Home Cleaning Hacks

Just found out a friend is dropping by and your house is a mess? Don’t have time to run to the store but have to get that stain out? Funky, unidentifiable smell coming from your teenager’s room? Check out these home cleaning hacks using supplies you probably already have on hand for quick clean up in a pinch.

• Ketchup – A staple in most households, ketchup can be used to clean copper and brass. Whether it’s your pots and pans or kitchen and bathroom faucets and fixtures, just smear them with a thick layer of the red stuff and let the acid from the tomatoes and vinegar do the tough stuff for you. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, the polish away with warm water. For tougher stains, let sit for a little longer and add table salt while you polish.

• Coffee grounds – Grinding up some fresh coffee beans is a daily occurrence for many. Use these grounds as an air freshener to help mask odors that you don’t have time to search out. Simply place fresh grounds in the bottom of a new trash bag in your wastebasket and let their aroma fill the air.

• Stains – Got a tough clothing stain you just can’t get rid of? The folks at Momtastic came up with this mega-remover that works on virtually everything. Mix one part Dawn blue dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide, then add a tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste. Spread generously over the stain, ensuring you cover the underside of the fabric, too. Scrub it with a toothbrush and let sit for an hour, longer for bad stains. Then wash as usual.

• Kitchen sink – First, pour baking soda onto the wet sink and scrub with a soft brush, then rinse. Next, line the sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar and let sit for 20 minutes. Remove paper towels and rinse. Then, slice up a fresh lemon into small pieces and drop them down the garbage disposal. Their acid will help clean the blades while the fresh scent brightens up your kitchen.

• Onion – Using a stinky onion to get rid of stinky smells may sound counter-intuitive, but it really does work. Slice a large onion in half and place on a dish near your shoe rack, next to your dirty laundry, or inside of a smelly closet and leave there overnight. The next morning, trash the onion and let the area air out. Before you know it, the stink and onion smells will both be gone!