You never truly appreciate a clean home until you’re in charge of cleaning it yourself. But cleaning it yourself is a chore that never actually feels complete, especially when you have a dog. Constant cleaning can lead to extra expenses which, if we’re being honest, make us resent the chore even more than we already do. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way however that have helped make the process simpler and cheaper.
Listed below are five typical household items that you probably already have that can help you keep your home clean and fresh.
1. Coffee: You can use coffee grounds, whether they’re used or fresh, as an odor eliminator/absorber for your refrigerator. Just place them in a bowl or mug and keep it for up to two months on a shelf inside. They basically work the same way baking soda does but each time you open the refrigerator door you’ll get a slight scent of the world’s favorite morning pick-me-up.
2. Dryer Sheets: There are a couple uses for these that don’t have anything to do with laundry. For example, they are great for cleaning dust and pet hair off of moldings around walls. When I was moving out of my first post college apartment I used them to attract all of my puppy’s hair that had somehow found its way to the molding surrounding our entire floor-plan. Dryer sheets also help clean pots and pans with caked on stubborn food. Place a dryer sheet at the bottom of the pot/pan, fill with water, and leave overnight. The next morning it will sponge off with no problem.
3. Ice Cubes: This is another trick that I’ve adopted and used regularly since I learned about it. Ice cubes work wonders with cleaning out your garbage disposal. Warning: the sound won’t be pleasant. Loud as it may be, running some cubes through the garbage disposal will break up stuck grease and help keep the disposal clean and clear. You can add some citrus peels as well to eliminate odors.
4. White Vinegar: White vinegar is all it takes to clean your dishwasher (yes your dishwasher needs to be cleaned even though it’s constantly working to clean your dishes). Pour a half of a cup of the vinegar where you would normally pour dish detergent and run a regular cycle. Voila!
5. Potatoes: Yes, you read correctly. A sliced potato can help you remove stains from furniture fabric like slipcovers or pillow cases. This is an especially handy one for all you fellow pet owners. Slice a potato and rub it on soiled fabric before soaking the material in cool water. After it’s soaked a bit, launder as usual. Potatoes are definitely cheaper than those pricey stain removers.
Cleaning house is an inevitable chore. There is no getting around it. But it’s nice to have some easy, fast, cheap cleaning tips and tricks to help you get the job done. What are your favorite cleaning tips? Share them in the comments below.