thing. Clean your dishwasher filter and refrigerator drip pan periodically. Even wiping down fridge shelves before you put your groceries in. Little bits of effort here and there can save you a lot of time down the road.”
51 Easy Kitchen Hacks That Will Change Your Life
You say your bookshelf has a dedicated cookbook section (or you have a dedicated cookbook bookcase)? You have a whole slew of recipe websites bookmarked and cooking apps downloaded? You&rsquove already tried all the online cooking classes you can find? There&rsquos no way any of these tricks are new to you? We bet you&rsquoll still find something useful in this list&mdashprobably a few things, at least.
And, OK, maybe these kitchen hacks won&rsquot change your life in an &ldquoI won the lottery&rdquo or &ldquoI just found out I&rsquom pregnant&rdquo kind of way. And maybe you have seen a few of these before. But we&rsquove mixed it up a bit and covered a lot of territory here&mdashfrom making over your refrigerator to the easiest one-ingredient ice cream you&rsquoll ever make (no cooking or fancy gizmos required). Not to mention neat tricks for edible bowls, ways to make unitasker gadgets into multitaskers, and even how to rescue burnt cookies.
1. Make Eggs in the Microwave
Are you sick of eating a mediocre a.m. meal of bland yogurt or a granola bar that&rsquos way more sugar than you need anyway? Meet your new morning best friend: the microwave. Find out how to make a breakfast-of-champions in just a few simple steps, plus the help of minimal equipment (a microwaveable plate or bowl). In under 5 minutes you can make scrambled eggs, or even fried eggs (hello desk-side huevos rancheros&mdashand fried egg tacos!), in the time that it would take you to order that overpriced cup of oatmeal. Your work day is about to get a whole lot better.
2. Section Ground Meat Before Freezing
Do this with ground beef, ground turkey and chicken, and ground pork and you can break off only as much as you need without defrosting the whole package. See more great freezer storage tips while you&rsquore at it.
3. Reuse Pickle Brine
Drop chip-size slices of fresh cucumber into leftover pickle brine in the jar and store in the refrigerator for a few days to make crunchy quick pickles. (You can also drop in other vegetables like green beans, garlic, carrots, or radishes. For best results, par-boil these veggies before pickling to speed up the process.) But that&rsquos not all you can do with pickle juice&mdashsee nine more ways to use your leftover pickle brine.
4. Wet Your Fingers to Remove Eggshell
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Stray shell bits in your cracked egg? Dab your finger in water before you go after it. Water acts like a magnet and the shell will stick to your finger without having to chase it around the bowl.
5. Make Limp Celery Crisp Again
Trim the top and bottom of the celery (cut it off of the root if it is still attached) and drop the stalks upright into a pitcher or jar of ice-cold water to re-crisp. You can also store celery like this as soon as you bring it home&mdashasparagus too. The ice water trick also works to perk up tired broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, and spinach.
6. Make Crispy Bacon without the Mess
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Forget about the cast iron skillet. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil (or two layers of foil) that has been crimped at 1-inch intervals to create a disposable bacon rack&mdashor place an actual wire rack over the foil if you have one. Then cook the bacon in the oven&mdashthe easiest, cleanest, and best way to do it. Elevating the bacon keeps it out of the grease and allows hot air to circulate around the strips, so they cook and crisp evenly.
21 Genius Kitchen Cleaning Hacks
1. Wooden Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets attract oil and grease like magnets, and it can be messy and time-consuming to wipe away all that nasty buildup. The absolute best way I’ve found to cut through the grease is using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda! Check out all the details at the link below.
Speaking of greasy buildup, your kitchen floors can get equally as grimy as the cabinets! When your regular mopping solution just won’t cut it, give this formula a try. With only 3 simple ingredients, this easy solution makes it easy to clean even the greasiest floors!
Cleaning your oven doesn’t have to involve back-breaking labor, or a self-cleaning cycle that makes your kitchen smell like the inside of a chimney. I found an easy way to loosen up the grime in your oven overnight, so it’s easy to wipe clean in the morning. Get all the details below!
