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17 Best Kitchen Cleaning Tips for People Who Love Clean Kitchens!



Most of us really love a clean kitchen, or at least the idea of having one. Doing the work to achieve that sparkling clean kitchen might be a different story however. But in many ways, it is not as tricky or time-consuming as you think.


Yes, you guessed it. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best ideas of cleaning your kitchen. We have specifically selected ideas that are easy to implement, are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and can even be fun to do.


Cleaning your kitchen shouldn’t be a massive burden and with these tips you’ll be able to get that amazing looking kitchen you want in record time!


Tip One- Pay Close Attention to Sponges, Towels and Rugs


There are definitely health hazards lurking in your kitchen; this is not a myth. Three major health hazards come in the form of kitchen sponges, kitchen towels and rugs.


Kitchen towels and rugs are easy health hazards to neutralize. Simply toss your kitchen towels and rugs into the wash and you’ve taken care of the problem. Kitchen towels should be changed every couple of days or more often depending on use.


Kitchen rugs can get very contaminated. Think about all the various things that can drip onto your rug and then imagine those drops festering away for weeks or even months. Yes, it’s pretty gross when you stop to imagine what bacteria your kitchen rug could be harboring. Washing your kitchen rugs at least every two weeks, or after a major spill, is probably a good idea.


Kitchen sponges are a little trickier. They come into contact with food constantly and you use them to make your dishes cleaner, so you certainly don’t want to be rubbing grime and germs onto your “clean” dishes.


Consider replacing kitchen sponges every week and be sure to wash them after every use. Also, consider disinfecting kitchen sponges by soaking them in a plastic container with hydrogen peroxide and rinse very thoroughly afterwards. However, the easiest, and likely safest, way to deal with your kitchen sponge is to simply replace it often or opt for a washable kitchen towel instead.


Tip Two- Avoid the Hidden Health Hazard of the Dish Rack


Just as it is vital to wash such items as your kitchen towels, kitchen rugs and sponges, the same holds true for your dish rack. Dish racks don’t magically stay clean. The fact that they are in the kitchen near food preparation areas means that they can become contaminated. Like your sponges, the idea of the dish rack is to help you with your clean dishes, so contaminating them is the last thing you want to do. The bottom line is don’t forget about the special cleaning needs of your dish rack.

If you have a stainless steel dish rack, that can be great for improving the visual appearance of your kitchen and matching stainless steel appliances. However, be particularly careful that it doesn’t accumulate rust. A bamboo dish rack is also recommended as bamboo is more resistant to bacteria.

It is smart to clean your dish rack just as you would any other kitchen surface area. You can use soap and water or maybe even throw it into the dishwasher, depending on the type of dish rack you have.

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Tip Three-Skip Your Oven’s Cleaning Mode


Your oven’s cleaning mode can be rather problematic. The problem is that the oven clean mode works at a very high temperature and can release a lot of compounds into the air at the same time. In turn this will pollute your air and make it difficult to even breathe in your kitchen.


Instead of using the oven cleaning mode regularly clean your oven with baking soda. Baking soda is safe and will cause no serious indoor air quality issues. Mix some water with a modest amount of baking soda and dish liquid, scrub your oven and let the mixture sit on the oven’s interior for a few minutes. Then scrub again and wipe clean with water. Finally, collect all debris and let your oven dry before using.


Tip Four-Remove Cooktop Stains


Cooktop stains can be very determined to resist your cleaning attempts. This makes sense as cooktop stains are quite literally baked on.


Removing cooktop stains can be as easy as using a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Just remember that hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous so keep it away from children and away from your eyes. Before using your cooktop, wipe down the area with water and dry.


Tip Five-Ammonia for Grease on Stove Grates


Cleaning stove grates can be time consuming and laborious, however, there is a trick. Ammonia can literally soak the grease right off of your stove grates. Check out this clever approach for cleaning your stove grates.

