7 Must-Know Cleaning Tips & Tricks
Most cleaning products and supplies have a dirty little secret – they're terrible for the environment! Not so clean after all, right? Luckily there are plenty of great natural alternatives that are just as effective as store-bought supplies, and they won't make you feel all greasy and grimy inside about using them! Plus, they only cost a fraction of what you'd normally have to pay in the store. Our 7 tried and true cleaning hacks will leave your conscience clean as a whistle – whether you need to clean your crusty baking sheet (we see you, frozen pizza!), a dirty toilet, or just keep household items neat, we've got you covered!
1. Baking Sheet Cleaner
- baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda on a baking sheet and pour vinegar over it. Let everything soak for 5 minutes and then wipe the dirt and grime off easily with a sponge.
2. Glass Cleaner
- 1 cup black tea, cold
- spray bottle
Brew a cup of black tea, let it cool, and pour it into a spray bottle. You can use it just like regular glass cleaner – you'll find that it works at least as well as commercial window cleaner, if not better!
3. Hair Removal
The most effective way to remove hair from a brush is with a fork! Just gently slide the fork through the bristles of the brush and the hair comes right off!
4. Drain Protector
- plastic bottle
- screw driver
Cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle, heat the tip of a screwdriver with a lighter, and poke holes in the bottom of the bottle. Put your new DIY drain protector in the sink and you'll be surprised at how well this simple trick will keep your drain from clogging.
5. Toilet Cleaner
- cheese grater
- spray bottle
Grate a bar of soap into small flakes using a cheese grater. Pour Sprite over it and mix it together until it becomes a foamy liquid. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use it as cleaning solution for your toilet. You'll be pleasantly surprised – not only by how powerful this toilet cleaner is, but also by its fresh scent!
6. Sink Cleaner
- baking soda
- olive oil
Sprinkle baking soda in your sink, squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top, and use the lemon to scrub the sink. Polish the sink off with some olive oil and it will shine just like new!
7. Scratch Remover
- cream of tartar
You can easily remove accidental scratches left on plates or bowls with cream of tartar. Rub the powder on the dish you want to fix with your fingertips and then wipe it off. Any unwanted scratches will be a thing of the past!
These 7 cleaning tips are so convenient that you probably already have everything you need at home. You're going to save a ton of money and the environment, which is a win-win situation if we ever heard one. A clean conscious and a clean home – it's your lucky day!