Your Cleaning Tips!

Since I’ve been doing cleaning videos and writing about cleaning here on, I’ve shared many tips with you guys and along the way, you’ve shared many, many tips, ideas, and cleaning secrets of your own with me. I wanted to find a way to honor you all and share some of the good ideas with the good people who love Clean My Space.

I put together a video of some that I have recently come across that I think are worth a mention, and I would like to do more videos like this to help spread the good word about cleaning – as told by YOU!

The tips are: 

  1. A special way to add some oomph to a room deodorizer using baking soda, essential oils and one item you may not have thought of
  2. A nifty way to get the hair and strong out of the vacuum’s beater bar (what a P.I.T.A that is!)
  3. A boosted way to obliterate soap scum using a special treatment to same ol’ same ol’ vinegar and dish liquid (I LOVED this idea!)
  4. A way to make castile soap last longer (obvious, but I hadn’t thought of it – total dollar stretcher)
  5. A totally genius use for your suitcases when you’re not gallivanting around the world (as in, when they’re being stored). I love this so much, I did it immediately!

I hope that you enjoy the video and the tips, and please, share your cleaning secrets, tips and tricks with me. I may add it to our next video!

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  1. I am on Tank water, not town- so limited supply so must be very frugal with water. I got some flexible tubs- that hold the equivalent of a load of laundry. i got 6 of them- red, black, white, grey, green, blue. i put my whites in the white basket, blacks in the black, underwear in the grey, and the red, green and blue get the others colours appropriately. this not only helps me conserve water by making sure i only do a load when the baskets are full- BUT it minimises colour running!
    The only thing that gets washed everyday is the underwear and the uniforms (essential with a family of 4 adults).( anything stained is immediately treated also- some exceptions made for urgent stuff)
    These baskets are kept in the bathroom where they can been seen and so then clothes are NOT dropped on the floor either.
    Towels and sheets also go in one basket as well.

  2. Fav cleaning tip is to use a pillowcase to dust ceiling fans, place the blade inside the pillowcase and slide it out leaves all the dust inside! 🙂

  3. You can also use needle nose pliers to pull out the stuff in your vacuume brush.
    You can also put your burnt pot/pan on a burner on the stove and boil it off,you can add a drop or so of your dish soap.

  4. When I have several stains on a dark t-top, OI can lose track of them once the water hits the first one. Therefore, I pin a small safety pin next to each stain before destaining. Then I can do back and see if the exact spot has cleared. Often I have to let the shirt dry from the final rinse to see if the whole stain is gone before washing. After laundering, I check those spots next to the pins again to be sure they are gone. This may sound like a lot of trouble, but I have a small container of safety pins near my stain remover and it takes less than a minute to do.. This is a habit I shall continue. Will it work for you?

  5. Do this again!!

    To get burned off gunk from a pan or pot, mix some oxiclean powder with water and boil. Cool, and dump. It will remove all burned stuff.

  6. When I clean I always wipe the surface vertically in the end. The human eye sees vertical lines poorly than horizontal ones. This is a way to fool the eye e.g. when cleaning windows, mirrors and pc screens. I think this could be either tested by self-experimenting or asked from a professional.


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