4. Baking Sheets
That unsightly burnt residue on your baking sheets may not be a huge issue, but it is annoying. I finally figured out a way to scrub the gunk away and return those cookie sheets to their former glory! Get all the details at the link below.
5. Range Hood
The hood over your range/stove plays an important role in trapping cooking grease! But your range hood can only work effectively if it has a clean filter. If you haven’t cleaned your range hood filter recently (or ever, as the case may be), I highly recommend taking some time to do it! Get the simple instructions below.
6. Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are beautiful and can last a lifetime, but they need to be properly cared for. Check out the link below to find the “recipe” for a simple and gentle granite cleaner that will make your countertops sparkle!
7. Oily Messes
Got oily splatters and messes around your stove and oven? You don’t have to spend hours scrubbing them! Just use the easy method outlined in the post as the link below. Those oily messes will be gone in a flash.
It may sound strange, but your dishwasher needs to be cleaned too! Check out the post at the link below to learn how to do it in just 3 steps. This process clears food residues out of your dishwasher, which will help it work more effectively and efficiently.
9. Stove Burners
Spills happen when you’re cooking on your stovetop, and sometimes those spills make a mess of your burners and burner pans. Learn how to clean them at the link below.
10. Electric Kettle
It is very important to regularly clean your electric kettle, especially if you live in an area with hard water, like I do! Limescale and other mineral deposits can build up inside affecting performance, and shortening lifespan. Luckily it’s an easy thing to do! A little vinegar & elbow grease are all you need to get it working like new.
Microwaves tends to get very messy, especially when people who use it forget to cover the food they’re warming up! Here are TWO methods you can use to clean your microwave, with little to no effort, using the power of steam!
That crusty white stuff that forms around your faucets, shower heads and toilet can seem impossible to get rid of. But not if you have the right stuff to do the job! All you need is a bottled of distilled vinegar, a clean rag, and a little patience. The vinegar does all the work for you, making your hard water deposits just a bad memory.
13. Pots & Pans
We’ve all done it! Forgotten about something we’re cooking on the stove and the next thing we know our pan has a layer of burnt-on crud that looks like it’s NEVER coming off! Not so. There are many effective ways to return your pans to their original glory! I’ve shared 10 of them.
14. Cutting Boards
Keeping white plastic cutting boards WHITE is an problem that plagued me for years until I tried this simple method using the power of lemons! Lemon juice contains a compound that increases sensitivity to light, and when combined with the power of sunshine, you can literally bleach stains away in hours without scrubbing!
It’s easy to put off cleaning your refrigerator because it seems like such a daunting task. But it’s actually easier than you think if you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve! This step-by-step method will make cleaning and organizing your fridge a pretty painless process and will result in a clean and tidy fridge you’ll be proud to open!
16. Garbage Disposal
Food residues can get stuck to the blades in your garbage disposal and cause all sorts of unpleasant smells. Keep your disposal fresh and clean by making easy vinegar cubes! The power of lemon and white vinegar helps clean and deodorize with little to no effort on your part! Get more details below.
17. Cast Iron Pans
Your cast iron pans will serve you well for years to come if you care for them correctly! Learn the best way to clean and care for cast iron in my post below.
18. Stainless Steel Sink
You’ll never know how truly clean your stainless steel sink can be until you try cleaning it with Barkeepers Friend. The sparkling clean shine will amaze you!
19. Slow Cooker
Do you have baked-on food in the outer lining of your slow cooker? You can scrub it away in just a few simple steps! And it’s easier than you’d think.
20. Instant Pot
The Instant Pot can be a bit intimidating, especially when it comes time to clean it! But it’s not as tricky as it seems, and it only takes a few minutes to do. Learn how to do a quick everyday cleaning after each use, and a deeper clean once a month to keep your Instant Pot looking and working like new.
21. …And Everything Else!
For the rest of your kitchen, check out these reusable disinfecting wipes! They’ll leave your kitchen clean and fresh, and you can wash and reuse them as many times as you want. They’re easy on your wallet and on the environment!
