If you are not ready to hire a professional cleaning company to handle your tough house cleaning problems, there are important DIY cleaning tricks and products to keep on hand for dealing with those stubborn cleaning problems and important preventative maintenance. With the right tools, you can remedy even the toughest house cleaning frustrations.
Cream Cleanser: Commercial brands are best, but Soft Scrub® is an easy-to-find alternative. This cleaner will help whiten porcelain, remove rust and other hard-to-remove stains in showers and tubs and even help polish stainless steel sinks.
- Has your beautiful porcelain sink gotten dingy or stained? Use a small amount of cleanser on sponge, work over surface and rinse. If a stain is particularly stubborn, scrub on the area and leave for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off
- Wine, coffee, or juice stains on your countertops? This cleanser is ideal to remove with little effort. Beware: do not use on polished or honed natural stone.
- Stains on concrete driveway or garage floor? Pour a small amount of cleanser on affected areas, scrub with a brush and let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse. The cleanser will penetrate the porousness of the concrete and minimize or remove the stain.
- Clean your pots and pans! Nothing is more frustrating than the burnt on build up on cookware. No need to buy new ones! This cleanser will do the trick! Use a little inside non-stick pots and pans with a soft brush. For the spots, stains and burnt on grease on hard-anodized exterior, use a little cleanser with a non-abrasive sponge. You can also rub lightly with a damp cloth to remove stains directly on the cookware.
- This product works great on tubs, tile and grout too! DIY Cleaning has never been so easy!
Peroxide Cleaner: This is our absolute favorite must-have GREEN cleaner and a must for all DIY cleaning. Ideally use a quality commercial brand but you can also use medical grade from your local pharmacy! It is an amazing multiuse cleaner that disinfects, removes hard water, whitens without staining like bleach and cleans grout effortlessly. You can also remove stains on carpets and clothes without damage. A little bit added to the laundry will brighten colors and whiten whites.
- Dingy sinks will sparkle. Spray a little peroxide cleaner on and lightly scrub with non-abrasive sponge. For hard stains, browning from coffee or other hard to remove stains, lay paper towels inside the sink, wet with peroxide cleaner and leave for 15 minutes or until dry. Remove towels and voila! Stains are gone!
- Grout can mildew, stain and get grimy over time. Whether in your bathroom, countertop or floors, spray peroxide on, scrub and rinse. For particularly stubborn grout stains leave to sit for a few minutes and rinse.
- Spray around faucets to remove hard water as well as shower doors or other areas particularly affected by mineral stains. Let stand and then scrub and rinse. Use non-abrasive sponges on chrome.
- Carpet Stains especially coffee and wine should disappear with a little spritz of peroxide. Just spray the spot and work with a clean rag and then rub with a clean rinsed rag. If using this trick on white rugs, be sure to dilute the peroxide and rinse well to prevent yellowing.
Acid Cleaner: Commercial brands are best for this solution also, but Lime Away and CLR are other well-known brands. This cleaner will remove hard water stains on faucets, sinks, shower doors and more as well as rust stains and stubborn toilet cleaning problems. It MUST be used properly and carefully as it can burn chrome and other metals and cause irreparable damage. Do not forget your gloves when using this tip.
- Toilet cleaning- pour under rim, let sit and scrub as usual. If you have really tough yellowing stains and hard water build-up, empty the toilet of all water, pour in acid gel and let sit on the affected areas. Repeat. You may want to also have a pumice stone handy for particularly difficult buildup.
- Faucets can get hard water scale buildup that will come right off with this cleaner. Rub on, scrub and rinse immediately. Do not let set or chrome fixtures can be damaged.
- Rust rings on tubs and showers: work in a small amount of this cleaner, let sit and rinse. If using on stainless steel it must be worked and rinsed immediately to prevent damage.
Magic Eraser Sponges: This tool will take marks off of walls, help take spots off of windows, clean difficult and greasy problems in the kitchen, and so much more. They are a must for every homeowner! Click the link for a fun list of 100 uses for these little foam cleaning buddies.
Stainless Steel Polish and Protectant: Most stainless steel cleaners are fine to use and you will even see furniture polish recommended for this, but I highly recommend Cerama Bryte Stainless Steel Polish. It is made with mineral oil but is non-greasy and really protects stainless steel appliances better than any other product I have seen.
- Always clean stainless steel with the grain.
- Never use abrasives on stainless steel.
- Use a Cerama Bryte regularly to help prevent damage from hard water, grease and grime.