How To Clean Your Entire House With Items You Already Have

How To Clean Your Entire House With Items You Already Have


Cleaning generally isn’t anyone’s favourite activity, but it’s a lot less fun when you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on several supplies. You can, however, effectively clean your home with a few things you probably already have. Here’s how to do it.

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This post is broken down room by room, but since many rooms have similarities you’ll find that, for example, a living room tip is also very applicable to the bedroom. This is mentioned when relevant, but be sure to read about similar rooms if you’re looking for more options than a particular section provides.

The Kitchen


Baking soda can remove stains from coffee mugsVinegar can clear up cloudy drinking glassesLemon juice will kill stains on tupperwareall you need is a potatotry a banana peelflour is great for polishing stainless steel

If your microwave is disgusting, steam-cleaning it with vinegar is one of the easiest ways to solve the problem. You should also take preventative measures to avoid future spillage. A damp coffee filter, two bowls or even a shower cap can help reduce potential mess.

Finally, my kitchen has a ceiling fan and that fan gets pretty dusty. If you’ve got the same problem, you can clean it in seconds with a pillowcase.

The Living Room


Vodka can get rid of it quicklya vinegar solution and an iron can lift it right outShaving cream can helpan ice cube


grab a pair of rubber thongsrubber glovesa little cornstarch can get that out

The Home Office


clean it easily with a toothbrush, cotton buds and a few other itemsmascara brusheshair dryers

The Bathroom


a little salt and a grapefruit

Those tips should keep your bathroom nice and clean, but if you want trouble-free toilet cleaning in the future you should make this self-disinfecting toilet brush.

The Bedroom


an old coat hangertake a few tips from the military when making your bedlearn to fold your extra bed sheets properly

The Laundry


kill tough grease stains with Coca ColaShaving cream works tooA pinch of salt can keep your clothes more vibrantbe sure to keep track of those socks

If you are looking to absolve yourself of machinery and clean your clothing the old-fashioned way, a bar of laundry soap and rubber-band clothes line can make the process relatively simple. Adding a little vinegar can make your line-dried clothing softer too. Or you can just toss water, some detergent and your clothes in a 20-litre bucket and drive it around in your car for awhile. (This tip is better for a road trip, but if you have a long commute on the way home from work it can be useful, too.)

As this post demonstrates, you don’t really need to buy a lot of cleaning products because you already have basic versions of them in your home. For a few more options, check out our top 10 list of products you don’t need to buy because you own them.

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