Even if you live alone, cleaning your home is a process that never really ends. While you may prefer to be doing just about anything else, cleaning is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home in good condition. Even though you may already know how vital cleaning is, chores become even less attractive when you have to run out to get cleaning supplies.
DIY Cleaning Ingredients
Fortunately, you can use some common household items to handle a lot of cleaning tasks, which means you’ll rarely have to head to the local store if you run out of cleaning supplies. In fact, you probably have some viable cleaning ingredients hiding in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator right now.
Here are some cleaning ingredients you probably already have in your home:
- Salt: If cleaning the oven is your least favorite household chore, you’re not alone. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to remove fresh grease stains using salt, a cloth and a limited amount of “elbow grease.” When you notice a fresh grease stain in your oven, sprinkle it liberally with salt. When your oven cools down, wipe the salt and the stain off with a non-abrasive cloth.
- Lemons: If you use a wooden cutting board to chop vegetables or prepare meat, fish or poultry often, you know how difficult it can be to feel confident that your cutting board is truly clean. If you have lemons around, you can rest assured that your cutting board is germ-free when you use your lemons to sanitize it. To sanitize your wooden cutting board, cut a lemon in half and rub a piece all over your cutting board. The lemon half you use to clean your board can pull double-duty in the kitchen, too. Just toss the remnants in your garbage disposal and grind them up to keep your garbage disposal smelling good.
- Aluminum Foil: If a holiday or special event is quickly approaching, you may want to pull out your best silver to impress your guests. If it’s been a while since you used your good flatware, you may have to remove some tarnish before it’s ready for service. Removing tarnish is a breeze if you have some baking soda or cream of tartar and aluminum foil lying around. Fill your sink or a pan with water, add two tablespoons of baking soda or cream of tartar and a few strips of aluminum foil and put your silverware in. Let your utensils soak in the sink or pan until they’re free of tarnish, and then rinse and dry them thoroughly.
If you have DIY cleaning tips of your own, we encourage you to share them below. For those of you looking for a new apartment or townhome, contact Triple Crown Corporation to schedule a tour of one our rental communities.