Photo credit: The V Spot


Tip Six-Don’t Let Burnt Pan Bottoms Get You Down


Burnt pan bottoms might seem like a fact of life. Bar Keepers Friend is a great product for shining up the burnt bottoms of pans. In fact, you’ll likely be surprised by how well this product works!


Tip Seven-Polishing Your Sink the Easily and Inexpensively


Want to have a clean sink but don’t feel like spending money on specialty cleaners? One of the easiest, and cheapest ways, to clean your sink is to use flour.


If you have a stainless-steel sink and you want it to look great, then use flour. Click here to check out this great Lifehacker article on how to use good old-fashioned flour to clean your sink.

Photo credit: Lifehacker

Tip Eight-Cleaning Wood Cabinets


Kitchen wood cabinets can get surprisingly dirty, which is not too surprising considering that they are, after all, in the kitchen. Murphy Oil Soap has been around for generations for one simple reason: it works. Murphy Oil Soap can be used to clean everything from wood cabinets to flooring.


Tip Nine-Mineral Oil for Kitchen Counters



Mineral oil can be a good way to wipe kitchen oil off of your counters. Yes, it is counterintuitive to use oil to remove oil, but forget the irony and give it a try! Mineral oil is generally safe to use and definitely works.


Grease and oil on countertops can be a real nuisance, so you really do need a secret weapon. Here is a link to an article about this at One Good Thing if you want to learn more.

Photo credit: One Good Thing by Jillee


Tip Ten-Keep Drawers Clean with Liners


Many people only worry about keeping drawers organized, but keeping them clean is also important. One inexpensive solution is to opt for drawer liners. We recommend cork in particular for this job.


Cork is naturally water resistant and bacteria resistant. Plus, once you have cork, or other drawer liners, you can periodically remove and wipe them down.

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Tip Eleven-Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances with an Oldie but Goodie


Vinegar is something of a cleaning superstar. A mixture of vinegar and oil can be extremely effective at cleaning stainless steel fridges, dishwashers and toasters. You can use mineral oil or even olive oil!

It is an easy process that really works, and you can learn more about how at the Kitchn it by clicking here.

Photo credit: The Kitchn

Tip Twelve-Don’t Forget to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator


When people clean the inside of their refrigerators they often overlook the removable parts. Yet, the removable areas inside of your fridge are often the dirtiest parts. Instead of just wiping these areas down, consider removing them and cleaning them thoroughly with soap and water. If you’ve ever noticed that your fridge smelled even after you removed all the old food, it may be that your fridge surfaces need a deeper cleaning.

There is a great article about this at The Kitchn.


Tip Thirteen-Remember that Old Food Can Be a Health Hazard


One of the single best safety habits you can have is to remove old food from your house, whether it is in your cabinets or fridge. Maybe you heard the story recently of a grandmother in the U.K. who sent several members of her family to the emergency room after serving up some nice holiday cocoa…from the 1980s! It’s important to periodically toss out old food so that you don’t have a similar accident.

Photo credit: The Kitchn

Tip Fourteen-Clean Your Garbage Disposal


Garbage disposals can get very smelly. If you have a mystery odor in your kitchen that just won’t go away, then it might just be your garbage disposal.


There are many ways to clean your garbage disposal without actually having to stick your hand down in one of the most dangerous places imaginable. Cleaning methods include using liquid soap while the garbage disposal is on and also just pouring baking soda and vinegar down there to do the job for you.


It is true that normally mixing baking soda and vinegar isn’t a good idea due to the tremendous fizzing action. But where your garbage disposal is concerned this is an exactly what you want! Head over to Crunchy Betty for a step-by-step guide.

Photo credit: Crunchy Betty

Tip Fifteen-Use Lemon and Salt for Your Wooden Cutting Boards


Lemon and salt are a powerful cleaning combo. The two work together particularly well for cleaning wooden cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards can become very dirty and should be cleaned regularly with soap and water. In addition to cleaning them with soap and water, using a combination of salt and lemon can help cut grease and shine up your wooden cutting boards.


