My first "hint" is something that happened by accident. A couple of months ago I bought these kitchen wash rags:
What the heck was I thinking? They are white---can you think of a worse thing to buy for a kitchen rag? And then to make matters worse, they are microfiber. I HATE microfiber, the feel of it drives me nuts, and it doesn't work for towels in any way shape or form for me. I stuck them under the kitchen sink for the time being until I figured out what to do with them. A couple of weeks ago an idea finally popped in to my head and it was brilliant! Instead of using a traditional Swiffer cloth that you end up throwing away, use one of these. Being white, I can see just how much crud I've picked up off the hard wood floor and being fabric, I can wash them. Let me just say that they worked great for this purpose, they fit the old style traditional Swiffer perfectly and when I was done, I just tossed them in the laundry. Score!
My other tip for the day is one I found on Pinterest. I tried it yesterday on a batch of towels and I have to say I was impressed. My towels have no odor at all to them now, they smell CLEAN. I'm as guilty as the next guy for putting too much soap in when I wash towels, this really did take all of the soap out of them, I could tell just by looking in the rinse tub. I'm going to gradually do all of our towels, thinking this would be a good thing to do once a year, and might try it on our comforters before I put them away at the end of the season. I wonder what else it would work on?
Do you have any great cleaning tips to share?