There are cleaning tips and hacks allover the internet. Not everything will work for everyone. However, when they do, it is amazing to see.

Common household products can be used to achieve things that would otherwise seem impossible. Traditional cleaning products often fail and are only made for their marked area.

There are floor cleaners, dish washers, bathroom fresheners that just seem inadequate. Where your traditional cleaners fail, tips and hacks can be employed.

Below are 20 cleaning hacks and tips that actually work.

Remove Upholstery Stains with Shaving Cream

Instead of hiring an expensive professional, use a bit of shaving cream to move those stubborn stains. Shaving cream will lift those stubborn stains out of upholstery.
Just rub a small amount into the stain. Ensure that you’re not using the gel version. Let it sit for 30 minutes or over night, then blot it dry.
Before you use this hack, test it out on a small hidden portion of your upholstery. Because, there is always a chance it’ll damage the fabric.

 Clean Baseboards with a Dryer Sheet

Cleaning baseboards can be a bit strenuous with getting on your hands and knees and all. Here is a trick to get them clean and fresh in one go.
Just attach a dryer sheet to your broom or swiffer sweeper. Give the baseboards a swipe and you’ll pick up all the unwanted dust and put down an amazing fragrance at the same time.
This will also keep you on your feet and off your hands and knees. You’ll also keep the dust from flying all over and land in the same place. 

 Wash Pots and Pans with a Dryer Sheet

There are times when stuck on food refuses to lift from your baking sheets and pans. There is a solution right in your laundry room.
 
Just put your dirty baking sheet or pan into the kitchen sink with some dish soap, warm water and a dryer sheet. Let this sit for an hour or 2.
Once the time has passed, pour the water off and use the dryer sheet to wipe the food away. The once stubborn food will lift away with ease, leaving you with a shiny, clean baking sheet.
 

Clean Faucets With Cotton Balls

Soak some cotton balls with vinegar and place them around your faucets for about fifteen minutes. This should help to loosen up grime and lime scale and make your faucets easier to clean.
 

 Grapefruit and Salt Cleaning

The next time you shop for fruit. Get an extra grapefruit for cleaning. Grapefruit provides the perfect solution for a grimy bathtub.

It contains citric acid that will lift all the grease, hard water and soap scum when paired with salt or baking soda. Just cut it open and cover 1 half in salt, scrub the tub until it’s clean then rinse away the scum.

The salt makes it abrasive enough to lift the dirt while the citric acid will break down the grease.

 Launder your Mop

Experts say, cleaning your floor with a wet mop is unsanitary and you may as well clean with dirty water. This is true to some extent.
 
A wet mop stores and facilitates massive bacterial growth and this spreads as you clean. It will serve you better to get a mop that you can throw in the laundry. If you have a dryer, that’s even better.
 
Wash your mop in hot water after use and throw it in the dryer or air dry. The goal is to allow the heat to kill bacteria you just lifted from the floor. This will leave you with a cleaner mop.

 Disinfect Sponges in the Microwave

 

The kitchen sponge serves many purposes around the room. You use it to clean countertops, dishes, utensils, cupboards, glassware and so much more.

However, this may be spreading bacteria, doing more harm than good. Get your kitchen sponges truly clean by disinfecting them in the microwave.

The sponge traps and grows bacteria, so it’s important to get inside it with more than soap and water. Saturate the sponge with vinegar and put it in the microwave for 1-3 minutes.

This is dependent on the power of your microwave. Carefully remove it and give it a rinse.

Clean Your Blinds with a Vacuum

Cleaning blinds is a a hectic task that always takes longer than it seems. Make this process easier and quicker by using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum.

This will get into crevices quickly and remove the dirt with a fraction of the effort. If you don’t have a vacuum or you don’t have the attachment, just place a dryer sheet in a pair of tongs and wipe down your blinds.

This will give your home a fresh scent while removing the dirt quickly.

 Steam Your Microwave

There may be stuck on food in your microwave that will take a lot of time and strength to remove. You’re in luck, making your microwave steam up will make this seamless.

Just fill a microwave safe container with 2 or 3 table spoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Run the microwave on high for a few minutes.

This will cause the mixture to steam up, allowing the  vinegar to break down the stuck on food.  When this process is complete the messy food will be very easy to wipe away.

 Homemade Dusting Spray

Dusting can be quite the hassle. This is especially so if you dust and in no time, the dust reconvenes on the same surface. This can be prevented with the help of dusting spray.

The recipe is simple and will not only lift the dust without spreading it in the air, but will also sanitize. Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water, add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and shake well.

This mixture is great  for sanitizing your surfaces. It will also make the surface moist enough to keep the dust on your dusting rag. Dust that isn’t floating around the room will not land on surfaces.

 Soak Your Burners in Baking Soda and Vinegar

Research shows that a large percentage of home fires start in the kitchen. Often with the stove as the starting point.

This is due to the fact that burners trap grease and this can become a fire hazard.

Ridding your burners of flammable grease and grime can make your home safer. You kitchen will smell better too.

You can try simply washing your burner tops with soap and water.Dawn dish soap works wonders to lift grease and grime.

However, if this doesn’t work, the next step is putting them in a large sandwich bag with 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Leave them over night and rinse them clean in the morning.

 Clean Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar

Even for those that are avid coffee drinkers and use their coffee makers daily, cleaning may not occur as often as it should. It is said that coffee makers are a hotbed for bacterial activity.

This means that we may be stirring it up in our coffee, unknowingly. A monthly vinegar rinse can kill the bacteria that may form in coffee makers.

