This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy.
To kill the germs and viruses that have gathered on your nasty sponges, microwave on high for 2 minutes and let cool. This only works for non-metal sponges!
This page gives you a step-by-step way to get the grime off the nooks and crannies of your washing machine.
Use a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand new again.
Now watch this video on how to clean the INSIDE of the toaster.
Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions on how to use baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh.
Dip a q-tip in white vinegar and run it along the track. For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna.
All you need is salt. Get the directions here.
Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you’ll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here.
Hint: you can also use fabric softener instead of lavender oil if you DON’T want to do this the all-natural way.
It costs $129 but just think of all the germs from old food that could be embedded in your cutting boards.
That way you can vacuum up all the fallen dust. On a sidenote, did you know that dust is made up of 80% human skin?
Dust builds up on those things.
You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar.
Let it float overnight and it’ll remove any toilet ring. No scrubbing! No one wants to be touching toilet germs, not even with gloves on.
This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you’re in the shower.
“Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven.”
Get the full directions here.
Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature “doubles the effectiveness” of alkaline cleansers. It’s a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least 5-7 minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent build-up.
Electrical appliances are a pain to clean, and you can’t just dunk the whole thing in soapy water. Prevent disgusting drips and messes by either covering the insides of the grill with foil, or wrapping the item you want to grill in foil.
It’ll remove lime deposits and iron stains.
If you’re paranoid about chemicals (many OCDers are), white vinegar is an ideal alternative. It kills 99% of bacterias, 82% of molds and more than 80% of viruses. You can use it with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to increase its antibacterial effectiveness. However, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar should be applied separately, not mixed together. Also, don’t use vinegar in your microwave or oven — your kitchen will smell like vinegar for days when using those appliances. And never mix bleach with vinegar in hopes of amplifying the cleaning power — it creates a dangerous chemical reaction.
Cream of tartar is another natural cleaning agent. Get more tips on how to use cream of tartar here.
Here’s an effective but natural recipe for Martha Stewart’s Tub Scrub.
This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent.
You’ll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months. Get the full directions here.
It’s the non-chemical equivalent of Goo Gone.
This seems to be the #1 organization tip from OCDers: everything you own should have a place to be put away, and should always be put back to that place after use. Sounds simple, but it’s a practice that takes getting used to if you’re an inherently messy person.