1. Chopping boards
Use a sponge soaked in a mixture of lemon juice and salt to make an old chopping board look as good as new.
2. Copper pots
For copper pots to look as good as new again, sprinkle the surface with salt, then pour a little bit of vinegar over it, rubbing it with a hard sponge.
Got scratches on your plates? Use a polish designed specifically for use on porcelain.
4. Baking trays
Remove burnt stains from baking trays easily by applying a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and ordinary soda. Spread the paste on the baking tray and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing.
Prepare a solution made of one part vinegar and two parts water. Mix the water and vinegar together in a spray bottle and spray on the stain, covering with a damp cloth. Then, set your iron onto steam mode and place it over the cloth for 30 seconds.
6. Cast-iron pans
For cast-iron pans you will need a disinfectant, some gloves, garbage bags and white vinegar and follow these instructions:
• Spread a thick layer of the disinfectant on the old cast-iron pan..
• Put the pan in a garbage bag and tie it up tightly.
• Leave the pan in the bag for 1-2 days then rinse off the disinfectant.
• Apply a new layer of the same liquid and put it in a tightly knotted bag for one day.
• Wash off the dirt with hot water.
• Soak the pan in a mixture of warm water and vinegar (1:1) for an hour and scrub the surface with a scouring pad.
• Let the pan dry.
• Preheat the oven to 250C, putting the pan in it for an hour.
• Carefully remove the hot frying pan and apply a layer of olive oil all over it.
• The hot metal will absorb the required amount of oil – wipe off the residue with a clean, dry cloth and once again, put the pan in the oven, this time upside down.
• Take it out after 15 minutes, wipe with a cloth and place it in the oven again for an extra 15 minutes. Repeat for another two times.
Use bleach to clean the areas between the tiles. Mix with water in a ratio of 1:1. While doing so, be sure to ventilate the room.
8. White sneakers
It is possible to make your sneakers bright white once again using a solution of one teaspoon of dishwasher cleaning liquid, three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and two tablespoons of baking soda.
9. Leather furniture
Wipe scratches from your sofa using olive oil or baby oil, using a cotton swab. Let the oil dry for an hour. If the scratch is visible, repeat the procedure.
10. Furniture, with microfiber upholstery
This kind of furniture requires special care. Use a white sponge and alcohol to get rid of any stains that may appear on the furniture over time. Dampen the stain with a sponge soaked in alcohol, let it dry, then clean the area thoroughly with a brush.
11. Leather bags
Clean the stains on a leather bag easily by simply using wet wipes.
12. Fabric Softener
Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water together. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup to the final rinse cycle.
13. Toilet Cleaner
Use undiluted white vinegar, pour around the top of the toilet bowl, scrub until clean.
Use sea salt or coarse salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste. This also works well on stained tea cups or coffee mugs, and even the cutting board.
15. Tile Grout Cleaner
Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, remove with sponge.
16. Glass Cleaner
Vinegar + water cuts through dirt and leaves glass streak-free.
17. Oven Cleaning
A paste of baking soda and water cleans ovens without the chemicals or the hassle of the self-cleaning cycle. Just make a paste on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and wipe off for a shiny, chemical free oven.
18. Natural Air Freshener
In a medium saucepan, simmer a quart of water with:
- 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla, or
- 1 sliced lime and 1 piece chopped ginger root, or
- 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves (smells like pumpkin pie!), or
- 2 tablespoons thyme and 1 sliced lime
19. Shower Heads
Clean a shower head by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and then tie the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave on for up to 12 hours and remove carefully. Pour it down the drain and your shower head should be clean and free of hard water residue.