6 DIY Cleaning Hacks to Simplify your Life

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Everyone knows cleaning the house is not the most exciting task and yet we all find ourselves needing to get it done on a regular basis. Over the years, homeowners have gotten quite clever and innovative by taking common ingredients and using them to clean. Not only is this very cost effective, but also limits the use of harmful chemicals and odors that are often found in store bought cleaners. Here are a few methods for you to try out:

1. Hydrogen Peroxide instead of Bleach
Many people will tell you that the power duo of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can take the stain out of just about anything! You can also add lemon juice to give the blend a nice fresh scent.

2. Clean your Showerhead using Vinegar
Because of its acidity, vinegar is also a fantastic option for cleaning several areas or fixtures in your home. To help remove hard water build up around the showerhead, attach a plastic bag filled with vinegar and fasten with a rubber band. Let it soak for 15 minutes and wipe that dirt right off.

3. Homemade Cleaning Scrub
With just salt and half a lemon, you can easily clean hard to reach crevices on areas like cutting boards. Bacteria is often missed when just using soap and water.

4. Grapefruit to Clean the Shower
Was the last time your shower truly sparkled the day you moved into your home? Try scrubbing the metal parts with half a grapefruit to get rid of water stains and also to leave the shower with a lovely citrus scent.

5. Lemons for Garbage Disposal Cleaners
What’s that awful smell coming from the kitchen sink? Chances are it’s the garbage disposal in need of a good cleaning. Simply slice up some lemons into quarters, drop into the disposal and turn it on with some running water to help flush out bacteria and stuck food.

6. Clean Dishwasher with Kool-Aid
Who would have thought this popular kids’ drink can also double as a household cleaner?Sometimes our dishwashers need a little extra attention and a good cleaning is necessary. Pour one pouch of lemon Kool-Aid in the detergent area and run through a normal cycle.

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