Simple Home Cleaning Tips

These are some of my favourite Simple Home Cleaning Tips!  Simple and practical.

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An Every Day Home Tour 5{A Pretty Life}

I find cleaning very cathartic.  When everything around me feels chaotic, cleaning helps to calm my mind.  Especially after the holidays…I absolutely love the feeling of taking down decorations and starting the new year with a clean slate!  This time of year is also a good time to restock up on favourite cleaning products and tackle a few chores that have been put off to the side.

Yesterday I shared some Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen, and today I’m sharing some of my favourite cleaning tips, tricks, cleaners and tools!  These are my must have items in my cleaning arsenal!  Nothing fancy, just simple and practical.  In fact one of my most loved cleaners is vinegar.  Anyway, I hope you might find some of these useful for your own home!

Here my some of my Simple Home Cleaning Tips:

Vinegar for Cleaning

1.  All Purpose Vinegar Cleaning Solutions

One of my most favourite cleaning products is vinegar.  The old tried and true, trusty vinegar.  I make a 1:1, vinegar:water solution  in a spray bottle, and use it to clean sinks, counters, and pretty much anything that requires a good cleaning.  It makes everything sparkle!  A lot of people worry about the smell, but don’t!  The smell disappears really quickly.

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DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash {A Pretty Life}

2.  Vegetable and Fruit Cleaner

If you have never used a veggie and fruit cleaner, you should try it!  You would not believe the colour of the water after you have washed them…it’s very dirty and gross!  To clean my fruits and vegetables I like to use a homemade vinegar/water solution.  When I come home from the grocery store I fill my clean sink about half-way with lukewarm water, then add 1 cup vinegar.  Then I add my veggies/fruit (don’t overfill your sink with your veggies/fruit).  Soak for 10 minutes, then rinse well.  If you want to read more about this wash, and the different veggies/fruit you can clean with this solution, see my blog post here.

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Vegetable Brush

3.  Vegetable Brush

One of my most used tools in the kitchen is a simple vegetable brush.  I use it to clean strawberries, potatoes, carrots…anything that needs a light scrubbing. 

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Spot Shot Carpet Cleaner

4.  Spot Shot

If you have kids or a pet, Spot Shot is a must have.  This takes out everything without ruining your carpet.  It does smell a bit stinky though, but this is only temporarily. 

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Shaklee Scour Off

5.  Shaklee Scour Off

I love Shaklee Scour Off.  In fact it’s one of my most favourite cleaners.  I use it to remove stains, crayon, pen, and rust off of my counter tops.  I also use it to remove cooked on food from my ceramic stove top.  I also really appreciate that it smells good, is non toxic and a container lasts a very long time (at least a year). 

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6.  Bleach & Cleaning Front Loader Washing Machines

I prefer to use non-toxic cleaners, but I like to have bleach around for the really dirty tasks like cleaning up after meat, and after illness.  But recently I used it to clean my front-loading washer.  I didn’t even know you were supposed to clean a front-loader, but apparently you are.  I discovered this when my front loader started to stink.  After some research, I discovered that front loader washers always have a little water that sits in the bottom of the washer, and over time it can begin to smell, even if your washer runs 5 times a day like mine does.  Running a load of bleach through will get rid of the smell!  I will do this once in a while…mainly when I find that smell coming back.  Here’s how I cleaned my front loader:

  • Add 2 cups of bleach to an empty load (no clothes, towels or anything in the load).
  • Run a hot cycle.
  • Run one more empty cycle to rinse thoroughly.

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Microfibre Blind Cleaner

7.  Microfibre Blind Duster/Cleaner

Cleaning blinds has to be one of the worst jobs ever.  I hate it.  But I found this microfibre blind cleaner, and it has made the job of dusting and cleaning blinds so much easier.  You just squeeze the handle and it cleans the top and bottom of the blind.  Awesome.

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Microfibre Cleaning Cloths

8.  Microfibre Cleaning Cloths

I love my microfibre cleaning cloths.  They don’t leave behind bits of fuzz or streaks.  I use them on my mirrors, counters, floors and everywhere you can run one.

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9.  Ring Cleaner 

On my 10 year wedding anniversary, my hubby bought for me my dream ring.  It is a platinum diamond ring from Tiffany’s that we saw one year on a trip to New York City.  I love this ring with all my heart.  ALL of my heart.  It will have to be cut off my finger.  But after about a year of wearing it, I developed a strange, itchy rash around my ring.  I had always been diligent about cleaning it with a store-bought ring cleaner, so it couldn’t be dirty?  Maybe other household cleaners I was using were irritating it?  Maybe I had developed an allergy to the platinum?  I was heart broken.  It was almost to the point where I considered taking it off.  Then I took to the internet in search of some solution.  And over, and over again, I saw the same thing:  clean it with a solution of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.  No way this could work.  But it did!  I now have no problem at all with my ring, and am so relieved!  If you have the same problem, try it!  It saved me!

