I get all excited when I learn a few new cleaning hacks. I just like to know different ways to solve my cleaning problems, and I find it fun to share with you what I have been getting up to. So here are 20 out-of-the-box cleaning tips and tricks I think you will really be glad to know.

1.Windex For Cleaning Carpet Stains

It is always nice to find out that a particular household cleaner can be used for another purpose that it was not made for. 

Did you know that Windex window cleaner can be used for cleaning carpets and getting rid of stains? Next time you run into some carpet struggles, try using some Windex to help you out.

2. Homemade Fabric Softener

Would you not be grateful if you found out you can make your own fabric softener? Maybe you want to cut back on expenses, or maybe you just like making things for yourself.

A mixture of hair conditioner, vinegar, and some water can be used to make fabric softener. Your laundry will still smell amazing and come out soft and nice.

3. Rubber Band On Hand Soap Bottle

It is always a very good practice to have some liquid handsoap in certain areas of your house, like the face basin. But sometimes it can make a mess when too much keeps coming out.

Put a rubber band under the nozzle of the spray top to prevent too much soap from coming out when it is squeezed.

4. Toothpaste For Getting Rid Of Bad Odors

Did you store garlic or some potent herb in your jars, and now cannot get rid of the odor? A little toothpaste can do the trick.

Lather the jars on the inside with some toothpaste. Add some dish soap and wash properly. Rinse as usual, and your jars should be fresh once more.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide Clean Mold

The shower and tub in a bathtub can be easily taken over by mold if you are not careful. But all that scrubbing and cleaning can be so hard.

An easy way to clean mold from the crevice in your bathtub that connects with the wall is to soak some cotton balls with hydrogen peroxide and line the area. Let it soak for some hours, and the mold should be gone.

6.  Homemade Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are one part of the laundry process that you do not want to skip. They make clothes come out soft and prevent them from gathering lint.

Make your own homemade reusable dryer sheets by soaking sponges in some fabric softener, essential oils, water, and some vinegar. Store them in a covered container, and put one in the dryer for each load of clothes.

7. Orange And Baking Soda Clean Faucet

Citrus fruits make good household cleaners. They sanitize, cleanse and can help to make things shiny.

Cut an orange in the middle and add some baking soda. Use to scour your faucets to make them shiny and spotless.

8. Shine Stainless Steel Sink With Wood Ash

There are so many things you can do with wood ash around your home and garden. But did you know that it can help with cleaning?

Make your stainless steel sink shine and spotless by buffing it with some wood ash. I tried this some days ago, and my sink has never looked better.

9. Clean Wood Cutting Board With Salt And Olive Oil

Have you ever wondered why your wood cutting board looks dried out? Maybe you are using too much soap or harsh cleaning agents on it.

Try using salt to sanitize your cutting board. Citrus fruits are a good option too. After sanitizing, remember to coat with some oil to keep the wood moisturized.


10. Use Cucumber To Shine Faucet

I would have never imagined that a cucumber had more uses than for eating and beauty purposes. I recently learned that is good for getting things clean around your home too.

It really does a good job at making a faucet shiny and nice. Just use a cut cucumber to scrub your faucet, and then wash away all the seeds.

11.Use A Dinner Fork To Clean A Hairbrush

A quick fix for your dirty hairbrush when you do not have time to wash it and get it all dry and nice before you are ready to use it is to use a dinner fork to clean it. This will get out hair and some dirt that is stuck in your brush, and you’ll be able to use it without having to wash it just yet. Keep a dinner fork among your cleaning supplies to help with dirty jobs like these.


12.DIY Scented Pine Cleaner

Pine cleaners are normally price when sold commercially. Make your own and avoid having to pay for something you make for yourself quite easily.

Combine pine essential oil, warm water, pine tree sprigs, and some Castille soap in a spray bottle. You can use this to clean counters and for bathroom cleaning as well.

13. Polish Sink With Flour

Go the extra mile to polish your stainless steel sink and make it look sparkly. After washing and sanitizing properly, buff your sink with some oil and flour to make it as shiny as when you just installed it.

14. Clothes Brush For Washing Dinner Fork

There are some things in the kitchen that are kind of technical to wash. A dinner fork is one such thing. Here is a quick solution. Use a clothes brush to wash your dinner forks.

The clothes brush will get into the crevices with much ease. Just keep a clean clothes brush in your kitchen for kitchen purposes only. I’m sure you’ll find more uses for it.


15. Line Mason Jar With Plastic Bag

If you want to clean up a jar easily after removing it’s contents, line the jar with a regular plastic bag. Simply insert the bag and bend the end of it over the mouth of the jar towards the outside.

After filling it with content, close the jar as usual with the lid. This is good for storing butter, oil and other ingredients that will leave a residue that is hard to clean.

16. Shine Stainless Steel Pots With Wood Ash

Having shiny pots is the desire of most homeowners. Just like there are tricks in every trade, there are tricks to the things we do cleaning and making our stainless steel pots sparkle.

Scour your stainless steel pots with some wood ash. You will be amazed to see how shiny they will look.

17. Refresh Sponge With Lime

If you have smelly sponges, but you are not yet ready to throw them out, use lime to refresh them. Pour the juice of some fresh limes in a bowl, and leave your sponge to soak in it overnight. This will help to get rid of any unpleasant odor in your sponge and also sanitize it.

18. Toothbrush For Cleaning Strainer

Does your strainer have flour or some other stubborn and hard to remove ingredient stuck in it? Keep a clean toothbrush on hand in your kitchen for situations like these.

Just use the toothbrush to brush your dirty strainer clean. The toothbrush will get between the holes and get your strainer quite clean.

19. Freeze Some Toothpaste

If you are washing dishes in your kitchen sink, and you’ve run the water too hot, don’t waste more water trying to cool it down. Add some frozen toothpaste cube to the water. This will cool it down while adding more cleaning properties to your water to get your dishes smelling nice and your silverware shiny.

20. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser + Sponge Scrub Combo

It can be annoying to keep having to stop and get more soap on the sponge when washing dishes. Make this easier by boring a hole in the lid of a mason jar, then gluing a piece of sponge onto that same lid. You can also use a jar lid that comes with the hole in it already.

Fill the jar with soap and put on the lid with the sponge attached. Now you can wash your dishes without having to stop and pour more soap on your sponge.


10 Out-Of-The-Box Cleaning Tricks You Need To Know

10 Out-Of-The-Box Cleaning Tricks You Need To Know

Using unusual tips and tricks to get things clean around your home.


  1. Use a cucumber instead of a scouring pad to shine your stainless steel faucets.
  2. Clean out hair and built up gunk from a hair brush with an old dinner fork.
  3. Make your own pine cleaner with pine essential oil, pine sprigs, castille soap and water.
  4. Buff, polish and shine your stainless steel sink with flour.
  5. Keep a clothesbrush in the kitchen for washing dinner forks properly.
  6. Put a plastic bag in a mason jar before pouring in things like oil, syrup, etc. This will make cleaning the jar easier.
  7. Refresh smelly sponges with lime juice.
  8. Use a clean toothbrush for cleaning a strainer.
  9. Use frozen cubes of toothpaste to hot dish washing water to cool it down, and also help with cleaning silverware.
  10. Make a mason jar- scouring pad soap dispenser by gluing a scouring pad onto a jar lid with a hole in it, and pouring soap into the jar. Put the lid onto the jar, and scour away easily.

Happy Cleaning!


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