A ‘Swiffer’ Hack for Cleaner Floors in Today’s Tips on Carolina A.M.

Audra shows us how to sweep and mop at the same time, how to use vinegar to brighten clothes, and why you should put foil in the dishwasher!

For your Thursday Tips, simple solutions for the kitchen and laundry room!  Audra shows us how to sweep and mop at the same time, how to use vinegar to brighten clothes, and why you should put foil in the dishwasher!

Tip #1 Brighten and soften your clothes with vinegar.  Use vinegar as a prewash for dingy whites or colored clothes. It makes a great fragrance-free fabric softener.  No, it doesn’t smell like vinegar, the smell dissipates and leaves you with softer, static-free clothes.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup in the pre-wash cycle and the same amount in the fabric softener dispenser. Audra uses it for both.   Sometimes she adds a bit of fabric softener with the vinegar to get just the right amount of fragrance and softness.

Tip #2 Say goodbye to dull silverware.  If your silverware comes out of the dishwasher looking dirty and dull, don’t start shopping for a new machine yet.  Aluminum foil might be all you need to clear up scratches and grimy silverware stains, which is great news.  Next time you’re loading your dishwasher, take a second to rip off a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it up into a ball.  Toss it into a compartment in your cutlery basket and run a cleaning cycle like usual. The foil interacts with the chemicals in your dish tablets.  

Tip #3 for your Swiffer.  Instead of using a refill sheet that cost about $15 bucks and takes at least two to get the job done  Use a cheap microfiber cloth.  You can get a pack from the Dollar Tree.  The thinner the better.   They pick up the dust like a champ!
 
Tip #4 Make your own mop with your Swiffer or broom.  Adding onto the previous tip.  Keep your microfiber cloth on the sweeper.  Then add a top layer.  Audra learned this in Costa Rica on a missions trip.  A homemaker showed her how to cut a hole in the middle of an old towel and use it to clean the floors.  Slide the towel over the handle, resting on top of the Swiffer or broom.  Use wet or dry.  It works to get into hard to reach places.