(Closed) What are your best kept secret cleaning tips?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

Another Bee for Magic Eraser! I love those things, even though they can dull or remove a tiny bit of paint/finish. 

Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Tennessee

Another for the dawn/vinegar mix for a bathroom cleaner. I use it in the shower and the sinks and I love not needing to scrub. Also, vinegar for a fabric softener and aluminum foil balls in the dryer to cut static. Pine horse pellet bedding for cat litter and Baking soda sprinkled on it when the cats leave a major stink the sawdust won’t absorb completely (Which is rare). Basically vinegar and baking soda everywhere. Lol

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Nail polish remover gets out the most random stains. I use it EVERYWHERE. It can get a little strong so be careful, but it’s good for tons of stuff.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

HoneysHoney:  CLR, that stuff gets anything off! Pair it with a magic eraser, and everything is spotless like new

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  flowerofeden.
Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Magic eraser – also protip magic erasers are just melamine sponges, and you can buy them WAY cheaper in bulk without the brand name. 

Also baking soda paste (baking soda + water to make a paste) – will get just about any dried on gunk off without scratching surfaces. I use on my glass cooktop every week. 

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ok, probably not the answer you’re looking for — but my new roomba is the BEST thing ever. We have a fully carpeted apartment with 2 cats and the floors ALWAYS looked dirty and covered in cat hair. Recently got the cheapest roomba model available and my floors have that freshly vacuumed look EVERY DAY. I love it.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  mck1.
Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Vinegar & Olive Oil for hard water stains on stainless steel. You scrub the stainless steel with white vinegar (with the grain) and then once it dries, you wipe down the appliance with olive oil. The first time I tried this I was amazed.. my appliances looked brand new!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

mck1:  high five for the roomba!! We love ours so much we have named it and speak to it like it is our child.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

HoneysHoney:  best stainless steel cleaner ever.  No scrubbing needed just wipe and looks like a brand new appliance every time!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Equal parts vodka, water and a squirt of dawn… It makes for THE BEST, streakfree, spotless, see right through your windows cleaner. And it makes my countertops look so super shiny.. just like those bloggers that post picture perfect kitchen photos.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Bar Keepers Friend is a lifesaver! I LOVE that stuff!

Post # 29
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Busy bee

My best kept cleaning secrets aren’t really secret at all!  LOL  I simply make DIY chemical-free cleaners for use around the house.  The cost to make your own cleaners is astronomically lower than buying nasty chemical-laden cleaners at the store.  Plus, you can make them smell however you want and you can control the strength as well!

I also make my own chemical-free laundry powder, too.  This is also cheaper than store bought, and you can control the strengtha and scent with this as well.  Plus, using DIY chemical-free laundry products is better for your washer/dryer/vents/pipes and your clothes, too.

And before anyone asks, yes these products really do clean and santitize!  In fact, DIY cleaners actually out-perform some store bought products!  😛

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

flowerofeden:  Exactly. I haven’t seen anything else clean like this. Who knows what else it eats up, but at least it does what it says!

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