1) Put a cotton ball in your garbage can
Garbage stinks. It's just a fact of life. But adding a simple little cotton ball can do wonders to keep smells at bay. Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the cotton ball before dropping it to the bottom of your garbage bin (under the bag or liner) and enjoy a much fresher smelling garbage can. It’s an easy and inexpensive odor-fighter that helps keep your trash from getting too pungent.
2) Add a cup of vinegar to your dishwasher
Calgarians know the struggles of having hard water. Adding a right side up bowl of vinegar to the top drawer of your dishwasher before you run a cycle can not only help keep your dishwasher sparkling but also works as a rinse aid to keep spots from drying onto your glassware.
3) Finally get rid of those pesky coffee stains
Do your coffee mugs have stubborn brown stains that don’t want to come out? Sprinkle some onto the bottom of your stained cup, add just enough water to form a paste, and scrub. The gentle abrasion of the baking soda will get rid of stains like magic. Then, simply rinse and wash the way you usually would.
4) Use a potato to clean your rusty cast iron cookware
You can use this trick on other rusty things around the house, too. Cut the potato in half, dip the cut end in dish soap or baking soda, and rub it over the rusted area. If the end of the potato gets slick, slice it off and dip the newly cut end. Repeat until rust is removed. Voila! Stain-free cookware.
5) Clean up broken glass with a piece of bread
They don’t call it Wonder Bread for nothing. Big pieces of glass are easy enough to pick up, but the tiny shards? Not so much. All you need is a slice of bread. Just press it gently over the glass and the little fragments will stick to the soft dough.
6) Use rubber kitchen gloves to remove pet hair from furniture
Your rubber kitchen gloves are good for more than keeping your hands protected while you do the dirty work. They’re also great for opening jars and getting rid of excess pet hair. Just slip on a glove and rub over whatever you want de-fuzzed. The rubber does a surprisingly good job of gathering up hair! Who knew?
7) Use wax paper to keep the tops of your cabinets clean
If there’s a space between your upper cabinets and your ceiling, consider lining the surface with sheets of wax paper. That wax acts like a magnet to collect dust and grime. You can change it a couple of times a year and it’s way easier than getting up there to clean the cabinets by hand. You can also use newspaper, which will decompose quicker in a landfill.
8. Keep a Dish Brush in Your Shower
The secret to a clean shower? Cleaning it on a regular basis. And the secret to cleaning your shower on a regular basis? Having a soap-loaded dish brush ready in your shower caddy.