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Dear Diva: What Everyday Items Can I Use to Clean My House With?


I’ve received several questions asking me what everyday items I use to clean my house.  With all the expenses and news articles regarding the latest breakthrough cleaning products, a lot of us are looking for alternative products to clean our homes, while saving money at the same time.  I’ve previously shared with you how I clean my electric kettle, below is a few tips I have for cleaning other items in my home with everyday items.


1.   Use coffee filters and window cleaner to clean finger prints and smudges from stainless steel appliances.

2.   Slice a lemon in half, place it in your garbage deposal, and turn it on in order to clean it and remove odors.

3.   Have left over pieces of soap or candle wax in jars?  Place them in the bottom of your trash cans with a little baking soda before you put your trash bag in to keep odor at bay.  Don’t have any leftover soap or candle wax, then coffee beans can also be used as odor absorbers.

4.   To remove rust or food stains from stainless steel sinks, use a dish scrubber brush and a dusting of Ajax Cleansing Powder to clean.

5.   Need to remove a hair clog out of your bathroom sink?  Try mixing a little white vinegar and baking soda, followed by pouring hot water down the drain.  Caution, this causes a chemical reaction so use only a small amount in a well-ventilated area.


Huffington Post Home also has some interesting tips for cleaning your home with everyday items, such as:


1.   Use plants as air purifiers at home.

2.   Use newspapers to clean windows.

3.   Microwave sponges to keep them clean.

4.   Use peanut butter to remove chewing gum.


For more tips, check out Huffington Post Home, “9 ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ That Are Actually True”.




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Until next time… 


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Posted by cristialyse on August 01, 2013 at 3:50PM | Permalink | 0 Comments


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