Completely Ignore These 6 Cleaning Hacks—They Don’t Work

If you’re like most people, you dream of making cleaning easier and somehow find someone to solve all your cleaning problems. Thanks to new innovations, today’s cleaning tools and products are far superior to those we used in the past. As a result, our lives are much easier.

Moreover, there is a plethora of tips and hacks online offering hope for effortless and more effective cleaning. Often times, they leave you wondering why you never thought of them yourself. Some are backed by science; some not so much.

Below are some cleaning hacks that simply don’t work and will only waste your money and time. Some are even dangerous. Ignore them and follow more reasonable cleaning advice. Better yet, hire Charlotte professional maid services and use that time to do something productive or enjoyable.

  1. Microwave sponges to sanitize them

Like many other dubious hacks, there’s a bit of science to this one. Sure, some bacteria can’t survive high temperatures. However, the duration needed for a sponge to stay in a microwave to incinerate all the bacteria in it would destroy the sponge. In fact, studies have shown that about 40% of the bacteria population (some of which are life-threatening) survive the microwaving. You’re better off buying new sponges.

  1. Prevent dye-bleeding by adding salt to the washer

Save the salt for your food. By the time you buy the clothes at the store, it’s too late to prevent dye-bleeding. Any measures needed to prevent it should be done during the manufacture of the garments. Thankfully, there are hacks that actually work in case all your underwear is blue.

  1. Remove ink using hairspray

This is an old one. It worked well when hairspray was 100% alcohol. Things have changed, though, and today’s hairsprays don’t contain as much alcohol (the agent responsible for removing the ink) as they used to. Instead, they have more emollients, oils, and conditioners. So use isopropyl alcohol instead and save the hairspray for your hairdo.

  1. Remove stains in the toilet tank using a magic eraser

Granted, these erasers can be effective at removing crayon marks on walls, and soap scum on bathtubs. However, they don’t do anything for the toilet tank. On the contrary, they may end up messing up the tank’s flushing system. Made out of melamine foam, these erasers need actual rubbing action to work. They’re neither soluble nor antimicrobial.

  1. For easy cleaning, add a coat of car wax on a cooktop

Food particles and grease can be extremely difficult to clean from cooktops, especially after weeks of high heat has made them extra crusty. Even though they’re a bit easier to wipe after adding a coat of car wax, this is actually a fire hazard. Just make sure you promptly clean the cooktop in case of a boil over using a powerful grease-removing product.

  1. Kill all germs with hot water

As mentioned earlier, high temperature kills some bacteria. However, it has to be extremely hot (around 212 degrees Fahrenheit) and the contaminated surface must be exposed for a reasonably long period. Seeing as most water heaters have a maximum heat setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re fooling yourself if you think you’re killing the germs. Stick to using phenolic solutions (Lysol), pine oil or chlorine bleach after preparing raw meat in your kitchen.

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Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

It seems like my family spends a lot of money on cleaning products. After my last shopping trip to stock up on all of the products I need to keep my home tidy I started thinking about how many chemicals are in these products and how much money I could save while keeping my family healthy if I tried to make my own cleaning supplies.

I found some great homemade cleaning supply recipes that I can’t wait to share with you- I wonder which recipe you will try first!

cleaning supplies

Bacteria Buster Counter Top Spray

DIY Lemon Lime Dusting Spray

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Homemade Dryer Sheets

All Natural Carpet Refresher

Easy Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaner

Which of these DIY recipes for cleaning supplies do you think you would like to try first? Do you have a favorite cleaning supply recipe to share? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Shaklee Review

I have been trying to eliminate chemicals in my home so I was excited when I was contacted to review some Shaklee products.

Shaklee makes natural products to help you live a healthier and better life. Shaklee products are always safe, powerful and green.

You can purchase nutritional products(vitamins, shakes and more), beauty products(shampoo, conditioner,cleansers and more) and cleaning products including laundry detergent.

Their products are all nontoxic, hypoallergenic and contains no harmful fumes. They also have 100% money back guarantee.

You can save thousands of dollars using Shaklee products, they are superconcentrated so you don’t have to use much of the product to clean your home.

I received a bottle of Basic H which is a concentrate made from coconuts and corn. There are over 100 uses for Basic H such as cleaning floors, counters,vegetables, car wash, ironing and so much more.

I also received 3 plastic bottles to make an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner and degreaser.

You use Basic H to make all three of the above:

All Purpose Cleaner-just add 1/4 tsp Basic H and 16 oz of water

Windows Cleaner-1-2 drops of Basic H and 16 oz of water

Degreaser-1 1/2 tsp of Basic H and 16 oz of water

One bottle of basic H2 makes over 5800 bottles of window cleaner and over 380 bottles of all-purpose cleaner.  At a cost of $12.15 per bottle it costs less than a penny per bottle of window cleaner and less than $0.03 to make a bottle of all-purpose cleaner. It is completely safe and non-toxic and doesn’t have any fumes.

I also received Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste (9 oz) It is a cleaning paste made from cherry pits. You can use it to clean bathtubs, sinks, stove and a lot more. It will even remove rust.  The cost is $8.50 and it will last you a long time.

I was also sent 2 microfiber cleaning cloths that are very absorbent, lint free and are washable.

I want to thank Julie Worzalla Bohannon for sending me all of the great Shaklee products. You can checkout her Shaklee website. She also has a blog called Happy Healthy Momma where she talks about recipes, exercising and more, there is also a Facebook group with the same name where you can share recipes and tips to be healthy.


