April 5th, 2017

12 “Homestyle” Tricks To Deep Clean Your Vehicle

It’s spring cleaning time again. And at London Drugs, we’re thrilled. No… honestly. We love the annual reminder to declutter, deep clean, and start fresh. This spring, we’ve already shared cleaning tips for the kitchen and for your computer.

But what about your vehicle?

If it’s been some time since you last gave your chariot a thorough cleaning, now’s the perfect time to tackle it: the weather is (slightly) warmer and the sun may even be peeking out. Even better? That sunshine will make the results of your cleaning look fabulous! And remember, you don’t need fancy detailing products to make your car look amazing, inside and out.

Below are 12 cleaning and detailing tricks we trust, using common household products.

6 Homestyle Tricks To Clean Your Car’s Exterior

1. Shine Your Car With Hair Conditioner

It sounds a bit strange, but you’ll be amazed by the results, especially if you use conditioners containing lanolin, a kind of wax. The bonus: conditioner is much easier to apply than traditional car waxes. You simply mix it with water, lather, apply, then rinse…just like your hair. And if conditioner isn’t your thing, you can make homemade car washing solutions, too.

2. De-Bug Your Grill With Dryer Sheets
If you’ve ever taken a Canadian summer road trip, you know all about that thick layer of bugs that develops on your car’s front bumper and grill. It’s often tough to remove and pretty icky. One approach: try rubbing it off with a dryer sheet. We’re not sure why it works, but it does. You’ll be relieved.

3. Shine Your Tires With Olive Oil
Want to get your tires back to the deep black they had when they were brand new? There are a slew of customized products designed for doing just that, but regular olive oil works spectacularly well, too (actually, almost any vegetable oil works reasonably). After washing the tire and letting it dry, just rub the oil in liberally with a cloth. Voila.

4. Remove Rust Spots With Vinegar

Rust spots can a real pain: they spread quickly if left unchecked and are tough to repair. So if you only have small surface spots, so far, remove them right away with undiluted white vinegar. Lemon juice works, too. Just rub it into the rust, give the acids a few seconds to work, and wipe clean.

5. Fill Scratches with Nail Polish
After you’ve removed the rust, or (even better) before it forms, you can fill small paint scratches with nail polish. Sure, the results from vehicle paint patching kits might last longer. But if you’re looking for a quick way to protect, this might be it. And nail polish comes in so many shades that it’s dead easy to colour match. Just be sure the surface is dry before you apply and look for a polish that says it dries hard.

6. Use Toothpaste To Clean Headlights
That yellow-ish film that can develop on your headlights not only looks bad, but might block some of the light from making it to the street, to guide your way. A quick natural fix: baking soda toothpaste. Just brush it on and rinse it off.

6 Homestyle Tricks To Clean Your Car’s Interior

1. Recondition Your Dashboard with Vaseline
Once again, there are many products designed for detailing your vehicle’s dashboard and other soft, interior surfaces. But plain old petroleum jelly, known to many as Vaseline, works about as well as any of them, and it costs a lot less.

2. Remove Pet Hair with a Squeegee
This tip doesn’t apply to everyone, but some of us pet owners really need the help. Of course, a vacuum may be needed to remove every last hair and all the dander, but you’ll be surprised by how much you can clump up and pull out with just a couple sprays of water and a regular rubber squeegee.

3. Clean Windows With Baby Wipes
Glass cleaning sprays are great when you’re already cleaning the car, but they aren’t very convenient for day-to-day smudges and fingerprints inside your car. For that, keep a box of baby wipes handy. They couldn’t be more convenient and most leave only streak-free clarity behind.

4. Get Into Crevices With a Table Knife
Your car has many seams, cracks, and tight corners that even a standard ‘homestyle’ cleaning tool like a toothbrush won’t reach or clean very easily. To effectively get rid of that hairline grime, wrap the end of a regular tableware knife in a cloth and use it to scrub it out.

