Life Hacks Vol. 3 – Cleaning Hacks


lifehacksOver the last couple weeks, we have taken some time to look at life hacks for the home and the tool shed. This week is all about chemicals!

We spend a lot on home cleaning products – hundreds of dollars leave our pockets every year in hopes of sanitation – but what if you could keep that money and still have a clean house? Here are some home cleaning ideas that work great and are friendly to your pocketbook.

  • Ever find yourself dealing with some stubborn wrinkles? Make your own liquid wrinkle releaser! Mix water and vinegar in a clean spray bottle (1/4 cup each) then add a 3 tbsp. of liquid fabric softener and it’s ready for use.
  • Make your own Febreeze™ at home. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 tbsp. liquid fabric softener and 2 tsp. baking soda. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water and it’s ready for use. Just give it a good shake and get those fabrics smelling fresh.
  • Next time you run out of laundry detergent, try making your own! According to DIY Natural, the best laundry detergent is three ingredients and takes about ten minutes to make! You will need:
    • 1 shaved bar of soap (Ivory works great)
    • 1 cup of Borax
    • 1 cup of washing soda (Arm and Hammer makes a good washing soda)

Combine all of these ingredients and mix together thoroughly. It should take a bout five minutes of stirring. Store In a container with a small scoop and you’re ready to go. One tablespoon is enough for one load of lightly soiled clothing. If you do a lot of cold washing, put the mixture in a blender to create an extra-fine, easily dissolved cold water version.

  • Use mineral oil to clean up greasy messes in your kitchen. Just a drop of mineral oil on a greasy area will tackle the problem area easily. Just put a drop (or two – it really doesn’t take much) on the spot, then rub with paper towel or a clean cloth.
  • Have some gunk stuck in your microwave? Clean it off with some steam! Fill a microwave safe bowl with 1-2 cups of water and 2 tbsp. vinegar. Microwave the bowl for two to three minutes to steam off any stuck on food. Just remove the bowl and wipe the inside clean with a sponge.

There you have it! A few simple ways to keep your home clean without hurting your wallet. If you have any life hacks you would like to share or would like to see a topic covered on our blog, please contact us via our website, on Twitter or on our Facebook page.

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