Clean your oven with baking soda and white vinegar.
- Empty the oven.
- Make a baking soda paste by mixing a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste.
- Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements.
- Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours or overnight.
- Clean your oven racks.
- After 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dishcloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can.
- Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven.
- Take your damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar as needed while wiping to get the oven clean and shiny.
Use your old clothes as cleaning rags.
Using your old clothes as rags will save you money and stop clothes from going to landfill. Cut your clothes up into usable rectangles or squares. When they reach the end of their life as cleaning rags, you can drop them off somewhere they can be recycled again.
Clean your windows with white vinegar.
Use straight vinegar, says wikiHow. Simply warm 1 cup (240 ml) of white vinegar and apply it directly to glass (a spray bottle is best for this particular solution). If your windows are extra dirty, you can leave this solution on your windows to soak for a minute or two before you rinse it off.
Clean your dishwasher with citric acid.
Citric acid may be used in plastic and stainless steel interior dishwashers to help clean the interior. Citric acid crystals (sometimes called Sour Salt) are available at some drug stores and grocery stores in the canning or spice section.
Use either and fill up where you usually put your dishwasher tablets and run your dishwasher. You can either run it empty or with plain china in it (avoid anything metal or patterned, as the citric acid crystals could mark it).
Cut down on the drying time.
Cut down on the drying time for any load by adding a clean, dry towel to the beginning of the cycle, then removing it after about 15 minutes.
The towel will soak up a bunch of water from your wet clothes, so when you remove it to hang to dry, everything still in the dryer will finish faster. And you’ll save energy!
Lemon for hard water stains.
Notice the water stains on your shower’s glass walls? You can try removing it with this lemon trick. Slice a lemon in half and dip the open end in a plate filled with coarse salt, then use this to scrub off the hard water stains; dip into the salt every once in a while to replenish the scrub.
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