21. Avoid A Marathon Shower-Cleaning Session With A Dishwand
Cleaning the shower can be such a back-breaking job that many of us avoid it until the shower is so grungy we can’t stand it any longer. Let’s face it: dried soap scum isn’t inspiring! But if we keep an inexpensive dishwand in the shower and spend a couple of minutes cleaning the surfaces each time we use the shower, then the job never becomes huge.
22. Realtors Know How To Make Your House Smell Heavenly
Realtors know that the better a home smells, the more likely it is to sell. Since often homeowners have been frantically cleaning before prospects arrive, the smell is more like to be bleach and vinegar than fields of flowers. Putting two caps of vanilla extract in a 300 degree oven for an hour will make any home smell lovely. Cinammon oil works, too.
23. Clean Baseboards With a Simple Fabric Softener Sheet
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Crouching on the floor cleaning baseboards is just an unpleasant job not matter how much we yearn for a clean home. In fact, most of the time it doesn’t get done. But if you just can’t stand those dusty baseboards another minute, try a fabric softener sheet to expedite the job so that you can move on to something fun.
24. Clean Your Stainless Steel Toaster & Toaster Oven in Minutes
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Stainless steel is wildly popular but the surface will definitely show fingerprints and smudges. And when heat is involved, it will often turn a darkish color that is certainly unattractive. So clean your stainless toasters and toaster ovens with cream of tartar and water.
25. Vacuum First, Dust Second? Uh, No
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We’ve probably all gotten our housekeeping chores backwards – I know I have. I’ve run the vacuum and then decided to dust. The problem is that we then get dust all over our freshly-cleaned floors. So do a bit of planning, moving from “up” to “down”.
And there you have it … 25 natural cleaning products that can perform wonders but won’t break your budget or add to the chemical burden of yourself or those you live with. Why not try them before reaching for that expensive and toxic bottle of poisons?