Mar 8, 2010

*MIZADVICE* Spring cleaning

I know. It's Monday. You probably don't want to hear about more work, but spring is almost here and I wanted to share with you some great tips that will help you make it easier and cheaper. 

Home remedies for house cleaning are friendly to the environment and your wallet. With right tips and techniques, you can create a house that is dirt free.

Spring fresh laundry. A mixture of one third cup white vinegar and two thirds cup water. Apply it to the grass stain with a clean cloth. Repeat the process several times.
Clean windows. Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a spray bottle. Scrub with newspaper.

Clean up a cracked egg. Cover the mess with a handful of salt, then wipe up.
Remove tea stain. Sprinkle on a lemon peel then rub it on a tea stained cup.

Air freshener. Simmer slices of lemon in one pot of water for an hour or so. A citrus scent will fill your house.
Sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice over the surface to disinfect.
Whiten fingernail. Rub a wedge on the surface of your nails.
Remove tough food stains from plastic. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.

Clean refrigerator. Use baking soda dissolved in water to clean and freshen your refrigerator.
Clean surfaces. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.
Clean silver. Use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. 

{Photographs by Olivia Graham}
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