I'll be honest, I love having a clean house, but getting it clean isn't one of my strong suits! So I love finding any tricks I can find to make it quicker or easier. Baking soda and vinegar are my go-to cleaners. I always have them in the pantry, they're inexpensive and non-toxic! It doesn't get much better than that!
There hasn't been a lot of cleaning happening at our house since Emerson was born, but that changed this week. We had someone come clean the bathrooms and kitchen (best investment EVER!). I felt a little guilty about it at first. I am capable of cleaning, I just haven't had the time or energy to do it (something about feeding a growing boy 8-10 times a day).
Cleaning the Drain: Now that the house is clean, I feel the need to keep it that way for as long as possible! The drains in our bathroom sinks were majorly clogged, to the point where they were barely draining. I didn't really want to use Drano (it's pretty toxic stuff and it's expensive!) so I did a little searching on Pinterest for a natural way to clear the drains. Low and behold, all you need is boiling water, vinegar and baking soda! I followed a recipe from RealGreenDaily.
Adam was skeptical at first, but it worked! I put 3 cups of vinegar and 3 cups of water in the kettle and brought it to a boil. Then I poured baking soda down the drain, and slowly poured the water over it. It probably took 10 or 15 minutes for it to completely unclog, but I was pretty impressed with the results! The vinegar makes the baking soda bubble up and eats away at the clog.
Dishwasher It seems counterintuitive to wash your dishwasher, but it gets dirty! I'm not sure how old our dishwasher is, I hope it survives a few more years, but it doesn't always get the dishes very clean. So I did a little research and found out you can run the dishwasher with a cup of vinegar in the top rack. It did the trick! I actually probably need to do this again, it's been a couple months and the dishes are starting to be a little less than squeaky clean when they come out.
Stove: Baking soda is more than a cooking ingredient. It's a great stove cleaner! I also keep a box in the refrigerator to bad smells at bay.
What's your best cleaning trick?
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