8 ways to clean your home with toothpaste

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth anymore, oh, no. You can use it for loads of jobs all over your home, from your kitchen sink to your bedroom mirror!

Tip: make sure you’re using white non-gel toothpaste, and always test on a small area first.

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1. Mirrors: put a layer of toothpaste on your mirrors and you’ll find that they stop fogging up. (This works on goggles, too!)

2. Carpets: get rid of stains by applying toothpaste, scrubbing and rinsing.

3. Chrome sinks: taps looking scuffed? Apply toothpaste to a cloth and wipe away. It’ll be shining in minutes.

4. Oven: got some nasty patches of burnt food? Apply toothpaste, commit to some hard scrubbing, rinse, and watch the stains disappear.

5. Soap scum: if your shower or sink has started to collect soap scum, squirt on some toothpaste, leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

6. Crayon marks: if you’ve got crayon on your walls, put some toothpaste on a damp cloth. The crayon should wipe straight off.

7. Water rings: put toothpaste on a damp cloth. Wipe the water marks, and watch them vanish. Wipe down the area with a dry cloth afterwards.

8. Stainless steel: including tops of cookers, and pots and pans. Rub a little bit of toothpaste on a damp cloth, then clean off any bits that are stuck to the stainless steel. (If you do use toothpaste on your eating equipment, though, make sure you rinse it thoroughly, or else your next meal will be mintier than you expected!

Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

16 Unexpected Uses for Toothpaste

 – Two Dozen Uses For Toothpaste (Aside From Cleaning Your Teeth)

Cleaning the House with Toothpaste?

11 Other Uses for Toothpaste

34 Uses For Toothpaste Outside Of Your Mouth

Toothpaste – the miracle cleaner!

If you do try out any of the uses featured in this article, we recommend doing so on a very small test area first, and that you use only white non-gel toothpaste.

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Hate chemical hand soap? Make organic soap instead!

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

– Mary Poppins

Hand soap doesn’t need to have an ingredients list the length of your arm. In fact, it’s actually very easy to make your own soap with a few natural, organic ingredients. If you want to have a go, read on!

There are two ways to make liquid hand soap. You can either make your own from scratch, or buy a few organic ingredients and mix them together yourself.

1. Do it from scratch

If you want to know exactly what’s going into your soap, you should try making your own. Here, wikiHow goes through the process step-by-step. The product of the tutorial, Castile liquid hand soap, is vegetable soap. Once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’ll have a scentless, colourless liquid that’s yours to customise!

If you decide that this is something that you want to try, do so, then move to step 2.

2. Customise your own

To customise your own liquid hand soap, you’ll need the following:

  • Castile hand soap
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oils

Here’s an online shop selling mild Castile soap, and here’s one selling organic essential oils. Read on to find out how to combine them for a delicious-smelling hand wash.

– These instructions are not by cleanli, they are by Lia Griffith, and can be found here –

  1. Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 1oz of Castile soap.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil for every cup of water.

Tip: As you might notice, this mixture is made up of a lot of liquids, meaning the result is going to be that way as well! To get the most out of your soap, purchase a foam soap pump. This will also make your mix last much, much longer.

Cleaning with lemon: 10 tips for your kitchen

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.

– Bette Midler

Did you know that lemon juice can be used to get rid of mould? How about that you can use a wedge of lemon to heal your body and clean your home?

Lemon is an amazing fruit. Its natural antimicrobial properties mean that it is an extremely effective household cleaner, and its lovely fresh scent means that you can use as much of it as you like without having to worry about a nasty chemical smell building up.

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Here are 10 ways that you can use lemon to get a clean, beautiful-smelling kitchen:

1. Fridge: get rid of lingering smells with ease. Wipe the walls of the fridge with a cloth covered in lemon juice to get rid of any stains or grease. Cut a lemon in half and leave in the bottom of the fridge overnight.

2. Creepy crawlies: for an easy homemade insect repellent, spray pure lemon juice around any places where bugs get in (windowsills, doors, any cracks etc.) .

3. Counters: for stubborn stains on your counters, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice directly onto the area and leave it for a few minutes. Wipe off, and voila!

4. Chopping boards: if you’ve been chopping garlic or onions or anything that smells, rub your fingers and the chopping board with lemon to get rid of any leftover odours after washing.

5. Dishwasher: as you know, these can get quite grimy after a while. To cut straight through dried-on food and lingering smells, simply cut a slice of lemon and rub over any nasty bits. Wipe the stains off with a damp cloth, then get rid of the extra bits with a dry cloth.

6. Oven top: mix lemon juice, water and baking soda until they’ve made a paste. Put the paste on top of the spills, and leave for 10-15 minutes, depending on how tough they are. Use a rough scourer to get the bits off, then rinse off any leftover paste with a wet sponge.

