Here are some great cleaning hacks for that are super-cheap, yet unbeatable!
I'm not so sure these are hacks because we're not hacking into anything, cheating anything or making a knock-off of anything. But "hack" is the buzz-word used nowadays, so let's go with it.
Do you have some white (clear) vinegar? Yes? Who doesn't? If you happen to be out, they're super-inexpensive and about the best cleanser you can have around. Get the biggest jug you can find. It's for more than salad dressing, dying Easter eggs and disinfecting your coffee maker. really, use up all your other cleansing stuff and then don't replace them! Vinegar is vegan, cruelty-free, a perfectly "green" solution and unbeatable for cleaning. It also kills germs and bacteria better than the leading cleansers!! What's more, all vermin hate it! Yup. They do. Bugs, mice, roaches....even your sweet kitty, who is NOT vermin will not care much for the smell of vinegar*. (Keep reading. We'll get there) If YOU don't care for the smell of vinegar either, trust me and keep reading. We'll get to that.
First, in an empty spray bottle, combine 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. If you're a vinegar-smell hater, add a few drops to 1 tablespoon of lemon, orange or lime juice. The citrus juice will perk up the fragrance AND will add to the cleansing power. So, win win!
And here we go, using your vinegar & water (and juice) mixture:
1. Spray and wipe down counters in the kitchen. (Remember, this can help control bug problems. They HATE it.)
2. Clean the stovetop with it.
3. Clean out the microwave with it. *
4. For hard-to-remove stains in the microwave, place 1/2 cup of vinegar in a microwave safe bowl. Now microwave on high for 30 seconds to one minute. Now stains should wipe clean. If stains are still too stubborn, microwave again.
5. Clean the front of appliances AND
6. Clean inside the refrigerator, including all shelves and drawers..
7. Sometimes the dishwasher needs its own cleaning - put 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl or cup. You can also put vinegar (straight) into the dish soap dispenser. Run your dishwasher on its hottest setting. Voila! A sparkling clean dishwasher!
8. If your kitchen floor is tile, there's no better cleanser than vinegar & water. Vinyl floors can be safely cleaned with vinegar as well. If you have wood floors that are finished, you can spot clean with a vinegar/water solution, but I wouldn't clean the whole floor with it. It can be harsh and might damage the surface.
9. There is nothing in your bathroom that cannot be cleaned, and cleaned better with vinegar, including your toothbrush itself! While cleaning the rest of the bathroom, soak a yucky toothbrush in 1/4 - 1/2 cup straight vinegar. By the time you're finished with the bathroom, you can rinse your clean-as-new toothbrush with water. Here's what you can tackle in the bathroom with your vinegar & water solution:
a. Sinks, counter tops, inside and outside of cabinets, mirrors*, tile floors, toilets - inside and outside AND pour 1/2 to 1 cup in the top as well to eliminate germs and bacteria, windows*, shower doors*, tubs....no germ in your bathroom is safe from this simple-and-very-cheap cleaning solution!
*mirrors/windows/shower doors and floors - for shiny surfaces like windows and mirrors, try using a gently bunched-up page from the newspaper instead of paper towel. It's not only a greener solution, but it also makes a streak-free and lint-free reflection! For extra-tough stains on shower floors, doors, or any other surface: spray your vinegar mixture and sprinkle baking soda on top of your stain. It will make its own paste. Let stand for an hour up to overnight. Scrub with a brush and rinse. Perfect!
9. For a nasty shower head: fill a plastic bag with 1/2 - 1 cup of (white) vinegar and place it around the shower head. Secure it with a rubber band. Let it soak...overnight is really best, if you can. In the morning, remove the back and let the shower run for a minute to rinse itself and there you are! Just like new!
10. To freshen your mattress: simply spray this same solution on your mattress and pillows. How easy is that? If you're concerned about smelling vinegar, here's what to do. Starting with plain (white) vinegar and water solution (2 to 1), add 1/4 the amount of your favorite cruelty-free* fabric softener. (I.E.: if you use 2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar, add 1/4 cup of fabric softener) Now spray your mattress and pillows.
11. Using your vinegar/water/CF *fabric softener solution, spray any fabric or fabric covered furniture in your home. Here's where *kitty comes in. If you'd rather kitty find a different place to lounge other than your favorite recliner, when your spritz the recliner, use the vinegar/water solution without the fabric softener. Kitties find that vinegar smell quite offensive. He'll quickly cross that spot off the list of fav nap places. (P.S. Dogs don't really care. ;) )
Keep checking back with us for more household hacks every week! At Monster Vacuum, no matter what hot mess you're dealing with, we're here for you 24-7.
For information on Cruelty Free fabric softener or any Cruelty Free products, may we recommend the following websites for dependable lists? Www.peta.org www.crueltyfreekitty.com Www.beaglefreedomproject.com www.logicalharmony.com www.beautywithoutbunnies.com
(In our home we use Snuggle brand fabric softener and ALL detergent, which are not tested on animals. SUN Brand products do not test on animals.)
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