Tip Sixteen-Don’t Forget Your Garbage Can


You might remember to clean the inside of your garbage can because it can get rather smelly, but what about the outside of your garbage can? The outside of your garbage can is periodically exposed to all kinds of contaminants ranging from spilt liquids to bits of food and more. You really don’t want to forget about this surface.


If you have young children, you can pretty much be sure that they are going to touch your garbage can. Remember to clean the outside of your garbage can along with other surfaces throughout your kitchen. Much like the dish rack, this part of your kitchen is typically overlooked. Plus, a bright shiny garbage can does wonders to improve the look of your kitchen.

The blog No Trash Can has a good article all about this topic.

Photo credit: No Trash Can

Tip Seventeen-Take Advantage of the Power of Simple Ingredients


You probably noticed that in this article we focused a lot of our attention on cleaning ingredients that are eco-friendly and people safe as well. There are plenty of chemical based cleaners out there that work really well. But as a rule, you really shouldn’t bring anything into your kitchen that would be very harmful or even lethal if consumed.


Anything you put down the drain eventually makes it out into the oceans and eventually into the fish of the sea and the food chains. Your cleaning decisions most definitely matter, and they do impact the world.


If you want to use fewer chemicals and fossil fuel based products, then opting for cleaning products that you make yourself. And then make those products out of safe and inexpensive ingredients.

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Clean kitchen are healthier kitchens. A key part of observing proper food safety, so that your cocoa doesn’t send your family to the emergency room, is to think about ways to keep your kitchen cleaner.


A major part of having a clean kitchen is to not take anything for granted. Areas that you are sure are clean may be in need of some help. It is also vital to remember that most people don’t really need powerful chemical based cleaning agents.

Simple cleaning tools and ingredients, like the ones outlined in this article, should be more than enough for the majority of your kitchen cleaning needs. Soap, water, vinegar, mineral oil, baking soda and even olive oil can go a long way towards helping you achieve a much safer and healthier kitchen.




Posted by January 03, 2017 at 1:56 PM under Environment Home Living Tips
15 Top Laundry Tips Designed for Stressed Out Moms


Laundry is one of those things in life that many of us simply “do” and rarely think much about how to improve. That is part of the reason that this article is an important one for moms who are tackling this never-ending activity.


There may not be any escaping laundry, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tips that can help you improve the results that you see from your laundry duties. If you’re a mom or a dad, then you already know that having children certainly makes the laundry process much more intimidating. Even the smallest items of toddler clothes add up to a lot of extra work.  This is especially true when you consider how fast your kids manage to do something that gets their clothes dirty all over again.



The time you invest in making your laundry time more efficient is definitely time well spent. The fifteen tips and tricks outlined in this article are designed to help you improve your laundry results while at the same time infusing a little more life and fun into the laundry process.


Thinking that there isn’t much room for improving your old and tired laundry routine? Think again as we have fifteen awesome tips and tricks that will brighten up not just your clothing, but your laundry time as well! This article includes links to a bunch of great sites with interesting ideas as well as numerous tips that can help you transform your average laundry day experience.


It’s the start to a New Year, and the perfect time to get excited about laundry!


Tip One-Let’s Get Really Organized


One of the easiest ways to make laundry time a little more fun and less time consuming is to get organized; after all, do you really want to spend more time doing laundry?


Organizing your laundry room makes everything you do a little easier and a little faster. Instead of lugging huge tubs of liquid fabric softener and detergent store those liquids in smaller, and easier to use, containers.


While this tip might not seem like a “big deal” you’ll be surprised how much time this tip saves you. Additionally, this tip will help keep your laundry area neater as you’ll reduce those irritating, and rather sticky, spills.


