I don’t know about you, but with the holiday season upon us, I’ve turned into a crazy mama, trying to clean and get my new home ready for any and all potential visitors. Although we’re not hosting this year, the pressure to have a sparkling clean place is always a thing. That’s why I’m stoked to share these DIY home cleaning tips (for less than $5)!
The secret? Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
Here’s how to use this little box of powder to get your entire home ready for hosting (without the stress):
For the Kitchen:
First thing’s first, the kitchen. Because this is the area you’ll spend the most time in, and the space that your guests will frequent any time they want more food or beverages, it’s best to keep everything as spotless as possible.
1. Put an end to the cloudy wine glasses. You can get rid of that filmy residue once and for all by filling your glasses and vases three-quarters of the way with water, then adding a teaspoon of baking soda. Shake, then rinse!
2. Brighten your silverware. Make a past with three parts baking soda and one part water and rub it on any silverware that’s been in storage since last holiday season. This will make it sparkle like new!
3. Use it on greasy pots and pans. You can get rid of grime in your pots and frying pans by mixing dish soap with baking soda and letting it sit for 15+ minutes. This helps to penetrate the caked-on foods and make your washing a lot easier.
For the Bathroom:
A dirty bathroom with guests? That’s a definite no-no. Here are some DIY home cleaning tips using baking soda for the deep clean you didn’t know was possible!
1. Get rid of tile grime. Bet you didn’t know you could use baking soda on the stubborn tile! Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with warm water in a bucket and apply with a rag or mop. It’ll cut through the layers of dirt and make your bathroom look like new!
2. Refresh your hand towels. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda to your rinse cycle when washing hand towels for a fresh-as-new scent.
3. Remove mirror film. Those ugly streaks on your mirror? Attack them with a mix of baking soda, fresh water, and a sponge. Dry with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
For the Living/Family Room:
You can easily refresh your main living spaces with minimal effort (and minimal money). Here are some DIY home cleaning tips for the family or living room.
1. Eliminate stubborn orders. If you have pets, this is a great idea! Cut through the nasty smells by sprinkling baking soda on any upholstered surfaces. Let it sit for at least fifteen minutes and then vacuum it up!
2. Refresh your rugs. Whether or not you own pets, your carpets and rugs could use a smell-makeover. Like the couches and chairs, simply sprinkle baking soda on the floors, wait for fifteen minutes, and then vacuum. Good as new!
3. Refresh the floors. If you have wooden floors (as many modern homes do), you may feel they are getting old and marked. Instead of having to completely rip them out and spend money on renovations, here is another option. If you find that your floors feel old or are damaged with dents and scratches, you can hire hardwood floor refinishing companies to refresh and make your home feel new again.
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