Be A Natural: Solutions for Safe Cleaning

You don’t need fancy products to have a completely sanitized home – surprisingly, you may already have everything you need sitting in your fridge. Further, as a millennial, it’s your sworn duty to only use natural solutions whenever possible – if a natural solution is not possible, delay solving the problem for as long as possible until a natural solution is developed (jk lol).

Sadly, many cleaning products on your Amazon or Duane Reade have many chemicals that can be considered harmful and/or relatively toxic. Left to their own devices, these agents will cause unwanted side effects, such as skin irritations and rashes; prolonged use may even contribute to respiratory diseases.

“Green cleaning” is much safer (no surprise there). But where should you start? Also, will “going green” eliminate the green inside your wallet? Don’t panic – we’ve written a cheat-sheet with natural solutions for healthy heavy-duty cleaning. Keep your apartment clean while minimizing damages to your health (and the environment) – it’s like killing three grass-fed birds with one stone!

Clean Cheat Sheet

  • When Life Gives You Lemon Juice, Make a Cleaning Aid
    We wonder if Theologians believe lemons were a sanitizing gift from our almighty creator (if you believe in that sort of thing)? Lemons have acids that can help remove stains and dirt from various surfaces. Use lemon juice in the bathroom or kitchen to eliminate soap scum and built-up hard-water deposits. Further, when mixed with salt, the resulting solution makes a perfect scouring paste.
  • Lastly, lemon juice is very effective with deodorizing and disinfecting countertops and can be used to clean dishes. To achieve lemon juice’s full cleaning potential, merge it with olive oil to form an excellent hardwood polishing solution.
  • You Catch Less Physical Ailments With Vinegar
    Vinegar ain’t no joke – it’s a very effective all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and now you’re ready to clean the entire home. The solution works wonders for the bathtub, countertops, sink, and faucets. If you’re trying to impress your friends (who isn’t?), use it as a floor cleaner. Before you get too excited, beware: it can harm marble and wood.
  • Baking Soda
    Substitute baking soda for other non-abrasive cleaners. If you have a garage, you can use baking soda to clean its concrete floor. Inside the house, use it for nasty oil and grease spills.

Concluding Remarks

While cleaning may be dangerously boring, it shouldn’t be dangerous. Give our natural solutions a try – if you’re still having trouble, call Maid Sailors and we’ll fix up your home real quick.

This article received contributions from W2 Cleaning Services

Cleaning the Floors

Cleaning the floors may not be your favorite household chore, but it’s one that we have to do. Whether you have hardwood, tile, laminate, or carpet you should be cleaning the floors weekly. So today we are going to share some tips on how to do it!

While there are many things to keep in mind if you have hard floors, clean these first. This will require the most time and effort; like Mark Twain said, “swallow the big frog” first and everything else will undoubtedly fall into place. Maid Sailors can do this quickly and cheaply; however, if you’re in the mood to “go hard on the hard floor”, follow these guidelines.

1. Tile Floors

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Rent a floor scrubber machine from a local cleaning company or make an investment by purchasing one via Amazon.

Go “Hard” Solution: There are many existing detergents and solutions for cleaning tiled floors. But you can easily make your own detergent solutions at home. Mix 3 to 5 spoons of baking soda, vinegar, shampoo and water. Stir and apply onto the tiles while scrubbing the stains via stiff brush or cloth. For stubborn stains, let the solution marinate on the surface for 5 minutes. Keep in mind, don’ t panic if you encounter heavier stains; your local hardware store will have stronger solutions for sale. After you’ve addressed your stains, wipe down the floor with a clean towel and begin dancing.

2. Laminate Floors

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Unfortunately, there is no way to go “super hard” when you’re cleaning laminated floors.

Go “Hard” Solution: First, make sure that the surface is dry and any particles (e.g. sand, food crumbs) have been vacuumed. Afterward, apply a basic detergent (or your homemade solution from above) and mop your floor. Perform this task semi-frequently (e.g. weekly) for ongoing excellence.

