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Wacky Ways to Make Fall Cleaning Fun

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Let’s face it, house cleaning can be a drag at times.  Why not spice up your cleaning routine with a few wacky ways to help keep your home sparkling?

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Clean your blender by filling it halfway with warm soapy water.  Toss in a handful of ice cubes and run the blender for one minute.  This will help clean all the crevices and remove all the buildup on the blades.
  • To clean your burned pan after cooking, start by covering the bottom of the pan with baking soda.  Next, fill the pan with water and let it simmer for about an hour.  The burned residue should come off.
  • To scour greasy pots and pans, use your wet coffee grounds from your morning coffee!  Wet coffee grounds are abrasive and acidic which help scrub away grease and odors from dishes.
  • Plastic mesh produce bags are great for scrubbing your cast iron cookware clean.  After the pan cools, wipe it with a mesh bag.  The bag doesn’t harm the seasoning like steel wool.
  • To clean your copper pans, apply a mixture of ketchup and water to your pans with a microfiber cloth.  For a quicker, easier way, squirt some ketchup on a cloth and rub your pans with it.
  • To disinfect your countertops, spray your countertops first with white distilled vinegar and wipe them down.  Next, spray them with hydrogen peroxide and wipe them down again.
  • To clean those stubborn cheese bits off your cheese grater, grab an apple, lemon or raw potato and grate it right after you grate your cheese.  The apple, lemon and raw potato help remove the cheesy residue left on the grater.
  • For a quick and easy rolling pin cleanup, sprinkle your rolling pin with salt before washing it.  Rub the pin with your hand to loosen up any food that is stuck to it.  Then wash in warm, soapy water.
  • To clean up a raw egg that fell on the floor, suck up the dropped egg with a turkey baster, then squirt the broken egg into the trash.
  • To clean the inside of your oven, sprinkle the salt and cinnamon on the spills while the oven is still hot.  Once everything dries, use a microfiber cloth to get rid of the salty spots.  The salt and cinnamon mixture cleans your oven and makes your home smell good!
  • To remove stubborn fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water and spray onto fingerprints.  Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
  • Since the fruits and vegetables you buy can carry harmful bacteria and germs, spray your fruits and vegetables with a mild vinegar solution, then rinse them under tap water for about 30 seconds.
  • For dark stains on carpets, spray a dot of white shaving cream, then blot.  For crusty, dry dirt stains, spray the bottom of the carpet with a little shaving cream, then scrape off the stain with a credit card.  Clean it up with cool water.
  • When cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace, sprinkle some used, wet coffee grounds on the ashes, then scoop up the entire mess.  This will help banish the cloud of ashes.  After, spread the ashes and grounds around your plants.  The ash/coffee grounds mixture provides nitrogen and calcium to the plants.
  • To make your towels stay fluffy after washing them, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle.  Avoid using fabric softener because it builds up on the towels and makes them less absorbent.
  • To get rid of scuff marks on your wood floor, cut an “X” into the tennis ball, slip the ball over a broomstick or mop handle, and rub the tennis ball back and forth over the scuff marks.  They should all disappear.
  • If your sink drain is slow but not yet clogged, combine one cup baking soda, one cup salt, and 3/4 cup white vinegar and pour down the drain.  Let soak for twenty minutes and rinse with a gallon of boiling water.
  • Here’s another use for that tennis ball: Cut a slit into a tennis ball, stick it on the end of a broom handle and dust those cobwebs out of the corners of your walls!
  • Spray shaving cream on crayon marks on walls and wipe them off with a damp microfiber cloth.  The foamy shaving cream dissolves the waxy stains fast!
  • To clean those hard-to-reach areas where mold and mildew grows, soak a few cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide and place them in the corners of your bathroom floor.  Wait twenty minutes and rinse.
  • To clean those grimy shower door tracks, spray your cleaner on a cloth and wrap the cloth around the tip of a screwdriver and rub back and forth along the track to rub out the gunk.

Which of these wacky cleaning tips are you ready to try out? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below!



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