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. Last week we put out a call for the best, most inspiring, and most ingenious cleaning tips. Tips and tricks have been pouring in, so today we're sharing 5 of best tips we've received so far! Have a tip of your own to share? Send it our way... it's not too late!
Here are 5 tips we love so far:
1. Jason says:
When your garbage disposal starts to emit an odor, it's usually very difficult to get it to stop stinking up the kitchen. A great way to clean out the disposal is to use ice. Any kind of ice will do, cubes, chunks, whatever. I even used the ice that accumulated on my freezer walls. As I chipped it away in chunks, I fed it down the disposal. Once I turned the unit on, the chunks of ice would literally scrape away the built up food and gunk that accumulates on the inside walls of the disposal (possibly from not running it long enough.) Toss in the rind or a piece of a citrus fruit (orange, lemon, etc.) and you have a totally natural deodorizer as well!
2. Catalina says:
The best way to clean stainless steal appliances without buying a special cleaner is to mix baking soda with dish washing soap (the hand washing stuff, not the dishwasher stuff and preferably a green soap) until it makes a paste. Rub it on, and wash it off with water or vinegar and its spotless. Clean your sink, cutlery, appliances, anything at all! Works amazing.
3. Melissa says:
I use a slightly damp rubber glove to get pet hair off furniture. Just lightly wet the glove, shake it off, then put it on, run it over your furniture, and the pet hair rolls off the furniture and onto the glove. We have 3 cats and 2 dogs, so this is a great fabulous way for me to cope with the HAIR EVERYWHERE. And we don't ever buy those new disposable pet hair remover things (what a waste).
4. Michelle says:
Do you know how gross your kitchen sponge is? Every week when I clean my kitchen I boil a small pot of water and then throw my sponge in for 5 minutes. That boiling water should kill anything harbored inside the sponge. It's simple and you don't have to buy extra products.
5. Abby says:
When I was in college I worked at a laundromat and took away a couple of stain removing secrets... You can remove lipstick from clothing with dish soap (prior to laundering). It's a great grease fighter for other food related spills as well. Work into a lather until removed. And you remove blood from from clothing with hydrogen peroxide (also prior to laundering). Don't get nervous when it starts to foam. No need to lather, the peroxide does all the work.
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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