These 10-minute cleaning hacks will forever change the way you clean your house! Nothing feels as good as tidying up minus the stress! We convince ourselves it's all for the best, but there's no escaping the truth: When it's time to clean the house, it can be a daunting and stressful activity! Looking for tips on how to clean your space in a fast and fun way? Here are 13 house cleaning life hacks to save us from the hassle of cleaning!
13 Cleaning Hacks For A Home That's Spick-and-Span
1. Use Lemons for Polishing
This is one of the best cleaning hacks out there: lemon vinegar cleanser. All you need to do is to soak lemon peels in a jar of vinegar and let it sit for two weeks. These vinegar-soaked lemon peels can polish almost any kind of surface—bathroom floor, kitchen sink, you name it!
2. Kill Bad Odor with Citrus-Rosemary Cubes
Have you ever passed by your garbage disposal and got horrified by the bad smell? Well, here's a cleaning hack as easy as making ice. In each of the spaces of an ice cube tray, place some chopped citrus and rosemary. Instead of putting water, pour in some vinegar. Freeze your citrus-rosemary cubes and never have to worry about the stench ever again.
3. Mix Water and Vinegar to Clean the Carpet
Yes, you read it right. All it takes to remove carpet stains is mixing water and vinegar! Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on the stain. Cover with a damp cloth and steam-iron afterward. One of the easiest cleaning hacks!
4. Use a Hanger Wire for Cleaning the Oven
A well-used oven has enough stains to kill anyone's motivation for cleaning. But don't fret! A simple cleaning “contraption” is all you need. Simply twist the hanger wire into sort of a wand. Wrap a cleaning wipe at the end using a rubber band and voila! You'll leave no spot untouched!
5. Make Use of Old Socks as Swiffer Pads
Quit buying those expensive Swiffer replacement pads and just use an old pair of socks instead! Cleaning hacks have never been simpler. Turns out socks are made of the kind of fabric perfect for collecting dust and dirt!
6. Clean the Fridge in 3 Minutes
This is one of those cleaning hacks which are more of a system than a method. This simple 3-minute process for cleaning your fridge guarantees efficiency and productivity. For this system, you'll only be needing a plastic bag and some damp cloths!
7. Remove Gunk with a 2-Ingredient Solution
With everything going on around the kitchen, your kitchen cabinet is bound to accumulate some gunk. All it takes are two ingredients to remove them: vegetable oil and baking soda! Mix the two ingredients using a toothbrush and scrub away!
8. Scrub with Salt
Have you ever thought of using the same ingredients you used for making a meal for cleaning? I know, it was right under our noses. Using a sponge and rock salt to scrub a cast iron cleans it swiftly and effectively. No oil, no food stuck to the pan, not a single stain left!
9. Solve It with Baking Soda
As expected, baking soda is here to help. By adding it to the washcloth you'll be using to clean your sofa, you can get rid of stains and dirt which have accumulated from your couch potato snacking! Remember: Identify the type of fabric your sofa is made of first. This cleaning hack has a guide on what type of cleaning each fabric requires.
10. Soak Your Stove Burners in Ammonia
Of all the things in my house which need cleaning, my stove burners are the ones I've avoided for the longest time. It's just really dirty! Looking at it already exhausts me. Turns out, all I needed to do to clean them is put them in a Ziploc filled with ammonia! Genius!
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11. Pick Up Crumbs with Tape
This cleaning hack doesn't need explanation. As a DIYer, I know you have a lot of tape lying around the house! Take one roll and use it from now on to pick up little scraps of food and dirt you find!
12. Wash Pillows in Hot Water
No need to take your pillows to expert cleaners. Here's all you need to make them look and feel brand new after washing: laundry detergent, powdered detergent, bleach, Borax, and really hot water. But as with all types of fabric, see the care instructions first!
13. Get Rid of Hard Water Stain
There's no simpler way to put this: Vinegar is magic. It's the penicillin of cleaning solutions. To remove stains caused by hard water, simply dip in some vinegar your towels, toothbrush, or whatever it is you use for cleaning! This should be on your list of bedroom cleaning hacks!
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There's a secret every DIYer knows to be true: Tidying up is the hardest part. No matter what complicated process it takes to finish the craft, we power through. But when it comes to cleaning up after completing the project, we just can't seem to find the motivation! As a result, our homes sometimes end up looking like one big basement. Cleaning shouldn't feel like a chore. It doesn't always have to take hours to make your home sparkling and spotless. Now that you know these cleaning hacks, you can have more time for yourself and your family! So, start making a list of things you want to clean. Don't even worry about what to put on the list because, with these cleaning hacks, nothing is unconquerable!
Which of these cleaning hacks does your home need the most right now? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on March 9, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.