3. Rugs & Carpets

Go “Super Hard” Solution: Call Maid Sailors. Not because we’re legally required to say this, but because it is the best solution. Professionals will have the optimal cleaning solution you’re your specific carpet or rug since each has its own unique requirements. For example, carpets with different colors should only be cleaned with color-friendly detergents (as common sense may suggest). There are also numerous detergents for longer fiber carpets, as well as for hand-made rugs.

Go “Hard” Solution: Doing-it-yourself can be a very effective approach. Be sure to read the label on the carpet’s backing and read the cleaning recommendations. Certain details can literally mean “life or death” for your carpet; for instance, using a hot steaming machine may damage the fibers and the colors on certain carpets, however, there are other carpets that can only be deep cleaned with a hot steam machine.

Additionally, make sure to apply a sanitizer and/or deodorizer (especially if you have pets). This approach eliminates bacteria and promotes both human and carpet health.

How to Properly Clean A Bathroom Vanity

If you live in Manhattan, chances are you’re lucky to have a bathroom in the first place. However, regardless of where you live and what the size of your bathroom is, one thing is essential: you must keep your bathroom clean.

The best way to ensure your bathroom is in tip-top shape is to clean your bathroom vanity. Best of all, cleaning the bathroom vanity doesn’t have to be a daunting or timely task. Here is an easy 5-step guide for keeping one of the most important rooms in the house sanitary.

Clear the area

Start by removing all toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, and cups from the counter area.  To properly clean the bathroom vanity, all items should be removed. Don’t let hard work go to waste with water or toothpaste stains hiding under items left in the sink.

Double check your cleaner

Make sure you know what kind of cleaning product to use on the vanity surface. Since vanity surfaces may vary (marble, tile, laminate, wood, ceramic) check the labels on cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces of your bathroom. Using the wrong kind of cleaner for the vanity, or a cleaner that is too abrasive could scratch or stain it. Depending on the vanity surface, multiple products may be necessary for cleaning the vanity countertop, the sink, and faucet.

Do a pre-clean wipe down

Although this step may seem unnecessary, wiping down the vanity may save time when you see what areas need the most work.  Wiping away loose hair, makeup powder, and other loose residues will reveal just how dirty the vanity really is and where you need to focus on scrubbing.

Scrub, scrub, scrub!

Use a wet, clean cloth or soft sponge to apply the bathroom cleaner and focus on areas that need scrubbing the most: toothpaste stains, water stains, makeup or other beauty product stains. Also, make sure the bathroom vent is on or the window is open to air out any fumes from the bathroom cleaner. If you use diluted bleach or other strong cleaning products containing bleach, use a mask and wear cleaning gloves.  Also, remember to thoroughly clean the faucet where hard water stains can accumulate.

Rinse off and dry surface

Thoroughly rinse the cleaning cloth or sponge used to scrub the vanity, or use a new clean cloth or sponge to rinse down the areas previously scrubbed. Use plenty of water to rinse away any cleaning product residue from the vanity surface and faucet.  Then wipe down the vanity with a dry cloth or paper towel. Make sure all surfaces are dry before returning toothbrushes and other items on the vanity.

Keep your bathroom vanity “like new” with these easy-to-do cleaning tips!

Guest Wisdom By Will Shuhaibar

Will loves blogging! He currently contributes to a number of families and home improvement blogs. Whether he’s writing about luxury bathroom accessories for The Bath Outlet or sharing his experiences with family blogs, Will is always writing. When he’s not blogging, you can find Will reading, drawing, or traveling.

Time Saving Tips for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 is Mother’s Day. Said differently, the very minute that Sunday begins is also the very minute your Mother (and/or legal Guardian) must feel robustly appreciated. If you consistently appreciate your Mother (don’t lie, we can all do a better job of this), you must now appreciate her even more than you normally do. If you haven’t already purchased the big three (a card, flowers and a reasonable gift), please stop reading this article and proceed to salvage your relationship with your Guardian(s).

