8 Fast Cleaning Fixes to Get Rid of the Grime

There’s hope for even the dirtiest, most outrageous messes that somehow find their way into our homes. Here's how to fix any disaster area.

By Amy Ahlberg
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    If you have: Grimy kitchen walls

    The combination of cooking grease, steam, and regular old dust creates a sticky residue on your kitchen's surfaces. Clean up grease splatters from your walls, range hood, and cabinets by washing them with a sponge dipped in undiluted white vinegar. Use another sponge soaked in water to rinse, then wipe dry with paper towels. Tip: Don't forget the top of your fridge, which can get greasy as well.

    Source: Woman's Day

    If you have: A splatter-filled microwave

    If the interior of your microwave is a real mess, use the softening power of steam to your advantage. Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a glass bowl, then bring to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe the microwave clean of the now-loosened food using a paper towel.

    Source: SheKnows

    If you have: A gross kitchen garbage can

    An often-overlooked source of real filth is the kitchen garbage, as traces of food and liquid make their way out of the bin liner and onto the can itself, leaving a smelly mess. Scrub using dish detergent or multi-surface cleaning liquid and a nylon-bristle brush (your bathtub is an ideal place for this task). Rinse and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

    Source: Real Simple

    If you have: Crusty, burned-on oven spills

    Don’t leave that baked-on mess on the bottom of your oven; it can give off unpleasant odors and even create smoke. If you can’t run a self-cleaning cycle, spritz with water from a spray bottle, then sprinkle on some baking soda and add a few drops of white vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for a minute or so, then use a scrub sponge to sweep away the grime. Follow with a thorough wipe-down with a damp paper towel.

    Source: Good Housekeeping

    If you have: Cloudy, unsightly shower soap scum

    A haze of soap residue and hard water spots accumulates quickly in showers and on shower doors. To remove, use a sponge or clean cloth to wipe room-temperature white vinegar onto your shower walls and door. The acid in the vinegar will help dissolve the residue. Wipe clean with a damp paper towel. To prevent buildup, use a squeegee on the surfaces after each shower. Tip: Use a nylon brush to scrub out the shower door's tracks.

    Source: Woman's Day

    If you have: A less-than-tidy toilet bowl

    Time can be your ally when tackling a dirty toilet. To clean and deodorize the toilet bowl, pour one cup of white distilled vinegar or multi-surface cleaning liquid into the bowl and let sit several hours or overnight, if possible. Then scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.

    Source: SheKnows

    If you have: Filthy windows

    Clean windows make everything seem brighter, but you don’t need additional bottles of window cleaner for the job—simply use a multi-surface spray cleaner or a water-vinegar solution, and wipe windows down using crumpled-up newspapers or paper towels. Tip: Wash windows on a cloudy day; the windows dry more slowly and will streak less. 

    Source: Stylelist

    If you have: Pet hair everywhere

    Of course, you can use special lint rollers and dry sponges—but if you’re in a hurry, simply dampen the palm of your hand and wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. Rubber gloves or latex gloves also work, as does the sticky side of a FedEx label.

    Sources: Stylelist, Woman's Day


    Your Comments

    • BAK11

      I used full strength on my grease spatters on the wall and it didn’t remove them. Even with soaking.
      Did the author try it?

      • Karla

        Try baking soda paste. It absorbs grease.

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    • terri56

      I use the spray foam bathroom cleaner on grime & it cleans it right off, works great on plastic dish racks, stove vents & filters, grimy cabinets, everything. It washes right off & if there is some concern about something that might come in direct contact with food or utensils you can rinse with a touch of vinegar water.

    • zuzu

      One must be made aware,too, that vinegar attracts gnats…

    • Annie

      Wow I guess this blogger can’t take criticism very well! Stop promoting lazy cleaning methods that all rely on disposable paper towels!

    • Annie

      Paper towels, paper towels, paper towels! Can’t you come up with a cheaper, more Eco-friendly solution?

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      I have a great tip that will save you LOTS of money and work.  Buy TSP (trisodium phosphate) and add it to your cleaners, like window cleaners, floor cleaners, your laundry (sparingly and only on whites), etc.  It changes the pH and allows the cleaners to work better.  This used to be a standard ingredient in many cleaners but is now not allowed to be sold in regular cleaners… yet you can still buy this at the hardware store and add yourself.  It really helps remove the amount of elbow grease you need to get the job done, too!!  

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