Recently we had a pretty foul odor in out office sink. I don’t know exactly what is was. We tried a number of solutions. We ended up using baking soda and vinegar. We mixed up some baking soda water (one cup per gallon) and poured down the drain until we figured enough had filled the trap. We the added vinegar. It bubbled like crazy, doing that ph neutralization thing that was so cool to me as a kid (we used to make volcanoes- hey my dad is a phd chemist),and low and behold that awful odor was totally gone. Try it yourself if you are having trouble with a smelly or slow drain.
Who doesn’t love a good smelling bathroom? An easy set it and forget it way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh without having to run in every hour with the Febreeze is found in essential oils. By placing a few drops of your favorite essential oils in the inner roll core of your toilet paper, your bathroom will have a great scent without being overpowering or requiring a lot of maintenance.
Who doesn’t love quick and easy cleaning? Fill a handled sponge with a 50/50 mixture of dish-washing liquid and white vinegar and keep it in your shower. When you’re done with your shower, you can give it a quick scrub. The steam and heat will help loosen any grime making it a perfect time to check cleaning the shower off of your list.
Coca Cola cleans! Yes, you read that right, our cleaning tip of the month revolves around Coca Cola! At some point or another we’ve been told that Coke is bad for our teeth because it is not only full of sugar, but is acidic. That acidity is what makes it such a great, yet unexpected, cleaning agent. Here are a couple ways that Coke can be used around the house:
1) Driveway stains. For stubborn stains that just refuse to leave, you can pour a can or bottle of Coca Cola over it and let it sit for a few hours. You can then use a hose and rinse it all off.
2) Rust. Coca Cola is full of acid, which means it does a fantastic job of removing rust from a variety of materials such as golf clubs or pennies.
3) Corrosion. On occasion, car batteries will get a build up of corrosion that impedes connection and can cause your car to not start. No worries! After ensuring your vehicle is off, you can pour a can of Coke onto the battery connections to remove the corrosion and your car will start again!
4) Toilets. Bathroom cleaning is always the worst, but by simply pouring a can of Coke into your toilet, letting it sit, and flushing it away you can get it clean without having to do the dirty work.
Taking out the trash always seems to be a chore no one wants to do, and forgetting to replace the trash bag happens more than we would probably like to admit. To make things easier on yourself, fold a few trash bags flat and lay them in the bottom of your trash can. This way, when the bag comes out, there’s one waiting right there to replace it! This is also helpful if guests are coming to visit or if you’re having a BBQ or party. If someone helps out with clean up, they don’t have to find someone to ask or search the cupboards.