How to Keep Kitchen Sink Stain-Free and Shiny

For an easy, cheap, and green way to clean my classic, white cast-iron enameled kitchen sink, I scrub with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

After rinsing, I add the stopper to the drain and pour hydrogen peroxide into the sink to cover the bottom. I let this sit for 15 to 20 minutes and use a sponge to clean the sides of the sink as needed. Any stains disappear and this leaves the sink super shiny.

There’s no odor and it’s non-caustic. Juli

Remove Sour Smell from Microfiber and Sponges

I like to use microfiber cleaning cloths in my kitchen, as well as regular sponges.

A fast and easy trick to get the sour smell out of either one is to give them a few squirts of hand sanitizer, such as Purell.  I add hand sanitizer until I no longer smell the sour smell.  In fact, I keep a pump bottle of Purell on my kitchen counter for just that reason.

Now that hand sanitizer is harder to find, I refill my bottle with homemade hand sanitizer (alcohol and aloe vera gel). Easy! JerrieH

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Whiteboard Goofs

It happens all the time in my classroom, and usually, I’m the culprit. I, or one of my students, grabs the wrong marker to write on the whiteboard.

Here’s the best way to remove the permanent marks: Cover the mistaken writing with a dry-erase marker—any color—covering the mistake completely.

Now wipe it away. Like magic, the board will be clean as a whistle. Brad

Magical Microwave Cleanup

I’ve found a great way to clean my microwave.  I take a rag, wet it, and ring it out—but not tightly. I place it in the microwave and turn it on for 25 seconds.

When I open the microwave, the rag is hot enough to remove any buildup but not too hot that I can’t hold it. I use this to wipe out the microwave and it works every time in a matter of minutes.

I got the idea from those expensive microwave cleaner packs that work the same way. Debbie

Crocheted Mop Refills

I have a Don Aslett Mop.  It has a microfiber cloth pad for dusting or mopping the floor.  The pad is affixed with a row of velcro on the bottom of the mop.

Instead of using the pads that came with it,  I like to use my own crocheted rectangle.  I make it several inches larger than the mop head, all the way around. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a regular crocheted (or knitted) rectangle will do. The yarn sticks beautifully to the Velcro on the bottom of the rectangle mop and they can be easily thrown into the washer to use over and over.

Because it is crocheted several extra inches all the way around, it makes a big buffer to protect the baseboards and the larger amount of yarn helps the job get done faster.  The yarn also has a good texture to help scrub places on the floor that need a little extra scrubbing.

Good and Cheap DIY Glass Cleaner

Here’s another recipe for a good glass and mirror cleaner:

  • 45 percent water
  • 45 percent rubbing alcohol
  • 10 percent household ammonia

First, put it in a clearly marked spray bottle. Next measure out the ingredients.  (Note: Measurements do no need to be precise.)

This is as good as any product you can buy. Cheryl

Super DIY Upholstery Cleaner

If you need to remove spilled soda pop from your car interior, try a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and an old toothbrush.

When I had a can of pop explode in my car, not even the professional car detailers could tell me how to get it out.

I figured the above mixture couldn’t make it any worse so I tried it with amazing results. Bonnie

Vaccum in the Dark

This tip may seem counterintuitive but hear me out.  If you have a headlight on your vacuum, vacuum your non-carpeted floors at night with the room lights off.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see (yuck!) but it is so satisfying when you can see you are getting EVERYTHING.

When I first told my husband about it he thought I was crazy.  He tried it and was instantly sold on the idea as was my 14 year old son.  Now both of them do it and neither of them vacuumed before!