Who says cleaning needs to be difficult? Most people don’t enjoy cleaning their homes, but, at the end of the day, a clean home can not only improve overall aesthetics but make you feel better and increase the value of your home. Below, we have provided a few practical solutions for common household problems.
Let us begin by taking a look at your garbage disposal. You would think that all those blades would take care of any problems, but the truth is there are a lot of bacteria, grime, and other gunk that get left behind after all the slicing and dicing is done. To properly clean your garbage disposal you will need half a cup of baking soda. Simply pour it into the disposal and then pour a full cup of white vinegar into the disposal afterwards. You will notice a fizzing noise which is perfectly normal and safe. While the fizzing process is taking place boil some water for a few minutes and then pour the hot water into the drain.
Next, pour two cups of ice into the drain and pour a cup of salt (rock salt, ideally) over the ice cubes. Next, turn on your faucet, pouring cold water into the drain until all of the ice is gone. What will happen is the salt/ice combo will remove any debris and grime that have attached themselves to the grinding fixtures of your disposal. You can also further clean your disposal, and remove any odors by cutting a lime or lemon in half and dropping the wedges in, one at a time, while the water and disposal are running. This will not all sterilize your garbage disposal but also leave behind a refreshing lemony scent.
Next, let’s look at how you can clean your toothbrushes. Many people boil their toothbrushes in hot water and rinse and repeat. The problem with boiling your toothbrush is that while it will kill bacteria and germs it will also damage the bristles and cause them to eventually fall out in clusters. To take care of this problem simply pour a few tablespoons of white vinegar into a jar and place your toothbrush in it. Let the toothbrush sit in the vinegar filled jar for 15 to 30 minutes. The white vinegar will gently remove all bacteria and germs from the toothbrush without damaging the bristles, and, as white vinegar is non-toxic, you won’t have to worry about it making you sick.
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