1. Toothpaste to get out stains: Non-gel and non-whitening toothpaste can get stains out of multiple household items. For stains on walls and carpets squeeze on toothpaste and rub with a cloth and rinse with warm water. Be careful with high-shine walls as it could take away the gloss. Marks on leather and rings on wood furniture can be eliminated the same way—spread on a thin coat of toothpaste and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
2. Vinegar for brighter (and cleaner!) laundry: Add 1/4 a cup of white distilled vinegar to your laundry to prevent colors from running (no need to separate whites and darks!) and lint from clinging to clothing.
3. Rubbing alcohol to get paint off of a carpet: Whether the result of an art project, or a renovation, that bright-colored spot in the middle of your cream carpet is unsightly. After picking up the excess, soak a clean cloth in isopropyl rubbing alcohol and gently rub the area back and forth.
4. Rubber gloves to remove pet hair: Attempting to get pet fur off furniture with a vacuum can become a tedious task. Instead, put on a pair of rubber dish washing gloves and run them over the surface— the hair sticks to them and gathers together making it easy to get off.
5. Milk and vinegar to clean linens: A equal part mixture of milk and vinegar can leave dull linens looking new. Soak linens in the mixture overnight to lift stains, then wash.
6. Baking soda and water to clean tile grout: Create a creamy mixture of baking soda and warm water, then place over grout and let sit—once dry rinse with warm water.
7. Get stains off granite with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and plastic wrap: For water-based stains mix 1 cup baking soda, 5 tablespoons dish soap, and enough hydrogen peroxide until the mixture is creamy (for oil-based stains omit the hydrogen peroxide) apply to stain and cover with plastic wrap—let sit overnight then wipe clean.
8. Wax to remove marks on hardwood floors: Rub wax—from a candle or even a crayon— on the mark and use a soft cloth to buff off.
9. Rubbing alcohol instead of vinegar: Out of vinegar or want to make your own all-around gentler cleaning solution? Substitute a ½ cup plain rubbing alcohol for vinegar for a multi purpose household cleaner without the damaging effects of the acid in vinegar.
10. White chalk to remove grease stains: Instead of using extra laundry detergent to pre-treat, instead turn to your old school friend — white chalk. Simply rub onto greasy stains and the chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable by the laundry soap in the wash.
11. Dryer sheets to keep baseboards cleaner: Not only does a dryer sheet kick the dust to the curb since it banishes static, but it actually coats as it cleans turning a weekly cleaning task into a monthly one. When used on your baseboards it can help repel dust and pet hair and keep the things that get tracked in our home off the walls and on the floor where it can be swept up.
12. Lemons, ice cubes, and baking soda to naturally deodorize and sharpen your garbage disposal: Just toss into your disposal 4-5 ice cubes, fresh lemon and a tablespoon of baking soda. Run down your disposal and you will have a fresh smelling and clean disposal while sharpening your blades at the same time. You don’t have to use whole or unused lemons either.
13. Vinegar and steam to clean your microwave: Have you ever exploded spaghetti sauce in the microwave? Simply fill a microwaveable bowl with 1-2 cups of water and add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar. Microwave the water and vinegar for 5 minutes. The steam will help loosen up caked on bits of food, and the vinegar will help eliminate any odors. Now just take a cloth or sponge (careful, the turntable will be hot!) and wipe down the inside of the microwave. The dirt and food will come right off! Extra tip: add a drop of essential oil to the mixture if you don't want your microwave to smell like vinegar.
14. Coffee filters to clean dirty LCD screens: It turns out that those little rippled cones of blotting paper that filter your morning brew are perfect for clearing the dust from your television screen or computer monitor. They'll catch the dust and cut static on the screen, all without leaving behind any fibers like paper towels would.
15. Lemon juice to remove rust from knives: Has your dishwasher left rust stains on your knives? Soak them in lemon juice for a few minutes then scrub a little with the buff side of the sponge and TA-DA! You have beautiful knives!
What cleaning tips do you have using regular household items?