Start the new year off with these resourceful, economical cleaning tips

Use these babies to clean! Photo courtesy of Lori_NY on Flickr.

With the new year comes a surge of energy and fresh perspective to those needing a little boost. Keep that burst of creativity alive this January by finding new, easier ways to keep up with your life.

Follow these tips from The Maids for using ordinary items to make your home sparkle and shine:

  • Socks are not just for keeping feet warm, they also work well for dusting and cleaning. Slip the sock over your hand, dampen with polish or window cleaner and wipe away fingerprints and dust.
  • Paintbrushes do much more than apply, they can remove dust from the smallest crevices. From ornate designs in furniture to the smallest details in ceramics, a paintbrush can reach places a cleaning cloth cannot. You can also use them on electronics such as radios, computers and televisions to clean around knobs and buttons and inside speaker vents.
  • Are you ready for a new toothbrush? Save your old one from the trash to tackle soap scum around faucets and drains.
  • Pumice stones work great at removing calluses and rough skin on your feet, but did you know pumice stones are perfect for removing rust and hard-water buildup from the inside of white toilet bowls? Be sure the stone stays wet, and do not apply heavy pressure or you may scratch the surface.
  • Use a hair dryer on low speed to quickly eliminate dust from silk flower and plant arrangements.
  • Coffee filters do more than help make great coffee; they also leave a lint-free shine when used instead of a cloth to wipe down mirrors and windows.
  • Vacuums are not just for carpets anymore. With their wide array of attachments, the vacuum can be used to remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans, ornate wood furniture, hard-to-reach banisters, and inside drawers and cupboards.

Get inventive this year and find ways to reuse household items for daily cleaning tasks. It’s one less trip to the store and will leave you feeling creative all year long. Have some useful tips yourself? Tell us about them by visiting The Maids Facebook page,, and leaving a message. Happy New Year!

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