How I Unclog My Drain With Only Two Natural Ingredients?

I remember when I was little, my friends and I would use mud to form a volcano in my backyard, and then we would mix vinegar and baking soda in the middle so it could erupt. It was a cool experiment that we enjoyed doing. Who would have thought that I would use the same ingredients to unclog my drain over two decades later, right?

Well, it turns out that you don’t need anything else to clean your drain and get rid of all the impurities and hair that are clogging it!

How I Unclog My Drain With Only Two Natural Ingredients?

As you already read, the two ingredients that I use are indeed vinegar and baking soda! I don’t bother going to the store to buy a special fancy detergent or a cleaner that is created for unclogging drains – it’s so much easier and more effective to just go in my kitchen, grab these both ingredients, and call it a day!

First, I start with pouring boiling hot water down the drain then I sprinkle half a cup of baking soda. After a few minutes, I pour a cup of vinegar followed by another cup of boiling hot water.

Next, I just place something like a towel on top of the drain so I can cover it and allow all of these ingredients to work their magic for at least 10 minutes before I rinse everything with more boiling water… and that’s it!

Both the baking soda and the vinegar will create a fizzing reaction which is going to loosen up all the chemicals, soap, hairs, and other impurities clogging the drain. Then the hot water will remove them completely!

Are you convinced that you no longer need to buy commercial cleaners? You will save money, time, and energy so give my method a try next time you are having issues with your drain!

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How To Remove Crayon Marks From Walls According To Experts?

If your kids tend to like drawing on the walls whenever you are not looking then this article is perfect for you because I will show you exactly how to get rid of those annoying crayon marks!

I have plenty of different techniques you can use all of which are effective and you can choose the one that looks the most appealing to you. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of hacks for removing crayon marks on the internet that do not work – and I also wanted to touch a bit on that too so you know what not to do.

What Doesn’t Work!

Let’s start off with the hacks that do not work and will waste your time.

– Using Toothpaste

There are plenty of people that say this hack works, however, in my opinion, it’s a huge waste of time and it doesn’t work!

– Using Vinegar

Vinegar is this magical all-natural product people use for cleaning – and I use it as well, however, it won’t get rid of crayon marks. I tried it a few times but it doesn’t work!

What Works!

Now let’s focus on what works and how to easily remove those crayon marks!

– Using A Blow Dryer

This is super effective and I recommend you give it a try. Grab your blow dryer and heat up the crayon marks on the wall. Then wipe them with a damp cloth (dampen it in hot soapy water, not just plain water).

– Using Ammonia

Either use ammonia or an ammonia-based cleaner. Spray the product on the affected area then scrub with a cloth. Some glass cleaners have ammonia in them so check yours to see if it will work!

– Using Baking Soda

This is one of my favourite ways to remove crayon marks from walls. Simply mix equal parts of water and baking soda so you create a paste. Then scoop the paste with a sponge and start scrubbing the crayon marks. Continue scrubbing until you are happy with the result.

Then, you need to remove the baking soda paste. I like to do that by dampening a cloth in plain water then wiping the paste until it’s completely removed!

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How To Deep Clean Your Sofa?

Cleaning your sofa might sound like a lot of work but it really is easier than you think. You just need to know which ingredients to use and how to apply the proper cleaning methods.

Today, I will teach you exactly how to do it – without damaging the fabric!

First, Check The Tag

You need to identify the fabric of your sofa which will help you in identifying the cleaning method that needs to be used. I suggest you check the tag.

  • If it says W then you can use water when cleaning your sofa
  • If it says S then you can only use a solvent-based cleaner
  • If it says SW then you can use both water and a solvent-based cleaner
  • If it says X then you can only use a vacuum cleaner and you need to avoid any cleaners.

Let’s Start Cleaning

Now that you know whether you can use water or solvent-based cleaner on your sofa it’s time to start cleaning it. Start off with vacuuming your sofa in order to get rid of debris, impurities, and crumbs. Then continue with sprinkling baking soda all over your couch. It will get rid of any smells and will deodorize it. Let it sit for a few hours then vacuum the powder.

If you notice any stains on your couch you need to mix a teaspoon of liquid soap, a tablespoon of white vinegar, around 250ml of warm water, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the ingredients well and dip a clean cloth in the mixture. Continue with rubbing the stain with it. After you covered all the affected areas you need to “rinse” them with a damp cloth.

Then, allow your sofa to dry completely, and just like that it’s clean!

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6 Creative Hacks For Polishing Silver

It doesn’t matter if you want to polish your silverware or your silver jewellery – you can apply all of the following hacks and achieve amazing results!

Aluminium Foil

This might sound very weird but you can place aluminium foil in a pan, fill it with water and a tablespoon of baking soda then boil the water. Then drop the tarnished silver item in the pan for 10 seconds (no longer than that!) and remove it.

