There aren’t a lot of people who like cleaning. However, it is an essential chore that everyone has to do every week unless you like living in a messy home. Thankfully, you can save a lot of time when doing household chores thanks to a couple tricks. Here are 20 cleaning hacks that captured our attention and will help you clean almost every surface of your house.
1. Clean your hairbrush
You can stop the accumulation of hair product build-up with a soapy solution made with a couple of drops of dish soap mixed with warm water.
2. Fight your pet’s stench
Deodorize places where your dog tends to sit and lie down (for example the sofa, his bed, etc.) by sprinkling the surfaces with baking soda, leave it on for 15 minutes then vacuum it off.
3. Clean your car without using a vacuum
An anti-lint roll is a practical solution and it is way less cumbersome than a traditional vacuum to clean your car. Also, the anti-lint roll can clean dirt in crannies of your car, which a vacuum can’t necessarily do.
4. Untangle your necklace
Stop losing time trying to untangle your jewellery. Loosen a knot with a bit of baby powder and then use a pin to unknot your necklace.
5. Make your towels softer
If you clean your towels in cold water, the accumulation of minerals could be why your towels are rough. To remove the mineral deposits, wash your towels in hot water and add 1 cup of ammonia.
6. Get rid of mold
If you forgot a wet towel in your sports bag, here is what you need to do. Firstly, put it outside, remove all the mold stains and dry your towel in the sun for at least 3 hours. Then, pre-soak your towel with a mix of bleach and water (check the care label so you don’t ruin the fabric), then wash it in the washing machine.
7. Clean your patio furniture
Pour a small amount of dish washing liquid in a bowl filled with hot water and use this mixture to wipe your outdoor tables and chairs. Rinse them afterward with your garden hose.
8. Say goodbye to grease stains on your clothes
Did you drop some vinegar on your clothes? Scrub a bit of liquid dish soap on your stain and rinse it with water. The soap is mild enough to handle most fabrics – even washable wool and silk.
9. Make your own natural cleaner
You can create your own natural cleaner by mixing vinegar with fresh sage in a spray bottle.
10. Opt for citrus
You can also make yourself a nice citrus smelling cleaner by adding orange zest in vinegar.
11. Degrease your kitchen cupboards and counters
As with your kitchen utensils, your cupboards can become greasy when you prepare meals. Pour a bit of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle with hot water to remove grime from your kitchen counters and cupboards. Then, rinse them with a dry cloth.
12. Make your copper shine with ketchup
Suprisingly, ketchup can help make your copper kitchen accessories shine.
13. Clean your porcelain with vodka
It is easy to make your porcelain shine. All you need to do is moisten a soft and clean cloth with some vodka, then rub it on your porcelain.
14. Here is when to clean your bedding
You only need to clean your pillows and comforters two or three times a year. Here is how to remember when to do it: wash them when there is a change of seasons.
15. Clean your purse
It’s quite astonishing to know that we rarely clean certain things we touch every day. About half of women’s purses contain faecal bacteria so clean them from time to time with a disinfectant wipe.
16. Wait before removing mud from your boots
Dry mud is easier to remove than sticky wet mud so don’t try to clean it when you just got back from outside. Wait until it dries and remove the persistent stains with water and a bit of liquid dish soap.
17. Make your faucets shine
To clean your faucets, scrub them with a bit of toothpaste and a humid sponge.
18. Remove any musty smells
As with your fridge, an open box of baking soda placed close to your sheets and towels can prevent your bedding closet from smelling humid.
19. Hang your towels the right way
To prevent your towels from getting moldy between showers, suspend them in places where they can air-dry. A hanger is good, but a towel rail is better.
20. Take care of your wood furniture
Do you have scratches or scrapes on your wood furniture? Rub them with a nut, which you’ve removed the shell, to conceal the damages.