Housekeeping & Cleaning Tools

Can Lemon Peels Really Keep Ants Away? — Powered by Lemon

It doesn't matter where you live: Ants will almost certainly find you. They tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food. These persistent pests can sneak in anywhere they might find food, which is, unfortunately, often your kitchen.

Here's what you can do to kill 'em and keep new ones from coming in.

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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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How To Make Your Own Lemon Dusting Cloths — Powered by Lemon

If your shelves and surfaces seem to have an ever-growing layer of dust on them, you might want to look to your pantry to combat the problem. You can wipe it all away (and help repel future dust!) with little more than some white distilled vinegar, water, and lemon rinds (you don't even need as many as in the photo above!).

The best part? This DIY is cheaper than the store-bought stuff and you can re-use the rags again and again.

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How To Clean and Disinfect a Dish Brush — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

There's an age-old argument about the best option for cleaning dishes: dish cloths, sponges, or dish brushes. My friend still defends her grandma's crocheted cloths — you know the ones I'm talking about? — but dish brushes, hands-down, are the most hygienic option. Unlike dish cloths (basically petri dishes for bacteria) or even sponges, which have pockets where bacteria can grow, the synthetic bristles of dish brushes shed moisture so they don't harbor bacteria or develop any offensive odors.

Plus, they're easy to clean — here's how.

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An Infused Vinegar Cleaning Spray That Actually Smells Great — DIY Mama

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Vinegar is a safe and effective cleaner for pretty much any surface in your house (except marble). Its only downside is being really stinky. After scrubbing down toilets and sinks, I want my house to smell clean and fresh — not like a giant pickle.

Infusing vinegar is the perfect way to combine vinegar's natural cleansing and disinfecting benefits with a much more pleasant aromatherapy experience.

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The 3 Most Important Spring Cleaning Projects Everyone Should Do — Smart Spring Cleaning

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Ah, spring. We've been waiting not-so-patiently for it all winter! Know what we haven't been so pumped for? Spring cleaning. While other sites will shame you for not being all, "Yay, spring cleaning!" we get it. Even if you enjoy cleaning, no one wants to spend this finally nice weather inside scrubbing every nook and cranny in sight.

We give you permission not to! You do not have to spend the month oiling your wood cutting boards or wiping down your light switch plates. (Of course you can! We just won't make you!) There are, however three cleaning projects that you really should tackle in the next few weeks. Because if you don't do them now, chances are you may never get around to them.

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