Blotting rather than rubbing helps remove stains from carpet more effectively. Wiping up food spills immediately rather than letting them dry makes cleaning a fridge easier. When cleaning stainless steel surfaces, wiping in the direction of the grain is advised, and steel wool and floor wax can be used to remove heel marks from wood floors.
Wiping out the interior of a fridge with a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda and a quart of warm water helps absorb foul scents. Caked-on residue can be removed by sprinkling it with baking soda and scrubbing it. Soaking shelves and bins separately ensures they get clean.
Club soda is effective for removing wine and beer stains from carpet. Shaving cream may also help get out carpet stains. It must be applied and allowed to sit for 30 minutes before being blotted away. If gum gets on the carpet, holding ice against the gum to freeze it makes it easier to remove.
Dark spots and pet stains can be removed from hardwood floors by rubbing the area with steel wool and floor wax. If this does not work, applying bleach or vinegar is an alternative. Oil-based stains can be removed from hardwood with a soft cloth and dish detergent.