In case the build-up persists you can also create a paste with baking soda and water then spread it all over the silver item, rinse and dry!

Laundry Detergent

If you don’t really like the first hack then you can use this one:

Place aluminium foil in a bowl then fill it with hot water. Add a tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent and soak your silver item for a minute or so. Then take it out and rinse it with water.

Ketchup

You have probably heard that ketchup is great to use on tarnished silver – well, it’s true! Rub ketchup on your silver item then let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it!

Toothpaste

Another create yet effective method you can apply is by squeezing toothpaste on a cloth then rubbing it in the silver item. Then, of course, rinse well!

Lemon Juice

Number five on my list has to be using lemon juice – it’s a great way to make your silver sparkle. Soak it overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 cup of water, and half a cup of instant dry milk (I know, it sounds very weird but it works).

The next morning you will have polished silver!

Window Cleaner

Yes, you can also use window cleaner! Spray it on a toothbrush and gently scrub your silver item.

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How To Remove Coffee Stains From Mugs?

If you love drinking coffee than I am certain all of your mugs have brown stains on the bottom. And the worst part is that these stains are extremely stubborn. Have you tried anything to remove them without any success?

I Know How To Help You Remove Them!

Since I am a huge fan of coffee myself I have struggled with removing those stains but I would like to say that I am way more stubborn than those stains because I found a way to get rid of them!

The answer to removing coffee stains from mugs is baking soda!

Simply sprinkle some baking soda in your mug and add a bit of water in order to create a paste. I suggest you grab an old toothbrush and start scrubbing for a few minutes. Then you can rinse your mug and the coffee stains will be gone!

This hack works amazing and I am so glad I found it because it saved my mugs. Whenever I had guests over I used to hate showing them the state of my mugs – it was like they were dirty and I hadn’t cleaned them properly. But I knew I had spent so much time scrubbing them with hot water and soap.

Now, I simply wash them then I sprinkle the baking soda, scrub, and rinse – it’s that simple!

I have shared this baking soda cleaning hack with so many people and all of them are amazed by how well it works. So if your cabinets are full of stained mugs – give this hack a try, you won’t regret it!

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How To Easily Disinfect And Clean Sponges?

Every household uses sponges whether for cleaning, scrubbing the toilet, or washing the dishes. They are a great tool which makes cleaning easier but, unfortunately, they attract a lot of bacteria which they hold on to.

Replacing sponges is crucial – you can’t use them forever! Using them for a long period of time means that you are spreading germs on the surfaces you clean with that sponge. Also, you are spreading germs on your hands. And even though you have the intention to clean your house – you are actually doing the opposite!

How Often Do I Replace My Sponges?

I usually replace them every two weeks but keep in mind that I clean and disinfect them every few days which is why I am able to hold on to them for so long.

If you don’t clean or disinfect the sponges then please – replace them every week!

How Do I Clean and Disinfect My Sponges?

– I Use Bleach

If you want to clean and disinfect your sponges and be able to use them for longer then bleach is necessary! Dilute bleach with water and soak your sponges in there for 5 minutes. That way all the germs will be removed!

When you take them out of the bleach I recommend you clean them with soapy hot water so that the bleach can be removed completely before using them!

– I Throw Them In The Dishwasher

If you don’t like using bleach and you prefer to stay away from it there is a great alternative – using your dishwasher!

I put them where the utensils are placed. By the time you take your sponges out of the dishwasher, they will be disinfected and clean!

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You are washing fruits and vegetables wrong! Here is how to properly deep clean them!

We all know that cleaning the fruits and vegetables we consume is important but are you doing it wrong? I am almost certain you are!

I am also certain that you want to stay as far away as possible from food poisoning and other harmful things that might happen to your health when consuming dirty fruits and vegetables!

Here is how to properly clean fruits and vegetables!

I recommend you make your own “cleaner” which you can store in a spray bottle and pull out whenever you want to clean fruits and vegetables. I know that you probably think that a simple wash under running water in enough but trust me – it is not!

Taking additional steps to deep clean them is important. I have been making this DIY fruits and vegetables spray cleaner for a few years and all I can say is that it has changed my life!

How to make it? You need to mix 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

I know you probably thought that I will include some type of a harsh cleaning ingredient but we will be cleaning our fruits and vegetables – not out home so it’s not necessary!

How to use it? Simply spray the fruit or vegetable you will use, let it sit for a minute or two then rinse well.

How to clean lettuce?

If you want to prepare lettuce or any other leaf vegetable then the spray wouldn’t be such a great option.

Instead, you would want to soak the leaf vegetables in a bowl full of water, 4 tablespoons of salt, and the juice of half a lemon.

You can also replace the lemon juice with vinegar if you want!

Let them soak for 2-3 minutes then rinse well!

