Home Cleaning Hacks You’ve Never Seen on the Internet Before

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‘Tis the season to open the windows and let the winter dust fly out. It’s that time of year to make our homes sparkle. The chi (energy) needs to flow freely, and cannot if it is blocked.

Call it Feng Shui, the Marie Kondo method, or whatever you want to call it. When the weather warms up, most of us get the urge to remove the junk and dust we’ve accumulated during the cold months and give our home an overall deep clean.

Cleaning does not come easy for everyone. It’s a task that can seem overwhelming for some, especially when looking at all you need to clean. But, have no fear – we have some hacks to make your cleaning stress disappear.

You will be amazed by how easy cleaning really can be. Read on to see some hacks you’ll want to incorporate into your weekly or monthly cleaning sessions.

Why buy glass cleaner loaded with chemicals when you can make your own! According to HuffPost, just “mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 quart of water and a squeeze of lemon (for that crisp, citrusy scent). Spray and wipe.”

Fill up a bowl with white vinegar, place inside the microwave and run it for 5 minutes. When done, simply wipe away grease and grime with a paper towel or dishcloth.

Sprinkle a little white powder – baking soda that is. Let it sit for a good hour and then vacuum away. This is the best natural deodorizer that kills pesky pet odor.

And they don’t have to be a hassle to dust. “Slip a clean pillowcase over each blade and slide it off to pick up dust.”

Because they have another purpose. The fabric sheet comes in hand to clean a dirty toilet bowl (yuck) but can also be used to buff mirrors and bathroom fixtures.

And this thing takes a beating. Freshen it up with some lemon! Just cut a few pieces up, drop it down the sink and turn on, and let the smell emulate.

Get a rag, some detergent and get down and dirty. If you have grout or some hard pieces of food stuck on the floor, an old toothbrush should do the trick.

One cup of baking soda in your washer will brighten those clothes right up. And if you want to clean the washer tub, pour some vinegar in the tray where the detergent usually goes, and run on hot.

“To give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol!”

Fill a dish wand with equal parts vinegar and dish soap – preferably Dawn. That stuff is amazing! And go to town.

You can use it as a deodorizer on the carpet, but also on your fabric furniture. First vacuum the sofa, then sprinkle on the soda. Let it sit for 20 minutes and vacuum off.

“Just mix four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt, and then rub the mixture into the stain. Let the surface dry and vacuum up any remaining salt, if necessary.”

Since I have young kids who snack often, I have used this hack many times. Simply roll a lint roller on the ground or sofa to remove any crumbs. It saves time and the hassle from constantly vacuuming.

An old toothbrush and some toothpaste will make those sneakers like new. You might want to first clean off any major mud with a rag first.

If your child has decided to throw a glitter party, you’ll need to clean that mess up. And the solution is something you probably have lying around the house, especially if you have young kids. Play-doh! Just roll some play-doh into a ball and roll over the glitter. And wallah!

If you do have a spilled juice mess to clean, “blot with one teaspoon dishwashing liquid (like Ivory) in one cup warm water.”

In reality, they do not clean themselves. You can do the self-clean mode which heats it up and then you wipe with a wet rag. Another trick: take the knobs, drip drain, and grates and run them thru the dishwasher.

Take a bowl and fill with vinegar and place on the top rack. Run the dishwasher thru on the hot cycle to give it a nice clean.

This is like, the best invention ever. You can use a Magic Eraser on damn near everything. Sinks, tubs, toilets, anything where grim builds up easily. It’s magic!

And if you have kids, chances are, crayons have ended up on the wall at some point. Get the Magic Eraser and keep your sanity in check.

There is a reason those attachments are on there. I use mine to clean blinds and heat vents because dust always builds up. They are also good to use on stairs.

Don’t throw it away. Instead, “fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan.”

Your kitchen sponge has a dirty job. Get rid of the bacteria lurking on the sponge by throwing it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Let it cool off before you pick it up again.

I know that I have. Use some hand sanitizer on a towel and wipe those germs away.

“Use a few drops of apple cider vinegar (which pulls the dirt out of wood) mixed with ¼ cup olive oil (which conditions the wood).”

Apply equal parts of water and cornstarch to the spot. Leave on overnight and (fingers crossed), should be gone by the morning.

“Squeeze a dollop of ketchup onto a cloth and rub it onto your pots and pans to remove tarnish.” Yeah, it’s really that easy.

Like your coffee grinder. When was the last time you cleaned that sucker out?

Simply pour a can in the toilet and clean with a toilet brush. Flush and see how this cola can brighten your throne.

Now all you need is the time and energy to put these hacks into motion. Happy cleaning!