50 of our best tips to make your home clean and free of germs DIY

Did you know you could create your own homemade drano? Well, it’s not really like drano because drano is full of a lot of scary chemicals and toxins, but it can get the clog out of backed up sinks and tubs like drano, and I think that is pretty awesome.

Last week, my tub decided it did not want to drain for me. I thought about going to the store to buy something to fix the clogged drain, but instead, decided to create my own solution (this doesn’t sound like me at all, wink wink) and it surprisingly turned out to be quite an easy task. My tub that took 15 minutes the night before to drain, now drained in 3 minutes. I couldn’t believe it. All this time I had been using those harsh chemicals, when I could have been using simple and safe ingredients to make my own.

My Homemade Drano Recipe uses safe all natural ingredients, unlike the store bought stuff which is full of scary chemicals. I love that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand, and is still effective. Are you ready to find out how to unclog a drain the natural simple way? Lets get to it.

1.Unclog Slow Drains

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Before you go the chemical route to clear a slow-moving drain, try baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain, then heat up a cup of vinegar and pour it on top of the baking soda. After approximately 10 minutes, flush with a pot of boiling water. (Don’t use this solution on a clogged drain.

2.All-Natural Oven Scrub

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A dirty oven can pose a serious cleaning challenge. Avoid corrosive chemicals and toxic odors by whipping up a baking soda and salt paste made with water or vinegar. Spread the paste over the floor, walls and oven door using a brush. (Be sure to wear gloves when you do this!) Let the mixture sit for about 24 hours, keeping it moist with a spritz of water or vinegar periodically. The paste will help soften the burnt-on food and make scrubbing your oven a bit easier. Wipe the paste away with a sponge or cloth, then turn on the oven to around 100 degrees F.  Keep it on for an hour to soften any lingering residue. Turn the oven off, then once it’s cool to the touch, spritz any stubborn areas with vinegar and wipe down.

3.Scour a Ceramic Stovetop

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Baked-on food residue tends to build up on cooktops no matter how hard you try to keep them clean. Luckily, a paste of warm water and baking soda spooned onto the surface will help loosen the residue. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub to remove the gunk. Finish by spritzing with glass cleaner, then wipe dry.

4.Shine-Up Stainless Steel

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If your stainless-steel sink is looking dull, sprinkle baking soda onto a soft cloth and buff it back to life. Rinse well after buffing. Avoid harsh, powdered cleansers, as they may scratch the sink’s surface.

5.Refresh the Refrigerator

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It’s easy for crumbs and spills to gunk up your fridge in no time. Remove those mishaps with a paste of baking soda and dish soap. Use a scrub sponge to get up stubborn spots, then wipe away the mixture with warm water. Be sure to microwave your sponge for two minutes after use to keep it from harboring germs

6.Quick Scour a Slow Cooker

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Getting caked-on food out of your slow cooker doesn’t have to be a headache. Just fill the pot with water, then add 1/4 cup of baking soda and cook on high for three to four hours. The heated mixture will soften up any crusty residue. After a few hours, pour the water out, then lightly dust the inside of the pot with baking soda and scrub well. With a clean, damp cloth, rinse and wipe the pot out. You’re now ready for your next recipe!

7.Pretty-Up Tarnished Silver

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Line a pan with aluminum foil and place silver pieces on top of the foil. Next, bring a pot of water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Add baking soda into the hot water and stir. Once the chemical reaction kicks in, the water will become foamy. Next, pour the baking soda mixture over the tarnished pieces, and let them soak for about 10 minutes. This reaction causes the tarnish to change back to silver, while the sulfur attaches itself to the foil. Give the chemical reaction time to do its thing! When the pieces are ready, remove them with tongs, then rinse and dry each piece with a clean towel. Lightly buff each piece to a gorgeous sparkle.

8.Deodorize a Front-Load Washer

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Front-load washers look great, they’re more efficient and they use less detergent than a traditional top-loading model, but they’re also prone to smelling funky over time. Pour a half cup of baking soda into the detergent cup, then run a wash cycle with hot water to cut soap scum and deodorize the machine. A clean machine ensures your laundry smells its best, so deep-clean it monthly

9.Clean Toilets

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You’ll need a 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of borax and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour the vinegar onto the toilet stains, then sprinkle with the baking soda/borax mixture. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then scrub and flush.

10.Blast Nasty Grout

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Baking soda paired with warm water and bleach will knock out stubborn grout stains on tile floors and walls. If you need a heavy-duty cleaning, amp up the bleach (but wear gloves to protect that manicure)

11.Wipe Down Outdoor Furniture

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The gentle abrasiveness of baking soda is perfect for cleaning stains off painted outdoor furniture. And a baking soda mixture works well on outdoor fabric stains, too.

12.Wipe Down Outdoor Furniture

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The gentle abrasiveness of baking soda is perfect for cleaning stains off painted outdoor furniture. And a baking soda mixture works well on outdoor fabric stains, too.

13.the secret weapon to actually deep clean your toilet

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Can you tell what the secret is yet? It’s flipping DUCT tape! Use the super adhesive to remove all the gunk from the jets that spritz water into your toilet. Genius.

 14.clean your windows in a jiffy

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We have massive windows in our house. I love natural light, which is why we bought the house with huge windows. Poopers the cat loves creating nose art all along the windows, and it’s a nightmare to clean off. This post is perfection! Exactly what I needed!

15.clean your walls and renew your home

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If you burn candles, your walls can go black! So try to stay on top of it by dusting them down regularly before any dust or grime settles on your paintwork.

16. a jenius way to clean horizontal blinds

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Microfibre cloths are a miracle creation, and I love the genius who thought about this cleaning method! Get yourself some cloths and tongs and get the dusting started.

