Top 10 Time-Saving, MacGyver-Style Cleaning Tricks
My grandma taught me this many years ago. Refreshing towels I use this trick all the time since I noticed my towels smelling funky. It works! - Over time, towels build up detergent and fabric softener, leaving them unable to absorb as much water and smelly. Recharge them by washing them once with hot water and 1cup vinegar, then a 2nd time with hot water and half cup baking soda. This strips the residue and leaves them fresh and able to absorb more water again. Works like a charm!
(great to remember for move-out or in) Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Using the hottest water available, run the dishwasher through a cycle. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitizes, and helps remove the musty odor. Next, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and run it through a short cycle. The baking soda will help freshen and removing stains.... good to do every 6 mths…
Mix a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. The consistency of the paste should be about that of pancake mix. Spread the paste all along the bottom of the toilet (where it meets the floor), the toilet seat, and any other area that gets a lot of overspray. Let it set for about 10-15 minutes. Then spray the dried paste with white vinegar. Let it fizzle. When done fizzing wipe up with a damp cloth. Don't forget about the walls and cupboards on either side of the toilet.
My $60 two day DIY couch reupholstering project :) All I used was 7 yards of 60 in wide colored denim, staple gun, burlap, decorative furniture nails, a fleece blanket to cover the cushions, thread and a curved needle.
Hometalk :: How To Fix a Saggy Sofa A professional upholsterer also offered this tip, in the comments: Cathy KochendorferEagle River, AK As a professional upholster, you can put foam in large plastic bag, use a shopvac or home vacuum and suck air out, flattening the foam. Slip on the cover and then turn off vacuum. Foam will expand to original size, remove plastic and zip up closure. Hope this helps!
to get rid of the nasty black gunk in your drain: 1. Put a pot of water to boil.
2. Meanwhile pour baking soda down the drain. Baking soda has the ability to neutralize fatty acids so it will work and eating away the grime while you are waiting for the water to boil.
3. Once the water has reached a rolling boil remove it from the stove and pour it down the drain.
4. Let the water and baking soda work at decomposing and sterilizing the grime for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes has…
Eco Clean: Natural Homemade Tub, Tile, and Grout Cleaner
DIY Tub Tile & Grout Cleaner 1/2 cup baking soda 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap Jenn: This recipe worked as well as the steam cleaner method, but was more difficult to clean up because of the soap.
Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl.....add enough peroxide to make a paste. Rub on with fingers or sponge. Cleans EVERYTHING! Stove, oven, pans, stainless steel applicances, even the white handles of the refrig door.