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Another incredible multi-purpose product that can be used all over the home to get rid of stains, grease, dirt, odours, mould and mildew is white vinegar. It may have a slightly off-putting smell, but this quickly dissipates, or can be counteracted by delicious smelling essential oils.
5 Easy Hacks For Sleeping With Makeup On
Whether you were out partying way too late or had that hook up from hell you’d rather not talk about it, it’s easy to fall asleep in your makeup just ask any girl you know. However, the beauty gods usually aren't too kind when you wake up the next morning, as unwanted zits and clumped lashes can squash those #wokeuplikethis goals in no time. Before you succumb to beauty hysteria, screaming at the mirror in an unshakable state of panic, here’s some easy makeup hacks for when you sleep in your makeup.
Although when you wake up after sleeping in your makeup, your first reaction is that you’re probably super scared of your reflection right now, know that there are quick fixes from helping you avoid any further beauty catastrophes. Trust us, we’ve all broken this big beauty rule sometime down the road, and probably will do it again.
“It’s extremely common for women to sleep with their makeup on. It may not be ideal for the health of your skin, but it happens,” explains celebrity makeup artist Tomy Rivero. “ If you do sleep in your makeup though, it’s all about pampering your skin the next day.”
1. Pamper Your Skin
If possible, you totally want to get that makeup off your face before it wreaks further havoc on your skin. Using any makeup remover found inside your beauty cabinet usually works wonders. However, if you don’t have makeup remover on hand, feel free to grab olive oil and coconut oil too.
“Just grab your makeup remover and start from there,”says celebrity makeup artist Lauren Lazaro. “If you do not own makeup remover, go into your kitchen and grab some olive oil or coconut oil. Apply your oil onto a cotton ball or Q- tip, and gently remove your eye makeup.”
After your makeup is completely removed, you want to get your skin as clean as possible. You can do this easily by taking a warm steamy shower, or grabbing a deep cleaning cleanser to remove any deep-seated dirt and debris.
“Taking a warm shower softens the skin while melting the product on the surface, and deep cleaning your pores,” says beauty expert Tomy Rivero. “Make sure you have a good cleanser to really get in there, and wash away all of the product on your skin.”
2. Don't Go For Makeup Wipes
Although makeup removing wipes are fast and portable, it’s not the go-to solution for getting last night’s blush and bronzer off. Sure these wipes may remove that concealer and foundation, but it won’t give your skin that deep cleanse it needs after snoozing in your makeup.
“Makeup wipes may be a quick fix, but it won’t deep cleanse your skin,” adds Tomy Rivero. “Furthermore, using these wipes will not help prevent breakouts, or keep your skin looking youthful and supple.”
3. Zap Away Redness
Sleeping in your makeup can also be a major pain for your eye area, being that any lingering liner and shadows can cause mega discomfort to your eyes. To zap away any eye redness the next morning, look no further than Visine to show irritation who’s boss.
“Using eye drops like Visine, can quickly soothe and comfort red, itchy eyes,” suggests Lauren Lazaro.
4. Don't Overdo It
If next-day makeup removal clearly isn’t an option, there are ways to salvage any beauty looks from the night before.
“First, be sure to fix any mascara blunders, and then re-apply and blend in some some liner,” explains celebrity makeup expert Lori Depp. “To perk up your face, take a moist towel or washcloth, and pat your face just enough to refresh the skin. Once it’s dry, use a powder compact, and puff under the eyes using your fingertip.”
When touching up your next-day face, it’s important to not overdo it. Always think light layers when it comes to skincare and makeup.
“Try not to use heavy moisturizers and full coverage makeup the next day,” adds Rivero. “Try and do light layers if possible, especially when it comes to skincare and makeup. You don’t want anything clogging the air flow to your face.”
5. Don't Panic
If you decided to snooze and not remove your makeup before you hit the sack, it’s important to remember not to panic. Sure it would have been helpful to wipe off last night’s smoky eye, but life happens, and take it from us your skin will surely bounce back from this.
However, it’s important not to make sleeping in your foundation a regular thing, as chronic habits like this one, can lead to more icky skin conditions down the road.
10 Cleaning Hacks Using Vinegar
Shopping for the best cleaning products to use in your home can be overwhelming. There are so many things to take into consideration like what exactly it can be used for, the ingredients, is it pet friendly? Safe to use around children? Next thing you know you have a closet full of cleaning products specific to certain areas or objects in your home. Out of all the common household products you may have in your home right now, there is something you may have that will solve all of your cleaning worries-Vinegar.
Vinegar is probably one of the best multi-purpose cleaners to use around the house. Anything from microwaves to wood furniture, vinegar can be used to clean. Because of its acidic nature, vinegar is a great disinfect while also being tough on bacteria, dirt, grease and grime. It may not have that lemony-fresh scent, but vinegar is an inexpensive and environmentally safe alternative to store bought cleaners.
There are many types of vinegar such as apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar. The best type of vinegar to use for cleaning is white distilled vinegar. This type of vinegar doesn&rsquot contain a coloring agent which means it won&rsquot stain surfaces.
Check out these 10 incredible ways you can use vinegar to clean at home.
Vinegar makes a great cleaner because it&rsquos acidic, which means it&rsquos cutting through all the grease and grime that may be found on household appliances. Vinegar is great for inside and outside cleaning of appliances, as well as stainless steel. For convenience you can pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and use a cloth to wipe down appliances.
Microwaves can sometimes be a tedious place to clean, but vinegar can definitely make it easier. Placing a bowl containing one fourth cup of vinegar and one cup of water inside the microwave, and heating for a couple of minutes will loosen up stubborn stains. Afterwards you can take your cloth and see for yourself how easy it will be to wipe away stains. This hack will also eliminate unwanted odors that occupy your microwave. Talk about a two for one white vinegar will help keep your kitchen at its finest
13 Kitchen Tool Hacks You'll Wish You Knew Sooner
Your kitchen tools aren’t always what they seem. In fact, there are kind of a lot of ways to repurpose super common kitchen tools in ways that you may have never expected. For example, did you know you can use a wooden spoon to keep boiling water from bubbling over? (You can!) That trick, and these 12 others, are some that you should definitely know about.
This is a great reason to save those chopsticks from takeout and keep plastic straws on hand. To hull strawberries, simply push the tip of the straw through the bottom of the strawberry until the green leaves pop off at the top. Ta da—a strawed strawberry (trademark).
You can use a similar technique to pit cherries. Online practitioners recommend placing your cherry on top of a glass bottle, then poking the straw through until the pit pops into the bottle. Less mess!
If you don’t keep a thumbtack in your kitchen drawer, you might want to start. This trick is approved by egg cooking professionals. Just barely pierce the shell of your egg immediately before (this is key) you put it into boiling water. When your hard-boiled egg is ready, it will be all around easier to peel.
Dull knives and no knife sharpener? Flip your mug over—if it’s a ceramic mug, the rough bottom will make an excellent sharpener in a pinch. To do it, turn your mug upside down, and repeatedly swipe the edges of your knife along the edge of your mug until it reaches desired sharpness.
This tip is kind of crazy—and one I haven’t personally tried—but apparently if you set a wooden spoon on top of a pot of boiling water, it won’t boil over. The reason this trick works is because the spoon pops the bubbles before they have a chance to overflow. Yay, science!
If separating an egg with its own shell leads you to many broken egg yolks, you may want to try this out. To do it, crack an egg (or many—maybe you’re making an omelet!) into a bowl. Then, take a water bottle, squeeze it, and place the bottle opening over the yolk. When you've got a good grip on the yolk, release the bottle slightly—this will create a vacuum and suck the yolk into the bottle. Then, gently set the yolk into another bowl, and go forth and make hollandaise.
Your potato masher is not just for Thanksgiving—you can use it to make anything that requires mashing all year long. That includes guacamoles, salsas, and even tomato sauces.
To make tomato sauce with a masher, I’ll use canned petite diced tomatoes (with the juices), then sauté them with olive oil, garlic, and my go-to spices (usually bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and black pepper). After everything has had about 10 minutes to stew together, I’ll squish it all up with that potato masher. This is a great hack if you don’t have a food processor or immersion blender, but still want to get saucy.
OK, I realize this tip is a little niche (not everyone has an oyster knife), but it’s worth investing in one even if you only use it for this reason. Why? Well, you see, the edge of the knife is perfectly sized to fit underneath any (and I mean any!) jar lid, and it really has made my life so much easier (I open a lot of jars, OK). So if you’re having trouble opening a jar, simply pop that oyster knife under the lid, pull it towards yourself until you hear a pop indicating the pressure has been released, and then open it up.
Juicing citrus can be a pain, especially if you’re a nail biter (cough, cough, me) and your hands are covered in little tiny cuts. Instead, use tongs to squeeze citrus over a bowl or cup. Place a halved piece of citrus—anything from lemon to grapefruit will work—between the arms of your tongs, and squeeze. Done and done.
Your Mason jar is perfectly sized for these bad boys. So instead of letting them run wild in your kitchen cabinets, pop them in one of your jars. If your papers are cute, you can even leave it on the counter—it’ll add a nice pop of color!
This one is pretty self explanatory—if you know how to grate cheese, you’ll have no problem doing the same with lemon zest and ginger. One small tip: I like to freeze my ginger before grating it, because I find that it makes it easier to handle, though you definitely don’t have to do this if you’re in a time crunch.
This trick seems to good to be true, but it’s the real freakin’ deal. Set a glass on a flat surface. Cut your mango in half, then holding it vertically, gently bring the edge of the mango to meet the edge of the glass. Push the mango down so that the glass slips between the meat and the skin of the mango. Continue to press the mango downward, sliding the rim of the glass along the length of the fruit until the whole thing is separated from the skin—and lands cleanly inside the cup.
Let’s be real—no one has a mortar and pestle in their house (except for, the Barefoot Contessa, I guess?). If you want to grind up whole spices on your own, you’re best off using a coffee grinder. Grind them the same way you would coffee beans. When you’re finished, clean out your grinder by giving a tablespoon of rice a quick whirl. It will remove any unwanted flavors, so you don’t accidentally end up with a spicy cup of Joe.
Instead of trimming the tip of your garlic off, and then slowly peeling back that paper, give it a good wack with the side of your knife (chefs knife preferably). Lay the knife on top of the garlic on the counter, then bop it once, hard, with the heel of your hand or the side of your fist. The paper will slide right off and you won’t have stinky garlic hands!
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Cleaning Shortcuts: Five Time-Saving Tips for the Kitchen
Keeping a tidy house is a constant struggle for me. I do my best, but I’m always looking for cleaning shortcuts like these to make life a little bit easier. Here are a few quick and easy tips I’ve learned that help keep your kitchen looking great with very minimal effort.
Keeping the Refrigerator Shelves Clean
When you’ve got kids reaching into your refrigerator every day, you’re bound to get some spills here and there. To make cleanup fast and easy, line the shelves with Glad Press ‘n Seal wrap. When spills happen, just remove the wrap and add a new layer.
Clean Your Oven While You Sleep
I really wish I had a personal cleaning fairy, but this trick may be as close as I’ll ever get. Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup ammonia and place inside your oven overnight (make sure your oven is completely cool when you do this). The gasses will do their work so that you can wipe your oven clean in the morning with minimal elbow grease.
Keeping the Oven (and Other Things) Clean
Use a reusable oven liner to catch spills in the oven. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean that groove on flat top oven surfaces where grime accumulates.
Microwave Cleaning Shortcuts
Thoroughly soak a washcloth or sponge. Place it in the middle of your microwave and turn on for two minutes on high. The steamy vapors will work wonders on that icky, stuck-on gunk. Using an oven mitt grab the sponge (it will be REALLY hot) and use it to wipe the sides of the microwave clean.
