Need an affordable spot treatment? You probably already own these handy cleaning solutions. Bring your clothes and accessories back to their original quality without spending on expensive commercial products! Here’s how:
1. Baby Oil
Did you know that you can use baby oil as a shining polish? Spruce up your stainless steel or chrome accessories with a dab of baby oil on a cloth. Shine away!
Lemons are acidic and have strong antibacterial properties. Even better, lemon juice can act as a strong bleaching agent. Dab a few drops of lemon juice over sweat stains on white clothes or linens and air dry. Add a pinch of salt and scrub if you have a stubborn stain to work with. If you love the lemon scent, add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your laundry along with detergent.
Rather than using a commercial fabric softener, add a small cup of vinegar to your laundry to receive the same effect. Cover up the vinegar smell with a few drops of lemon juice if you prefer a fresher scent. Washing with vinegar softens fabrics and gets rid of static!
4. Baking Soda
Add a cup of baking soda to your laundry along with detergent to reveal fresh, bright clothes. A combination of baking soda and warm water also helps to remove grimy grease stains from clothes. Discover crisp whites when you add ½ cup of baking soda to laundry with your desired amount of bleach to increase the agent’s effectiveness.
5. Cream of Tartar
A natural alternative to bleach, combine cream of tartar with vinegar or water, add to your whites, and launder as usual. Cream of tartar can also be mixed with glycerin to make a homemade laundry stain remover. No need to spend extra on a spot cleaner from the store!
Are your stainless steel accessories not in the best shape? Spread a squirt of ketchup on the surface of any stainless steel item with a cloth, and then rinse with warm water.
Grab a plain tube of toothpaste (without gel consistency or whitening agents) and spread some onto a cotton ball. Toothpaste will help smooth over any scratches on your silver jewelry. Scrub the toothpaste gently so as not to damage the jewelry. If your jewelry has a few unreachable nooks and crannies, lightly use a toothbrush to clean out the grooves. Rinse the jewelry with warm water and dry with a cloth. Let it air dry for an hour before putting your jewelry away.
Get ready to pull out the sweaters you’ve been avoiding due to the amount of pilling they’ve acquired; we found the ultimate solution. Move a disposable razor over the taut fabric very lightly. It is best to practice this method on the bottom right side of the garment to avoid pulling at a knot. Shaving the pills will give your sweater new life!