Simple but Brilliant Cleaning Tips

Posted By: Kristi

Real Simple magazine has shared some really awesome cleaning tips that I had never heard of before; so amazing that I had to quickly sign onto our blog to share with you! I have been getting Real Simple mailed to me for about a year now and it is one of my favorites. Some issues aren't as informative as others but I got such a great deal on my subscription so it is no big deal! Plus, some issues are super fab!

Cooking Spray as Candlestick Cleaner
Celebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tea light. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out.

Dryer sheets with an iron
Dryer Sheet as Iron Cleaner
Remove gunk from the soleplate of an iron. With the setting on low, rub the iron over the dryer sheet until the residue disappears, and you're left with a pristine press.

Emery Board as Stain Remover
Remove small stains from suede by gently rubbing the file (either side) across the problem area a few times to get rid of the splotch and refresh the nap.

Cornmeal used to absorb grease stains
Cornmeal as Grease Absorber
Add this to the grocery shopping list for new reasons. Cornmeal absorbs grease on light colored fabric or upholstery. Pour enough on to cover the soiled area and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Vacuum to remove the grains.

Hair dryer used to remove price stickers
Hair Dryer as Sticker Remover
A little hot air quickly loosens price labels—with zero fingernail-chipping frustration.

Vinegar used to deodorize garbage disposal
Vinegar as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer
Deodorize a garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through the drain.

Zippered plastic bag used to remove wax
Zippered Plastic Bag as Wax Remover
To freeze wax so you can remove it from a tablecloth, fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and cover the wax with it for about 20 minutes.

Woman cleaning a cutting board with lemon
Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner
To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. The best part? You'll have a house that smells like a lemon grove rather than chemicals.

Lemonade Kool-Aid and a dishwasher
Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner
Clean lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher by pouring a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and running the (empty) dishwasher. The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don't have to.

Shaving cream and nail polish
Nail Polish as Rust Preventer
Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on the ledge of the tub.

An egg and a canister of salt
Salt as Egg Cleanup
Sop up a spilled egg by sprinkling salt over the mess. Wait two minutes and wipe it up.

Sketch pencil
 WD-40 as Crayon Cleanup
To remove crayon marks apply just a small amount to almost any surface (plastic, metal, TV screens, freshly painted walls) and rub away with a clean cloth.

White Bread as Painting Cleaner
 White Bread as Painting Cleaner
To clean an oil painting, softly rub a piece of white bread over it to remove dust or dirt.

 Great tips, right? We will continue to share more as we come across them!


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