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!

Make Your Own Washing Soda

You can make your own Washing Soda for mere pennies!  It is basically Baking Soda that has had the water cooked out of it.  You can find Baking Soda at your local Aldi store for about 49 cents per pound.

To make:

Pour a 1 lb. box of baking soda on a cookie sheet.  Spread it out evenly.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour.  Stirring 2 or 3 times during the baking process.  Let it cool and store it in an airtight container so the water vapor in the air does not convert it back to baking soda.

Permanent Marker on a White Board? Easy to Remove!

I’ve discovered a  common household product that easily removes permanent marker off a white board.

And the name of that product is ….. hand sanitizer!

Using a soft cloth with a couple of squirts of sanitizer, wipe over the ink and it will come right off.




Second Life For Flannel

My tip involves giving my husband’s old flannel lounge pants and flannel shirts a second life as cleaning pads for my Swiffer.

I cut pieces 8″ x 20″ (or to fit your mop head of choice), attach to the mop head and then dampen with water before use.

When I’m done mopping, I toss these in the laundry. Brenda



Clingy Cleaner Cleans Grout

I hate cleaning grout in the shower. I haven’t found anything that will stick on the grout and clean.

One day I realized that toilet bowl cleaner is thick and it clings. I poured it on the grout, left it there about 15 minutes then washed it away with the shower head.

Not one speck of mildew was left and the grout looked brand new. Gwynn



Easy Burned-On Food Removal

When you burn anything in your pan while cooking, just put about a cup of water in it, return it to the burner and let it boil about five minutes.

The burnt food should come off the pan quite easily with a little bit of scrubbing. Gabby



Stains Erased Magically

I use  Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to get rid of coffee and tea stains on my mugs and teacups.

I simply open the package, pull out an eraser and swipe the stains away.

Even the really cheap version at the Dollar Tree store works well. I use them for cleaning my teapot, too. Pamela

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Here’s a quick link to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

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Baked on Grease–YUCK!

Cooking sprays caused my glass baking dishes to look disgusting.  Yeck!  I found a simple way to clean them with minimal scrubbing!

Simply soak the dish in a solution of 5 parts water and 1 part household bleach.  (For me, I soaked one end of the glass dish during the day and the other end overnight.)

Then run it through the dishwasher and it’s sparkling clean and ready to use!