Keeping with the cleaning theme, I just wanted to express my love for vinegar. It has so many uses, it is great for clean and disinfecting, cooking, gardening, and is really cheap. I have listed some awesome uses for vinegar:
Shine chrome and stainless steel: to clean chrome and/or stainless steel, spray it with full strength vinegar, then buff it to a high shine with a soft cloth.
Get rid of mildew stains: apply full strength vinegar to heavy mildew stains or dilute half and half with water for light stains
Remove smokey smells: fill a bowl three quarters of the way full with white or cider vinegar and place in the room where the smell is the strongest. In less than a day, the odor will be gone.
Shine your silver: Soak silverware or jewelry in one half cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda for three hours. Rinse items with cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth
Clean your coffee pot: Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar into your coffee pot where you'd normally just add water. Now run your coffee pot like you were making a cup of joe. Let sit ten minutes, then dump out. Now run your coffee pot threw with just water three times, or until the vinegar smell is gone.
Remove grease: remove grease from kitchen surfaces using a solution consisting of equal parts white vinegar and water.
Prevent lint from clinging to clothes: add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the wash cycle.
Clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter: use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.