25 Cleaning Tricks for the Neat Freak

4. Cleaning Your Iron — Use salt to clean your scorched iron. Just take ordinary table salt and turn your iron on to the cotton setting. Once it’s hot, put it down on the salt and rub it back and forth until the marks are gone. Turn off the iron, let it cool off and then wipe the bottom clean with a damp cloth.

5. Remove Carpet and Mattress Stains — Mix hydrogen peroxide and blue dawn dish soap.

6. Clean with Waxed Paper to Prevent Water Spots and Also Finger Prints


7. Make Your House Smell Like Heaven — Two caps of vanilla extract in a coffee cup placed in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. It takes only twenty minutes for the whole house to smell divine.


8. Clean Dryer Vents — This should be done every 6 months.


9. Residue Remover — 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 baking soda.


10.  Clean Vintage Paintings — Use a bagel.


11.  Remove Difficult Stains With an Iron — Take a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water and spray it on the affected area.  Place a damp cloth over it.  Iron it using the steam setting for 30 seconds.

 12.  Clean the Sink’s Drain — For daily cleaning, use a mild soap and a sponge or even a soft rag to wipe it out.  If your sink is stainless steel, however, you should never use ammonia, bleach, or abrasive cleaners on it.

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The sink should always be completely rinsed out every time it is used.  The salt and acid in the food we eat can easily harm the finish of a stainless steel sink, so rinse out food and liquids too. (via apartmenttherapy)