Allow the floor to air dry. Mattresses are difficult to clean because they can’t go in the washing machine, can’t be taken to the dry cleaner, and are too large and unwieldy to wash in the normal ways. 10 drops of tea tree oil. Remove the sheets from the mattress and spray the solution over the entire mattress. Let the mattress air dry throughout the day. Polish metal with your own cleaning paste.
Polishing tarnished metals with cleaner is a smelly job that requires care because commercial metal cleaners are strong chemical solutions. You can make your own polish for copper, pewter, and brass instead. Make an all-purpose stain remover. A vinegar-based stain remover can be used to remove stains and tough dirt from carpets, clothes, upholstery, drapes, and even dishware. Simply spray the cleaner on the affected surface, let it soak for two minutes, and then blot the area with a cloth. Clean around the house with a cleaning paste. Vinegar and baking soda cleaning pastes are great for carpets, tough dirt, baked on grime, stovetop grease, getting crayon off walls, pet accidents, and other hard-to-clean messes.
To use this cleaner, apply a small amount to the affected area. Rub in the paste with an old toothbrush or non-abrasive scrubber. Blot the area with a damp sponge to remove dirt and excess cleaner. For carpets, vacuum when dry. Clean showers, sinks, and tubs. Showers, tubs, and sinks are prone to mineral deposits, mold, mildew, soap scum, and other household cleaning nightmares. But you can use these two simple ingredients, baking soda and vinegar, to keep these surfaces sparkling and clean.
Clogged and slow-running drains are never fun to deal with, and commercial drain cleaners are dangerous and corrosive. Instead, try baking soda and vinegar to unblock your drains next time you’re facing a clog. Dissolve mineral deposits and clogs. The acid in vinegar makes it perfect for dissolving the mineral deposits and other clogs that can block up shower heads, coffee makers, and even filters. Showerheads: Fill a plastic bag with vinegar. Wrap the bag around the showerhead and use an elastic to hold it in place, so the showerhead is soaking in vinegar.
In the morning, remove the bag and rinse the showerhead with water. Coffee maker: Fill the coffee maker’s water reservoir with vinegar and run the machine through a brew cycle. Run the machine again with just plain water to rinse it out. Humidifier filters: Remove the filter from the humidifier. Fill a large shallow pan with vinegar and submerge the filter. Let the filter soak for one to two hours, or until the deposits and clogs dissolve or come loose. Sticker residue can seem nearly impossible to remove from certain surfaces, especially if the sticker was there for a long time.
To remove a sticker with vinegar, peel off as much of the sticker as you can with your fingers. Then, apply vinegar to the area with a paint brush or sponge. Let the vinegar soak for 10 minutes, and then scrape the residue with a plastic scraper. Boost your dish and laundry detergent. You can increase the cleaning and washing power of your dishwasher and washing machine by adding vinegar to their regular cycles. Not only will you have cleaner dishes and clothes, but you’ll also get the stain-removing and deodorizing benefits of vinegar.
Cutting boards can harbor bacteria and organisms that can make you and your family sick. To kill these and keep your cutting boards clean and disinfected, dampen a cloth with vinegar and wipe the cutting board after each use. Allow to air dry before using again. Mold and mildew can form easily in the bathroom and other areas that are often damp. To prevent mildew from growing on your shower, sink, and tub walls, wipe them down with a squeegee after each use and then spray the walls with plain vinegar. To prevent mildew on the shower curtain, shake off excess water after a shower and then spray the curtain with vinegar. The toilet is another place in your house where dangerous bacteria can linger, so vinegar can come in handy here too. Scrub the bowl in the morning and flush to rinse it out. You can also spray straight vinegar on the toilet seat and around the outside of the bowl. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then wipe the surface with a damp cloth or rag. Litter boxes can stink and can harbor bacteria, so it’s important to keep them clean.