The concept of DIY is a favorite to some and terrifying to others. Whether you’re a DIY warrior or you’re simply looking to remove some of the harsh cleaners from your cabinets, these uncommon cleaning methods can help you take your cleaning game to the next level.
Check out this list and see what you have in your own home that you can clean with today!
The Top Household Products to Change Your DIY Cleaning Game
- White Vinegar: Vinegar can be used as a nontoxic disinfecting agent and can be found at any grocery or convenience store. Mix this inexpensive household item with water and use it to remove grease from the oven and stove top, tackle soap scum in the bathroom, and remove stains from clothing.
- Baking Soda: Many know baking soda for its cooking properties and possibly for its deodorizing skills, as many folks keep a box cracked in the fridge to keep the space smelling fresh, but it can also be used to unclog drains, clean out coffee makers, and remove grease from stoves, ovens, and fridges. Mix baking soda with some vinegar and spruce up those old baking sheets in just a few hours!
- Hydrogen Peroxide: While this great household item can clean out cuts, it can also be used to clean our homes! From spot care on carpets to stain removal on clothing, this handy solution can help you make your home, and your clothing, look good as new! Remember: always test your solutions first in a small patch of rug or on a piece of material before using a large amount.
- Lemon/Citrus Fruits: While citrus fruits are a great way to make your home smell good, they have a lot of other qualities that can make it look good, too! Use lemon on your cutting boards to get them extra clean, dissolve soap scum and water deposits in your kitchen and bathroom, and shine metals in your home to their original finish. When you’re done, drip the peels down the garbage disposal, let it run for a few seconds, and you’ll have an instant natural deodorizer.
- Rubbing Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol is great for cuts, but it can also be used to clean your sponges, remove stains, and disinfect items such as blind and shoes. A few drops can go a long way and ensure your home is disinfected and germ-free.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is another great home tool that can change the way you clean. It has natural anti-fungal properties and can leave your home smelling fresh. Mix it with water and use it in your laundry, create an all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle, and even disinfect your toothbrushes with this all-natural product!
Repurposing Household Items
While these household solutions can lead to uncommon cleaning methods, there are a few more tricks that stem from repurposing things around the home.
- Toothbrushes: Toothbrushes can be transformed into stellar cleaning tools and help you clean anything from your rubber-soled shoes to those hard-to-reach places around your sinks. Disinfect first and get cleaning!
- Old/Lone Socks: Don’t throw away those lone wolf socks! You can use them as replacement Swiffer pads or put them on your hands and dust those pesky blinds and places the duster just can’t fit. Throw them in the wash after use and help save the planet by forgoing paper towels and disinfectant wipes.
- Old/Damaged Clothing/Bedding: Sometimes our old clothing or bedding is too stained or damaged to donate. In this case, cut up the items and use them as rags to clean mirrors and surfaces around your home! However, be sure to wash with hot water and a solvent after use to ensure bacteria and germs aren’t making a home on these great reusable items.
Even if your DYI game is strong and these uncommon cleaning methods work for you, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do the work, especially for a spring or winter deep clean. Reach out to Advanced Cleaning Service in Cookeville and let us help you spruce up your home. We offer daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning options to help you keep your space clean, disinfected, and comfortable.