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5 Cleaning Tricks that will keep your kitchen clean

We all love finding new cleaning tricks, right? They make our lives so much easier since they do indeed cut the cleaning time in half. This is exactly why I decided to combine all of the interesting tricks I have actively incorporated in my kitchen cleaning routine into this article so that you can use them as well!

– Use vinegar to clean your coffee maker

Once a month I fill my coffee maker with vinegar and a little bit of water then run it. Then I fill the coffee maker only with water and run it one more time so that the vinegar is completely removed.

– How I clean my microwave with just water?

I hate cleaning appliances which is why I take care of my microwave using only water. I place a bowl filled with hot water in the appliance and set it to 5 minutes. This will create steam which will not only clean but disinfect the microwave.

– Disinfect your kitchen sponges with your microwave

While we are on the topic of microwaves I must share this little trick I have down my sleeve – place a damp sponge in the microwave and set it to 90 seconds. We all know that kitchen sponges attract a lot of bacteria which is why they need to be replaced so often but this disinfecting trick will kill all the bacteria and will save you some money.

– How to easily clean your blender?

I hate cleaning my blender because of the blades. This is why I discovered an amazing cleaning trick – pour warm water, liquid soap, and some baking soda in the blender then turn it on for a few seconds. After that all you need to do is rinse it!

– Clean your wooden cutting boards with lemon

As we all know wooden cutting boards can’t be thrown in the dishwasher which makes removing their stains a lot harder. Try rubbing some lemon and salt on the stains.

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The best way to clean your Instant Pot

There are so many households that have instant pots. It’s such a great invention that many love. Not only is it an amazing gift but it saves so much time when cooking. If you have an instant pot and you want to know what is the best way to clean it then keep reading. I will share the cleaning method that I use and I find the most effective.

Of course, your instant pot should be cleaned after every use with hot water and dishwashing liquid. But at least once a month you need to deep clean it and that is exactly what I will show you.

How to deep clean your instant pot?

Of course, the first thing you should check is whether it is unplugged – safety first.

Continue with removing the inner cooking chamber and wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge. Any food and crumbs need to be completely removed because sometimes they can interfere with sealing the lid.

If you notice any stains you can make a paste with baking soda and water. Dip a sponge in the paste and scrub the stained area. Using baking soda is such an inexpensive yet powerful cleaning method when dealing with stains. When you are done wipe everything with a damp cloth. Feel free to repeat this step however many times needed until the base is perfectly clean.

Then we will move over to the lid components. Wash the silicone sealing ring with hot water and soap. Then continue with washing the anti-block shield.

The next thing you should remove and clean is the steam release valve. Make sure you check whether there are any food particles that are stuck and remove them as well.

Continue with the inner stainless steel pot and racks

Scrub them with the baking soda and water paste.

You can also pour a cup of white vinegar straight into the pot and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then grab a sponge and scrub the sides of the pot with vinegar. Then rinse it.

How to take care of bad odors?

It’s quite common for the silicone seal to absorb odors. You can pour vinegar and lemon juice into the inner pot, put the lid on the instant pot, and turn the steam release valve. Set the appliance for three minutes. Once the cycle is complete let the mixture sit in there for a couple of more minutes then open the lid and allow it to air-dry.

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Are your cleaning habits actually bad making your home dirtier

Cleaning is not a favorite of anyone, therefore, everyone sometimes tries out to shorten the time they will spend doing it. But this can actually be doing more damage than good. If you have cleaning habits and want to see if they are making your home dirtier then check out the following list and see for yourself.

– Do you use too much cleaning products?

Sometimes we all think that if we use a lot of products, the object we are cleaning is miraculously going to become clean faster. This is indeed a very bad habit that is wasting a lot of product. If you don’t want to buy cleaners as often as you do you might want to cut down the usage a bit. Sometimes less is more and it is unnecessary to put down half a bottle in one go.

Plus, if you use a lot of product it is most likely for you to not be able to rinse it completely leaving behind a residue. We all know that all cleaning products are made out of harsh chemicals.

– Not cleaning your tools

Your cleaning tools also need to be cleaned, and some of them need to be replaced from time to time. When you clean with dirty cloths, sponges, vacuum cleaners, mops, etc. all you are going to do is spread more dirt than your home already has, and the whole act of cleaning will be totally useless.

Take time to carefully clean each cleaning tool you use.

– Using the same cloth or wipe to clean multiple surfaces

Let me give you an example. If you are cleaning something in your bathroom you definitely do not want to immediately go into your kitchen and wipe your kitchen counter or dinner table with that same cloth or wipe.

– Is dusting the last thing you do when cleaning your home?

This is a huge mistake. You never want to leave dusting to be the last thing you do. Just imagine – you have cleaned the floors then you move on to dusting. Where will all of the dust and dirt go? To the floor, you just cleaned. Have you ever heard of the following rule: clean top to bottom. The floor should be the last thing you clean.

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