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.
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
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.
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.
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