5 DIY Cleaning Tricks (and Treats) For Your Home

Toilet cleaning using Coca-ColaCleaning your home can get pretty strange when you’re a die-hard DIY-er. Using everyday products to clean your home may be tricky, but the end result will be a treat.

Take a look at these 5 DIY Cleaning Tricks (and Treats) for your home.

Trick #1 – Clean Walls with Toothpaste

Not impressed with your child’s recent artwork on your living room walls? Well, would it make you feel better to know that a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a scrub brush is all you need to clean up little Picasso’s masterpiece? Just squeeze a generous amount of toothpaste onto the wall, scrub until the marks are gone, then thoroughly rinse with water.

Treat: Your walls will look less like a coloring book!

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Trick #2 – Remove Odors with Baking Soda

Tired of sitting on your stinky sofa? Believe it or not, baking soda is the answer! Here’s what you’ll need to de-stink that sofa and your other upholstered furniture:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vacuum
  • Large Bowl
  • 25 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Now, you’re ready to go. First, pour a generous amount of baking soda into a large bowl, then add 25 drops of lavender scented essential oil, and give the bowl a quick shake. Next, heavily sprinkle the mixture all over the furniture—the more the merrier! Then, after allowing the soda to sit for at least 24 hours, use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up the soda and you’re done.

Treat: You will be able to breathe easy with your furniture’s new found freshness!

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Trick #3 – Polish Furniture with Lemons

Piney aerosol spray not your forte? Keep your wood furniture looking brand new with this DIY furniture polish recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ Cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • Lemon Peels

Combine all of the above ingredients in an air-tight container, and allow it to sit for one week. Dip the corner of a cleaning cloth into the mixture and rub it onto your wood furniture. That’s it!

Treat: Your wood furniture will look new and smell great all year long!

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Trick #4 – Clean Toilets with Coca-Cola

So, put aside for a moment that the chemicals in one bottle of Coca-Cola—that you quench your thirst with every day—are also strong enough to clean the nasty residue and stains inside your toilet bowl. America’s favorite soft drink will definitely do a number on your toilet’s grime and gunk. Here’s all you have to do:

  • Pour approximately 20 ounces of Coca-Cola into your toilet.
  • Allow the Coke to sit undisturbed for at least an hour, or overnight for tougher stains.
  • Use a little elbow grease and scrub the bowl with your Coke-saturated toilet brush.
  • Flush away the lime scale build-up and stains.
  • Use a rag to wipe down the exterior surfaces of the toilet with an all-purpose cleaning solution.

Treat: Now, an affordable, nontoxic toilet bowl cleaner is just a fridge away!

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Trick #5 – Clean Sinks with Salt

Puzzled at how to clean your sink without using harsh chemicals? Salt, with a little help from a lemon, may prove to be the answer. Just dip half a lemon into a bowl of salt, then use it to clean the rust stains off your porcelain sink and scrub away the lime buildup around your faucets.

Treat: You’ll get a sink that really sparkles!

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Now, you’ve cleaned your home the DIY way!

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