Household Cleaning Tips


Borax removes stains on toilet bowls. Lemons remove greasy fingerprints on windows.

Children's stickers can be removed from wood by applying white vinegar to the sticker, letting it soak and then scraping off.

Clean combs by dipping them for a while in a solution of washing soda and warm water and run an old toothbruch between teeth..

Clean rope trimmed shoes with a toothbrush dipped in rug shampoo.

Clean those dirty, dusty, mini-blinds in your house in a snap! Fill the bathtub with warm, soapy water and let the blinds soak. If they are white blinds add a little bleach to get rid of any stains.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort.

Drain de-clogger: 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup vinegar. Pour baking soda down drain first then follow with the vinegar. Close drain and let sit until bubbling has stopped then follow with a bucket of hot boiling water.

For a dry cleaner use a mixture of 2 cups cornmeal and 1 cup borax. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for one hour then vacuum.

For a good smelling house squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice into the dust bag of your vacuum cleaner before you start it up.

For wiping out stains, you can use a solution of 2 parts water one part ammonia in a spray bottle. Spray stain and wipe.

If you have stains on Rug then rub borax into dampened area, let dry, then vacuum. Or repeatedly blot stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water.

If you wax your ash-trays, ashes won't cling, odors won't linger and they can be wiped cleaned easily with a paper towel or disposable tissue.

Lemon extract will remove scuff marks from luggage.

Mix 2 tablespoons borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. 

Mix in spray bottle, 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water. Or try diluted bleach solution in a spray bottle. It will remove stains AND disinfect.

Nail polish remover removes tar and grease from white leather shoes.

Regular rubbing alcohol works wonders for a ceramic floor. Just pour straight on and rub around with mop until it dries. Make sure children are not in the area during this process and have good ventilation in room.

Remove spilled nail polish from wood furniture: Don't wipe it up! The solvents in nail polish soften most finishes, and wiping may take off the finish. Instead, let the polish dry completely; then gently scrape it off with a credit card. Wax the surface, using superfine steel wool.

Removing scuff marks, pen, and pencil from walls: use a dry cloth and rubbing alcohol.

Rusty curtain Rings - Dip it in hot vinegar for two hours.

Soak pure vanilla on a cotton ball and place in a saucer. Put the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors

Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on carpet and vacuum. Itíll remove any odors and make your carpet fresh.

Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!

To clean small-neck bottles or vases, place a little rice and warm soapy water inside and shake well. Rinse out and let drip dry.

To clean your keyboard on a weekly basis, carefully vacuum the keys with the round brush attachment of your vacuum. Never spray keyboard directly, spray a cleaning cloth with all-purpose cleaning solution and wipe it with it.

To get hard water deposits off of your fixtures try some diluted muriatic acid (available at pool stores or hardware stores), but don't store it near chlorine- they can combine and become explosive!

To keep your extension cords from getting tangled, insert them into a empty toilet paper roll to store.

To make your own Furniture polish make a concoction of: 1 tsp olive oil, juice of a lemon, 1 tsp whisky or brandy, 1 tsp water. Mix together and rub on furniture with cloth, buff for a deep shine.

To remove pet odors, sprinkle carpet with baking soda and let sit for one hour, then vacuum.

To stop odor producing mold and bacteria in garbage cans sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can.

Use an alcohol (isopropyl)/water solution for cleaning mirrors. 1 part alcohol to 4 parts water. Cleans with no streaks. Coffee filters make great glass cleaning cloths.

Use crumpled up black and white newspaper dipped in vinegar to wash windows. Dip paper in vinegar and wipe the glass until almost dry, then shine with dry newspaper or cloth.

Use peanut butter to remove chewing gum from carpets. Smear peanut butter on gum to loosen.

When washing windows, wipe the windows with newspaper, it won't leave streaks.

When you buy cleaning products, look for ones that are non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and chlorine-free.

You can catch Cobweb by putting an old stocking over a broom. Use it to reach those pesky spider webs. Webs cling to the stocking and won't let go.