In addition to the traditional fanfare, we’d like to propose you really go the extra mile and use this day to actually make your Mother’s life easier. These following gestures will pay dividends forever (or at least for as long as you pay for) and decrease any remaining stress that the flowers/card/gift will not. Maid Sailors suggests 3 avenues that you (and your family) can pursue in order to make this Mother’s Day both special and meaningful. Keep in mind, ordering a surprise home cleaning from Maid Sailors (while you are all at Sunday brunch) will be an insurmountable gesture and can be pursued in lieu of the following suggestions.

Food

Maybe going out to dinner isn’t your thing. Even if it is, let’s be honest – this isn’t an original idea and your Mother probably values originality. Do something truly creative and conspire with your family members to “bulk cook” an easy set of meals that you can eat for the next few days. If your family traditionally cooks, this will decrease the culinary responsibilities for all involved parties and free up time for other delightful activities (like Netflix). Some more caveats and justifications: 1) If your family traditionally eats out or orders takeout, this solution is a money saver. 2) If you don’t live with your family, you can still use the powerful engine of e-commerce to save everyone both time and money (contrary to most hedge funds, we believe these are separate and distinct elements).

Cookers should utilize tablespoon to find easy, diet-friendly recipes. Tablespoon does a great job of organizing its recipes into distinct categories; for instance, there are 8 separate “diet and health” categories, including Vegan and Gluten Free. If there’s a certain ingredient you’d like to emphasize (like eggs or beans), you’re in luck – tablespoon also categorizes recipes by ingredient and has 10+ to choose from. Find a recipe that works for your family and get to work!

Out-of-towners and the cooking-averse should utilize Blue Apron. The Company eliminates the hassle of both shopping for ingredients and finding recipes by delivering both farm-fresh ingredients and recipes right to your door on a weekly basis. The service allows you to choose the “size” of your plan in order to get the portions just right. In reality, you won’t have time to set this up by tomorrow. Consider trying this out for the next few weeks in order to save your family time.

Laundry

If this is an issue at all, it’s worth addressing. Regardless of who usually does the laundry, take it upon yourself to do your family’s laundry this week. If you’re unsure as to what gets treated in what way (“is this dry clean only?” “should I hang dry this?”), go the extra mile and actually read the labels within the flaps. For some laundry-education, head over to Laundry Goddess, especially if you don’t know how to fold a shirt (properly).

If you’re lazy and also in New York City, consider yourself lucky. There are a few services that are able to pick up your dirty laundry and dry cleaning. There are small pricing differences between the services (generally around $1.15 – $1.50 per pound for wash & fold); check them out for yourself.

Gifts

This is our favorite suggestion. Is your Mother a good listener? Does she give good advice? Give her the opportunity to seamlessly strengthen her skills with audiobooks from Audible. Amazon has given us this amazing gift of narration; the best part about it? The first “book” is free! There are over 180,000 titles and many of the top sellers are actually read by the author. This means Tina Fey will actually read her book (Bossypants) to your mother while she either relaxes on a hammock, heads to work or exercises. The first 30 days are free and the service costs $14.95 per month thereafter. Audible transforms mundane tasks and commutes into learning opportunities; just promise your Mother that you’ll at least try not to hijack her subscription.

Lastly…

First thing’s first: get your flowers, card, and reasonable gift. This Mother’s Day, don’t follow the pack or resume familiar practices. Your family will benefit greatly from developing time-saving habits and your Mother will certainly thank you for it. Use tomorrow as an opportunity to actually change her life for the better on an ongoing basis by eliminating tasks off of her plate or satisfying her curiosity. You’ll thank yourself next Christmas.

Why You Should Have A Daily Cleaning Schedule

Keeping up a clean house with kids around can be a challenge for any parent. There are some days where the messes are so overwhelming that you just want to wave the white flag. The key is to create a cleaning schedule that will allow you to tidy up on a daily basis. When you regularly tackle those daily tasks, it makes doing a deep cleaning much easier, and you’ll feel less stressed in your home.

