15 effective ways to clean your house with less chemicals

If you have trouble cleaning stains on your things at home, here are some smart ways for house cleaning that are sure to come in handy. Easy and effective, they will help you get rid of the stubborn stains and dirt on your clothes, kitchenware and furniture.

It is annoying to see the scorched pans, stained sofa, pet hair on the couch or scratches on leather furniture, etc. Most of them are hard to clean or repair. Sometimes, we feel frustrated cleaning them and most of the time, all we can do is live with those unpleasant stains.

However, we want a clean and hygienic environment. Here are 15 tips to help you clean your house easily and effectively.

1. Clean scorched pans and burnt pots

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Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water (depending on the size of your pot or pan) in the pan/pot. Bring the mix to a boil. Turn off the stove and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Empty the pan/pot after a while and scrub it as usual.

2. Remove grease and gunk from sponges

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Add 1/4 cup of salt to 2 cups of hot water, leave the sponge in the solution overnight.

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Wipe your baking tray gently with a paper towel. Pouring boiling water into your sink and add a cup of baking soda. Leave your tray to soak in the sink for one hour. Wipe the tray with a sponge, the crust will come off easily.

4. Clean cloudy glassware

Soak your glassware in water with a few drops of white vinegar for 5 minutes. Wash and let it dry without wiping. You can also pour a cup of vinegar into your dishwasher. The cloudy spots on your glasses will be washed away by the vinegar. (Source: goodhousekeeping.com)

5. Clean coffee & tea stains in cups

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Wash your cups as usual. Make a paste of equal quantities of baking soda and water or of white vinegar and salt. Apply either paste on the stained areas using a soft cloth. Let it sit for about one hour. Scrub until the stains disappear.

6. Polish the iron box

Spray substantial quantity of salt on the ironing board. Set the iron to the highest heating; turn off the steam setting. Turn the iron on and move it hard over the salt for a minute. (Source: Youtube Screenshot | HouseholdHacker)

7. Remove stains on your sofa

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Make a solution of 1 tbsp. soda, 1 tbsp. powder detergent, and 1/3 cup vinegar with some hot water. Rub the solution into the stains or water marks on your sofa and spray some on the dry part as well. Allow it to sit for several hours. Then, vacuum it.

8. Clean pet hair from your couch

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To remove pet hair on your couch, run over the couch with your hands in wet rubber gloves. You will then get rid of the pet hair as it will cling to the gloves.

9. Get rid of permanent stains from hardwood floor

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Apply a dab of toothpaste to the stain on your hardwood floor. Rub it hard with a wet cloth until the stain is removed.

10. Repair scratches on leather furniture

Rub the scratches on your leather furniture with baby oil, olive oil or saddle oil using a cotton swab or cotton ball. Let the oil dry for one hour and wipe it off with a cloth. If the scratches have not repaired, repeat the procedure with more oil and allow it to sit for a couple of hours.

11. Clean your kitchen sink and make it shine

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Soak paper towels in vinegar and line your sink with the towels. Throw the paper towels away after 20 minutes and wash the sink. To make your sink shine, rub with salt and lemon. (Source: apartmenttherapy)

12. Clean pipes

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Mix salt and soda with 1:1 portion in a container. Pour the mix into the pipe. Then pour some white vinegar. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash it with boiling water.

13. Make your bathtub sparkling white

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Make a solution of dish soap and white vinegar in 1:1 portion. Spray it on your bathtub. Let it sit for one hour. Wipe the tub with a piece of cloth or sponge. (Source: thecraftpatchblog)

14. Clean shower heads

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Fill vinegar in a plastic bag. Tie the bag to your shower head. After one hour, use a wet cloth or sponge to clean the shower head.

15. Get rid of clothes stains

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Make a solution of 1 part cleansing liquid soap and baking soda, and 2 parts peroxide. Soak the stained part in the solution for one hour and brush it off. While hydrogen peroxide is usable on dye-stable fabrics, we recommend testing it on an inconspicuous patch of cloth for coloured clothing items.