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.
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
- In a bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of warm water.
- Pour over a sponge or fill a spray bottle, and start cleaning.
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Plastic shower curtains can become mildewy and yellow faster than you may expect. Instead of spending hours scrubbing it down with a sponge or purchasing a new one, throw it in with your laundry.
- Remove the plastic shower curtain from the hooks.
- Place it in a washing machine with two white (or lightly-coloured) towels.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree oil (optional).
- Wash on a gentle cycle.
- Hang-dry the shower curtain on its hooks and dry the towels as you’d like.
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Slow cookers are perhaps one of the most versatile appliances you can have in your kitchen. Not only do they allow the busiest of cooks a hands-free and economical way to prepare meals, but they can even clean themselves.
- Making sure your slow cooker is turned off, fill with water until above the most concentrated food stain.
- Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to a 6-quart slow cooker.
- Very slowly add a cup of baking soda.
- Turn your slow cooker to the lowest setting, cover and cook for 4 hours or overnight.
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Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t had the task of cleaning a baking sheet after a particularly burnt batch of cookies has coated its surface. Thankfully, what may seem like an impossible job can be relatively simple with a few easy steps.
- Loosely coat your stainless steel baking sheet with a layer of baking soda, a layer of hydrogen peroxide and another layer of baking soda.
- Let it absorb for 1-2 hours.
- Use a cloth or rag to scrub away the stains.
[More at Tip Hero]