5. Blast Dusty Vents With A Can of Air
You can try sucking the dusty build-up out of your vents with a vacuum, but enough accumulated crud will make that approach less than satisfying. Try spot blasting the vents with a can of air, instead. You might even already have one hanging around the house for cleaning dust out of your electronics.

6. Make Your Own Air Freshener with Essential Oils
Now that your car is clean inside and out, freshen its scent with a DIY air freshener. One method is to douse a wooden clothespin with essential oils and clip it to a vent. This approach gives you an almost endless number of natural smells to choose from.

What are your favourite homestyle cleaning tips? Or cleaning tips in general? We’d love to hear them. Until then, enjoy your spring cleaning. We know we will!

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November 4th, 2016

LD Picks: 4 Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home

Darker and colder days in the winter make it difficult to stay on top of household chores. Sometimes, easy cleaning tips are all the motivation you need to finally kick-start fall cleaning.

Environmentally friendly DIY cleaners

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Strong detergents and toxic-smelling cleaning sprays are not your only option when it comes to effectively cleaning dirty surfaces. For an inexpensive and enviro-friendly option, take a look in your pantry and make a do-it-yourself all-purpose cleaner

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March 18th, 2016

LD Picks: 5 Kitchen Cleaning Tips You Need for Spring

In a busy household, something always needs cleaning. Everyone wants to avoid scrubbing, but sometimes it seems there’s no other way. Luckily, we’ve gathered some of the cleverest kitchen cleaning tips we’ve found on the web – most of them scrub-free. You’re welcome.

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How to clean your panini grill

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Photo via The Fun Times Guide

Both Panini grills and George Foreman grills offer a fun and easy way to take your favourite sandwiches to the next level. Even if the plates are removable or non-stick, grime can build up on them. The trick to keeping your grill shiny isn’t about manual labour – it’s about letting time do its work.

Once your food is cooked, immediately unplug the grill and let it cool for a few minutes. Place a few damp paper towels on the cooking surface and close the lid. The grill’s heat will steam the mess, and by the time you’re done eating, it’ll be a cinch to clean! If you have removable plates, give them a quick wipe in the sink. Give fixed ones a wipe with a wet sponge, then dry them with a dish towel.

[More at The Fun Times Guide]

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Transform your stove burners

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Photo via The V Spot

Grease marks on a stovetop can be frustrating and embarrassing. For renters, in particular, the burner grates can be a major source of kitchen shame. Unfortunately, grease stains are nearly impossible to avoid. Fortunately, there’s a way to clean them up that requires very little elbow grease (pun intended). You just need two ingredients.

Ingredients:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Large Ziploc bags

Place your burner grates in the plastic bag and add a small amount of ammonia to the Ziploc, sealing it tightly. Remember, it’s the fumes that do the cleaning, so be sure not to immerse them in liquid. Zip on over to The V Spot for full instructions, and never combine ammonia with any other substances.

[More at The V Spot]

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Get a crisp and clean stovetop

Photo via Practically Functional

First, wipe away all the loose food and gunk that’s accumulated with a damp cloth. (While you’re at it, try the technique listed above for cleaning the grates themselves.) Then, when you’re left with just the really stubborn grease and oil that caked onto the surface, try this mixture.

  1. Baking soda
  2. Hydrogen peroxide

Mix the two into a runny paste, then apply it to the problem spots. Give them a scrub with a Viva Vantage towel—its cloth-like texture makes it great for heavy cleanups. For really stubborn spots, let the paste sit for ten minutes before scrubbing. Repeat as needed.

[More at Practically Functional]

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Get sparkling cookie sheets once more!

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Photo via One Good Thing by Jillee

Over time, cookie sheets tend to get grimy. It’s easy to accept it as wear and tear, or adapt by lining them with parchment paper or tin foil. If you’re patient, however, there’s a great way to get them clean with minimal scrubbing!