Tip Two-Liven Up Your Laundry with a Cute Laundry Hamper


Part of what makes doing laundry often seem like such a chore is that laundry isn’t just smelly, but it can be unpleasant to look at as well. Laundry hampers aren’t exactly known for being pretty, but there are some easy fixes for that.


You could try making a laundry hamper out of your favorite pillowcase for your kid’s room. It’s the perfect decoration to hang on a closet. You’ll save money and can have a fun time personalizing your festive pillow case at the same time.


Check out the how-to over at Makezine.

(Photo credit: Makezine)


Tip Three-Don’t Let Your Laundry Overflow


Laundry scattered about causes a sense of disorganization. Overflowing laundry hampers are an eyesore and just add to the general unpleasantness we often associate with doing laundry.


So why not “go big” and have a huge laundry hamper? And you can make one that rarely overflows because it is the perfect size. Here is an interesting DIY laundry hamper project that is easy and inexpensive.


Home Depot has a large laundry hamper project you’ll love. Best of all, this DIY laundry hamper is very inexpensive, meaning you can have several if you like! (Photo credit: Home Depot)


Tip Four-Make Your Own Laundry Soap


Like laundry itself, laundry soap doesn’t receive too much attention. Unless laundry soap causes a rash or smells weird, most of us never give laundry soap a second thought.


However, laundry soap can be packed with harmful chemicals and additives that are bad both for the planet and humans.


There are many easy to make and eco-friendly laundry detergent recipes available on the Internet. One idea is to simply take bar soap, grate it and add washing soda, borax and essential oils.


Follow this link at Wellness Mama to find a how-to on making your own easy and cheap laundry soap. You’ll find that making your own laundry soap can be a fun activity that kids love! This tip should be in every mom’s “rainy day activity bucket!”

Photo credit: Wellness Mama


Tip Five-Replace Sheets with Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls


While dryer sheets may make your clothing softer, they are a form of unregulated air pollution. In fact, they are bad for the planet, as they often use harmful chemicals. When it comes down to it, dryer sheets are an unnecessary expense.


So skip the sheets and instead opt for wool dryer balls. Dryer balls work rather well and will consistently fluff up your laundry! Studies also show that they can reduce your dryer time by up to 25% and, much like using clotheslines, that means you’ll cut down on your electricity usage. Plus dryer balls reduce static electricity and wrinkles as well.

This link at Memo will give you some ideas and inspirations for creating your own dryer balls.

Photo credit: Memo.

Tip Six-Cut Down on Dryer Noise


A noisy dryer is a maddening thing. Every mom knows that there are times you have no choice but to put your shoes or your kid’s shoes in the dryer, which can be rather irritating to listen to. It often sounds like your dryer is about to explode!


One easy way around this is to buy a special dryer bag to cut down on the noise. These dryer bags are inexpensive and will serve to protect your other clothing.

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Tip Seven-Opt for an Eco-Friendly Clothesline


It should come as no surprise that we firmly believe that clotheslines are a true winner when it comes to laundry tips.

They lower your carbon footprint, save you tons of money and have numerous other benefits, such as reducing the risk of a house fire. Our site has lots of clothesline ideas, tips and products.

Check out this page for a comprehensive refresher on why we love clotheslines so much.



Tip Eight-A Drying Shelf


In addition to using a clothesline, consider using a drying shelf. A drying shelf allows you to dry your clothing flat and has many of the benefits of a clothesline.


When you are not using your drying shelf, you can simply slide it out of the way if you build it in the right away. Here is a free plan from Sawdust Girl for making your own pull out sweeter drying rack.

Photo credit: Sawdust Girl
Tip Nine-Laundry Pedestals


An organized laundry room is one that feels calming and makes the whole experience of doing laundry a lot more pleasant. Messes anywhere in the house can be a source of stress, but there is something particularly irritating about messy laundry rooms.


