1. Clean your shower curtain liner in the washing machine.
Throw in some regular detergent or baking soda — along with a few towels with the liner — to help scrub away the toughest stains.
2. Use a pack of lemon or orange Kool-Aid to scrub away stains in a toilet.
Pour a packet or lemon or orange flavored Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl and scrub away the stains with a toilet brush. The citric acid and the abrasive texture of the powder help break down and dissolve stains. Plus, citrus Kool-Aid smells a whole lot better than chemical cleaning solutions!
3. Clean the dishwasher trap with a toothbrush.
Under the lower sprayer, you’ll find a piece that’s removable. In it, you may see bits of food and other buildup (you’d be surprised what doesn’t go completely down the drain!). Use a toothbrush to remove buildup, then rinse the rest off in the sink.
4. Dust canvas paintings or stucco with bread heels.
If you leave bread crumbs behind in the process, use a paint brush to brush them off.
5. Dust ceiling fan blades with an old pillowcase.
Find a soft pillowcase that will attract dust easily—flannel or cotton both work great. Starting from the innermost part of the blade, with one hand on the top of the pillowcase, steadily dust off the fan blade. All the dust will fall into the pillowcase instead of on your head or onto the floor!
6. An old pillowcase and a paint stirring stick (a ruler works too) can be used to deep clean your dryer’s lint trap.
7. Use citrus Kool-Aid to remove rust, gunk, and buildup inside a washing machine.
The citric acid in lemon or orange Kool-Aid helps break down the buildup in your washing machine. Run 1/4 cup lemon or orange Kool-Aid in a regular wash cycle—without clothes—and repeat as needed.
8. Remove dust from baseboards with an old dryer sheet.
9. Get rid of all the dust in your bathroom’s exhaust fan with compressed air.
10. Scrub the tub with half a grapefruit dipped in salt.
The salt creates an abrasive texture while the citric acid in the grapefruit will help break down stains. Lemons work well too!
11. Remove hard water deposits from your showerhead by soaking it in vinegar for 15 minutes.
Fill a bucket with one quart water. Add ½ cup vinegar. Soak the shower head for at least 15 minutes (more if the mineral deposits are particularly old or stubborn).
12. Vinegar can also clean windows…
13. …and garbage disposals. Freeze lemon slices in vinegar cubes.
14. The citric acid in citrus Kool-Aid will help sanitize your dishwasher.
Fill your empty dishwasher‘s detergent compartment with lemon Kool-Aid and run a normal cycle. The citric acid will help remove buildup.
15. Mineral oil can be used to wipe up oily kitchen surfaces.
Put a few drops of mineral oil on a paper towel and wipe over the hood of your stove or other oily kitchen surfaces. Take a clean paper towel and wipe over the surface to pick up remaining oil and dust residues.
16. For stainless steel appliances, use Bar Keepers Friend.
17. Dawn dish soap and warm water will help remove grease from kitchen cabinets.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of warm water. Following the grain of the wood, scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth. With a clean sponge and warm water, wipe away any remaining soap, and dry with a clean towel.
18. Get rid of soap scum on shower doors and sinks with cooking spray.
Spray the inside of glass shower doors with nonstick spray and watch the scum and hard water residue disappear. Wait 5 – 10 min and go over the door with a clean, absorbent cloth to remove the residue.
19. Then, prevent future water stains with auto glass water repellent (like Rain-X).
20. Wipe down mirrors with strong, brewed black tea.
21. Shine chrome faucets with wax paper.
22. Dust lampshades easily with a lint remover.