15 Outstanding Household Tips and Tricks

1. The first order of business is to get yourself a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge. Oh my, how this sponge smites dirt. It will get grime off your banister, ink off your sofa, stains out of your countertops, scuffs off your floors, swipe up spills from nail polish to don’t-wanna-know, and handle just about any other mess you can think of. Keep a load of these things around – they’re great for deep and instant cleaning, especially if you have toddlers.

2. De-stink the garbage disposal by putting in lemon rinds and running cold water. Your whole kitchen will smell fresh – and not like artificial lemon scent.

3. Organize your pots and pans with overhead racks. It’ll free up cupboard space and yet keep it all easily reachable.

4. Keep your cling film in the fridge; it works better when it’s cold.

5. Clean your microwave by boiling a cup of water in it. The steam from the water condenses on the walls, loosening caked-on food and making it a breeze to wipe off.

6. To clean your blender,just add water and a little dish soap, put on the lid securely, and turn it on. Voila, the blender cleans itself! Rinse the soap thoroughly and you’re done.

7. Pour boiling water down your drain every once in a while. This helps to push the oils from foods down the drain so that they don’t cake onto the insides of your pipes and cause clogs.

8. Install a magazine holder inside a bathroom cabinet door if you have the space for one. It is the perfect size and shape to hold a hairdryer stored upside-down.

9. Dip a wad of newspaper in a 1:10 mixture of vinegar and water for a cheap and effective way to clean mirrors and windows.

10. Flies hate lavender, so it’s a great flower to put next to your windows. As a bonus, it smells amazing.

11. Add a cinnamon stick to your vacuum cleaner can help to add a lovelyscent to the living room the next time you tidy up.

12. Use a hanging shoe rack to store your cleaning supplies – the pockets are the perfect size.

13. Use a dry erase marker on your mirror for daily reminders.

14. When you’re packing your suitcase, put shower caps over the soles of your shoes to keep the dirt off your other items.

15. Use dryer sheets to remove soap scum from shower walls. The glass will be clear and the smell is nice and light.

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