5 Unusual and Useful Home Cleaning Products

May 31, 2019

Cleaning your home before a move can be tedious, especially when there are other tasks to be done. You may discover stains, grease, and grime that you have no idea how to remove. However, there are some useful home cleaning products that you probably already own– and they work better than industrial chemical cleaners. Here are five unusual and useful home cleaning products you can try.

5 Unusual and Useful Cleaning Products


Really, what can’t vinegar clean? Windows, dishes, towels…you name it and vinegar can dissolve it. If you’re a little clumsy and love red wine, vinegar can be your best friend. These types of deep stains can give you anxiety, especially if you have a security deposit to protect. To use, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. With a clean cloth or sponge, apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.

Baking Soda

Stainless steel sinks and appliances are really popular. Unfortunately, “stainless” doesn’t mean “stain-free.” Stains like hard water deposits and stuck on grease can linger. To prevent them, all you need to do is add a little bit of water to baking soda until paste forms. Apply the paste to the dirty spots and begin to gently scrub with a cloth. Make sure to go with the grain of the metal. For a little extra cleaning power, you can apply the baking soda paste and then dip your cloth into vinegar before scrubbing. 


I’m sure you’re already using old newspaper to wrap up breakable items for packing. However, it might be a smart move to set some aside to clean your windows and mirrors. Plain old paper towels can leave streaks and lint behind. However, a newspaper is made out of dense fibers. The denser fibers are more rigid and are less likely to separate and cause lint.


Let’s revamp the old adage, shall we? When life gives you lemons, clean your house! At least, make your garbage disposal smell better. If you’ve lived in a home for a while or have just moved in, a lemon is a helpful tool in making your kitchen smell great. What you’ll need to do is cut a lemon in half. Then, with water and the garbage disposal running, drop the fruit into the disposal one at a time. The fruit will help clean and deodorize your drain.

Baby Oil

This oil isn’t just for babies! It’s also a great home cleaning product. If you have a kitchen covered in grease, especially the microwave, this is great for you. Baby oil is a great way to buff metal appliances and leave them with a nice shine. And there is no need to rinse off the baby oil, keep it on! The residual oil will help keep other greases off because nothing is able to stick to it.  

If you’re moving and feeling overwhelmed about cleaning your place all by yourself, don’t worry, Moving Help® Providers offers cleaning services. Moving Help® is a U-Haul service that connects you with affordable movers in your area. You can customize the service for your move by selecting the hours, services and crew size you’ll need. 

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