Don't buy costly cleaning products that will clutter your cupboards. Instead, use these common items you'll find at home as
an easy (and cheaper) alternatives.
You can use white toothpaste to fill in errant holes in your walls. As long as the walls are painted white, the toothpaste
will blend right in.
To get rid of scuff marks, rub the inside of a banana peel over silverware, leather shoes and leather furniture. Wipe with a soft cloth. Be sure to test on a small, inconspicuous section first.
Soft chunks of crustless white bread will get smudges off wallpaper and wipe away fingerprints and other grime.
To get rid of lime buildup, make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for 15 minutes, then flush with a pot of boilng water.
Rub a thin veneer of car wax on your stovetop, then wipe it off. The wax allows future cooking spills to lift off more easily.
Use correction fluid (like White-Out) to cover nicks and chips on white enamel kitchen appliances like ranges and mixers.
A staple in most garages, WD-40 also works wonders on stainless steel. Just spray and rub with a cloth for a spotless shine.
Using the warm water setting, fill the basin and add 2 cups white vinegar. Let stand for an hour, then run the cycle as usual.
For a natural bleaching effect and to save money on energy costs (you don't have to use the dryer!), hang your whites outside to dry.
Clean a bathroom mirror with shaving cream (the old-fashioned white kind, not a gel variety), then wipe with a soft cloth. This tip also helps keep the mirror fog-free after showers.
To kill bathroom germs, spray full-strength vinegar around the sink and tub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Using a soft toothbrush, scrub pieces of silver jewelry with a bit of toothpaste containing baking soda. Rinse with warm water
to restore sparkle.
Unstick drawers and keep them sliding smoothly by rubbing the runners with a candle or bar of soap.
Place a piece of white chalk in your silver or jewelry chest to absorb moisture and prevent tarnish.
Slip an old pillowcase over each blade of a ceiling fan, then apply mild pressure as you peel it off. The dust will stay in the case.
To get glass vases sparkling clean, fill three-quarters with hot water, add a teaspoon of baking soda and shake. Let stand overnight; rinse.
Store cords tangle-free by winding each one back and forth, then inserting it into an empty toilet paper tube.
Clean and shine the leaves of houseplants by wiping them down with the inside of a banana peel.
To take off oil-based paint on your skin, put a little extra-virgin olive oil on a soft cloth and rub clean.
Instead of using harsh chemicals, spray vinegar in the cracks of your walkway to get rid of weeds.