A laundry pedestal is a nice way to get organized. It stores clothing and raises your machine off the ground. The only big problem with laundry pedestals is that they can be expensive, in fact, they are comically expensive considering what they really are.


So why not build your own and literally save hundreds of dollars? Click here for a great DIY pedestal plan.

Photo credit: Just a Girl Blog

Tip Ten-White Chalk and Stains


Every mom knows just what a headache stains can be, and this is especially true for stains on kid’s clothing. Luckily, simply using white chalk can help remove some of the toughest stains. As a mother, we’re sure you have lots of chalk around so start putting it to good use.


Simply rub white chalk over grease stains before washing. The chalk absorbs the stain while in the wash, and the stain comes right out. Try this tip, you’ll love it!


Tip Eleven-Making Laundry Time Fun Time for Your Kids


Many hands can get a job done much quicker, so why not bring your kids into the laundry equation? The trick is to make laundry as fun as possible. Often children love sorting clothing and putting clothing in their rooms.


For younger children, this activity makes them feel more grown up. You will be surprised how eager your children are to help out.


Tip Twelve-Laundry Baskets in Your Closets


Keeping dirty clothing out of sight is one way to take some of the sting out of laundry. Mom’s know that kids will literally leave dirty clothes almost anywhere and everywhere.


Hanging laundry baskets are an easy way to keep dirty clothing both out of sight and organized. If you want to see an example of a hanging laundry basket in action, then head over to this link.

Photo credit: Whorl


Tip Thirteen-The Solution for Dryers that Shrink Your Clothing

Dryers will shrink clothing; this is just an unfortunate fact of life. (Of course, this is yet another reason that you should strongly consider clotheslines!) But almost everyone has had the unpleasant experience of accidentally drying a much-loved article of clothing, only to find that it ends up way too tight and uncomfortable.

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However, there is a way to fix this problem. Try pouring baby shampoo and warm water into the sink, then let the items sit in the sink for a few minutes. The reason this tip works is that it helps the fibers in the clothing relax.


Next, squeeze the water out of a single article of clothing and lay that item on a towel. Roll up the towel, put the article of clothing on a dry towel and let it air dry. You’ll find that the clothing will often return to its original size once it has air dried.


Tip Fourteen-Dirty Toys in the Washer?


The washer may seem like an odd place for toys, but for some toys it is the perfect solution. Just be sure to use only cold water. Never use hot water as it could damage toys or release chemicals from the toys.


Many toys that may seem like they can’t be washed, such as Legos, can be easily washed with the help of a laundry bag. Drop the toys in a laundry bag and add a little soap. Afterwards, allow the now clean toys to air dry.


Dirty toys don’t necessarily have to stay that way. Use this tip on a case by case basis and your kids’ toys will stay much cleaner.


Tip Fifteen-Make Small and Moderate Repairs to Your Laundry Room


Are you stuck in a “laundry dungeon?” You are not alone. Around the world moms find themselves stuck in laundry dungeons.


Due to the noise and mess, laundry rooms are often tucked away in unfinished, spider web riddled basements and even garages. Of course, this issue only adds to the overall unpleasantness of doing laundry.


One solution is to step back and evaluate your laundry room. Look for easy and inexpensive ways to boost the appeal of your laundry room. Filling in cracks, adding a coat of pain or considering a drop ceiling in unfinished basement areas are all excellent examples of how quick and easy upgrades can improve your basement.


Transform Your Laundry Experience


Added together, these fifteen tips can truly transform your laundry experience. The idea that laundry has to be a painful experience is not an idea that moms should simply accept.


There is no time like the present for improving your laundry experience. Whether it is tackling the noise of laundry or getting your laundry space more organized, there are many ways to improve this part of your life.



Create Your Own Laundry List


Consider writing down a list of all the things that bother you about doing laundry. Once you have your list in hand, look for ways to reduce the stress and irritation associated with doing laundry.


