Deep clean with vinegar. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Wet a clean mop in the solution, and wring out the extra water until the mop is damp. Mop in the direction of the floorboards so any streaks left behind won’t be as noticeable. Allow to air-dry. Use this method to occasionally deep clean dirt and oil buildup.
Use tea to make floors shine. Steep 1 bag of black tea in 2 cups of boiling water, and let it sit until it cools to room temperature. Remove the tea bag, soak a clean cloth in the brewed tea, wring it out, and use it to wipe the floor after mopping. The tannic acid in tea gives wood floors a sparkling shine.
Hide scratches with melted crayon. Using a crayon that closely matches the color of your flooring, rub the scratches, then soften with a hair dryer. Let it sit for 1–2 minutes, and buff with a microfiber cloth.
Clean pet urine with baking soda. Wipe up the mess with cloths or paper towels. Spray with all-purpose cleaner, and wipe again. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda, and let it sit overnight. Wipe up the baking soda, and clean with the all-purpose cleaner again. The stain and odor should be gone. Repeat if any scent lingers.
Use a clothes iron to fix dents. Did you drop something heavy that caused a dent in your wood floor? Spray some water on the spot, and put a damp cloth over it. Carefully iron the dent in a circular motion. The dent should pop right back up.
Apply toothpaste to remove permanent marker. Squirt a dab of plain white toothpaste on the stain. Scrub with a damp cloth, then wipe clean.
Use vinegar and olive oil to remove scratches and scuff marks. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Rub the mixture into the scratches, and watch them disappear! Don’t have olive oil? Any liquid vegetable oil will do.
Remove gum with an ice cube. Freeze the gum with an ice cube, then very carefully scrape it off the floor with a razor blade.
Use a rubber glove to remove pet hair. Put on a rubber glove, and use it to pick up pet hair. The hair fibers will stick to the glove.
Clean microfiber furniture with vodka. Spray vodka on your microfiber couch to freshen and remove stains. Scrub with a light-colored cloth or sponge. Once the area is dry, use a scrub brush to fluff fibers back in place.
Keep your houseplants fungus-free with hydrogen peroxide. Add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to your water bottle the next time you spray your plants to ward off leaf fungus and keep your plants healthy.
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