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Cleaning with lemon

Simple home cleaning solutions

Sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics. With a dizzying amount of cleaning products on the market, it’s tough to choose what product is right for the job. These old home remedies and simple solutions give you a bang for your buck without the gimmicks.

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Tarnish no more

The tarnish on your old silverware doesn’t mean it’s time for a new set. It’s just time for a good cleaning. Place silverware on an aluminum tray, and then sprinkle 1 cup baking soda (or less, depending on the amount of silverware) over the items. Then, add boiling water on top. The reaction will cause the varnish to melt away.

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Don’t get burned

vinegar

Burnt pans don’t need to go in the donation pile. Simply add water to the bottom of the pan, add 1 cup of vinegar and bring the pan to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Scour with a rough sponge as normal.

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Wax your chrome

Faucets get water specs and grime so easily! Prevent it by buffing them with a car wax. Seriously! The wax will leave a protective barrier behind, so water is no match.

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Lemon power

Want your whites even whiter? Add up to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your laundry bleach for an extra-white finish.

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Mid-day vodka

spray bottle

Forget that fabric freshener. Add equal parts water and cheap vodka into a bottle and spray. The vodka smell will disappear as soon as it dries, leaving behind fresh, fabulous fabric.

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Keep a cleaning schedule

Clean for just 15 minutes per day, and you’ll never have a dirty home. Dust one day, and vacuum another. Splitting up the work is quick, simple and effective so you never get burnt out.

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Fruit sponge

Citrus makes a fantastic sponge. Next time you clean your tub or sink, slice an orange, lemon or grapefruit in half and mix a cleaning paste of baking soda, a squirt of dish soap and water. Dip the citrus in and scrub! It will leave behind a refreshing scent and a sparkling finish.

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Who needs furniture polish?

Create your own furniture polish with a combination of water, olive oil and lemon juice. Just a teaspoon of each, mixed and dabbed onto a rag, does the trick.

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How abrasive

Your used coffee grounds still have a use. Need to scrub pans free of grime? Add in your old coffee grounds and scrub. The grounds will lift stuck-on food in a snap.

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Wrinkle release spray

It’s just as simple as a teaspoon of fabric softener and a cup of water. Shake ingredients together in a fine mist spray bottle, mist your fabric and tug. Wrinkles are out of your clothes and on-the-go!

More cleaning tips

3-Step daily routine to keep your shower clean
Deep cleaning for your bathroom
How to clean your carpets between shampoos

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Comments on "20 Tried-and-true cleaning methods"

Trish May 16, 2013 | 8:37 AM

#11 Tarnish no more: Sprinkle 1 cup of WHAT over the items? Just curious ~ not - thank goodness,

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