Should we all whip up our own homemade floor cleaner, wipes, and scouring powder? Yes, if you ask Pinterest. Nuh-uh, if you're thinking about your actual life and the 20,000 things you have to do with it. Besides, a DIY cleaner can't always handle the mess. Here, five times you can MacGyver your cleaning – and five times you shouldn't.More
Some chemicals commonly used in air fresheners can set off allergies and asthma. So if you're sensitive to them, try a natural funk fighter, like placing a bowl of ground coffee beans in the stinky area, says Samantha Geller, an analyst at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG). The beans act like a filter, sponging up gaseous odor molecules. Just how powerful are they? A 2012 study found that treated coffee grounds can even neutralize sewage smells.
You can make a potion as good as the stuff sold in stores, says Geller, and it'll take only a few seconds. Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. The surfactant in soap detergents loosens grime, and the vinegar evaporates quickly for a streak-free finish.