Simple! 10+ effective cleaning tips to refresh your old stuff

These 10+ simple and ingenious cleaning tips will help you renew your home—your used stuff will look as good as new once again.

Spring is the season when everything in nature gets renewed. And perhaps this is the time when you probably want to have some of your old stuff at home renewed as well.

However, it’s difficult to get certain things at home cleaned, such as discolored chopping boards, stained carpets, baking trays stained by burnt fat, and other such stuff. We sometimes have no option but to replace them with new ones or get used to living with the faded copper pots or dirty grout on our kitchen walls.

To overcome these cleaning problems, we bring you 10+ useful, super efficient tips.

1. Copper Pot

Sprinkle salt on the surface of your copper pot and soak a hard sponge in vinegar. Scrub away with the hard sponge till you get back the original sheen on your pot.

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  2. Microwave

Pour one cup of vinegar and one cup hot water in a bowl. Place it in the microwave, turn it on and let it run for 5-10 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe your microwave with a wet rag.


3. Chopping Board

Soak a sponge in a mixture of 1 cup lemon juice and 1tbsp of salt. Then clean the board with it.


4. Kitchen Sponge


Microwave wet sponges for 2 minutes on high power at the end of the day. It will kill the germs contained in the sponges and you are ready for the next day with a fresh, perfectly clean sponge. Another source: momsagainstcooties

5. Baking Tray

There is no need to scrub the ugly burnt marks on you baking trays. To remove burnt fat, apply a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda over the tray. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Now wipe off to get back your clean shining tray.


6. Tile

Make a thick paste with baking soda and bleach. Apply it onto the grout in your kitchen or your bathroom walls. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Gently scrub it off with a brush.

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7. Washing Machine

Fill your washing machine to the largest load with hot water. Pour 2 cups of bleach into the water and let it sit for one hour. Run it through a full cycle. Repeat it with 2 cups of vinegar instead of bleach. If there is still dirt stuck on the walls of your washer, put an old bath towel into the machine and run a cycle. The towel will help you wipe the dirt off.


8. Terry towel

To restore your towels to their original fluffy state, rinse your towels with salt water after washing. Hang to dry.
To get rid of the mildew smell from your towels, put them in the washing machine with warm water and 1 cup of vinegar. Do not mix detergent or bleach for this wash.

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9. Toothbrush

Pour boiling water in a cup and swirl your old toothbrush till the bent bristles become straight again.

10. Wood furniture

Coat a soft scrub pad with the mixture of olive oil and vinegar in a 3:1 ratio. Gently scrub your wood furniture till the scratches are smoothened out completely.


11. Stained Carpet

Mix together one part vinegar and three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray generously on the stain, and cover it with a damp terry towel. Set your iron to a high steam mode and place it on the towel for 30 seconds. The stain will be absorbed by the terry towel. You don’t need to worry about losing any color from your carpets when you use vinegar.
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