7. Microwave: it’s no secret that microwaves can start smelling a bit odd after a while. For a no-fuss smell-remover, simply chop up a lemon and put the slices in a microwaveable bowl of water. Microwave for 3 minutes, then wipe down the walls of the microwave with a lemon juice-covered cloth.

8. Wooden floor/hardwood furniture: mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup lemon juice. Clean hardwood features simply by using a cloth to gently rub in the mixture.

9. Sink: cut a lemon in half, and rub all over the sink. Rinse away and repeat as necessary.

10.  Bins/waste disposal: place a few slices of lemon at the bottom of your bin to eliminate any particularly nasty aromas.

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Bonus tips

If you’ve got any leftover lemons, try these out on yourself:

1. Natural highlights: squeeze a cut lemon over the parts of your hair that you want to highlight. Sit out in the sun (wearing sunscreen!) until you’re happy with how it looks. We’d recommend 2 hours in the sun. Wash your hair as normal afterwards.

2. Facial cleanser: mix a teaspoon of squeezed lemon juice with a teaspoon of sugar. You’ve got yourself a facial scrub! Use this on your pores then rinse off with cool water. If you’ve got dry skin, this might not be the face wash for you, as lemon can be drying to skin.

3. Whiten your nails: cut up a lemon, and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Hold your nails in the juice for 10 minutes, then wash off the juice and apply moisturiser.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to put together this list:

– The chemical properties of lemon juice

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off

How to get rid of the bad smell in the fridge?

All-natural ways to clean your kitchen

Clean Your Stove Top Naturally With This Easy Solution

10 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemon Juice

Clean Your Microwave With Lemon

Lemon Juice Can Clean Sinks, Cheese Graters and Chopping Blocks

How to Highlight Your Hair With Lemons

How to Make a Lemon Face Cleanser

Home Remedies for Whitening Yellow Fingernails

19 ways to clean with distilled white vinegar

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

Good news! Today’s the day that you can bin all of those anti-bacterial wipes and sprays. There’s a better way to clean your kitchen and bathroom, and you only need one thing to do it: distilled white vinegar.

Distilled white vinegar gets rid of bad smells in an instant, it cuts through grease with ease, and it can be used to clean just about anything you can think of! Best of all, it’s totally safe for consumption, so you don’t need to worry about any little hands finding it. Read on for our favourite vinegar-based tips and tricks that you can try in your kitchen and bathroom today.

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Kitchen

1. Grill: scrunch some aluminium foil into a ball and spray it with distilled white vinegar. Scrub the dried-on dirt away with ease.

2. Counter tops: add one part distilled white vinegar to three parts water and wipe across counters for easy dirt-removal.

3. Sponges and cloths: put sponges and cloths in the washing-up bowl  and cover with water. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to the bowl, and leave them to soak overnight.

4. Can opener: use a toothbrush dipped in distilled white vinegar to remove old dirt and stains with ease.

5. Extractor fan: soak a sponge in distilled white vinegar. Wipe down fans and anything else that grease builds up on, such as your oven.

6. Fridge: mix 1/2 water and 1/2 distilled white vinegar together. Wipe down fridge walls and shelves for stain removal and a fresh, clean smell.

7. Microwave: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the mixture is boiling, then simply wipe the grime off!

8. Drain: pour 1 cup baking soda on the drain, followed by 1 cup of hot distilled white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes, then wash away the mixture hot water.

9. Hardwood floors: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon water and clean as normal.

10. Plastic tupperware/lunchboxes: get rid of nasty smells simply by wiping plastic items down with a cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar.

11. Dishwasher: put 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the dishwasher and run for a whole cycle.

12. Washing machine: put 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in the machine and run it for a full cycle (without your clothes!).

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Bathroom

1. Shower head: secure a plastic bag filled with distilled white vinegar over the shower head with an elastic band. Leave overnight, take off then use a toothbrush to get rid of any excess grime.

2. Bath toys: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Soak toys for 10 minutes then rinse.

3. Toilet: spray distilled white vinegar directly into the toilet and scrub with a toilet brush to get rid of stains.

4. Soap scum: mix 1 part salt with 4 parts distilled white vinegar, and wipe areas down where soap scum builds up, such as on your taps.

5. Shower doors: wipe doors with a cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar (works for windows too!).

6. No-wax floors: mix 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon water and clean as normal.

7. Drain: pour 1 cup baking soda on the drain, followed by 1 cup of hot distilled white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes, then wash away the mixture hot water.

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Want to learn more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

How I Clean My Counters with Vinegar

How to Wash Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

How to Use Vinegar for Household Cleaning

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Hello!

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.

– Nancie J. Carmody

Welcome to cleanli! Here you’ll find eco-friendly, natural cleaning tips for use all over your home.

We’re here to provide you with safe, easy methods for keeping your home sparkly-clean and smelling fresh. And with our step-by-step guides and pointers, you’ll be a natural cleaning pro before you know it.