31 Ways to Spring Clean With Everyday Household Items
Boiled vinegar can remove tough stains on clothes, including socks and sweaty shirts. Rub with the vinegar, wipe with a cloth, and put in the wash. Some white vinegar can also be run through a cycle of the washing machine to clean and disinfect it.
For a natural clean and a springtime smell, try line-drying laundry. As a natural disinfectant, the sun's UV rays kill germs and remove allergens such as dust mites. Sunlight can also lighten linens without bleach: Hang them on the line to dry on a bright day, and they'll look whiter by the time you bring them in. To freshen everything from towels and bed sheets to pillows and upholstered furniture, set them outside for 30 minutes.
Presoak the laundry in some hydrogen peroxide to get rid of armpit stains and other hard-to-remove blotches. One cup added to a load of whites brightens the laundry, and one part hydrogen peroxide to one part vinegar removes the mildew smell from towels.
Old rags and socks that are missing mates find a second life as dusters and scrubbers, while old winter gloves can spring-clean blinds and hard-to-reach crevices. Microfiber cloths used for cleaning the car can pull double duty as dusters and window and mirror cloths.