Ingredients:

  1. Hydrogen peroxide
  2. Baking soda
  3. Time

Cover the surface of the baking sheet with baking soda, add hydrogen peroxide, and another sprinkle of baking soda. Then, walk away. Hours later, you’ll see that the formula soaked up the grease marks. Pretty great, right?

[More at One Good Thing by Jillee]

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Clean & deodorize your wooden cutting boards

Photo via All Kinds of Yumm

Take a close look at your wooden cutting board. Does it look dry and sad? Does it smell like last week’s stir-fry? Here’s a totally non-toxic way of sprucing up the cutting board! You need only two things.

  1. A lemon, halved
  2. Coarse salt

Start by rubbing a lemon half all over the surface. When it’s damp, sprinkle a generous portion of salt across the board and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, rub the salt into the board using that same lemon. (If you need more liquid, give the other half a squeeze.) When all the salt is dissolved, rinse the board, and repeat on the other side, if necessary. When you’re done, wipe a little oil onto the cutting board to seal it.

[More at All Kinds of Yumm]

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December 21st, 2015

LD Picks: Best Life Tips and Tricks

No one has time to read all the lifestyle tips on the Internet, so our editors have selected the best. Read on for smart advice on beagles, bruises, bleaching, Brussels sprouts, and more—our very favourite life tips and tricks.

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How to Remove Annoying Sticky Residue from Marble

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Marble is a relatively soft rock, susceptible to damage, so it gets a bad rap for requiring frequent maintenance. With this simple trick, however, you’ll be able to clean off even the stickiest of messes with ease.

  1. The materials You need cooking oil—either canola or olive will do—and a willing pair of hands.
  2. The setup Pour your cooking oil over the sticky residue and gently work it in using your fingers. Since marble is so soft, avoid using metal utensils or steel wools and instead, use your fingernails to peel off the residue.
  3. The cleanup Once all of the residue is removed, rinse the area with warm water and dry it.

[More at Apartment Therapy]

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December 21st, 2015

LD Picks: Best Home Cleaning Tips and Tricks

The web is full of brilliant cleaning tricks, so we figured we might as well collect our favourites in one easy-to-access place.

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Refresh a stinky mattress with a vodka bath

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Good in a cocktail, better as a disinfectant. Got a stubborn odor on your mattress? Vodka is an odorless antiseptic that evaporates quickly, eliminating the odor and odor-causing bacteria that go overlooked in ordinary cleaning.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with vodka—Silent Sam will do; no need to pull out the Ketel One or Russian Standard.
  2. Add a couple of drops of essential oil for an extra scent boost.
  3. Shake well, and spray liberally over the mattress.
  4. Let the mattress dry completely before making the bed.
  5. Repeat as needed.

[More at Real Simple]

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November 12th, 2015

8 Places You’ve Never Thought to Clean in Your Home

If you actually clean all these places in your home, you’re living proof that cleanliness is next to godliness. For the rest of us mortals, these eight locations serve as helpful reminders that out of mind doesn’t always mean out of sight.

1. Above door mouldings

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Just like baseboards, tiny ledges around your home gather dust over time. Grab a damp rag and run it along the top of the door frame. You’ll be running around the house wiping all your doors in no time.

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November 1st, 2015

Contest: Enter for a chance to win a Dirt Devil Vac & Dust!

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NOVEMBER 2015 CONTEST QUESTION:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever discovered in your vacuum cleaner?  

We’re almost afraid to ask this question! Yes, we’ve all–at one time or another–had to look through the vacuum bag or canister to find something that we accidentally scooped up. But have you ever found something unexpected in there? We’re curious to hear about your experience! Share yours in the Comments field below*. When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Sticks awarded monthly.

How The Dirt Devil Dust & Vac Contest Works:

At the end of each month from now until December 2015, we’ll give away one grand prize–one Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Stick along with a London Drugs Gift Certificate worth $25–and 2 secondary prizes of a Vac & Dust Corded stick. You may only enter once per month. Please see full contest rules for details. Good luck!

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