You don’t have to wait until spring to degunk and
Revive cloudy glasses
Remove built-up film from hard-water minerals by soaking stemware in white vinegar for five minutes. Then rinse by hand and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Sanitize your phone
The icky truth: Your cell might harbor more germs than a toilet seat. Zap germs by wiping with an alcohol wipe, and give your TV remote and computer mouse the same treatment while you’re at it.
Clean out candleholders.
Save a pretty container when the candle’s spent by rinsing with steaming hot water and scooping out the wax residue inside with a paper towel.
Descale your coffee maker
Remove caked-on minerals by filling the reservoir with a mixture that’s half vinegar, half water. Let the solution brew halfway, then stop and let sit for 30 minutes before completing the cycle. Rinse by “brewing” a pot of clean water
Re-season rusty cast iron
Over-scrubbing cast iron with metal scouring pads can remove the seasoning from your trusty skillet. To restore the finish, use a scrub sponge to remove any rust, clean with a bit of mild dish soap, then rinse and dry well. Coat the inside and outside with vegetable oil and bake upside down in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour. Let cool and remove excess grease with a paper towel.
Rethink the linen closet
Tackle an overflowing storage spot by adding an over-the-door rack for extra towels. Shelf dividers stop folded washcloths from toppling over, and baskets corral surplus toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
Restore your shower pressure
Unclog your shower head by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the shower head to immerse the holes in the solution and secure with a twist tie. Let soak up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.
Freshen the shower curtain
To banish moldy spots, throw plastic or vinyl curtains in the washing machine with a little detergent. Add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation, then hang it to dry or put in the dryer on low heat or fluff only. To keep it fresher longer, stretch the curtain out after each shower to help moisture dissipate.
Easily buff out floor scuffs
Protect your hardwood by removing small marks with a sock or clean tennis ball. To erase bigger scuffs, add a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub. Then rinse with a damp paper towel and dry.
Make an all-purpose cleaner
Here’s a DIY cleaner recipe that will make nearly every surface gleam (especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator). Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1-quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.
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