Life Changing Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Home Depot posted a trick that literally everyone needs to try. In your toilet brush holder, pour in some all purpose cleaner. This will help keep the brush clean. And let me tell you, the last thing you want sitting in your bathroom is a dirty toilet brush!!

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54 comments for “Life Changing Cleaning Tips & Tricks

  1. barbara
    September 11, 2015 at

    love the cleaning ips

    • Juliette
      January 29, 2017 at

      Love all the tips and replies!

      3 of 11–
      I’ve been doing this for quite a few years

      6 of 11 —
      Be careful because cola is corosive and can damage pipes

    • Sharyn
      October 24, 2017 at

      The lemon DOES NOT WORK!!!

  2. Anna
    September 24, 2015 at

    Great tip, but a no no if you have kids or pets.

  3. Trish
    October 4, 2015 at

    Love the George Forman grill tip! I hate cleaning that thing.

    • Grace
      March 8, 2016 at

      I discovered this method long ago, but I add a bit of dishwashing detergent to the wet paper towel. It still takes some rubbing so have your grease tray in position.

      • Grace
        March 8, 2016 at

        BTW, for cleaning bathroom chrome fixtures, I have always used lemon oil with great success.

        • Peg
          April 10, 2016 at

          Wiping clean shower walls with Lemon Oil also keeps soap scum from building up….and makes the bathroom smell great!

    • Shirley Knack
      March 20, 2016 at

      Better yet, use two sheets of foil on top and bottom of food…….no cleaning!

    • Linda
      November 21, 2016 at

      I put the paper over the grill before cooking, and another layer over the food. No cleaning at all. Just throw away the paper after cooking.

      • September 2, 2017 at

        Well I don’t use my grill, I have a dry/hot air fryer which will deal with most grilling , cheese on toast I do in the microwave spread a little mustard on the cheese first. All the washing up is done in the dishwasher.

    • Pat
      January 10, 2017 at

      I’ve been doing that. It’s the only way to clean it.

  4. Donna
    November 27, 2015 at

    I just want to know more. I’m always up for something ‘new!’

  5. Bev
    January 2, 2016 at

    coke has a pretty strong acid in it. If you put a penny in some coke the penney will eventually disintegrate.

    • Lora Serra
      March 21, 2016 at

      And we drink this?

      • Pam
        April 5, 2016 at

        Lemon juice will ‘eat’ metal too yet no-one ever seems to think it odd that we eat/drink that! Soda is just fashionable to ‘demonize’ these days.

        • Omagine
          October 30, 2016 at

          Citric acid is present in both lemons and soda. There’s a lot more in lemons. But soda also contains a small amount of phosphoric acid – no huge deal. Artificial flavoring – not a biggy. Then we have to consider that it has caramel coloring, which is a known carcinogen. It’s got TONS of refined sugar which a major cause of inflammation, dental decay, obesity, and diabetes. Carbonation has been shown in a controlled study to lower bone density in people who consume it regularly. Then there’s the caffeine, which is the reason people don’t have serious sugar crashes after drinking it.

          None of those things is food. And some is basically just BAD. But people pound it instead of water.

          Lemons do have citric acid. But people don’t consume it habitually. Lemons have TONS of vitamin C and fiber and potassium, and are great antioxidants. They are GOOD for you and promote health. The small amount of naturally occurring sugar is meaningless against the weight of the healthy ingredients.

          It’s not “fashionable to demonize” soda. It’s just FACT that it’s bad for you, and depletes your health, rather than promote it, like lemons and other citrus (and water) do.

          Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

          • Redbull lover
            December 10, 2016 at

            Bahahaha all so true, I have only drank water for years. I don’t drink coffee or colas or eat chocolate etc etc, I drink a sugar free Redbull everyday and get bashed constantly for it. Sure it probably isn’t great for me but at least it isn’t added to a long list of other bad things I drink, water & a sugar free Redbull, now tell me how many cups of coffee (with how much sugar) and how many colas have you had today, yeah so shut it. People just want to preach about what others are doing wrong, they search to find something wrong in everything everyone else is doing.

          • donna
            July 22, 2017 at

            You tell ’em! Great comment…and so true

    • Patricia
      December 4, 2017 at

      Bacon in coke—will almost cook. Imagine what it does to your stomach.?

  6. donna
    January 10, 2016 at

    Baking soda is the only cleaning
    Product u need
    For Everything
    In laundry (with a little detergent)
    Save tons of money

  7. Aloma Cronberg
    January 13, 2016 at

    I have been using the cleaner brushes that you fill with dish soap for quite awhile now! Great way to get your dishes sparkling clean!!

    • September 2, 2017 at

      I have caffeine free diet coke,though I like the vanilla will these work in the toilet?

      • Amber
        October 9, 2017 at

        You know I’ve never tried! I would go ahead and try, but I’m not entirely sure if it would work.

  8. January 19, 2016 at

    On cleaning the Foreman – I used this method for several years. It finally dawned on me that this is the reason the nonstick surface peels off. No more loss of nonstick coating now.

    • ALHS
      February 3, 2016 at

      Are you saying that using this method ruined your nostick surface?

