(for other cleaning tips see our Kitchen and Living
This page gives some suggestions
on how to use everyday household products when cleaning; making the
job easier and cheaper.
You can keep your bathroom shower cubicle
sparkling clean longer by washing the whole shower stall, then waxing with car wax (not
turtle wax as this is green, be sure to get clear wax). This keeps the dirt and grime from
What has amazed me since setting up this site is
the number products that can be, and are, used for a multitude of tasks - some obvious and
others not so obvious. I am always intrigued as to how these "quirky" uses
are initially found out and the first example explains just that -
Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
Baking soda on a damp sponge removes grease
easily from stove, back splash etc.
Also works great for carpet deodorising, just
sprinkle onto carpet before going to bed and vacuum in the morning.
Thanks to Lisa
Mighell for these two tips.
This tip was sent in by
Linda Benedict who told me that her four year old grandson was in
the bathroom "making snow". When she investigated he had dumped the whole
box of baking soda in the sink. As she cleaned it up it made the sink sparkle so she
tried it on the tub - same result with no scrubbing - tip was born!!!
Baking Soda can be used for
many jobs around the house, scrubbing sinks, bath tub, stove, refrigerator and laundry.
It leaves everything smelling nice and cleans just as good as any cleanser without
Also for keeping pipes clean under the sink -
pour about one quarter cup of baking soda down the drain
with about 1 cup of vinegar, this makes a chemical reaction, then pour some hot water down
the drain. Hey Presto!
assures me this works!
be used to -
3 tablets down the kitchen sink followed by a
cup of white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes then run hot water - cleans pipes.
4 tablets in the toilet will bring your bowl
up sparkling clean. Leave for an hour and then brush.
1 tablet in a cup of warm water. Drop in
your jewelry (NOT PEARLS OR OPALS) and leave for a few minutes. Sparkling.
To freshen up a thermos flask,
fill the flask with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets and let soak for an hour (or
longer if necessary).
To remove the stain from the
bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
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Sent in by Cristobal
Reyes Perez - thanks.
As this is
obviously caused by a chemical reaction I don't know if it would damage the silver in any
have now been sent an explanation by Joseph Collins
as to why the above works which is as follows:-
Cleaning silver with aluminium foil - the reason this works is
Aluminium is very active metal and silver is quite inert so
aluminium reacts with the (tarnished silver) and frees up the silver
metal and removes the rest in a chemical reaction. Silver is fairly
inert but will react with any sulphur compounds in the air which is
why Silver slowly tarnishes.
Use cotton buds to get into difficult crevices.
After cleaning your good silver to prevent it tarnishing,
store it in an airtight plastic container.
toothpaste is mildly abrasive so don't rub hard. Be very wary when
cleaning antiques or silver jewelry as this can not only damage the item but may also affect
*These are the
fabric conditioner sheets used in tumble dryers.
To remove baked on food from a
pan, fill with very hot water and one dryer sheet and leave to soak for
an hour or two. Pour off the water, toss the sheet and wipe out the pan. All
the baked on food comes off easily. If it does not come clean, leave to soak
"bluejayfoxy" and also Doreen and Craig Stocker
When cleaning dust and animal
hair from free standing fans, window unit air conditioner filters or venetian blinds, use
a dryer sheet. It not only removes dust and hair faster, but after
prolonged use it creates a protective coating on the wires of the fan for even easier dust
George, Doreen and Craig Stocker
Dust your television and
computer screens with a used dryer sheet as this will reduce the static and prevent dust
Clean shower doors with a used
dryer sheet to dissolve soap scum.
Collect animal hair by rubbing
the area with dryer sheets, they will magically attract all the loose hairs.
Doreen and Craig Stocker
has contacted me with the following warning regarding the above tip.
"According to Anitra Frazier in The New Natural Cat, the chemicals in
the fabric softener will adhere to your cat's fur (if you use it on
something he lays on, such as a towel) and be licked off later. I stopped
using fabric softener except rarely after reading this years ago because of
my cats' tendency to lay on my clothes and not knowing what kind of toxic
effects this could have for their liver over time."
Also recommended by an anonymous
contributor who says 3 tablespoons in hot water, left to soak for about an hour does the
To clean copper pans, give
them a good scrub with dishwashing soap, then take a half a lemon and pour salt on it, use
it to scrub the copper, you will see the shine come through. Keep adding salt to the
lemon as you clean.
If you have any empty
trigger spray bottles handy, rinse out, and put a good squirt of
Domestos (household bleach) in with a small squirt of Fairy liquid
(hand dishwashing liquid), top up with water and you have the best all round cleaner.
Shifts soap scum from showers and cleans
the whole bathroom, kitchen, and believe it or not green algae from
conservatory roofs. I have used this formula to clean pvc window
frames and its a winner, try it.
When cleaning any stainless steal
appliances in the kitchen, wipe down as normal with a damp cloth. Then use a
piece of kitchen towel with a little baby oil and wipe down the surface. You
can also use baby wipes, but this way is more expensive. These methods brings
a lovely shine to the appliance. Baby wipes are also good for cleaning leather
settee's and radiator's.
- Cleaners For U Limited
Do you also hate the fact
that the RVS splash back above the stove is never stripeless clean?
Clean first with a normal
grease removing product. Then sprinkle some olive oil onto a paper towel,
gently rub it on the RVS and the result is remarkable!
Put a sterilising tablet (the
kind you would use for baby bottles) into a vase that has once
held flowers it comes up lovely and clean and ready for the next lot
of flowers to go into the vase.
After boiling the kettle, instead of just pouring the excess down the sink,
use the boiling water and pour it down that sink
overflow to keep it clean and sterilised. Not only
will this reduce unpleasant smells but should you in a busy period leave
the tap running the over flow will allow the
excess water to escape safely and not flood the
To remove burnt on food from Pyrex dishes,
soak them in Steradent Denture cleaner and hot water.
To clean limescale from kettles or glass
vases, soak in hot water and 1/3 brown vinegar. Rinse kettle well, fill and boil
water. Empty completely, rinse again.
Both the above have been
contributed by Janet Bowen, thanks.
M. Harold Scaief
If any colored
liquid is spilled on your carpet, including Koolaid or wine, immediately
the area in water and pat dry with a towel. When my
children were little they knew this and always ran for a large glass of
water and a towel if they had a spill - my carpet was spotless.
M. Harold Scaief
***I would like to add a note
of warning regarding this tip. It is not really recommended to saturate
carpets as this can cause the backing to rot and may also give rise to damp
and mildew forming within the carpet. After soaking ensure that as much
excess moisture as possible is removed. This can be done by using clean
white towels (not coloured as the dye can transfer) or paper towels.
also sent in the following two useful tips -
To clean tv screens
- use a very damp cloth that has been placed in water/clothes condition
mix. 2/3 water to 1/2 cap of condition. then buff with any lint free
cloth or paper towel etc. watch a shine appear and be static free. Can
be used on other glass surfaces.
Limescale in kettle
- use white vinegar - cover the element, boil the kettle. watch the
scale disappear, may require to be repeated if heavy build up. Boil with
fresh water before use. tip out, and is now ready for use.
To get label glue off hard surfaces; wood, china, glass etc. use metal polish wadding like Duraglit or
To clean up shards of broken glass safely, put
on some rubber gloves and use some masking tape to pick up the glass pieces. Or,
alternatively, use a piece of fresh bread, the shards of glass stick into the bread easily
Please ensure the bread is
discarded safely, away from people and pets.
Clauson for pointing this out.
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