Daily Quick Fixes by Room:

Kitchen

With cooking, eating, and snack and meal prep, the kitchen is bound to get messy several times a day.

  • Hand wash dishes after each meal/snack, or rinse and load in the dishwasher
  • Wipe down counters
  • Sweep up floors
  • Clean the stovetop with spray and paper towels or a cleaning cloth
  • Disinfect the sink by spraying/wiping it down

Bedrooms

Depending on how old the children are, they may be making messes in their bedrooms throughout the day. Save the major cleanup for the evenings, preferably before bath time and the bedtime routine.

  • Make Beds
  • Pick up dirty laundry and get it into the hamper
  • Put away clutter in the master bedroom and tidy up

Bathrooms

You want your bathroom to be neat and clean on a daily basis because it just looks and feels fresh that way. Do a deep cleaning at least once a week.

  • Pick up any dirty clothes and towels and put in the hamper
  • Wipe down countertops and sink
  • Empty trash bins
  • Tidy up the tub by putting bath toys back in their storage area

Entryway/Hallway

High traffic areas like the entryway and hallways should always be picked up and neat, not only so that they look good, but also for safety.

  • Get shoes put away neatly
  • Hang up book bags and coats
  • Pick up any clutter from the floor

Living Room/Family Room

The family room or living room is an area that usually gets a lot of use during the day if you have young children at home.

  • Pick up clutter and tidy up
  • Run the vacuum, or sweep if you have tile or hardwood floors
  • Straighten up tabletops, put away toys

Get The Kids Involved

No matter how old your kids are, they should be helping out with the daily cleaning of the home. You may opt to assign them specific chores, or you may just make it clear that you have certain expectations for what will be done on a daily basis. For example, with older children, it is absolutely reasonable to have them make their beds and tidy up their rooms, clean up their dishes in the kitchen, and make sure that their dirty laundry makes it into the hamper.

You children often love to help their parents clean and straighten up, especially if it is made into a game. Turn tidying up into an activity to get the little ones into the habit of picking up their toys and putting them away. This is a great thing to do either before or after dinner time since that’s before the bedtime routine.

Deep Cleaning Schedule For The Week:

Since you’ll be keeping up with the basic daily tasks, a weekly deep cleaning should not be as stressful or time-consuming. Each day can have certain deep cleaning tasks assigned, so that this way, you will not have to dedicate an entire afternoon to do the dirty work.

Monday

  • Dust bedrooms and main living area
  • Vacuum bedrooms
  • Go through mail and paperwork that has been building up
  • Empty trash bins

Tuesday

  • Do a deep cleaning in the kitchen- scrub appliances, the sink, clean up the outside and inside of the trash can, wipe down cabinets
  • Clean out the refrigerator and toss any old or expired foods
  • Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator
  • Sweep and mop kitchen floor
  • Dust the dining room and kitchen

Wednesday

  • Dust the living room
  • Tackle laundry by washing and putting away clean clothes

Thursday

  • Empty trash bins
  • Vacuum the living room and bedrooms

Friday

  • Start preparing for the upcoming week by taking care of any small jobs that may have been overlooked
  • Gather papers for the recycle bin
  • Go through mail and clutter that’s been tossed aside throughout the week
  • Create a meal plan for the upcoming week

Saturday

  • Tackle any big cleanup projects, such as cleaning and organizing the garage, basement, or attic
  • Do any organizing projects, such as going through cabinets, changing out seasonal clothing, and cleaning out closets

Sunday

  • Change bed linens and make all beds with clean sheets
  • Deep clean the bathroom- Scrub down toilets, bathtubs/showers, and floors
  • Empty bathroom trash and wipe down the wastebasket
  • Clean up any clutter in the bathroom
  • Dust shelves and fixtures in bathroom

Extra: Helpful Tips to Get Kids Helping Around the House

Obviously, age is a factor when it comes to getting the kids in on the daily and weekly cleaning schedule. For school-age kids, they should be helping out by keeping their bedrooms neat. If the children have their own bathroom and are old enough to use cleaning supplies, show them how to properly clean the tub, toilet, and sink. There are plenty of safe and natural cleaning products that you can use today, and they will do a great job of cleaning and disinfecting.