    • May 6, 2016 at

      what did you use to clean your george foreman. I have had mine for years and need to clean the back and bottom

  9. Denise
    January 20, 2016 at

    Just to add to the post on baseboards and Bounce. I have read, haven’t had a chance to try just yet that Bounce helps keep dust off things like window blinds, ceiling fans, and I would imagine does well on things like closet doors if they have those designs to them like the squares inside of the square thing. I guess anything you can think of like that.

    • Heidy
      February 14, 2016 at

      I’ve tried to use dryer sheets as an anti-duster, but I found that it left a bit of a residue and wasn’t nearly as effective as was claimed. Maybe I used the wrong brand?

      • Susan Sias
        May 16, 2016 at

        I heard on the internet somewhere to use once used dryer sheets, that way you do not have the residue!

    • mikki
      July 24, 2018 at

      Do you wet the bounce sheet or leave it dry for baseboards and blinds?

  10. ALHS
    February 3, 2016 at

    I was very interested in finding out more about the tip for cleaning pots and pans but when I clicked on it – nothing! Does anyone know what it said to use? Please and Thank you!

  11. February 4, 2016 at

    Brilliant cleaning tips! I never heard about some of those cleaning ideas so I am curious to try them out. Thanks for sharing

  12. Greg
    February 7, 2016 at

    I wouldn’t put just any car wax on your stove. Most are flammable. Especially Turtle wax. Look for non flammable products.

    • Jemma
      May 31, 2016 at

      When youhave cleaned all the dirt and grime of the stainless steel bit of the hob wipe dry and put baby oil on a dry cloth and smooth over the surface,
      It keeps the hob looking shiney till you use it again.
      Also makes easy cleaning the next time.

  13. Heidy
    February 14, 2016 at

    I have quesion about the pan cleaning tip. What is it? When I clicked on the link it went nowhere. Could you let me know? Now I’m really curious 🙂

    • Olivia
      April 17, 2016 at

      Finding time to do chores around the house is tough with two boys under the age of 3, work, and going to school; with so many demands at stake what do you suggest to do to manage my time better to make my house cleaner?

      • Lisa
        June 23, 2016 at

        There’s always foster care.

        • March 12, 2017 at

          That’s not very nice!

    • Elizabeth
      May 6, 2016 at

      sprinkle baking soda on it. add vinegar. let it soak for 15 mins. rinse off

    • Dorothy
      October 24, 2016 at

      I had to click on it a couple of times. They used a product called bar buddy which is sold in powder form at target or spray form at Walmart. It looked to be pkged in the same way as comet.

    • Pam
      March 1, 2017 at

      Think it’s called bar keepers friend and apparently Amazon prime sells it

  14. April 22, 2016 at

    These cleaning tips are great, simple and useful.

  15. Malisa elliott
    July 22, 2016 at

    Anyone have suggestions on the best way to clean grout??

    • Pati
      August 13, 2016 at

      Scrub grout very well. I use commercial cleaner especially for grout, then seal WELL. I sealed the grout in our shower every 6 months for 2 years. I quickly squeegie the walls after every showed (takes 70 seconds) then use commercial cleaner (spray on tile cleaner) about once every 18 months. Our shower grout walls and floor is off white and still looks great 22 years later! The key is to seal it and keep it clean – clean means dry it off a bit. leave your shower door open a little bit after the shower and use a fan.
      A tile layer (who tiled our kitchen and dining room) told us to use white vinegar to seal floor grout and it has worked – but we have only tried it on darker grout, but water still beads up. To seal any tile use a brush to brush it on — use a brush as wide as the grout and it goes quickly. A child’s paint box brush works well for narrow grout lines.

    • Mary Jane
      August 4, 2017 at

      Bleach on an old sock once a week. I delete it with a little water

  16. Suz
    July 25, 2016 at

    I have tried the coke in the toilet several different times, but it never worked for me!

    • September 2, 2017 at

      Perhaps you’re using the wrong brand, I’m yet to find the right one I might try some white vinegar.

  17. Carol
    September 19, 2016 at

    I used to wash my grout with a solution of bleach and water, just to make sure it was clean. Then I applied white shoe polish…the kind with a sponge applicator… then immediately wiped it off with a soft cloth. It completely wipes off the tile but leaves the grout so nice and white.

  18. L Andrews
    November 5, 2016 at

    Sorry but I’m one of those folks who believe that you’d like to make your site as professional as possible (and my unasked-for-assistance offered here not to be critical but in a spirit of generosity) is a suggestion to fix the typo found within the following quotation.

    “I never knew this before, but apparently the best thing to use is cream of tarter.”

    Cream of tartar would have been found with a spell check.

    After years of proofreading as a profession, I cannot help myself. Please understand that I hope you’re feeling supported by my feedback. I know that writing a blog is a job – it’s a lot of work! I’ve tried it & found it simply wasn’t for me.

    Best of luck

  19. scrubadubdub
    June 7, 2017 at

    Lil time saver…I bought one of the long handled brushes tht U fill w dish soap & keep it in the shower. Then ..since I’m already there…lol..when my conditioner is in my hair or whatever I’ll do a bit of scrubbing! LoL Also, old exfoliating gloves make some of the best cleaning tools U will ever use! When I used to have Aquariums..couldn’t beat them for algae scrubbers! ?

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