I originally started to clean my grout using a recipe that I found online with baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and hot water (left), but it didn’t work particularly well so I opted to use Bar Keepers Friend. My mom once insisted that it works better than any other powder on the market for washing the bathtub and of course, I scoffed and tried to prove her wrong by trying every other type there was available. Not because I’m stubborn (which I am), but more because it is inconceivable to me that there might be ONLY one option that works. I just don’t understand. But she was right. I noticed on the container that it said it works for grout too so I decided to just use it on my bathroom floor too.
|I added some to the bathtub to sit for a bit while I was doing the floors.|
Left: Before picture. Right: I added the Bar Keepers Friend plus some water to make a paste that I scrubbed on the floor. Then I let it sit for a while before scrubbing some more and rinsing it off, absorbing the extra water/soap with a towel.
|Finished. I’m impressed.|
- Replacing your microwave light bulb: Easy… until you try removing the old ones. They glued ours in. It’s no big deal, but we had to look it up to see why they weren’t coming out. Problem solved. We got them out with a little rough housing and replaced them. Lowes had the 40w bulbs in the light bulb aisle for $4 or so. It’s really sweet having that light work again.
- Cleaning stainless steel appliances: Upon changing the microwave light bulb, I decided my cleaning of the oven left something to be desired. I found a blog post about using cream of tarter (which I didn’t have) to clean it, but someone else commented that rubbing alcohol worked for them. This worked awesome!
- Pellet stove inserts: We love ours and we’ve done a good job cleaning the parts we knew to clean like the glass, sweeping out the ash, etc. Problem? We’ve never removed the panels. Do this every now and then just to remove the spider webs. Or rather, have your husband do it so you don’t scream and wake the baby when you find a spider. I guess technically you can get away with not doing it, but (shudder)… spiders.
- Garbage disposal cleaning: Doing this now. It’s simple. I also cut up lemon to go through it. Before we replaced our disposal, we had issues with the old one dying on us when we didn’t run the water while using it (yeah I know, you’re supposed to, but I didn’t know!). I could use the handle of a broom to twirl it around inside the disposal (while it was off) to get it working again. No clue why that worked, but whatever.
- Window washing: I bought a squeegee specifically with window cleaning in mind. I love squeegees! It makes window washing lots more fun. I just used a bucket full of hot water and a few drops of blue Dawn to wash the windows. “Back when *I* was a kid, we used to buy the expensive window cleaners…” Haha.
- Oven cleaning: You can take it apart (at least mine came apart). Mine unscrewed and we were able to clean the glass from the inside. Very helpful as I’d boiled water over that had dripped down inside. It’s been driving me nuts for a while, but unscrewing everything looked daunting. It wasn’t too big of a deal though. Here’s some photos of it unscrewed.