Lisa Quinn's housecleaning tips

January 30, 2009 4:42:46 PM PST
Cheap and effective ways to clean just about everything using common household items.

In the Kitchen:

  1. Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil big enough to fit your grill. Lay it shiny-side down and turn the grill on for 10-15 minutes. When you take the foil off, the greasy mess will be gone.
  2. Cloudy drinking glasses will be sparkling clean again if you soak them in warm white vinegar for about an hour. Then rub gently with a dishcloth to remove the film.
  3. If your chopping board smells, wipe with water and then rub in dry mustard. Leave for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
  4. Mix salt, and baking soda and vinegar to unclog and deodorize drains
  5. Ball up aluminum foil to use as a scrubber ala steel wool.
In the Bathroom:
  1. Get rid of toilet bowl blockages and odors by pouring in one cup of baking soda once a week.
  2. Clean your showerhead by filling a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar, and tying it to the head. Leave overnight and in the morning, scrub with a brush.
  3. Remove watermarks and white rings by massaging mayonnaise into them and leaving overnight.
In the Living Room:
  1. Slight scratches on furniture can be removed by rubbing them with a freshly cut Brazil nut or walnut.
  2. Use a chunk of white bread to remove finger marks from wallpapers.
  3. Use peanut butter to remove chewing gum from carpet.
  4. Remove crayon from walls with WD-40.
  5. The tannic acid in tea makes it ideal for cleaning wooden floors.
  6. Use dark strong coffee as a stain for wood
In the Laundry Room
  1. Lemon juice works wonders on rust and fruit-based stains on clothes.
Dealing with Pests:
  1. Repel mice with peppermint, baking soda, talc, or mothballs.
  2. Repel moths with bay leaves, cloves, or black pepper.
  3. Repel silverfish with lemon juice or cinnamon.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda and salt to keep ants out of the house
  5. Mix Water and citronella and wipe on surfaces such as walls to repeal bugs