Get Your Kids to Help with Cleaning
When it comes to chores, delegate! I am a big believer in having the kids pitch in with their fair share of household chores. Not only will it lessen your load and free up more of your time to have fun with the family, you’ll be teaching them responsibility at the same time. To avoid nagging, I created chore charts for my kids and laminated them. That way, they know what is expected of them and can check their tasks off when they’ve been completed.
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25 of the Most Popular Cleaning Hacks on Pinterest
Upgrade your cleaning routine with these smart hacks and home solutions.
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When de-crusted and rolled into a ball, a slice of white or rye bread becomes a natural eraser. To lift marks, don't rub: Just dab gently at the surface with your rolled-up bread ball, and voila! You can also use bread to soak up spills, clean out your coffee grinder, or dust and polish pictures. Wonder bread is right.
In this hack, a potato becomes a cleaning all-star. Paired with salt and vegetable oil, this trick will return your rust-covered iron skillet to its former beauty.
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This simple hack stops dirty windowsills dead in their tracks with only two ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet.
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No one enjoys scrubbing away at toilet bowl stains. Thankfully, these three-ingredient cleaning cubes are the bomb, providing an easy, hands free way to freshen your porcelain throne.
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Splattered food and pungent dishes can leave your microwave a mess. This simple hack combines everyday household items to restore your go-to appliance.
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It may be hard to notice at first, but chances are there's a lot of gunk that has collected on your cabinets&mdashespecially near the handles. To make them look brand new, mix one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the mixture into the cabinets, and watch the cleaning magic unfold.
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Mix Dawn soap and hydrogen peroxide for an all-star carpet cleaner that also works on mattresses.
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Constant food prep can do a number on your cutting boards. Clean them up with a combination of lemon and salt.
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If the water in your shower is spraying out in all directions, it's probably time to give it a deep clean. Mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then pour it into a plastic bag and wrap it around your water source (as shown here by The Melrose Family). Let the solution sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and rinse.
The power couple of vinegar and baking soda is back at it, this time to clean the drain. First, pour boiling water down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of baking soda then pour a mix of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water right on top. Lastly, when the bubbles die down, turn on the hot water, and let it run for about a minute. This process should loosen any dirt and gunk you have in your drain.
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Pinned over 24,000 times, this cleaning trick is one to keep handy. All you need: distilled white vinegar, paper towels, a spray bottle, and an old toothbrush for scrubbing. Lay paper towels soaked in vinegar along the shower door tracks, and leave them there for 30 minutes. When the time's up, the grime should easily come off with a toothbrush. For tight spots, use a Q-tip.
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The average person spends a least a third of their life sleeping, so it's worth giving your bed a good cleaning every so often. In this hack beloved by Pinterest users, all you need is baking soda, essential oil and a vacuum cleaner. By the end of the cleaning, you'll be left with a dust-, dirt- and residue-free mattress, promising you a sweet slumber.
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Is your microfiber couch starting to look a little worse for the wear? While the material makes the couch extra cozy, it can showcase even minor stains. Have it looking like new again just by using rubbing alcohol and a bristle brush.
Swiffer replacement packs can cost up to $15, but there's a dollar store item that'll do the same job for much less. Yep, socks! Turn old socks into reusable static Swiffer cloths, and never look back.
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As much as you care for your shoes, stains are inevitable. Remove them in no time with this nail polish remover trick.
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Tongs aren't just for the kitchen anymore. When you pair them with a washcloth and disinfectant spray, you've got a quick and easy way to clean your blinds. Using an old sock works too!
Remember that t-shirt and broom we used to buff earlier? Repurpose it by securing the cloth to the broom with a rubber band and using it to clean upper walls and crown molding. No more ladders!
If you have nail holes you’d like to conceal after a remodel on a white wall, this can be done using toothpaste. Fill the hole with toothpaste and once it dries it will harden and blend into the wall.
These are just a few tips to help you along with your spring cleaning. I hope they were of great help to you as you take care of your home with pride and joy.