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Every few weeks, cut up the rind of one lemon and place a piece into each slot of an ice-cube tray. Once frozen, toss the ice cubes into the garbage disposal to break up grease, keep it clean and ward off odors. (Just turn it on and run the cold water for two minutes.)
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To keep bacteria from taking up permanent residence in your kitchen sponges, rinse them with water at the end of each day, squeeze out the excess and then stick them in the microwave for three minutes. Just be sure to let them cool before you touch.
There’s a right way to do this. Watch our quick video to see how.
It turns out that most grocery-store disinfectants leave a little extra something behind (and it isn’t anything to brag about). Kiss toxins and allergens good-bye with The Laundress’s home-cleaning collection--an arsenal of effective, eco-friendly solutions that do your dirty work without the harmful residue. Take the 30-Day Clean-Home Challenge and swap your traditional cleaners with these versatile products. We bet you’ll be hooked far beyond day 29.
Use your morning pick-me-up to eliminate odors in your fridge. Simply place coffee grounds (new or used) in a bowl on the top shelf. Replace them every two months for a fresh, slightly caffeinated smell. Sure beats the average box of baking soda.
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Speaking of your coffee…your trusty ol’ standby is in need of a cleaning. Luckily, we’ve figured out the easiest way to do it. Watch and learn.
Want streak-free windows without resorting to a squeegee? Try newspaper. Use 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar and ½ cup liquid soap. Dip the newspaper into the mixture and wipe away spots in a circular pattern. Then switch to vertical and finally horizontal strokes until all the liquid has dissipated and you’re left with shiny, streak-free windows.
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Did you know that 90 percent of items labeled “Dry Clean Only” are actually washable? This month, skip the cleaners and join the 30-Day Clean Home Challenge by using The Laundress laundry and fabric care products. Specifically designed to clean delicate fabrics like silk and synthetics, these eco-friendly formulas are more effective at preserving your wardrobe than the dry cleaner and offer a much-needed relief from steep service bills.
Towels smell a little mildewy? Hey, it happens. Wash your load in a hot cycle and add 1 cup vinegar. (No detergent necessary.) Let the cycle finish, and if you still smell the scent, rewash with hot water and ½ cup baking soda.
Here’s an easy one: Toss a few dryer sheets into the bottom of your laundry bin to eliminate odors between washes.
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It can be fixed, people. Mix ½ cup vinegar with ½ cup olive oil. Take a kitchen rag, dip it into the mixture and rub it over the scratched surface in a circular motion. You should see the marks miraculously disappear.
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First things first, remove all of your linens and vacuum your mattress (most vacuums have an upholstery attachment). Next, sprinkle the mattress with baking soda, let it sit for two hours, then vacuum it up. If you?re feeling daring, flip the mattress over and do the other side too.
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What’s better than a clean desk? A clean car.
What’s better than a clean car? A clean house.
What’s better than a clean house? A clean and “green” house.
Turns out, a lot of your store-bought cleaners are actually pretty harmful and--quite frankly--not nearly as effective as stuff you already have lying around your home.
Here, 14 secret eco-friendly ways to clean your everyday household items.
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