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Spring Cleaning – Favorite 6 Tips

With spring just around the corner, getting those urges to clean. Correction, Spring Clean.  To that end, saw an article by Bright Side [1]  with ten (10) really good tips to clean around the house using products most of us already have at home.  Best part . . . most of these cleaning tips revolve around those really tough jobs – the ones we don’t like – found in the kitchen and bathroom.

Before we get started, I’m putting together a complete list what was used.

Cleaning Stuff You’ll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Liquid soap
  • Ammonia-anisic drops

Note from Jan – Searched for quite some time trying to find what the heck Ammonia-anisic drops were – and got no where. All I could find was minimal  information on anisic acid which seems to come from Anise. [2]   Now whether or not you can mix anise in with ammonia . . . is it safe?  what proportions?  . . . and have it work?  I do not know.  Seems more information is needed for this one.

  • Regular baking soda
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar (white?)
  • Dry mustard
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Other Stuff You’ll Need

  • Q-Tips
  • Old toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Brush
  • Big Pot
  • Gloves
  • Mask

Let’s get cleaning . . . .



Bathroom / Kitchen Tiles:


  • 1/4 glass of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid soap
  • 1/2 glass water


Mix ingredients together. For superficial dirt, wet sponge with mixture and wipe.  Rinse tiles with clear water.  If tiles are really soiled, put liquid on them including the grout and leave for 10 minutes.  Wipe and repeat if necessary.  Again, rinses tiles with clear water.

Hint: To keep tiles clean for a longer time, mix water and vinegar (1:1 ratio) and spray tiles and grout twice a week.


Stove Knobs


  • Q-tips
  • Old toothbrush
  • Ammonia-anisic drops


Dip Q-tip into ammonia-anisic drops and rub greasy spots. For grease embedded in grooves, us the toothbrush to loosen and then wipe with a clean, wet sponge.


Exhaust Hood Filter


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 glass (4 oz.) ammonia


Boil water in a big pot then slowly pour soda into water using a teaspoon. Carefully place filters in the boiling water.  The grease should start to dissolve quickly.  Remove pot from heat after a couple of minutes and rinse.  Repeat the process of filters are extremely greasy.

If they did not come completely clean, you can place them in hot water with 1/2 glass ammonia (1/2 cup ammonia for 118 fl. oz. water)

Note from Jan: 118 fl. oz. of water equals .92 gallon of water.  Also, open a window, wear gloves and a mask to protect from ammonia smell if you do this.



Need: Ammonia


Put some ammonia into a small bowl and leave it in a turned off oven for a night. Next morning, air the kitchen and wash the oven.  The grease will peel off – and there should be no odor left.

Note from Jan: Be sure to wear gloves and open some windows for plenty of ventilation. 



Need: Vinegar

Directions:  Use pure vinegar in place of your typical cleaner.

Note from Jan: Caution, if you have a septic system, you may want to check with your septic professional to see if  using vinegar would be harmful.



Need: Baking soda


Dissolve 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 34 fl oz. (1/4 gallon) water and scrub the inside of the refrigerator. Then wipe with clean, soft cloth.

And to keep the refrigerator smelling fresh, baking soda is not the only thing you can use. You may want to try one of these:

  • Pieces of dark bread
  • Slices of lemon
  • Absorbent coal

These six (6) were my personal favorites, but there were four (4) others that were just as good. The other cleaning tips in the original article are:

  1. How to clean a mattress
  2. Hot to clean a tea kettle
  3. How to clean dishes
  4. How to clean a sofa cover

Get the supplies and directions at this link.





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