With a little planning, you’ll find that you can definitely transform your laundry experience. In the end, laundry will likely never be the highlight of your day, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make laundry time a little less of a chore. Go ahead and free yourselves from the laundry dungeon and come into the light!

Posted by January 02, 2017 at 3:56 PM under Home Living Tips
25 Household Green Cleaning Tips


You don’t need harsh chemicals or strange ingredients to keep your home clean. There are literally dozens of great ways to keep your living environment shiny and spotless without using chemicals or ingredients that can harm you, your children, your pets or the environment. The idea that you need chemicals to clean the average home is not only truly outdated, but also it could put your health and the health of your family at risk.


Why expose your family to a bunch of chemicals if it’s not even necessary? You’ll find that some common household ingredients not only save you money, but also often clean your home even better!


In this article, we are going to explore 25 of the very best ways to keep your home clean. All of these household green cleaning tips are easy to implement, inexpensive and, of course, very effective.


Tips for the Kitchen


Tip One-Vinegar in the Kitchen


Grandma used vinegar for cleaning her kitchen and for good reason. Vinegar is something of a cleaning superstar, and it definitely works wonders in the kitchen. If you don’t like the vinegary smell, you very well might want to try to make an exception when it comes to cleaning.


One good way to use vinegar in the kitchen is to spray vinegar on your stove, let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean. Another excellent use of vinegar in the kitchen is to remove and prevent hard water deposits in your dishwasher.


Tip Two-Salt and Lemon for Your Pots


Salt and citrus isn’t just for margaritas anymore! If you feel that your pots and pans need a little shining up, don’t reach for a potentially toxic chemical, as there is a much easier solution.


Dull looking pots and pans can be brought back to life with a sprinkle of salt. After adding a sprinkle of salt to your pot or pan, simply scrub it with a lemon wedge. You’ll be surprised just how well this simple and inexpensive trick works! You will definitely notice and appreciate the difference when you look at the cookware in your kitchen.


Tip Three-Say Goodbye to Grease on Stoves


Grease on stoves can be pretty tricky to remove, and can quickly make your kitchen look dirty and unkempt. But there is an easy way to remove grease. Simply mix baking soda with warm water and scrub your stovetop with a cloth. Also, this trick can be used to brighten and liven up stainless steel appliances and even stainless steel countertops.


Tip Four-Baking Soda and Your Trashcan


Just as grandma loved vinegar for cleaning, the same can be stated for baking soda. Baking soda has endured the test of time and has been loved as a low-cost and people friendly cleaning product for generations.


A dirty trashcan be something of a nightmare, but a little baking soda can clean even the dirtiest trashcan right up! Sprinkle some baking soda into your trashcan, then add water and wipe until dry.


Don’t forget baking soda removes and prevents odors, so it really is a perfect ingredient to use. You can add extra baking soda to control future odors.


Tip Five-Cleaning Granite Countertops


Granite countertops always look amazing in the kitchen. But what about when they get dirty? If you want to keep your granite looking clean and vibrant, the good news is that you don’t need special cleaners or chemicals.


Mix alcohol and water together in a spray bottle then spray and wipe for granite countertops and other granite surfaces when you want them to be sparkling clean.


Tip Six-Cleaning Your Trash Disposal


People have a tendency to forget about their trash disposal unless it does one of two things: stops working or starts smelling! Neutralizing the sometimes powerful smells that can come from trash disposals can be as easy as squirting a liberal amount of liquid hand soap down the drain.


After you’ve squirted the liquid soap down the drain, count to five and turn the disposal on. Let the disposal run for at least fifteen seconds. If this doesn’t neutralize the odors, just move on to pouring vinegar down the drain.


Tips for the Laundry Room


Tip Seven-Removing Odors

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Laundry odors may sometimes be a headache. After washing and drying your clothes, you want them to smell clean and fresh. If you’ve tried to reduce your laundry odors and nothing seems to work, don’t despair.


