A “Swiffer” hack for cleaner floors in today’s tips on Carolina AM

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

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

Tip #2 Say goodbye to dull silverware. If your silverware comes out of the dishwasher looking dirty and dull, don’t start buying a new machine just yet. Aluminum foil might be all you need to remove scratches and stains from dirty silverware, which is great news. The next time you load up your dishwasher, take a second to tear off a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it into a ball. Put it in a compartment of your cutlery basket and run a cleaning cycle as usual. The sheet interacts with the chemicals in your dishwashing tablets.

Tip #3 for your Swiffer. Instead of using a refill sheet that costs around $15 and takes at least two to get the job done, use an inexpensive microfiber cloth. You can get a pack from the Dollar Tree. The thinner the better. They pick up dust like a champ!

Tip #4 Make your own mop with your Swiffer or broom. Addition to previous tip. Keep your microfiber cloth on the sweeper. Then add a top layer. Audra learned this in Costa Rica on a mission trip. A housewife showed him how to make a hole in the middle of an old towel and use it to clean the floors. Slide the towel over the handle, resting on the Swiffer or broom. Use wet or dry. It works for getting into hard to reach places.

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