It’s said that the average human takes up about one hour or two in cleaning their house every day. But there are some things you never end up getting spotless no matter what cleaning agent you use.
Unless you’re a clean freak. Then you might end up cleaning during your free time as well and keep things clean and dry all the time, so no dirt ever piles up anywhere and no stain goes unnoticed.
And then there are some of us who leave all the cleaning for the weekends when we’re free and can relax because of no workdays.
But when it’s time to clean your household again, you end up fearing for the worst. Well whatever the chore is, we’ve got some cleaning hacks to take care of it!
Effective DIY Cleaning Hacks
If you go over these cheap and easy hacks, you’ll end up relying on them over the old techniques you used before. Here they are:
Shaving Cream to Remove Greasy Stains
Most people keep shaving cream for personal hygiene. But for this hack, the foaming kind of shaving cream is needed. They do a great job at softening up tough and greasy stains made from coffee, oil, blood, etc. from clothing or carpets.
All you need to do is dab a bit of shaving cream on the stain, let it soak it in and leave alone for an hour. After that, scrub it a bit, and the stain will be gone.
Scrub with Grapefruit and Salt
You can use this hack to clean your bathtub or sinks. Slice a grapefruit in half and rub it all over the tub or sink walls and make sure the juice runs all over.
Sprinkle some salt all over the wet juices, and the granules will cling to the tub or sink. Let it rest for a while, and then you can take a scrub brush and start scrubbing the stains down and rinse it off with clean warm water.
Clean Your Sponge in A Microwave
A cool technique to clean and disinfect your cleaning sponges are to do it in a microwave. Saturate the sponge in one-fourth cup of water and leave it in the microwave on high heat for a minute. This disinfects the sponge from 99.9% of the germs on it.
Clean Your Plates with Baking Soda
Sometimes there are scratch marks on your plates, and it makes your plates look old and dirty though they’re very clean. To make them look scratch-free, all you have to do is make a paste from baking soda and water. Rub the paste all over the plates with scratches, leave it alone for a while and rinse it off, and they’ll look brand new again.
Clean Your Cutting Boards with Lemon
An effective way to clean your kitchen cutting boards is to use a little lemon, salt, and elbow grease. The process is simple. All you need to do is cut a lemon, and it doesn’t even need to be fresh, an already squeezed lemon would work too.
But first, you need to sprinkle some salt all over the cutting board and then squeeze and rub the half lemon over the salt. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then scrape off all the dirty liquid off the board and rinse.
Newspaper and Tea for Mirrors
You can get a shiny, streak-free and clean mirror with this hack. All you need to do is get some black tea and some newspaper. Get a spray bottle and pour the tea in. Spray some of the tea on the mirror you’re working on. Crunch up the newspaper and use it to wipe the mirror. Repeat this a few times, and your mirror will be visibly clean.
Clean Your Blinds with A Vacuum Cleaner
This works on any kind of blind no matter what it’s made of, whether wood, fabric, vinyl, etc., blinds collect dust or other particles easily. But you can easily clean them with a vacuum cleaner.
Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a soft brush attached. Lower your blinds fully and then aim the vacuum at the blinds at a low suction setting to remove the dust. Repeat this on the other side of the blinds as well.
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Clean Dust with A Lint Roller
You generally use a lint roller on your clothes, especially if they’re formal-wear. But you can use that same lint roller to clean off dust or dirt or other particles on other things like pillows, couches, lampshades, shower curtains, carpets, car seats and interiors, handbags or purses, stuffed animals or even your own pet when they shed their fur.
Clean Water Stains with Vinegar
Water stains are basically dried up the water that has deposits of lime, silica, and calcium in them, so they leave behind spots. To get rid of them you can use vinegar.
Mix 50 percent of water and with 50 percent of ordinary vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on your glass, mirror, metal, etc. surfaces and then wipe the area. The place will be spotless that way.
Clean Your Sink Fixtures with Wax Paper
You know how you always try to scrub your faucets clean and when they dry you see the same spots are still there. So, to keep your faucets shiny, you can try rubbing it with wax paper. This gets rid of the water stains, and the wax helps repel water as well to prevent further stains.
Vinegar and Ironing for Carpet Stains
This DIY cleaning hack needs a bit of extra care. First, you need to prepare your steaming iron near the carpet stain and keep it plugged and on a high steam setting and let it heat up. Then fill a spray bottle with one-fourth of white vinegar and three-fourths of water.
Next, you need to wet a towel in hot water. Then spray the vinegar water all over the stain and place the damp towel over that stain. After that lightly iron over it, and the stain will start to disappear.
Clean Your Keyboard With A Toothbrush and Vinegar
Take an old toothbrush and wet the bristle with vinegar and shake the droplets off. Then brush it along the keys on the keyboard. The vinegar softens up the dirt and lifts them off. It also acts as an anti-bacterial because we all know how many germs a keyboard contains.
Chalk Over Fingerprints on Walls
You can use chalk over your walls and get rid of all those greasy fingerprints. Wet the chalk stick tip and draw on some cardboard till the chalk tip is a bit blunt so it won’t scratch off the paint on your wall.
Rub the chalk on the fingerprints or other marks. Let is sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe the remnants with a soft cloth. The chalk will be visibly sticking to the oiliness.
Now, you need to dampen the cloth and remove the rest of the chalk. Once you have done that, let the surface get dried. It will look clearer. But in case it has a few more marks, repeat the process till there’s none left.
Corn Starch to Clean Clothing Stains
All you need to do here is just grab a clean cloth and blot it out for a while. Then dust some cornstarch on both sides of the cloth on the stain. Leave it for 10 minutes, then shake it off. Dab the remaining grease with some vinegar. Then throw it into the laundry with high-temperature water.
And for stains on leather, blot the stain with a dry cloth and sprinkle the cornstarch and leave it for 12-24 hours. The starch will absorb the grease so when you brush it off the leather will be clean.
Remove Trash Odor with Newspaper
Trash bins have a bad odor which mostly comes from moisture in the garbage you throw in. So, to fight this odor you can place an old newspaper at the bottom of your trash bin before you place the trash bag in the bin.
This newspaper soaks up the excess moisture that builds up in the trash bin. When you get rid of the trash bag, throw out the newspaper too. But always make sure to place a new one inside the bin before you place the trash bag in.
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A Spotless Home in No Time!
We’re sure these are the amazing cleaning hacks you wish you knew sooner.
When it’s cleaning day, most people want to avoid it. But if these cleaning hacks were a good way to avoid exerting so much effort then wouldn’t you want to use them?
Now if you’re the type of person who is all about natural and do-it-yourself cleaning methods, then we hope these tips can help contribute to you having a fantastically clean and sparkling house! So, go ahead and have your home look twice as spotless in half the time!