Chalkboard paint adds a splash of color and will help guests keep track of their drinks. For this project, you'll need: wine glasses, chalkboard paint, bucket or small bowl for the paint, chalk sticks, rubbing alcohol and paper towels or a clean cloth.
Dirt and grime are bound to build up the longer an item sits outside. Just take a clean, damp cloth and wipe it away, making sure to get into the crevasses of the weave. If needed, use a vacuum to get the excess dirt off.
If you want to clean your microwave without chemicals, take a cup of water and put it inside your microwave and heat for two minutes. This creates steam inside, so you can use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the appliance down and remove any residue or stuck-on bits of food.
Flowering plants provide attention grabbing color, especially when you choose a plant with long-lasting flowers, like anthurium. This tough-as-nails houseplant unfurls red blooms with a waxy sheen and open steadily all year long when plants receive bright light. Give the thick, leathery leaves on anthurium—or any houseplant—a sheen by spraying with a solution of ½ cup milk (skim or reduced fat) and ¾ cup water. Rub the leaves gently with a soft cloth, then dry with a clean, soft cloth. Be sure to spray both top and bottom of leaves.
A build-up of fabric softener can dirty the bottom of your iron and stain clothes. To clean your iron, Maker says make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water and then apply the paste to a soft cloth. Using a circular motion, gently clean the build-up (being careful to avoid the holes in the iron where the steam comes out) and rinse with a damp cloth.