Children are able to help keep some areas of the home tidy. Make sure that they put away their footwear, backpacks, and coats when they come home from school. For younger children, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and do a quick cleanup race with them.

Once you get into the habit of tackling your daily tasks, you won’t have to stress about cleaning or give it much thought. By doing daily cleanup chores, your home will stay fresh and be inviting throughout the week. Save yourself from the stress of a messy home and the overwhelming prospect of spending a whole day doing a deep cleaning. With this helpful and handy guide, the whole family can help keep your living space pleasant.

3 Tips for Cleaning Grout

What is Grout?

Grout is the mixture of cement, water, and sand that is used to keep the tiles in place.That’s all it is. But you may notice that the tiles in your bathroom shower, and dining room and kitchen floors, can get pretty dirty. Sometimes cleaning grout in tiles with a mop just isn’t enough. If the grout is in your shower, well then it’s nearly impossible to mop your shower wall. Unless you’re trying to pull your back out. In that case, it might work for you.

Cleaning your tiles regularly will prevent heavy buildup and make deep cleaning grout much easier. Below are the deep cleaning methods I want to share with you. So just keep in mind, that you should still be cleaning regularly, whether that means mopping the floor or wiping down your shower walls.

Cleaning Methods

For centuries, homeowners were searching for an easy technique to help them clean their tiles properly. So they began to create their own. And low and behold, they work! People started to use cheap yet effective materials to avoid putting a dent in their budget, and in their back. Aside from the ingredients listed below, one of the main things you should have when attempting these methods is a toothbrush. I promise you, it’s a lifesaver.

  • Vinegar and Ammonia

To make this solution, you’ll need white vinegar (1/4 cup), baking soda (1/2), ammonia (1/3 cup) and warm water (7 cups). Mix them together slowly until the baking soda has dissolved. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it up with the solution. Cover the tiles in small areas, about 1-2 square feet each. Spray on the grout and allow the solution to sleep in for roughly 5 minutes. When the grout is damp enough, use your toothbrush (see why I said it’s a lifesaver?) to scrub the area. You may have to put in a little elbow grease until the dirt comes off.

  • Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide

Create a paste in a small bowl, using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that the thickness is consistent. You don’t want it too watery so try to balance the ingredients with a 1:1 ratio. Have your toothbrush ready and begin to spread the mixture over the area. Cover small areas until you have covered the grout. Let the paste set for 10 minutes so it can better coat the grout. After the allotted time, scrub the grout firmly with the toothbrush. When you have covered every tile, do a regular cleanup again with vinegar and water.

  • Oxygen Bleach

In a small bowl, prepare a mixture of oxygen bleach. Bear in mind that the oxygen bleach is not a toxic material. It is considered a safe bleaching compound which can whiten grout while dissolving grime and bacteria. Pour warm water into the bowl and pour a considerable amount of oxygen bleach. Mix it until the powder has dissolved. Transfer the liquid into a spray bottle covering the area you will be working on. Let the solution sit on the grout for 20 minutes, and scrub with your toothbrush.

Important Note: Do not your solutions remain the grout. After each deep clean and scrub, get a damp cloth with vinegar and wipe the tiles clean.

4 Cardinal Maid Service Etiquette Homeowners Need to Observe

The home is one of a person’s greatest sources of comfort. However, its aura of comfort lessens every time its owners leave it cluttered, dusty, and disorganized. Although homeowners are responsible for keeping their houses clean, not everybody has the time to take up a broom and a feather duster and start tidying things up. This is where housecleaning services enter.

