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Kill the Clutter with Multipurpose Cleaners!

Kill the Clutter with Multipurpose Cleaners!

While spring cleaning is an annual tradition, everybody knows dirt never takes a rest from rearing its ugly head. That means cleaning is a year-round duty for most folks. Many homeowners and apartment dwellers have become accustomed to using the normal cleaning products to get their houses clean as a whistle.

There are, however, unusual uses for everyday items found around the home that are inexpensive and work like a charm. For example, many people only use Pledge aerosol spray to polish wood furniture. Did you know that it can be used to spiffy up chrome and plastic, too? Well, it is true.

Another item sitting around the house you might have thought one-dimensional is soap pads. I’m sure most of you have used the round wool pads to scrub pots and pans, including casserole dishes, which leave crusted messes requiring a little elbow grease to get clean. Those powerful little cleaning pads can also be used to sanitize bathtubs and porcelain sinks. The pads leave both surfaces spotless, with a sparkling shine. It might seem unbelievable, but give it a try.

Where there are babies, usually baby wipes are not far behind. Try using baby wipes to clean telephones, faucets, and sinks. Baby wipes get the job done and can be easily thrown away with no hassle. They can also be used to wipe bathroom counter tops and erase the grime on refrigerator and stove surfaces. In addition, the baby wipes can be used to clean window sills, blinds, and dust above doorways.

Another item lying on the kitchen counter top which has multiple uses is a coffee filter. Paper towels are a favorite when wiping down windows and mirrors with glass cleaners, but a coffee filter is strong and absorbent enough to tackle tough cleaning jobs on glass.

Don’t forget the coffee maker needs a thorough cleaning every now and again. Although baking soda is used for cooking, and as a teeth cleaning agent, it can also be used to remove buildup left behind in coffee pots. To clean them, just fill the coffee pot with water and add two-to-three tablespoons of baking soda. Let it perk, let the water cool, scrub the pot with a plastic scrubber or other nonabrasive tool and rinse well.

Toothpaste is an additional everyday use item that can be used to polish silverware. Why buy silver polish when there is a perfect, inexpensive polish right in your medicine cabinet?

While cleaning can be time-consuming, these double-duty items prove it does not have to be an expensive proposition.

5 comments

1 Tee { 07.03.12 at 6:21 pm }

I use the green alcohol (smells like wintergreen) I pay 50 cents a bottle, transfer it to a dollar store spray bottle, and use that to clean the counters in my bathroom, toilet seats and porcelain of the commode, light switches, faucets really shine, mirrors, windows and glass, chrome, and just about any surface. Leaves a wonderful wintergreen scent like peppermint. I love it! I will try the green scratch pads and see if I can clean the scum off sinks with my combination of alcohol and green scrubber too!

2 Rosemary Oswalt { 07.03.12 at 10:09 am }

I have used baking soda and vinegar for years to safely and thoroughly clean chrome, porcelain, stainless steel, baked on foods, etc. I also pour a cup or so of vinegar around the kitchen sink drain then sprinkle baking soda over it an into the drain. It breaks down any gunk and keeps the drain and disposal fresh. Vinegar is the best window cleaner as it doesn’t leave streaks. Make sure you use pure vinegar that does not contain any sugary additives.

3 Dianne { 06.28.12 at 12:45 pm }

I just tried the Toothpaste on a couple of silver cups I have…it works great. They have needed cleaning for ages and I never remember to pick up the polish. Thanks for the tip. Baking soda and vinegar are the best items to have around the house for cleaning.

4 Catherine Proulx { 06.27.12 at 3:12 pm }

I use the green scrubbies to get pet hair off my furniture. It is fabulous.

5 Anita { 06.27.12 at 2:34 pm }

Love those little green scrubbies! I use one to clean off my farm eggs and another one to clean out our water buckets.

I’d add white vinegar to the group of cleaning supplies. It works great for many cleaning chores.

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