Cleaning Tools

How To Turn Lemons into Furniture Polish — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

Whether you want to save money or are trying to reduce the number of store-bought chemicals in your home, making your own furniture polish is a good way to keep your wood pieces gleaming. (And it's totally kid- and pet-friendly!) You just need some common household products that you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets.

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How To Make an All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner Using Lemon Peels — Powered by Lemon

You could buy a lemon-scented all-purpose cleaner at the store, or you could make your own using real lemons and some white distilled vinegar. You see, thanks to its concentration of acetic acid, vinegar is a potent cleaner and it's wildly useful around the kitchen for all sorts of tasks (think: windows, countertops, cabinet hardware, and more).

The only problem is that it, uh, smells like vinegar. That's where the lemon rinds come in. The oils in the rinds help mask the harsh vinegar smell and they provide a bit of extra cleaning power. Hurray!

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You Have to Try This Ingenious Way of Cleaning Your Cheese Grater — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

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Freshly grated mozzarella (or any cheese!) is an amazing addition to all kinds of foods, but the process of grating it can be a pain. And we're not just talking about the actual work of running it across the grater over and over again — without, hopefully, cutting your fingers! — but also the actual cleanup. That soft, fatty cheese can get stuck inside the grater's holes and you can tear up your sponge (or really injure yourself!) trying to get it clean.

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The Best Way to Get Garlic Smells Off Your Fingers — Powered by Lemon

My kids love to help me cook, which is equal parts rewarding and frustrating. It all starts with good intentions — lessons about healthy food and passed-down recipes — and quickly devolves into an egg-cracking, kale-throwing, glorious mess. Toddlers are super tactile; they want to be elbows-deep, feeling and tasting everything they can get their hands on. So naturally cleanup is a big part of the ritual. Huge.

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I Cleaned My Dishwasher with Lemonade Kool-Aid and Here’s How It Went — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

I'm lucky to live in a lovely apartment, on a great block in Brooklyn, with tons of character — and appliances that may be older than I am. They all work, if you know how to finesse the quirks, but they're certainly not fancy, and they look kinda rough. And, until recently, I just assumed that the grey film and rusty marks inside my dishwasher were just part of its character, too.

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The Essential Cleaning Supplies Every College Grad Needs — College Graduation

Congratulations! You got your degree — and your first grown-up apartment! Now it's time to establish the cleaning habits you'll carry through adulthood. While you probably maintained your dorm room fairly well, most college grads can use a good cleaning starter kit when they're ready to be out on their own. Here are the basics that'll set you up for a spotless-ish apartment for the next few years.

(Not a recent college grad but know someone who is? Consider putting some of these together to make a little graduation gift pack. It won't be the most exciting present she receives — but it will be the most useful.)

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