Just fill the coffee makers reservoir with a few tablespoons of white vinegar and water. Run it once, then run it again with only water to get rid of the scent of vinegar.

 Keep Your Mattress Fresh with Baking Soda

By the time you’re fully engrossed in adulthood, you’re washing pillows and pillow cases on a regular basis. However, we may not pay much attention to cleaning our mattress.

But it can be easier than it seems with this method. This will limit the growth and spread of bacteria and suppress the rise of bad odors.

Just vacuum your mattress to get it warm and sprinkle with baking soda. Let it sit for about an hour to work and absorb all the odors. Vacuum again and you’ll be all set to make your bed.

 Freshen the Garbage Disposal with Lemons

With the wealth or garbage we throw into the garbage disposal, they can be a home for germs and bacteria. Garbage disposals can also send out nasty odors that interfere with the comfort of the home.

Luckily, it is fairly simple to fix this with one fruit. Just slice up a lemon and drop it down the drain. As the disposal chews up the lemon rinds it will cut the odors.

Lemon will also release citric acid that will work to sanitize the garbage disposal. 

 Lemons On the Cutting Board

While plastic cutting boards can be placed in the dishwasher, wooden ones are not so straight forward. You can get out those stubborn stains and embedded bacteria with ease when you use lemon and salt.

Just sprinkle some salt on your cutting board and rub it in with half a lemon. Let it sit for a few minutes then, rinse with running water.

Your board will be clean and spotless. The lemon and salt will also get into the cuts that deepen over time and kill the bacteria that lives there.

 Newspaper to Shine Mirrors

If you’re using rags or paper towels to attempt to shine your mirrors, you maybe going out of your way. There is an easier and cheaper way that may even be more efficient.

This will not streak or leave lint all over your mirror. Just take old news paper, crumple it up and get to shining your already dry mirror.

This will work best if you clean your mirror with soap and water or window cleaner first. Rub in circular motion until all the residue has disappeared.

 Make your blender Clean Itself

Cleaning your blender can be a tedious task that will strike fear into the hearts of many. You stick your hand into the cup full of blades and do your best to avoid getting sliced.

It can be much simpler and safer to clean your blender. Just let it clean itself.

There are 2 ways to do this, the first only involves vinegar. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the blender and let it pulse to lift all the residue.

The second method includes warm water, a little baking soda and a small amount of dish soap. Let it pulse and rinse it clean to enjoy a fresh clean blender.

 Clean your TV screen with a Dry Cloth

Television screens can be sensitive to moisture and applying moisture directly will damage the screen. Instead, use a dry cloth to remove dust and fingerprints.

For tougher stains you can use a very slightly damp cloth. Be careful not to press too hard. The television screen is also a much softer grade of glass that is easy to clean.

Therefore, there is no need to worry that a dry cloth will be insufficient. Remember, never spray cleaning chemicals directly onto your television screen.

Keep Washer Clean with Vinegar

Many believe that washing machines are self-cleaning. However, after some time, an odor will develop and this is an indication that the washer is storing bacteria.

This may transfer to our clothes, making them musky. A typical wash and rinse with laundry detergent is not enough to rid your washer of  harmful bacteria.

Vinegar serves as an adequate cleaning solution as well a replacement for bleach. Just pour 1 gallon of vinegar into the washer and run the wash and rinse cycle.

Never Overload your Dishwasher.

It may seem easier to just load the dishwasher once and be done but it can be proven that overloading the dishwasher can result in ineffective cleanings.

This will just turn out to be more work in the long run. It is better to load the dishwasher to capacity and no more. Any additional dishes will cause an overload.

It is more efficient and quicker to do things right the first time. It can be quite frustrating to have to unload unclean dishes, only to do it again.

 Remove carpet stains with vinegar and a steam iron

Carpet stains are quite common, especially in households with lots of children. All you need is vinegar, water and a steam iron to remove stubborn stains.

Just mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and wet the stain. Cover with a wet cloth then steam the area for 30 seconds. Move the iron around to avoid burning the area.

Keep it there for as long as you need to be able to easily brush the stain away. This will have your carpet looking fresh and new in no time.

20 Cleaning Hacks And Tips That Actually Work

Having some issues with cleaning? Here are 20 great ways to clean that actually works.

Instructions

    Remove Upholstery Stains with Shaving Cream

    Clean Baseboards with a Dryer Sheet

    Wash Pots and Pans with a Dryer Sheet

    Grapefruit and Salt Cleaning

    Launder your Mop

    Disinfect Sponges in the Microwave

    Clean Your Blinds with a Vacuum

    Steam Your Microwave

    Homemade Dusting Spray

    Soak Your Burners in Baking Soda and Vinegar

    Clean Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar

    Keep Your Mattress Fresh with Baking Soda

    Freshen the Garbage Disposal with Lemons

    Lemons On the Cutting Board

    Newspaper to Shine Mirrors

    Make your blender Clean Itself

    Clean your TV screen with a Dry Cloth

    Keep Washer Clean with Vinegar

    Never Overload your Dishwasher.

    Remove carpet stains with vinegar and a steam iron

If you’re willing to try new things in order to make the most out of your time, these hacks and tips will work perfectly. They can be used on an ordinary cleaning day or on days where quick cleaning is necessary.

If you host people a lot, these quick tips will come in handy. Personally, I have employed some of those listed in this post and they have worked like a charm.

It is important to remember to consider the environment and follow appropriate care instructions when using tips and hacks.

 

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