Just the other day some of my mommy friend’s and I were talking about how disgusting toothbrushes can get. That inspired me to do a little research and here is what I came up with. A great way to sanitize your toothbrush for pennies. This is for you Mandy.
Here is all you need to do. Once per week, soak your toothbrush in a cup of hydrogen peroxide for about 5 minutes. When you are done, simply rinse and let dry. It is also best to always store your toothbrush upright so that it can dry thoroughly between uses. If you prefer, you could soak your toothbrush in white vinegar as that would have the similar sanitizing effects. Who knew keeping your toothbrush clean could be so easy and cheap. Guess I won’t need to buy that $50 toothbrush sanitizer anymore. Always remember, a penny saved is a penny earned!
Hard water stains and mineral deposits can leave something that is actually clean, looking filthy. Look at the rack that goes under my dish rack. I clean this at least once a week, but due to the mineral deposits from the water dripping on it, it never “looks” clean.
I have tried everything I can think of to clean it including harsh chemicals and my favorite tool the magic eraser. Even the magic eraser did nothing to it. Well finally I have figured out how to clean off these horrible stains. WHITE VINEGAR!!!! I guess I should have tried this sooner as I use it to clean everything else in my house. For some reason, I just did not think it would work. Well I was wrong.
All I did was pour some undiluted white vinegar onto the drain board and let it sit about 10 minutes. Then I scrubbed it gently with an old toothbrush and voila! It looks like new. This method could be used on shower doors, sinks or anywhere else that gets mineral deposits. Put it in a spray bottle to clean the shower. It works beautifully. Check out the pictures of my drain board. Seeing is believing. Good old white vinegar proves to be the champion cleaner again. Click here to see how you can use white vinegar to clean your floors. You may never buy expensive cleaners again.
Before cleaning with white vinegar
After cleaning with white vinegar!
What other things do you use white vinegar to clean? I would love to hear from you!
A while back, I read an article about making your own homemade floor cleaner. In our house, we have three different types of floors (hardwood, tile, linoleum). I have always had a hard time finding a cleaning solution that worked on all three…until now. The original article I read made a similar solution in a mop bucket. While I am much to frugal to use a Swiffer mop, I also detest mopping from buckets. It seems counter productive to use dirty mop water to wash the floors.
Rubbermaid Reveal Mop
The solution to this was buying a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop. This is seriously one of my favorite cleaning tools. The microfiber pads clean great and are washable. I have washed mine a million times and they still work like new. The best thing about this mop is that you can fill the solution bottle with any solution you want (unlike Swiffer)!!!! This mop costs about $20 but will pay for itself quickly if you are currently using a Swiffer. I have also seen coupons for it in the past so definitely look for coupons before you buy.
A few weeks ago, I experimented a bit with creating a homemade solution for in my mop bottle and I have perfected it. My floors could not be shinier. This solution works great to remove dirt and everything else that gets on the floor and leaves a great shine behind. I have had great results with it on hardwood, tile and linoleum.
Here is how you make it in the mop bottle:
5-6 drops of dish soap
1/2 c. of white vinegar
Then fill to top with very warm water.
This is so quick and easy to make and costs pennies per batch. Much better than buying liquid floor cleaner that can easily cost $5 a bottle. I don’t think I will ever use anything else on my floors. You MUST try this. Just look at my floors!
Have you ever made your own cleaning solution? I would love to hear from you!