Does spring cleaning mean stocking your cabinet with every kind of industrial-strength, specialized, lemon-scented cleaner on the market? You’d be surprised to know that all those sprays and solutions might not be all that necessary after all. Just a few common household products that are likely already in your cabinets can be enough to clean your home this spring. So before you dash out to purchase the newest, biggest, strongest cleaners, read our suggestions for the only four common products you can use to clean your home, and how to use them. Find the full article here.
“There are plenty of all-natural cleaning products out there, but why spend that money when you probably have most of the things you need to make your own right in your own pantry?” says Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning service.
We’ve highlighted 30 of our favorite uses for these fab four solutions to make cleaning a no-brainer.
- Scrub pots: Pour a spoonful of baking soda on a sponge, and use this mild abrasive to remove crud from pots.
- Clean brushes and combs: Sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of warm water, and soak your hairbrushes and combs. Rinse them and air-dry.
- Freshen rugs: To banish odors from rugs, sprinkle baking soda on the rug, let set for about 15 minutes, then vacuum.
- Brighten laundry: Skip commercial brands of fabric softener and brightener, and add a half-cup of baking soda to each laundry load. It will make your whites whiter, your colors brighter, and everything softer. You can also use a bit less detergent.
- Unclog drain: Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down the drain to dissolve built-up scum.
- Clean toilets: Pour a quarter cup baking soda in the toilet bowl, scrub with a toilet brush, and flush.
Keep bugs at bay: Surround your pet’s bowl with baking soda to keep insects away.