Do you enjoy making your own cleaners by simply following the DIY recipes you find on the internet? I know I do, I even consider it a hobby of mine. I enjoy saving money while using natural ingredients and avoiding those commercial cleaners that are packed with harsh chemicals.
One of the most important ingredients that are commonly found in almost any DIY cleaner out there is vinegar. Of course, vinegar is an amazing cleaner and disinfectant that will leave any surface spotless, however, there is one huge downfall – the smell. That horrible scent is probably the reason why so many people avoid making their all-purpose cleaner. Thankfully, today I will teach you exactly how to get rid of that smell – it’s simple!
The Answer Is Scented Vinegar!
If you have tried to add a few drops of essential oils to vinegar you know that this technique doesn’t really work. In fact, it doesn’t work at all and it won’t mask the vinegar smell. What you need to do instead is infuse the vinegar with different herbs and make scented vinegar!
How To Make Scented Vinegar?
Prepare a large mason jar or any other container that has a lid on it. Then, the most important part is to prepare different herbs, citrus peels, and/ or dried flowers. These things will infuse the vinegar with its scent!
I love using mint leaves, orange and lemon peels, as well as fresh rosemary. Picking out what you want the vinegar to smell like is the fun part and you can choose to make any combination! Be creative and have fun with it!
After you decided which herbs and citrus peels you will use, place them in the mason jar then pour as much vinegar as the container will fit. Next, place the lid and leave the jar for a few days so the vinegar has time to infuse. I would suggest waiting 3-4 days but if you aren’t in a rush you can leave it for a week.
Having a wooden spoon in your kitchen is a staple – everyone uses them, right? Unfortunately, they are easily damaged and most people throw their wooden spoon and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.
I have good news – you don’t have to throw your wooden spoons away, you can learn how to clean them properly and take care of them so they last you at least a few years.
Don’t Clean Them In Your Dishwasher
Never attempt to clean your wooden spoons in your dishwasher because the heat and steam will crack the wood and damage the spoon very quickly.
Wooden spoons should be washed by hand after every use which will prevent stains.
Also, don’t soak your wooden spoon in water for a lot of time because the wood will absorb the liquid and will crack once it’s dry.
Get Rid Of Stains
If washing your wooden spoon with warm soapy water doesn’t seem to get the stains out of it then you need to follow these steps:
After washing the spoon, pour salt on the stained area, cut a lemon in half then scrub the spoon. This is also a great way to clean your wooden cutting boards!
If the spoon smells weird then mix baking soda and water, apply it on the spoon and scrub with half a lemon.
Salt is a favourite natural cleaning ingredient of mine – and I use it in all sorts of different DIY cleaner recipes.
I have found ways to use salt as a cleaning product in almost every room in my home – in my kitchen, laundry room, etc.
Are you interested? Do you want to learn how you can use salt to clean your home too? Well, keep on reading!
How To Use Salt As A Cleaning Ingredient?
– Clean the drain in your kitchen: I simply pour salt and hot water down the drain and it’s enough to deodorize it as well as prevent grease from building up!
– Clean the fridge: One of the simplest and most effective fridge cleaners I have ever made contains salt and soda water!
– Clean pots and pans: No one likes cleaning greasy pots and pans, right? What if I told you you could sprinkle salt on them and then wipe with a paper towel after a few minutes could take care of this hated chore?
– Remove blood stains: Simply soak the affected area in cold water and salt for a few hours then wash as usual.
– Remove sweat stains: Sweat stains might be one of the most annoying stains out there! Thankfully, you can mix hot water with salt and remove them quickly!
– Take care of mildew: Mix lemon juice and salt in a spray bottle and spray the mildew. Allow it to sit for a few minutes then rinse and dry.
– Remove water rings from wood: You need to mix vegetable oil and salt (create a paste) then buff out the water rings with it.
If you have a microfiber couch or chair then you don’t have to worry about the cleaning because it’s pretty easy to do.
All you need to do is check for the cleaning code/ tag. It should be placed somewhere on the furniture and it will determine the correct cleaning method you need to apply.
- If there is a W that means it should be cleaned with a water-based cleaner.
- If there is an S it should be cleaned with a solvent cleaner
- If there is an S-W that means you can use either a water-based cleaner or a solvent cleaner
- If there is an X then you shouldn’t use any cleaning product – only vacuum clean the furniture!
Once you determine the cleaning code the rest is easy.
When Using Water-Based Cleaners
If your furniture has the W or the S-W tag then you can use a water-based cleaner. Most cleaners you can buy from the store are indeed water-based. If you don’t want to buy a cleaner you can also clean your microfiber furniture with soapy water!
When There Is A S Code
If the code on your microfiber furniture is S (or there isn’t any code at all) then you shouldn’t use water-based cleaners because they will leave water stains behind and you will eventually damage the furniture.
If that is the case then you can use rubbing alcohol for the cleaning. It’s cheap, gets the job done, won’t damage the surface, and it dries very quickly.
Now, pour the rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the surface with it. Grab a clean cloth and start blotting the furniture using a circular motion. Repeat as many times as needed.
Once you are done cleaning the furniture grab a soft brush so that you can restore the fluff of the couch/ chair. Gently rub the surface with the brush!
Finding out your kid marked the walls with a sharpie is such a bad feeling to be honest. You don’t know whether to be mad, to try to clean it off immediately or to cry silently in the corner.
Well, I am here to tell you that removing a sharpie from a painted wall is not hard at all! In fact, it’s quite easy. There are a few cleaning hacks you can follow in order to remove the marks without any issues!
And not, my hacks don’t require paint. As I said we will clean the marks off the wall, not paint the wall!
This cleaning hack is honestly a miracle. It’s the easiest way to remove sharpie marks!
