I've written about cleaning hacks and ideas before, but I wanted to dedicate an entire post to dealing with cleaning solutions I have discovered over the years for those seemingly impossible tasks like getting stains out of your carpet or crayons off of your walls. All of these remedies use every day products that you should have around your home so they are cheep and effective. I hope you can find these useful in caring for your home!
1. How To Remove Dark Stains From Your Carpet
Our carpet in our bedrooms has a tendency to get dark nasty spots and I have no idea where they come from. I had tried steam ironing our the spots, a carpet cleaner, and tiresome scrubbing and nothing was getting the stains out. I finally decided to invent a concoction and it worked wonderfully!
1 part Corn Starch and 1 part Water mixed into a paste
Make as much as you need depending on how many spots if need to clean. 3 tablespoons of each is enough for me to clean 4-5 stains.
Using a DRY cloth, rub the paste into your stain.
Leave paste on your stain for 12-24 hours.
Vacuum up the dried powder and your stain should be gone!
Make sure to use a nice powerful vacuum and preferably one that has a handheld function so you can really scrub out the stain and left over powder. You've heard of my disastrous vacuum story in the past (we've been through 4 vacuums in 3 years) and I highly recommend the new Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology. It has worked wonders on our floors and carpet and is powerful enough for any job. I'll never buy a cheep powerless vacuum again because they just don't get the job done correctly.
2. How to Clean Your Shower Grout
Another problem spot for me has been my shower grout. The grout lines are a perfect breading ground for mildew, a pink fungus that grows in our area of the country, and even mold. I had been spraying, bleaching, scrubbing and never could really get them back to their original white. Here is what I finally did that works:
Baking Soda, Vinegar, and a Grout Brush that I snagged from Grove Collective
The Grout Brush is the key here. I had tried baking soda and vinegar with a regular rag but it didn't work.
This is theFull Circle, Grunge Buster Grout and Tile Brush and is my favorite cleaning tool hands down.
First spray the shower grout problem areas with vinegar (I put vinegar in a spray bottle to make it easier but you could just douse the walls from the bottle).
Next, sprinkling baking soda on the vinegar mixture.
Immediately start scrubbing with the grout brush.
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3. How to Remove Scuff Marks From Walls
I have used this cleaning solution to remove tons of scuff marks from our walls and it works every time. You can see below a scuff mark caused by dragging our high chair around that I was able to remove with this recipe.
Mix baking soda and water together until you have a watery paste. The consistency of the paste isn't consequential, but you want it to be thick enough to stick to the wall without running down.
Using your finger, rub the paste onto your mark.
With a damp rag, start rubbing the paste into the stain with SLOW and GENTLE Circles
*this is very important- the baking soda will work like sandpaper and is going to remove the top layer of paint that is holding the scuff mark. If you have a different color paint underneath your top coat and you rub too hard, the other paint color will start to show through. Using gentle circles, work the baking soda into the paint as if you are sanding down the walls and stop as soon as your see the mark disappear.
Continue wetting your rag and rubbing out the scuff until it is gone.
4. How to Clean a Garbage Disposals
Garbage disposals are the bomb but they can also start to smell if not cared for properly.
Run your disposal to makes sure it is empty.
Put 1 cup of baking soda, the peel of your favorite citrus fruit, and 1 tray of ice cubes into your disposal.
Next, dump in 1 cup of vinegar and the let the mixture stand for a few minutes for the chemical reaction to take place.
Insert a bottle cleaning brush into your disposal and use it to rub the mixture into the walls and blades of your disposal.
Turn on your water and run your disposal until it is empty
* The ice may seem pointless, but it helps to sharpen the disposal blades.
5. How to Clean a Washing Machine
You should be cleaning your washing machine at least once every 6 months to get rid of excess soap scum and residue. I am not sure where I got this recipe from as I have been using it for years, but I won't take credit for inventing this! I also don't like using bleach, so this is a bleach free recipe.
Set your machine to run a soak cycle on hot at the largest load setting and add 1 quart of white vinegar to your drum as it fills up.
Also add vinegar down the bleach and fabric softer spouts if your washing machine has those.
Add 4-5 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil to the drum
Let the hot water, oil and vinegar sit with the lid open for 1 hour
Run a full wash cycle with the vinegar water and when it is finished your drum will be clean.
If there is soap scum above the water level that wasn't hit during the wash cycle, take a rag with hot water and vinegar and scrub the scum off.
6. How to Clean Sink Spouts
This one is going to seem silly, but I can't stand when sink spouts and other hardware on the counters start to collect dirt and grim under and around their fixture bases. However, it is hard to find something small enough to target those hard to reach places.
Use an unused mascara brush! You can find packs of replacement mascara brushes at a drug store or big box store like Target or Walmart. Rather than using them in your makeup, use them for cleaning purposes. They are essentially mini cleaning brushes. I use them to clean around the fixtures on my sinks as well as in hard to reach sippy cup places.
I hope that these cleaning tips and tricks work for you! If they don't, please email me and I can try to see what I did differently that may fix your problem.
Andif you haven't tried Grove Collective yet, you NEED to! I buy all of our toiletry and cleaning products there and even grab diapers and wipes occasionally. They only sell high quality products that are health conscientious, and environmentally friendly which has me all tingly inside just thinking about!
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