Unconventional cleaning products: chemical-free cleaning

This week, Jill Washburn, our Jill of All Trades, shows us some ways to make cleaning easier by using things that you might not think of as cleaning tools.

First, if you have a glass top stove, you know that sometimes gunk gets stuck on it that will... not... come... off.  Jill offers an easy fix.  Use a flat edge razor blade (like you'd use for scraping paint).  Hold the blade at an angle and gently scrape the stove top, keeping the blade flat to the surface.  Jill says to be careful not to dig in with the corners of the blade.  It could cause scratches or damage to the stovetop.

Next, if you have grime-y cabinets, range hood, woodwork, doors, etc., a little rubbing alcohol on a diaper wipe will cut right through it.  Jill says the she prefers the stronger 91% rubbing alcohol and the unscented diaper wipes.  She says that combo will cut through nearly any grime.  To be safe, you might want to test it on an inconspicuous spot, just to make sure it's not going to damage your surfaces.

Last, for intricate woodwork, louvered vents, even window blinds that get dusty and are tricky to clean, Jill swears by a 4-inch paintbrush.  Yep!  A paintbrush!  Jill keeps a new, clean paintbrush in with her cleaning tools.  It makes dusting intricate surfaces so much easier and faster.  It's also great for light fixtures and lampshades.  It cuts cleaning time for all of those items down to a fraction of what it would be using the traditional ways.


To watch Jill take you through the processes, click on the video player above.