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Part 2: How To Use Everyday Household Items for Cleaning

Updated on November 17, 2014

Money Saver

So many of the items in your house can be used for your everyday cleaning. It's amazing how inexpensive these innovative cleaning solutions will be for you.


Hard-water Deposits

Do you have hard-water and mineral deposits around your sink and tub faucets? Here's what you can do to solve the problem. Soak paper towels in vinegar, then cover the stained area with the vinegar-soaked paper towels. Leave the area covered for at least an hour. Remove the paper towels and wipe with a damp sponge.

Unsightly Tub Rings

Do you hate that unsightly, tough bathtub ring? I know I do. Well, here is a solution to the problem. Soak some paper towels with vinegar, then place them on the tub ring. Let the towels stay in place until they dry out. Remove the paper towels, spray the tub with straight vinegar and scrub with a a sponge. Watch those unsightly rings disappear.

Mold and Mildew

If you have mold or mildew stains, you got to find a strong solution to get rid of it. Here's your answer to the opportunity mold and mildew presents. Get yourself an empty spray bottle and add equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto the mold and mildew areas. Let stand for fifteen minutes. Wipe the area clean. This solution can be used occasionally as a preventive measure to keep that nasty mold and mildew at bay.

Window Cleaning

Just a few simple items will help to make your windows shine. You will need an empty spray bottle, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water. Fill the spray bottle with a 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and enough water to finish filling the bottle. Just spray it on the window and wipe clean with paper towels. Watch them shine!

Microwave Spatters

Did you forget to cover the plate in the microwave prior to heating? Now it's a greasy mess .......yuck! Here's a simple and quick solution. Place a glass measuring cup inside the microwave filled with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. Boil the vinegar solution for three minutes. Then remove the measuring cup and wipe the inside of the microwave with a sponge.

I hope these cleaning tips save you some time and money.


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    proudmamma 5 years ago

    Thank you Laura .... I appreciate you taking time to read my hub! I glad you found it very useful. I really need to get back to writing.... I do miss it! I've spent the last few months focusing on my son and my own well-being. However, I feel if maybe I would get back to writing.. I could help myself so much more! I just may need to work on a few new hubs soon! You have inspired me!

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    Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    Voted up and awesome! I knew about one or two of these, but this is going straight to the printer so I don't forget your other uses for vinegar, which I do use frequently for cleaning just about everything. I particularly liked your microwave oven cleaning trick! (Who wouldn't?) :-) Have a great day, and keep the hubs coming!

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thank you duffsmom for stopping by to read my hub and the comment. I hope this tip works out well for you.

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    P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

    Great tips - and well worth trying out. We have horrible hard well water and I will try the vinegar/paper towel solution. Thanks.

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thanks for the vote up, The-BestMouse Trap. I keep plenty of these items in the house to use for cleaning. I also have to use white vinegar in the sterilizing of my husband's mouth pieces for his breathing treatments.

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    Pam Valentine 6 years ago from The Heartland, USA

    I love vinegar for cleaning, but it sends my son running, he can't stand the smell. If more people knew vinegar, salt and baking soda were great as well economical, maybe the stores cleaning products isle would be less stocked. It takes me forever to find a cleaning product when I do need that special one, there are just so many to choose from. Voted up and useful

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thank you sam-eg for stopping by to give my hub a read. I'm glad you found the information useful.

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    sam-eg 6 years ago from Happy Land

    very useful cleaning tips and I think they will save alot of money. Thx for sharing those useful tips