The list of common household items to clean your home is endless. Here are additional cleaning ideas for the spring with simple household items that you may have laying around your home.
If you enjoyed part one of our article on how to use simple household items to clean your house, here are even more (surprising) tips on how to clean your home with items you already have on hand.
Olive oil not only tastes good, but it’s also a wonderful cleaning solution for many household tasks. Mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 2 teaspoons of distilled white vinegar and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a spray bottle, shake well, and use it liberally on your wood furniture. Surprisingly, spraying your furniture with this amazing olive oil concoction will give all your wood furnishing an amazing shine. For the best results, let the olive oil set in the wood for 5 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cloth. Olive oil also nourishes the wood and prevents discoloration. In fact, you can also store it in your refrigerator for later use. Preserve your wooden cutting boards, salad bowls, and utensils with olive oil too.
Your door hinges are often times neglected when you’re cleaning your home, but olive oil can give them a fresh look. You can also use olive oil to stop squeaky hinges with just a squirt. Use a smidge of olive oil to remove gum and permanent ink marks from your walls and doors.
Protect your leather sofa from cracking by applying a bit of olive oil to the surface of your leather. Apply a small amount of olive oil to dry, cracked leather to recondition it for the spring. (Be careful not to rub the oil too hard or scratch the leather to avoid damages).
You can do a lot more than tend to minor cuts or scraps with hydrogen peroxide by using it as a simple and easy to use household cleaning agent. The grout in your bathroom can collect mildew and get really dirty. Peroxide whitens your tile grout and also kills fungus. Create a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, rub it into your tile, let it sit for 5 minutes, and wipe it away with a clean cloth to reveal an amazing shine. In fact, peroxide also works as a cleaning agent to remove annoying soap scum.
Add peroxide to your dingy white clothes instead of bleach to brighten your whites. You can also use peroxide to clean your white clothes if you have an allergy to bleach.
Finally, disinfect your children’s toys with hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide makes a great cleaning agent to kill germs and bacteria. Soak your children’s toys in peroxide, rinse the toys with plain water, and wipe them dry with a clean cloth.
We’ve created this series to show you ways to clean your home with ordinary household items that will save you time and money. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to break the bank and it can also be a creative task. Many household items can be used to sanitize and clean your home for much less than traditional cleaning supplies you would buy at the store.
Want more tips on how to use household items to clean your home? Read part one here.