You don't need to buy expensive cleansers with a long list of ingredients to tackle household troubles. These are all things that you have in your house that can help make your life a little easier. (and if you learn even one new thing today that you can use, then this post will be worth it):
1. Stinky cutting board? (all of that garlic smashing does have a price to pay) Rub a fresh lemon half over it and rinse.
2. Stinky tennis shoes? Crumple up newspaper, stuff in the shoes, and let them sit overnight. The newspaper will absorb the odors. All of that bad news can actually be good for something!
3. Sticky zipper? Put some olive oil on a Qtip and rub into the area. (Don't get it on the fabric, olive oil can stain.)
4. Dishwasher need some freshening up? Pour two packets of unsweetened lemonade Koolaid through it for a full cycle (empty of course). The acid in the Koolaid will make you think you have a new dishwasher!
5. Coffee filters are great to put over food you are reheating in the microwave-no splatters.
6. Newspaper is also great for taking the odor out of lunchboxes, thermoses, and plastic storage containers. Just crumple it up and let it do it's thing (just like in item #2.)
7. Dryer sheets are for more than just the dryer. Put one in the bottom of your clothes drawers to keep those socks smelling fresh.
8. This is a good time of year to clean out that coffee maker. Pour some vinegar into a pot of fresh water (I use about 1/2 cup for an 8 cup pot), run it through one cycle, and then run a couple more pots of fresh water through the coffee maker.
9. Cut slices off a wine cork and glue them to the bottom of chair and table legs so your furniture won't scratch your wood floor.
10. A drop of olive oil works to take stubborn stickers off of picture frames or other glass products.
I should have been a home ec teacher.