(for other cleaning tips see our
This page gives some suggestions
on how to use everyday household products when cleaning; making the
job easier and cheaper.
You can keep your bathroom shower cubicle
sparkling clean longer by washing the whole shower stall, then waxing with car wax (not
turtle wax as this is green, be sure to get clear wax). This keeps the dirt and grime from
What has amazed me since setting up this site is
the number products that can be, and are, used for a multitude of tasks - some obvious and
others not so obvious. I am always intrigued as to how these "quirky" uses
are initially found out and the first example explains just that -
Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
Baking soda on a damp sponge removes grease
easily from stove, back splash etc.
Also works great for carpet deodorising, just
sprinkle onto carpet before going to bed and vacuum in the morning.
Thanks to Lisa
Mighell for these two tips.
This tip was sent in by
Linda Benedict who told me that her four year old grandson was in
the bathroom "making snow". When she investigated he had dumped the whole
box of baking soda in the sink. As she cleaned it up it made the sink sparkle so she
tried it on the tub - same result with no scrubbing - tip was born!!!
Baking Soda can be used for
many jobs around the house, scrubbing sinks, bath tub, stove, refrigerator and laundry.
It leaves everything smelling nice and cleans just as good as any cleanser without
Also for keeping pipes clean under the sink -
pour about one quarter cup of baking soda down the drain
with about 1 cup of vinegar, this makes a chemical reaction, then pour some hot water down
the drain. Hey Presto!
assures me this works!
be used to -
3 tablets down the kitchen sink followed by a
cup of white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes then run hot water - cleans pipes.
4 tablets in the toilet will bring your bowl
up sparkling clean. Leave for an hour and then brush.
1 tablet in a cup of warm water. Drop in
your jewelry (NOT PEARLS OR OPALS) and leave for a few minutes. Sparkling.
To freshen up a thermos flask,
fill the flask with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets and let soak for an hour (or
longer if necessary).
To remove the stain from the
bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
contributor forwarded these tips
*These are the
fabric conditioner sheets used in tumble dryers.
To remove baked on food from a
pan, fill with very hot water and one dryer sheet and leave to soak for
an hour or two. Pour off the water, toss the sheet and wipe out the pan. All
the baked on food comes off easily. If it does not come clean, leave to soak
"bluejayfoxy" and also Doreen and Craig Stocker
When cleaning dust and animal
hair from free standing fans, window unit air conditioner filters or venetian blinds, use
a dryer sheet. It not only removes dust and hair faster, but after
prolonged use it creates a protective coating on the wires of the fan for even easier dust
George, Doreen and Craig Stocker
Doreen and Craig Stocker
has contacted me with the following warning regarding the above tip.
"According to Anitra Frazier in The New Natural Cat, the chemicals in
the fabric softener will adhere to your cat's fur (if you use it on
something he lays on, such as a towel) and be licked off later. I stopped
using fabric softener except rarely after reading this years ago because of
my cats' tendency to lay on my clothes and not knowing what kind of toxic
effects this could have for their liver over time."
Also recommended by an anonymous
contributor who says 3 tablespoons in hot water, left to soak for about an hour does the
To clean copper pans, give
them a good scrub with dishwashing soap, then take a half a lemon and pour salt on it, use
it to scrub the copper, you will see the shine come through. Keep adding salt to the
lemon as you clean.
If you have any empty
trigger spray bottles handy, rinse out, and put a good squirt of
Domestos (household bleach) in with a small squirt of Fairy liquid
(hand dishwashing liquid), top up with water and you have the best all round cleaner.
Shifts soap scum from showers and cleans
the whole bathroom, kitchen, and believe it or not green algae from
conservatory roofs. I have used this formula to clean pvc window
frames and its a winner, try it.
When cleaning any stainless steel
appliances in the kitchen, wipe down as normal with a damp cloth. Then use a
piece of kitchen towel with a little baby oil and wipe down the surface. You
can also use baby wipes, but this way is more expensive. These methods brings
a lovely shine to the appliance. Baby wipes are also good for cleaning leather
settee's and radiator's.
- Cleaners For U Limited
Do you also hate the fact
that the RVS splash back above the stove is never stripeless clean?
Clean first with a normal
grease removing product. Then sprinkle some olive oil onto a paper towel,
gently rub it on the RVS and the result is remarkable!
After boiling the
kettle, instead of just pouring the excess down the sink, use the
boiling water and pour it down that sink overflow to keep it clean and
sterilised. Not only will this reduce unpleasant smells but should you
in a busy period leave the tap running the over flow will allow the
excess water to escape safely and not flood the kitchen.
To clean limescale from kettles or glass
vases, soak in hot water and 1/3 brown vinegar. Rinse kettle well, fill and boil
water. Empty completely, rinse again.
Both the above have been
contributed by Janet Bowen, thanks.
M. Harold Scaief
If any colored
liquid is spilled on your carpet, including Koolaid or wine, immediately
the area in water and pat dry with a towel. When my
children were little they knew this and always ran for a large glass of
water and a towel if they had a spill - my carpet was spotless.
M. Harold Scaief
***I would like to add a note
of warning regarding this tip. It is not really recommended to saturate
carpets as this can cause the backing to rot and may also give rise to damp
and mildew forming within the carpet. After soaking ensure that as much
excess moisture as possible is removed. This can be done by using clean
white towels (not coloured as the dye can transfer) or paper towels.
also sent in the following two useful tips -
Limescale in kettle
- use white vinegar - cover the element, boil the kettle. watch the
scale disappear, may require to be repeated if heavy build up. Boil with
fresh water before use. tip out, and is now ready for use.
Pips tip for removing label glue with Brasso is
likely to leave matt scratches- much better to use lighter petrol,
or if you haven't seen your Zippo for years- WD40 is fantastic at
cleanly removing glue- use it on a paper towel and gently wipe.
I have found that vinegar is one of the best things to use to remove
To clean up shards of broken glass safely, put
on some rubber gloves and use some masking tape to pick up the glass pieces. Or,
alternatively, use a piece of fresh bread, the shards of glass stick into the bread easily
Please ensure the bread is
discarded safely, away from people and pets.
Clauson for pointing this out.
anonymous contributor sent in the following recommendation:-
WARNING: Always check
product care instructions and product labels before using any cleaning
materials to avoid damage.
Cleaning those large round plastic home, deep fryers. Sticky oil when
been left for a while. I have just cleaned mine totally and what I used
is this (bought in the UK).
Fairy Power Spray (Not Fairy washing liquid as that is of no use)
Main thing is this spray isn't as harmful as other ways to clean the
sticky old oil, such as caustic soda and more.
Spray it sprays on like a weak foam solution (oxygenating I guess).
Leave for half an hour, then fill sink with hot water and squirt normal
washing-up liquid into it and clean the body and lid (DO
NOT IMMERSE ELECTRICAL ITEMS IN WATER AND remove carbon
filter if fitted) and wipe off with a cloth. I used also wooden food
sticks (tooth pick ones) for places I couldn't get to. At no stage did I
need to use a fibre type scourer or dish brush, cloth and pick did it
Cupboard full of cleaning products, this one only one that worked. So
thought worth writing this to you to share with other people :)
I am in no way affiliated with any Fairy products or Proctor & Gamble.
Ingredients on spray bottle also listed maybe you find same in shops
where you live.
Ingredients on Fairy Power Spray container label are:
<5% nonionic surfactants
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