If you are planning to hire a house cleaning crew and this is your first time in doing so, it will not hurt you to observe the common maid service etiquette in dealing with the cleaning person you plan to hire. The following are few of the basic manners to apply.

Etiquette #1: Be professional when dealing with maid service personnel

Treat your cleaning crew the way you treat any professional. Applying that specific maid service etiquette will prove your maturity in handling issues. Avoid being rude and instead, be polite when giving them specific instructions on how you want your house to be cleaned. If you have an issue with their cleaning methods, tell them directly, but do not include abusive manner such as shouting or hitting. If they are still not taking your specific instructions seriously, it is a maid service etiquette to contact their agency directly. Their agency will be the one to give them a penalty. You do not have to exert effort in shouting at or scolding the house cleaning personnel.

Etiquette #2: Acknowledge the maid service staff for a job well done

This is probably the maid service etiquette that is mostly ignored by homeowners. After a hard day’s work, a simple thank you is enough to make your house cleaner feel acknowledged. What they do is hard labor, but most of them do not really mind the work. It is their own observance of maid service etiquette that prevents them to complain. However, letting them know that you are thankful for their presence.

Etiquette #3: Show respect

Next to trust, showing respect to cleaning persons is one of the best maid service etiquette you can show to them. Furthermore, showing respect not only to your superiors but to those who work for you as well reflects the kind of person you are. In the end, it is not about maid service etiquette anymore. You are respecting the status of the people you meet, and that is saying something about your character. This etiquette is especially important when hiring a nude maid service.

Etiquette #4: Develop and nurture mutual trust

When you have repeatedly hired the same house cleaning person for months, it is time to develop a trust. It is normal to be cautious at first because that cleaning person is still a stranger to you. However, as time passes and he or she has proven that he or she does the job well and is trustworthy, then you can loosen up your tension. This is another form of maid service etiquette. You can trust that your house cleaner can do and will do the job with satisfying results. Of course, your house cleaner most likely trusts you from the start, given that you deliver payments on time. By the way, that is also an important maid service etiquette that you have to observe—on-time payment for their rendered services.

3 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Teens

It’s no secret that you teens are notorious for having messy rooms. I get it, teenagers aren’t worried about cleaning their rooms, they’re worried about their friends and nowadays social media. But the thing is, us parents get tired of telling you over and over again to clean it. And I know what you’re going to say, “this is how I like my room,” Or perhaps you’ll say, “I know where everything when it’s like this.” You’re not telling me anything new. I once, was a teenage girl myself. And I too had a messy room. But the older I got the more I realized that I couldn’t handle the clutter.

Learn To Developing Motivation

Most, not all, teenagers lack the motivation to do just about anything. This comes from their lack of direction and meaning in life. Take some time to yourself and develop and strengthen these traits. It will benefit you in the long run. When I took the time to step back and evaluate my situation, my life became clearer. And so did my room. It’s not in our nature to be sloppy, there’s usually a reason behind it. Whether that means we aren’t in control and we want to be or we are a child learning how to eat for the first time. Do this for yourself and I promise you, You’ll have no problem keeping your room and your life clean.

Sell Your Old Clothes For Money

Look around your room. Look at all those clothes on the floor. When’s the last time you wore that dress or those jeans? Teenagers, without knowing it, are often border-line hoarders. Why keep all those old clothes that don’t fit you when you can see them for money? You may or may not have a job yet that’s bringing in a cash flow. But even if you do, everyone can use a little extra money. Take your old items to places like Plato’s Closet. Going this route will give you instant cash. Another route you can take is to sell your clothes to places like Thredup. When you sell your clothes online, it takes a little bit longer to get your money. But sometimes It’s worth it.

