February 02, 2021

A Dozen Household Tips

By Paige Sillcox
A Dozen Household Tips

 A recent conversation about vinegar reminded us of some simple, quick household tips that can all be done with things you have on hand. We decided to list a dozen cleaning tips that could become part of your everday rituals.. or make for a fun one-time DIY. 

1.To wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them, fill the sink with cool water and add some lemon juice. Leave them in this lemon juice bath for a few minutes to remove pesticides and bacteria.

2. If you wash and store them, fruits and vegetables will go bad more quickly because of the added moisture.

3.To kill germs on your wood cutting board, liberally sprinkle salt over the surface then rub with a fresh lemon cut in half. The salt acts as an abrasive agent to lift out dirt and germs and remove stains, the lemon juice is anti-bacterial and anti-septic.

4.To remove the smell of onions and garlic on your hands, put some water in your stainless steel sink and rub your hands on the bottom of the sink.

5.To stop the foamy water from overflowing when you're boiling pasta, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot.

6. Use white vinegar as a fabric softener: simply add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. The white vinegar will act as a fabric softener and it will keep your washing machine smelling fresh and clean!

7. Have houseplants with dusty leaves? Grab a banana, eat it or freeze it, and keep the skin. Use the skin to clean the leaves. The dust will stick right to it, and the juice is healthy for the plants!

8. Add a few drops of dish soap to warm-hot water in your blender. Turn on the blender for a thorough clean. be sure to rinse out until no suds remain.

9. Wipe your windshield with vinegar on cold winter nights. The next morning, your windshield should be completely clean and clear of frost, no scraping required.

10. Remove built-up film from hard-water minerals by soaking stemware in white vinegar for five minutes. Then rinse by hand and dry with a microfiber cloth.

11. To erase bigger scuffs in hardwood floors, add a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub. Then rinse with a damp paper towel and dry.

12. When you notice your drain is starting to clog, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth for 5 minutes, then flush with hot water.


Have you tried any of these cleaning hacks, or do you have one we haven't mentioned? Leave it below in the comments! We always love to hear from you!

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