Instead add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle. You’ll find that your laundry odors vanish in no time.


Tip Eight-Vinegar to the Rescue Again


It’s a good idea to periodically clean your laundry machine. Cleaning your laundry machine is as easy as allowing mixing some vinegar into the water of your laundry machine, letting the mixture soak and then rinsing.


Tip Nine-Soften Clothing with Vinegar


Believe it or not, vinegar can also soften clothing as well. A little vinegar during the rinse cycle serves to soften virtually any article of clothing; this old trick works very well.


Tip Ten-Brighten Your Whites with Baking Soda


People often replace their whites just because they can’t figure out how to get them white and bright again. There really is no need to spend the extra money, because you can easily do it yourself on a very, very low budget.


Dull whites are not necessary, especially if you have an inexpensive box of baking soda handy. Special detergents might have harmful chemicals in them and they are not necessary. Instead opt for the time tested, whitening power of baking soda.


Tip Eleven-Baking Soda and Stains


It may come as little surprise that baking soda, which can brighten whites, can also work to remove stains. If you want to use baking soda to remove stains, just pre-treat your clothing with baking soda and water before washing. Then toss them into the washing machine and you’ll quickly see that your clothes are stain-free. You’ll find that this quick fix can remove some seriously stubborn stains and, of course, it’s far less expensive than buying stain removal formulas from the store.


Tips for the Bathroom


Tip Twelve-Skip the Pricey Wipes


Many people believe that if there is no place in their home that needs “industrial strength cleaning power,” that it’s the bathroom. That’s why so many people are willing to spend their hard-earned dollars on bathroom cleaning supplies. Yet, the simple fact is that nature has provide us with a range of excellent ways to clean our bathrooms without the use of harmful chemicals.


Wipes are a great example of how you can save considerable money with the right approach. But cleaning and disinfecting wipes from the store have a tendency to be rather expensive.


But you can make your own equally effective wipes just by adding alcohol to baby wipes, which tend to be much cheaper. (They have to be inexpensive as people go through hundreds of them just taking care of their infants!) The end result is a wipe that does the same job and will disinfect just as well as specialty cleaning wipes. Our baby wipe and alcohol combination will save serious cash.


Tip Thirteen-Cotton Balls Soaked in Alcohol Are Your Friend


Cotton balls soaked in alcohol are an easy way to shine metal in your bathroom. Far too often people skip cleaning metal surfaces in the bathroom thinking that they don’t harbor bacteria and virus like other surfaces; this is a mistake. But cotton balls soaked in alcohol will definitely get the job done in a quick and easy manner.


Tip Fourteen-White Vinegar for Bathroom Surfaces


Another great way to clean your bathroom surfaces is to use white vinegar. The ever-versatile white vinegar can clean almost any bathroom surface. After spraying down a surface with white vinegar, just rinse or wipe the vinegar away with water.


Tip Fifteen-The Easiest Way to Clean Bathroom Mirrors


When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom mirror? If you are like most people, then you probably can’t remember the last time that you actually accomplished this feat.


Once more vinegar is on our list coming to the rescue! A mixture of vinegar and water will not only clean your bathroom mirrors, but will also leave them streak free.


Tip Sixteen-Tackling Soapy, Grimy Shower Curtains


Grimy shower curtains can be one of the single scariest things in the average home. Shower curtains can be notoriously hard to clean and many are made from harmful materials that degas. If you’ve ever thought that a new shower curtain smelled you are not alone. What you are selling is a chemical mixture that is harmful.


Cotton shower curtains and hemp based shower curtains are two good options. Hemp is naturally resistant to mold and mildew for example, but even these shower curtains can get quite grimy.


Periodically spray your shower curtain with a mixture of vinegar and water. Let this vinegar-water mixture sit for about fifteen minutes and then rinse. You can use this tip for any surface that has soap scum buildup.

