Repurpose While You Clean

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repurpose while you cleanI just love finding new ways to repurpose things around the house. It saves so much money in the long run and most of the time, you’re saving the environment too. I thought this week I’d share some of my favorite tricks with you that I use when I’m cleaning up around the house.  If you have a favorite trick to make clean-up a snap while repurposing things around your home, I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment so we can all learn. Who knows, you just may see your idea in an upcoming post.

Repurpose with These Things While You Clean:

Save Your Rubber Gloves
What better way to start off some cleaning tips than having a tip to save those rubber gloves your wear? Do you normally wear gloves while you clean to protect that manicure, but hate that you keep poking holes in the fingertips? Sick of filling the landfills with your used plastic? Solve this problem by putting a cotton ball at the end of each finger hole inside the rubber glove to protect the plastic from your nails poking through. Problem solved!

Spare the Harsh Chemicals in Your Drain
Ugh, another hair clog in the drain! Don’t you hate using all those harsh toxic chemicals in your home, not to mention the effects on the environment? They’re no longer needed in your drain. Just grab some vinegar and baking soda, ½ cup of each, pour the soda, then the vinegar down the drain and cover with a wet cloth. Within 5 minutes, you’ll be able to flush that clog away with some scalding-hot water.

whiteningWhiten Your Linoleum
Love the look of streamlined white linoleum, but hate the stains that accumulate? Repurpose a brand of white toothpaste you didn’t care for by using it to scrub the stains clean. Some toothpaste and a little elbow grease is all you need to make that white linoleum sparkle.

Another Use for Vinegar
We all know vinegar has many purposes, but this is one of my favs. If you can’t seem to get rid of those odors down the garbage disposal, here’s a simple solution; vinegar ice cubes. Freeze them up and then pop them down the chute. Run the garbage disposal like normal and not only will you sharpen the blades, but the vinegar will take away the odor at the same time.

Scrub with Baking Soda
Baking Soda isn’t just for deodorizing and cooking. If you have a stubborn stain or sticky spot, before you reach for the Comet, or other harsh abrasive, try sprinkling some baking soda and scrubbing with it instead. All you’re really after is something granular to help with the task and baking soda is just fine enough to do the trick without scratching.

Binder Clip Your Cleaning Sponge
After a day of cleaning, you probably have a lot of yucky smelly sponges laying around. Don’t just throw them in a bucket to dry, clip them in large binder clips and stand them up on the end of the clip. Air circulating all around the sponge will not only cut down on the smells, but they’ll dry a lot quicker too.

Shine That Stainless with Olive Oil
Just a little bit of olive oil on a cloth will bring your stainless steel back to its original luster. After rubbing down the steel, simply buff with a paper towel to bring back the shine. Voila! Pretty & new-looking once again.

Or Your Chrome
Not to be left behind, I also have a repurpose for all that baby oil you got on sale. Did you know you can use it to polish your chrome? Again, a soft cotton cloth and a bit of baby oil and you can use it the same way as the olive oil above. No more running to the hardware store for fixture polish that’s bad for the environment.

Easy Reach for the High Places
Repurpose an old broom by securing a microfiber cloth with a rubber band to the broom end. Now you have a way to get to all that crown molding or the far reaches behind the furniture. When you’re finished, simply pop the cloth in the wash. Make sure you don’t add fabric softener though, that ruins the fibers.

Eliminate the Grease with Corn Meal
Have a greasy spot on fabric, carpet or upholstery? If it’s light-colored, simple sprinkle the spot with corn meal, enough to cover, and wait about ½ hour. After the time has elapsed, vacuum or brush off the cornmeal and it will have absorbed the grease.

repurpose while cleaningSoap Scum Eliminator
Have a lot of build-up of soap scum on your shower doors, but don’t like those expensive cleaners? Take a used dryer sheet, sprinkle a few drops of water on it and rub down the shower doors. The scum will come right off and deter future scum. Two problems solved!

Nix the Expensive “Magic Erasers”
Here’s some real magic for you; that baking soda again. Even though you buy your Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on sale, eliminate that expense all together by using baking soda instead, which is pretty much what the Magic Eraser consists of anyway! Simply sprinkle some on a damp cloth or sponge and use is like that eraser. It lifts crayon marks, et al. the exact same way but for pennies on the dollar instead!

Until next time, Clean Happy ~ Michele

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  1. Shanna Hartwell says

    For about $3, I picked up a Zip-It drain cleaner at Home Depot. With a house full of long haired girls, the shower drain is constantly getting filled with hair! The baking soda/vinegar works for greasy clogs, but not so much on hair balls. This thing is non chemical, reusable, and works awesome on pulling out the goo that becomes hair.

    If you have a swiffer wet jet, you can refill the bottles! Place the cap of the empty bottle in boiling water for about 30 seconds and it will unscrew allowing you to refill it with you choice of cleaners! I use hot water and vinegar. Use a micro fiber cloth or old rag instead of buying the refill pads.

    Save a few of your newspapers from Sunday to use for cleaning windows, covering the table at kiddy craft time, or use them under garden plants (over the soil, under mulch) to help prevent weeds.

    Instead of buying ice, refill plastic jugs with water and freeze for reusable ice packs in the coolers.

    Use old socks that have holes in the heals? Put them on the hands of your little ones, spray lightly with what ever you use to dust, and let them help!

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