Cleaning TIps and Tricks
When you have that favorite pair of white shoes, nothing is worse than to see that they are no longer white! But how do you keep them looking fresh and new? There is a way to reclaim that beloved whiteness. Let’s talk about how to clean white shoes to look new again.
Who wants a sticky garbage disposal reeking up the kitchen?! Read on for natural ways to clean and freshen your sticky garbage disposal.
All Purpose Cleaner
Start by cleaning off all that muck and grime from the basin and drain of your sink. You can’t eliminate odors if old food is still hanging around. Use a tough all purpose cleaner to get the job done.
Baking soda has long been used around the house for odor control. Drop about 1 Cup of baking soda down the sink drain and wash it down with hot water and white vinegar to cut back on foul odors. Get directions here.
Lemon Salt Cubes
Disposal blades can gather food buildup over time, leading to offensive smells. Eliminate that yucky buildup by dropping lemon salt cubes down the drain. The lemon and salt will help break the buildup down. Learn more here.
Combine essential oils with boiling water and baking soda for a much more pleasant smelling odor killer. Learn how to make essential oil garbage disposal bombs here.
Coffee Ground Tablets
I don’t drink coffee but that doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE how it smells! Replace offensive disposal odors with the warm aroma of coffee with these awesome coffee ground tablets.
Sometimes you need a really quick fix to eliminate sink odors. Pouring some Listerine down the drain and rinsing it with hot water is super fast and effective for short term effects.
Grind up some citrus rinds in the disposal for a super easy and natural odor eliminator. Idea found here.
Take advantage of the fresh smell and cleaning power of lemons by making your own natural lemon tabs. The salt and baking soda will help eliminate old food as well. Get the DIY here.
Doing the laundry can be a drag! Here are 10 suggestions for making this otherwise tedious chore a bit more bearable.
No dryer sheets? No problem! Just use aluminum foil instead. Read more about this trick from bhg.com.
2. I’m Hooked!
Ironing boards can take up a lot of space in closets or pantries. For an alternative storage method, consider hanging the board from hooks installed on the wall. I loved this idea so much that I did it in my own home. Read more here.
3. Speed Cycle
To cut drying time (and energy costs) down, stick a dry towel in the dryer with wet clothes for the first 15 minutes. See idea here.
4. Behold the Fold
Wrinkled clothes and untidy linen closets getting old? Become a laundry folding champion with these how-to folding guides from Creekline House.
5. Put A Sock
In On It
Sorry house elves, but you won’t be coming across a lost sock any time soon. Make a lost sock clip system to keep track of lonesome socks. See Chasing Foxes for more info.
6. Divide & Conquer
Separate your dirty laundry as it piles up rather than having to worry about it once it’s dry. Such simple steps like this can save so much time!
7. Dispense of the Detergent Bottles!
Replace ugly detergent bottles with clear glass drink dispensers. This idea offers so much more eye appeal for your laundry room!
8. From Rough to Fluff
To revive scratchy towels, just add some diluted vinegar to the washer before you start the cycle. Say goodbye, rough and hello, fluff by reading the instructions here.
9. Swot the Spot
Hot water? Cold water? Pre soak? Dry cleaner?… How are you supposed to treat specific stains? A Typical English Home makes stain removal as easy as can be with this printable guide.
10. Goodbye Reeky Sneakys
To wash those dirty or stinky sneakers without them tumbling all over the place, simply close the laces in the washer door. See idea here.