Simply spray your sunscreen directly on the stain and wipe with a cloth in a circular motion.
A weird hack – I know, but it seems to work. Spread white toothpaste on the stain, leave for 10 minutes, then scrub with a cloth.
– Use Baking Soda
Dampen the abrasive side of a sponge in water, sprinkle some baking soda on it, and start rubbing the affected area using a circular motion.
– Use Nail Polish Remover, Hand Sanitizer, or Rubbing Alcohol
Just like the sunscreen method, this works amazing and I recommend you try it out but don’t forget to wear gloves!
If you have a coffee maker chances are you are using it on a daily basis which means that you need to clean it from time to time. Maintaining appliances clean have a lot of benefits like better performance and a long lifespan.
The easiest way to determine whether your coffee maker needs cleaning is by the taste of the coffee. Once it becomes bitter and it doesn’t taste right then guess what – it is time that you give this amazing appliance a good deep cleaning.
If you absolutely hate wasting time on cleaning appliances – don’t worry, your coffee maker is really easy to clean!
How to clean a coffee maker?
Obviously, you can’t throw it in the dishwasher nor can you wash it in the sink.
So how to do it? Start with rinsing the carafe and removing any remaining coffee grounds.
Then mix vinegar and water (equal parts) and fill up the water chamber. Start a brew cycle and turn the coffee maker midway. Leave the mixture for an hour so that it can clean and disinfect your coffee maker.
Then run the rest of the cycle. Once it is complete remove the water and vinegar mixture and add clean water to the chamber. Run another brew cycle.
Once you are done with that wipe the exterior of the appliance.
Every household has a wide range of different cleaning products… and a lot of the times they have been sitting on the shelves for a long time. I mean, how often are you actually cleaning your home and how often are you using them? Exactly!
Yes, cleaning products do expire
As weird as it sounds, it is true. Of course, they won’t go bad but they will lose their potency and efficacy.
A great example is a bleach. Every household has a bleach that is open. It’s something that no one uses on a daily basis, therefore, the product simply sits there. You need to throw away bleach six months to a year after you first open it.
Other products that are used as disinfectants will also lose their efficacy over time.
Despite this fact, cleaning products like glass cleaners have a long shelf life – up to two years in some cases.
How should you dispose of an expired cleaning product?
So if a cleaning product has already expired then you need to get rid of it but what is the best way to do it? You need to be careful since there are some toxic formulas out there that you can’t simply pour down the drain.
Usually, a cleaning product will have instructions on the back on how to dispose of it. Make sure you pay attention to those instructions and follow them strictly.
If you want to get rid of several products and it is said that you can safely pour them down the drain you still need to be careful and never mix them. As you know, many cleaning or disinfecting products should never be mixed when cleaning. You should follow those rules when you are disposing of them as well.
I must admit – vinegar is one of those ingredients that I make my all-purpose cleaner with. It’s amazing. Not only do I save a ton of money using natural ingredients but I also know exactly what is in my cleaning solution – no harsh or toxic chemicals that will leave a residue.
But if you do use vinegar you need to keep in mind that there are certain items that you should never use vinegar on because you might damage them.
– Stone Floor Tiles
Anything acidic like vinegar, lemon, or ammonia should never be used on stone.
– An Iron
If you have an all-purpose cleaner that contains vinegar like me you definitely should keep in mind that the iron is not the most suitable thing to clean.
Similar to the stone floor tiles, using vinegar to clean marble countertops is a big mistake because you might end up damaging them.
Cotton swabs are great for cleaning hard-to-reach places that normally you don’t even bother cleaning. Not leaving a tiny spot in your home disinfected and cleaned is very important for your health especially with the coronavirus that has left us all fearful.
Germs are everywhere – both in your home and in your car. It is up to you to clean them properly and not miss a spot.
Be creative with your cleaning and start using Q-tips to disinfect and clean parts of your home that you normally don’t know how to reach.
I am going to give you two examples – in your home and in your car. You spend a lot of time in both and cleaning them is your job.
– Clean your electronics using cotton swabs
Huge news lately has been cleaning phones, laptops, keyboards, and other electronics that usually carry a lot of bacteria and are rarely cleaned. Using cotton swabs for disinfecting them is a great method.
You touch them a lot but you never clean them, am I right? For example, when was the last time you cleaned in between the keys of the keyboard of your laptop or computer? If your answer is never then get up, grab a cotton swab, a cleaning product, and start wiping.
– Clean the interior in your car using cotton swabs
Do you clean your car on your own? If you do then you must wonder how can you clean accumulated dirt and dust the small areas that you don’t know how to reach. For example, use cotton swabs to clean the buttons for the window, the vents, the gear shift, the handles, etc. All of these places carry bacteria and it’s up to you to clean and disinfect them properly.
Here is one scenario – you open your fridge because you need to put something in there and a huge surprise is waiting for you. The surprise? There is absolutely no space left in there.
And what do you do? You start rearranging everything so that you can hopefully fit it all together. But regardless of what you do there is just no space. Of course, if all of the bowls and containers that are inside of your fridge have lids you can kind of stack them but in my case – I have very few that are with lids.
So here is an amazing trick you can use if you have found yourself in the same situation
With chopsticks, you can easily stack bowls and containers that do not have lids on them. Simply break apart chopstick sticks, place them on top of the bowl and put the second bowl on top. Amazing, right?
A second trick
The previous trick using chopsticks is very creative and smart. But let’s say that you do not have chopsticks around your home and you are in a rush – you need to place everything in the fridge and go. You can use a plate instead of chopsticks. Simply grab a plate, place it on top of the bowl and put the second one on top. This trick is also great when you want the food to be fresher for longer.