HTML clipboardCracks and Crevices: Use paintbrushes and Q-tips for hard to reach cracks and crevices.
Make Cleaning Fun: Transform cleaning from chore to fun with an incentive! Find a few books on audio that you would like to listen to–reserve listening to them for cleaning time.
Sticky Situations: To remove gum from a surface, press ice against it to harden and then use a buttered knife to loosen.
Invisible Ink: Kids get a bit wild on the last craft project? Use hairspray to remove magic marker ink from surfaces.
Murphy’s Law: It isn’t Murphy’s Law you are thinking of! I’m talking Murphy’s Oil Soap! Used most often on wood floors and furniture, this is a great choice for all around cleaning. It is a natural cleaner that really goes into the crevices and removes direct versus laying a filmy shine on top of a surface as many other cleaners do. This cleaner has been on the market for 90+ years and I often use it to clean counters, walls, etc
Shine and Sparkle: An old toothbrush and toothpaste work wonders for cleaning jewelry.
Not only for the dishwasher: Dissolve 1/4 cup of dishwasher detergent in a gallon of very hot water. Let cool a bit so you can handle. Use on refrigerators, stoves, walls, floors, glass-you can use this solution on just about anything! Test a small area first if in doubt. Wipe with a dry cloth after cleaning.
Leave film in your camera, not on your dishes: Run a cup of white vinegar through a full cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove excess film.
Spotted sinks: To clean light stains from a sink, rub with a fresh cut lemon; for rust stains and darker stains create a paste from borax and lemon juice and scrub stain.
Sponge Sterilization: To sterilize your kitchen sponge heat it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. (Make sure to keep an eye on it!)