It's May, and you know what that means, don't you? It's Spring Cleaning month on Apartment Therapy! Time to throw open those windows and get down and dirty. As you know, we've put out a call for the best, most inspiring, and most ingenious cleaning tips, and last week we shared 5 of the best cleaning tips we've received so far. Today we're sharing 6 more! Have a tip of your own to share? Send it our way... it's not too late!
Here are six more tips we're loving:
1. Kristen says:
I have a boston terrier and a very white, very expensive shag rug. To keep the rug clean after an accident, I gently scrub hydrogen peroxide into the pile with an old toothbrush (while wearing gloves, of course). The hydrogen peroxide kills the germs, neutralizes the odor, removes the stain AND dissipates the ammonia in the urine, which is the reason fido keeps going to the same spot to begin with instead of finding and telling me that he needs to go outside. The best part — a huge liter of generic hydrogen peroxide is about $1 and lasts forever compared to a trigger spray bottle of pet-specific carpet cleaner that only does the job of two or three clean-ups.
2. Katherine says:
Using tin foil and baking soda to clean old silver jewelry. Layer the tin foil in a pan, cover with boiling water, add the baking soda and (carefully) rub the jewelry and watch the tarnish vanish!
3. Lynsy says:
I bought a battery operated spinning toothbrush to clean grout. I spray on shower or tile cleaner and then just run the spinning brush over the grout. It removes hard water stains and any mold without scrubbing.
4. Anita says:
To clean laminate floors make a 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and a dash or two of Method's Multi-surface Natural All-Purpose Cleaner (it has a wonderful grapefruit scent) and use it as mop water. Viola! Sparkling, clean and shiny (no streaks) laminate floors and a home that smells citrus fresh.
5. Eve says:
I have a swiffer mop, but I don't buy the disposable pads/cloths. I bought a pack of microfiber cloths in the auto section of my local big box store (they are cheaper there than in the cleaning section!). I just attach the microfiber cloth onto the head of the swiffer, it tucks in just like the disposables. and then I wash, dry, and reuse!
6. Amanda says:
I think I may have gotten this from your site, but: lemon juice + vinegar + water. I was blown away by how effective this was - in just a few minutes, I finally got rid of counter stains that I had been trying to remove for months with every cleaning product imaginable! It was knock-my-socks-off awesome. I recommend keeping a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge so it's always handy.
Another vinegar tip: soaking your shower head in vinegar can improve flow dramatically. This is a great trick if you have hard water. Hard water causes minerals to precipitate in your shower head, reducing flow; vinegar dissolves it. You don't even have to remove the shower head - just put some vinegar in a plastic baggie and tie/tape it on.
The folks at method have been kind enough to sponsor Spring Cleaning month this year and supply prizes to five lucky Apartment Therapy readers who love to clean. Do you have an amazing, blow-us-away cleaning tip? Share it with us through the form below and be entered to win one of five prizes from method. Five lucky winners will be randomly selected, but outside of that, we'll be posting five of your reader-submitted tips every week during Spring Cleaning month to help other Apartment Therapy readers on their Spring Cleaning projects.
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