17.spring clean your deryer vient.

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We don’t have a dryer, but anytime I’m visiting my parents, I clean out that dryer like a mother fluffer. Every time. I’m terrified of that fire hazard. Did you know you can create fire lighters by putting some of that vent fluff into an empty toilet roll tube?

18.Make an easy, all-purpose cleaner

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Here’s the cleaner recipe that will make nearly every surface gleam (especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator). Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.

19.Solve smelly sneakers

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Freshen up after your Zumba class by sprinkling some baking soda inside your shoes (and your gym bag while you’re at it). Just tap it out before you wear them again.

20.Banish marks from coloring time

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Toothpaste will erase marker stains from wood — a handy trick to have in your back pocket if you’ve got creative kids.

21.De-stink the garbage disposal

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Run a few lemon rinds through the disposal and follow with cold water to dispel any sour odors.

22.Untangle a knotted necklace.

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Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart.

23.Soften fuzzy towels.

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If you’ve got hard water, mineral buildup could be the cause of your scratchy towels. To lift deposits, wash the towels in the hottest water possible, and add 1 cup of ammonia and nothing else.

24.Be smart about denim.

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Not everything you wear gets dirty after you’ve worn it once. Jeans can be worn several times before they need a cleaning (and same goes for your bra).

25.Get stains out of a cutting board.

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Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.

26.Remove towel mildew.

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Is that wet towel you left in your gym bag speckled? First, take it outside, brush off the spores, and sun-dry the item for about three hours. Then, pre-soak with a bleach and water solution (check the care tag to be sure its safe), and machine wash.

27.Shine silver in a pinch.

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Notice your favorite ring or bracelet looking a bit dull? Wet it, rub with a little toothpaste, rinse, and dry with a clean cloth.

28.De-grime patio furniture.

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Add a squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of warm water, and use it to wipe down your outdoor tables and chairs. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose.

29.Add shine with vinegar.

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Use white vinegar to brighten your windows. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on and wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth (not paper towels, which can cause streaking).

30.Erase greasy stains on clothes.

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Spot salad dressing on your shirt? Rub a little dish detergent into the stain and rinse with water. The soap is gentle enough for spot-treating most fabrics — even washable wool and silk.

31.Get rid of sweat stains.

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If you want to keep your whites truly white rub full-strength liquid enzyme detergent on the underarm area and let sit 15 minutes. Then separate whites from colors and wash with a full dose of bleach-alternative detergent (for whitening) in the hottest water possible.

32.Make an earthy-smelling cleaner.

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Infuse a homemade vinegar solution with sage, like Krys at Melodrama

33.Or try citrus.

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Add a sweet scent like Laicie at A Thousand Threads by putting orange peels in a vinegar solution.

34.De-grease cabinets.

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Just like your cooking tools, cupboards can get greasy when you’re making dinner. Add a little dish soap to a spray bottle with warm water to mist away the grime. Then, rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry.

35.Shine copper with ketchup.

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Yes, ketchup (as in the french fry sidekick). A little can make copper pots gleam again.

36.Nix furniture nicks.

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Got a scuff or a scratch on your wood furniture? Rub it with a walnut (shell removed) to mask the damage.

37.Clean porcelain with vodka.

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It’s easy to get porcelain fixtures shining. Just moisten a soft, clean cloth with vodka, then apply a little elbow grease.

38.Mark your calendar for bedding cleaning.

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You only need to clean pillows and comforters two or three times a year. An easy reminder: Wash them when the seasons change.

39.Skip bar soap at the sink.

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Keep your bathroom cleaner longer by using a liquid soap with a pump or a even hands-free soap dispenser instead. Eliminating the grimy soap dish will help your sink and countertop stay goop-free.

40.Freshen your microwave.

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Make the interior easier to wipe down by heating a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon on high until the microwave’s window is steamy. Let the bowl sit for 15 minutes before you open the door, and clean away any grime with ease.

41.Wipe down your purse.

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It’s kind of remarkable how some things we touch daily, we rarely clean — your purse is another one of those. About half all women’s bags have fecal bacteria on them, so give it a swipe with a disinfectant wipe.

42.Wait before you tackle mud

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Dry dirt is easier to remove than sticky mud, so don’t bother cleaning until the footprints get crusty. Then just open the back door and sweep it all out. Blot lingering spots with a water and a little dish soap.

43.Make faucets gleam.

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Rub a bit of toothpaste over your bathroom fixtures with a wet sponge to get gunk off chrome.

44.Fight musty smells.

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Just like in the fridge, an open box of baking soda placed near your sheets and towels can prevent a dank linen closet.

45.Hang towels the right way.

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To keep towels from getting musty in between showers, hang them where they can air-dry thoroughly. A hook is fine, but a towel bar is better.

46.Fill your dishwasher with everything.

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Plastic toys, toothbrush holders, and pet dishes are just a few of the items you can toss in this handy machine

47.Lift the worst carpet stains.

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It’s dish liquid to the rescue. Dissolve one tablespoon of dish liquid into two cups of warm water, and blot the stain with a clean white cloth dipped into the solution. Repeat until the stain absorbs into the cloth and disappears from the carpet. Then sponge with cold water, and blot dry with a clean cloth.

48.Silence squeaky floors.

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Noise pollution is a real thing, people. Pour baby powder onto your wooden floor and sweep it into the cracks to quiet creaking floorboards. Wipe away the excess, and enjoy the sounds of silence.

49.Ungunk wooden counters.

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The course texture of table salt can erase stains from butcherblock countertop — and helps release stuck-on food from your cast-iron skillet too.

50.Fake tidiness quickly.

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Pile magazines or books into neat stacks on the end tables and gathering stray remotes in one place. Then, plump up throw pillows and flip chair cushions.

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