The best oven cleaner! Cover bottom of oven with baking soda, then pour vinegar so it's all wet. Let sit around 20 minutes or so then wipe all of it out with damp cloth or sponge. I leave my oven door open too. After drying you may see some white residue, wipe again.
Vanilla Extract 101 - Clean the microwave and leave it smelling sweet with this household trick! Mix 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a microwave-safe container, and zap it on high for five minutes. When it's done, remove the container and wipe down the interior of the oven. Any gunk should slide right off. (my microwave I had to do it for 7 minutes)
Take your favorite liquid fabric softener and soak an old hand towel or flour cloth completely with it. Wring it out and let it dry completely, then throw it in with your next load. This mega-fabric softener sheet should be good for at least 40 loads of laundry, stretching out softener use and lessening waste. In other words, save money. (UPDATE - this has been working well for us. Great idea !)
Make Your Own Homemade all purpose cleaner- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap 1 half teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 cups water - this has been great ! Also made my own granite cleaner with 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap.