15 Things You’ve Been Cleaning Wrong Your Entire Life

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Cleaning and how to clean is brought down generation after generation.  We learned from our parent, they learned from their parents….and so on.  You just do it the way it’s always been done.  There are better and more efficient ways to clean your home.

15. CUTTING BOARDS

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Wooden cutting boards tend to trap food debris in its grooves and a regular dish soap scrubbing doesn’t do the trick.  It’s important to have an exceptionally clean cutting board to avoid contamination.  Cut a lemon in half, rub it in some kosher salt and scrub your cutting board with it, especially where food is stuck.  Then wash it with soap and water.

14. COOKIE SHEETS

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All of you who bake know how hard it is to make you cookie sheets look like new.  Make a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and enough hydrogen peroxide to make a nice paste and rub it all over your cookie sheets and baking pan.  Let it sit for a few hours and then rinse off.  Voila!!!

13. SHOWER HEAD

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Got a clogged shower head? No problem…. Pour white vinegar in a plastic bag and secure it around your shower head for an hour.  Wipe it clean with a wet cloth and it’ll be as good as new.

12. MATTRESS

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Over the years mattresses can house a lot of germs and grimy dust particles.  First, vacuum your mattress to get rid of any crumbs.  Then, sprinkle with baking soda to cover the entire surface of the mattress.  Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum the baking soda away.

11. CHEESE GRATER

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We’ve all ruined countless numbers of sponges while cleaning our cheese grater.  We’re not talking about right or wrong, but there is a better way!  After you’ve shredded your cheese, start shredding a potato.  The oxalic acid of the potato will quickly get that gunk and residue right off, and the potatoes you’ve shredded will be great for hash browns.

10. MICROWAVE

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All the gook that splatters inside microwaves is a killer to wash off.  The easy way to clean up that mess is to fill a bowl with water and vinegar and microwave it on high for at least two minutes.  The steam that is generated mixed with the vinegar will soften up the grime and all you’ll have to do is wipe it away.

9. TOYS

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If you have kids in the house, you know how dirty toys are bound to get and cleaning each and every one of them is virtually impossible.  Gather up all the hard plastic toys and run them through the dishwasher (just make sure they don’t melt).

8. COFFEE MAKER

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If too much limescale builds up in your coffee maker, it’ll make your coffee taste funky and tells you it’s time for a cleaning.  Fill your water chamber with half-water, half-vinegar.  Then run a half-brew cycle, without coffee grounds of course and let it sit for an hour.  An hour later, finish the brew cycle.  Empty your coffee pot and then run fresh water cycle and repeat a few times until you can no longer smell the vinegar.

7. BLINDS

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There are those vacuum attachments that are supposed to clean blinds, but we all know how ineffective they were.  A time saving method is to take an old sock, dip it into a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe down each individual blind slat.  Easy Peazy!   To dry your blinds, just grab your sock’s partner and do the same thing.

6. CAST IRON PANS

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Cast iron pans are great for cooking but they’re a pain in the butt to clean.  Soap and water is definitely not the way to go.  What really needs to done is to scrub your pan with a mixture of coarse salt and water to get rid of stubborn food residue.  Then, thoroughly dry and apply a light coat of oil before storing.

5. PAINTINGS

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Over time paintings accumulate load of dust and grime, but you don’t have to leave them that way.  Just rub half of a bagel over your painting to pick up all the dust and grossness.

4. BLENDER

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We all stick our huge hands down our blender jug to scrub it clean, but you know what?  There’s a better way.  Rinse out your blender, and then fill it with hot water.  Squeeze a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid and give it a whirl, and then rinse.  Your blender should be sparkling clean.

3. TOOTHBRUSH

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Now I know this is true, a lot of us don’t clean our toothbrushes regularly.  Eventhough you’re supposed to replace your toothbrush every three months or so, regular cleaning is also needed.  Grab a cup and fill it with white vinegar and stick your toothbrush inside.  Let it sit for a few hours and your toothbrush will be less gross.

2. TOASTER

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Shaking your toaster upside down won’t give your toaster a thorough cleaning.  The outside of your toaster will shine like new by scrubbing it with some cream of tartar and some water.

1. OVEN

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Scrubbing your oven for hours and hours and it still isn’t as clean as you want it? Make a paste using water and baking soda and spread it all around inside of your oven. Let it sit overnight, and then take a wet rag to wipe out as much of the baking soda mixture as possible. Next, spray some vinegar on the inside of your oven and wipe down again. Finally turn your oven on low for about 20 minutes to let it dry.