I love the Basic H I can’t believe how little you need to make all of the cleaners. They were all very easy to make and they clean amazingly with no chemical scent and are non toxic which I love. When I cleaned my windows I use the microfiber cloths and they left no streaks. I used the degreaser to clean the top of my stove any greasy messes. Scour off is awesome I used it to clean my sink and my stove which are both shiny and clean now. The All Purpose Cleaner works great also and I use it everywhere in my house. The bottle of Basic H I received will last me well over a year and save me a ton of money and I can have my son help clean and not have to worry about him inhaling any chemicals. I can’t wait to try more Shaklee products.

I received the above products in exchange for a review.  I only recommend products that I use and believe my readers will like.. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Fresh Home e-book Bundle $100 value for only $15-start to get your home in order 08/11-08/15


I am so excited to tell you about this great e-book bundle. It is a great deal and will help you get your home in order.

A Bowl Full of Lemons and Clean Mama have come together to bring you an amazing set of e-books and tools. These fantastic resources will help you get your house clean and organized and your time in order. This exclusive bundle will only be available for the next five days, so grab yours now! While this bundle is valued at over $100, it is available to you, our readers, for only $15 (or less than $1.00 per e-book or tool)! “Fresh Home” is the perfect bundle to get you back on track as a new school year begins and new routines are being implemented in your home.

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The “Fresh Home” Bundle is a collection of 16 e-books and tools devoted to getting your life in order. What’s included:

  • three cleaning e-books
  • one cleaning printable kit
  • one emergency preparedness e-book and printable kit
  • one babysitting kit
  • three time management e-books
  • six organizing e-books
  • one complete household binder printable kit

Everything you need to get your house clean and organized is in this fresh new bundle! Keep reading to learn the details about each home management e-book and tool….


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Clean (Enough)
Clean Enough: Simple Solutions for the Overwhelmed Homemaker is packed full of practical tips and advice to encourage you in your high calling and help you become a less-stressed housewife.
Perfect Cleaning Schedule
Christine has put together an easy step-by-step plan for you to create your own cleaning schedule that fits your lifestyle, your preferences, and your family. It will help you Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule.
Cleaning Around the Seasons: Deep Cleaning On Your Schedule
Cleaning Around the Seasons is a comprehensive guide for anyone that needs to do some deep cleaning and doesn’t know how to start or where to fit it in to a busy schedule. With an easy to read style and quick start approach, you can read it and get started all in the same day.
Project Organize Your Entire Life
Inside this easy 50 page read you’ll find a new approach to starting down the road to a simplified and more organized life. Rather than instructions on how to fold your T-shirts or organize your pantry, you’ll take a look at your daily habits and weekly routines to start thinking differently about how to efficiently spend your time.
10 Steps to Organized Paper
Can you imagine being able to find ANY piece of paper in your house anytime you needed it? 10 Steps to Organized Paper will motivate, encourage and walk with you step by step while you turn your mountains of paper into organized systems.
Getting It Together
Getting It Together is an ebook designed to help you set up your own Home Management System that works. It includes a step-by-step tutorial, and over 30 printables that you can use to start your system right away!
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Getting Organized
Getting organized is the key to keeping busy moms sane. As a professional organizer (and mother of two active boys), Sara Pedersen shares her favorite tips and easy processes to guide you to an organized, efficient, happy life. You’ll learn how to organize your time, your clutter, your kids, and the abundance of paper and other things in your busy life.
Emergency Preparedness: Organizing An 8 Week Step-by-Step Survival Station In Your Home
Emergency Preparedness outlines step by step directions on how to put together an Emergency Survival Station in your home. The E-Book also comes with a “printables kit” for the Emergency Binder with several pages to fill out your family information.
Simple Living – 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life
Need a bit more simple in your life but unsure where to start? Simple Living is written for you. Using minimalist principles Lorilee has created a 30 day course, taking less than 1 hour a day that she guarantees will give you a simpler life.
Who Knew? Get Organized Now!
All of us want to be more organized…and here are secrets and strategies for doing just that! In this ingenious book, the authors of “Who Knew? 10,001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems” reveal how to clear clutter once and for all, with ingenious organizing ideas, secrets for repurposing items you already have at home, and much, much more. “Who Knew? Get Organized Now!” uncovers hundreds of tips and ideas to help you clear away clutter and become more organized than ever before!
Tell Your Time
Tell Your Time: How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free outlines Amy’s straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and ensuring the important things don’t fall through the cracks.
28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions From a Semi-Reformed Late Person
Full of useful tips and funny confessions, “28 Days to Timeliness” is packed with practical information that will help teach you how to manage your time so you can be on time.
Plan It Then Do It – Living on a Dime
“How To Get Organized” is designed to help you organize your time better. It includes pre-made schedules and lists along with information to help you make your own customized schedules.
Babysitter Notebook (JOYS)
JOYS Babysitter Notebook is a simple pdf for busy moms who want to empower their babysitters to make the best choices, no matter the situation.
Citrus Paper Company – Chevron Binder Set
Citrus Paper Company’s complete home binder printable set includes ALL of their binder printables to keep your life and finances organized and beautiful!
Clean Mama Printables – The Cleaning Kit
Clean Mama Printables’ Cleaning Kit is a comprehensive tool sure to streamline your cleaning routine and maximize the time you spend cleaning. This simple, printable kit has six original documents and introduction sheet that can be used together or separately – any way that works for you!
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Fresh Home Bundle Preview

I am excited to tell you about a great deal coming up on e-books.  Clean Mama and A Bowl Full of Lemons have come together to bring you an all inclusive Ebook bundle with everything you need to get your home in order.

This bundle will go on sale August 11-15th starting at 8am EST. Only $15 for 16 e-books. Great price for a bundle of e-books to start getting your house in order. Stay tuned for more details.

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