Store Things

The phrase ‘store things’ these days usually means storing them in the cloud. Although I’m not talking about the cloud, it’s a very similar concept that I want you to adopt. Just as you would store picture or media in the cloud. Take some time and store things that you aren’t using in a storage bin. Things like closet organizers, shoe racks, and storage totes can do wonders for a messy teenage room. One of the best things about storage products is that they’re so customizable nowadays. You can get almost any color and any pattern that you want. There’s probably a pattern to match your room!

Finally

Last but not least, teens there is nothing wrong in asking for help or advice. That’s why I wrote this article for you. If you’re in need of some serious help your parents may even chip in to hire a professional (like Maid Sailors) to show you the ropes. And always keep in mind, being stubborn will not get you anywhere. Take a new approach, take advantage of the ideas that are here and charge of your life.

How to Make Your Own Homemade Upholstery Cleaner

How to Clean Your Upholstery

Unnatural, chemical-based cleansers often contain toxic and hazardous chemicals, dangerous to both their user and the environment. Millennials, environmentally conscious consumers and those with sensitivities to toxic chemicals are turning back to less-harmful cleaning products. Below we will describe how to make your own natural upholstery cleaner when your upholstered furniture gets stained.

To make your own homemade upholstery stain cleaner you can use nothing more than a combination of soap, vinegar, and water. The recipe is:

  • 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Combine all three in a spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. Mist the soiled area lightly with the spray bottle, then scrub the area in a circular motion with a soft cloth. Reapply as necessary, until the stained area becomes clean. Moisten your cloth with clean, warm water and repeat the scrubbing motion to remove excess soap. You can finish off by blotting the damp area with a dry cloth. In order to avoid discoloration of visible areas of the fabric, it is absolutely vital that you test it out first on a part of the furniture that is out of sight.

It doesn’t always work, but it can still be quite effective. If your natural homemade cleaner does not work, you may need to consider purchasing an upholstery cleaning product or contact a professional cleaner.

Here is also a video on DIY furniture cleaner.

Cleaning With Toothpaste

Despite what the name implies, toothpaste does far more than work wonders for your smile. You can actually use a little toothpaste in place of quite an array of household products.

How is this possible? The combination of a mild abrasive, a surfactant (detergent), and antibacterial agents makes toothpaste a potent stain fighter providing incredible cleaning power. We recommend sticking with standard white toothpaste, not gel and steer clear of formulas designed for tartar control and whitening. Most gel tubes of toothpaste do not contain surfactants or abrasives to do the dirty work, whereas, tartar control and whitening tubes of toothpaste contain abrasives and chemicals not suitable for most cleaning projects.

Rules

  • USE: White Toothpaste
  • DO NOT USE: Gel Toothpaste

As an intelligent reader and savvy consumer, you probably want to know why someone would clean with toothpaste in the first place? The answer is that some people like to do weird things ― like juggling fire, eating kale, sleeping in oxygen chambers and cleaning with toothpaste.

So, before you throw the tube away because you can’t seem to squeeze out anymore paste, think about using a little bit for various cleaning tasks.

Here are a few ways you can get your toothpaste working extra hard for you:

Cell Phone Screens

Unprotected cell phones screens become scratched over time. Lightly rub the screen with a touch of paste and your finger. Rinse with a damp cloth and dry.

Fixtures

You can clean chrome fixtures, the bathroom sink and shower doors by scrubbing a little on the surfaces with a cloth.

Tarnished Silverware

Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Shoes or Fresh Kicks

A little goes a long way when it comes to removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.

Headlights

The dings and scratches sustained by headlight glass defuse the light and makes it harder to see. Eliminate this haze by thoroughly cleaning the headlight, then rubbing in a glob of it. Follow up with a good buffing to even out the glass, either by hand or with the buffer on an electric drill.

Carpet Stains

Squeeze some directly onto the carpet stain and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then rinse and repeat the process until the stain disappears. Not much different than brushing your teeth, is it?

Bling

Put a little bit on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

Steam Iron

Mineral deposits can stain an iron’s soleplate. Apply a dab of it and work it into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove residue.