  • Use 2 parts vinegar, and 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide (in the right dilution – I use a 3% solution)
  • To clean one or two rings mix together 2 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp peroxide.
  • Let it sit in the solution for at least 10 minutes.
  • Rinse well.

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EasyGroutCleaner

10.  Grout Cleaner  (works great for Showers too)

A couple of years ago I discovered a really fantastic homemade cleaning solution for dirty grout.  It’s just a simple vinegar and Dawn dish detergent mix.  I wrote a whole post on it, so you can visit it here to see how to make your own mix!

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Hoover Floormate Deluxe

11.  Hardwood and Tile Cleaner

A couple of years ago I reviewed the Hoover Floormate and to this day, it is still my favourite hardwood and tile floor cleaner.  I will be using this cleaner until the end of time, I seriously love it that much.  I find it SO satisfying to see the dirty water in the tank…and I love my squeaky clean floors.  They truly squeak when you walk on them after they have been cleaned.  I recommend this machine to anyone who will listen.  Ha!

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Simple Home Cleaning Tips

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Well that’s all for my cleaning lesson.  Hope you found it a little useful! 

Happy Cleaning!

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14 Comments

  • Reply The Loops January 17, 2011 at 3:30 AM Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm your newest follower!
  • Reply Trisha @ The Sweet Survival January 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM Vinegar is amazing! To this day my Mom uses a vinegar/water solution to clean her wood floors.
  • Reply Missy January 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM I ADORE Shaklee products and use them almost exclusively. I like them so much that I have been thinking about becoming a distrubutor!
  • Reply Barb January 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM Jo, you're inspiring me to get cleaning! I use vinegar in the dishwasher and poof - cloudy glasses - gone!
  • Reply Bette May 19, 2011 at 1:31 PM I love Shaklee products too! I have been using (and selling them) for almost a year now and I LOVE THEM!
  • Reply Anonymous February 23, 2012 at 9:26 PM I love your blog. Just discoved it today. The cleaning part rocks and is economical. I also love your chore incentive program for your household. I love it when everyone is contributing and happy.

    Elaine Mundy Pry
    epry@insightbb.com
  • Reply Jen Long July 6, 2012 at 3:52 AM I was on a hunt for a ring cleaner, as I'm sitting here with a massive itchy, red, inflamed rash from my wedding ring. I've had my ring for 7 years, and just in the past 2 years I get this stupid rash! It's HEARTBREAKING!!! I finally just bought a cheap-o ring to wear while my finger heals in between wearing my actual wedding ring. So hearing that you had a rash too, and you don't anymore due to this cleaning method - you just might have saved me! After my finger heals I'm going to try cleaning it this way. Thank you!!! :)
    • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs July 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM Hi Jen! I hope this works for you! Honestly since I have used this solution I have never had that rash again! Crossing my ring fingers for you! ;)
      Jo-Anna
  • Reply Tracie July 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM Can you make a big batch of ring cleaner? I was thinking to dump the store bought and reuse the container. My husband has wedding ring rash too!
  • Reply Barbara Burt February 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM Jo Anna, I have an old house and my bathtub is in white galvanize, which I love. It has been hard over the years trying to keep it bright and white. However, recently I discovered that spraying Hydrogen Peroxide and a cleaning brush is the best agent to clean a galvanized tub. It brightens and removes the scums and the dirt in the seams of the ceramic tiles. --Happy cleaning y'all
  • Reply Josie April 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM Dear JoAnn: Love your blog: sounds as if we are all trying to figure out cleaning and organizing, one of our continuous chores.....do you think the vinegar/Dawn mixture would work for cleaning "marble" tiles and slabs in the bathroom, or will it streak and create more "scum" than it removes? I appreciate your response. Keep up these great suggestions.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife April 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM Hi Josie! I'm not too sure, but it would definitely be worth a try...just make sure to rinse really well and I'm betting it would be fine!
  • Reply Barb January 4, 2017 at 11:59 AM Since you're a vinegar fan, have you considered using it in your washing machine and dishwasher? I don't use fabric softener, I put vinegar in that dispenser. I think it keeps the smell in my washer to nil. Also, in the dishwasher rather than a rinse aid I use vinegar. It's cheaper and better for the machine. I have a Miele dishwasher and I've admitted to using vinegar to a service tech and salesman and they both supported it without hesitation.
  • Reply Alice James June 23, 2017 at 5:39 AM Your article to good and much informative. But forget one thing. You didn't mention pressure washer any where. Pressure washer are too good for washing.
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