Tip Seventeen-Brighten and Clean Your Tub


Soap and dirt build up on your tub can be unsightly and unhealthy. After your next shower or bath, put a little baking soda on a rag and scrub down the wet surfaces; this easy approach will clean, remove soap build up and help prevent future soap build up as well.
Tip Eighteen-Don’t Fight with Clogged Drains


Some drains are so tough that you may need a plumber, but the fact is that in most situations you can unclog drains yourself! Here is a trick you might find very helpful.


Try pouring boiling water down the drain and then using a plunger until you begin to see the water flowing more readily. With tougher clogs, you may have to repeat this step a few times, but it is certainly cheaper than a plumber’s bill!


Tips for Overall Cleanliness


Tip Nineteen-Cleaning Hardwood Floors


If cleaning hardwood floors makes you a little nervous then consider our tip for cleaning hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are finished with a wide array of different products and some are more durable than others.


For this reason, it is best to test out any hardwood cleaning approach or product in an out of the way area, such as a closet, before using on all of your hardwood floors. Vinegar and a hot water mixture will work to both help shine your hardwood floors and get them clean. Any dirt or grease should easily be removed with this approach.


Tip Twenty-Invest in a Microfiber Cleaning Cloth


A good microfiber cleaning cloth, one that can be washed and reused, is a prudent investment. A microfiber cleaning cloth is a great way to clean everything from computer monitors to television screens and more. Since, most microfiber clothes are intended to be washed they can be a very eco-friendly option.


Tip Twenty-One-Improve Vacuum Cleaner Performance and Energy Efficiency


There is a simple way to improve both the performance and the energy efficiency of most modern vacuum cleaners. These vacuum cleaners have at least one and sometimes two filters. Periodically cleaning these filters improves their performance by increasing their suction power and by increasing the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner.


Clean filters require less energy and that lowers your carbon footprint. Plus, cleaner vacuums release cleaner air.
Tip Twenty-Two-Change Your Whole House Filters


If you have an HVAC system, it is important to keep your filters clean. HVAC systems have to work much harder to handle air when there is a dirty, clogged or even blocked filter. Checking your filters every month and changing them when they are dirty will help you save energy, save money and lower your carbon footprint.


The air that circulates through your home will be far cleaner and healthier than if you infrequently changed your air filters.


Tip Twenty-Three-Invest in a Quality Air Purifier and Air Quality Meter


When it comes to cleaning people often overlook cleaning their air. However, indoor air quality is increasingly being linked to a range of diseases and even lower I.Q.s. In fact, poor indoor air quality may play a role in everything from the number of colds and flus you catch to whether or not you get seriously ill in the future.


Poor indoor air quality is particularly concerning for children. If you do have an air purifier be sure to change the filters frequently. An air quality meter can help you keep track of how successfully you are cleaning your home’s indoor air.


Tip Twenty-Four-Plants, Plants and More Plants


A great, inexpensive and often overlooked way to clean your home’s air is to populate your home with a variety of plants. Plants such as snake plants, ferns and peace lilies have been shown in many studies, including those conducted by NASA, to remove harmful compounds, such as formaldehyde, from the air.


Plants clean the air during the day and release oxygen at night making them true friends for your lungs and overall health.


Tip Twenty-Five-Keep Vinegar Handy


Vinegar often cleans just as well as chemical cleaners. Most people don’t need powerful disinfecting cleaners. Soap and water and a little vinegar and white vinegar can successful handle most cleaning tasks.


These twenty-five tips were carefully selected to help you not just clean effectively, but to clean in a way that is healthier for you, your family and the planet. The cleanliness of your home isn’t just limited to how clean your kitchen, bathroom and floors may be, but also includes how clean your air is and the products that populate your home.


Products that degas harmful chemicals, lead paint, exposure to chemical based insulation, hiding areas of mold and mildew, radon and other dangers must also be considered.




Posted by January 02, 2017 at 1:21 PM under Home Living Tips