Top Cleaning Tricks That Will Make it Faster and Easier!
1 Use Rubber Gloves To Pick Up Pet Hair
Pets often shed their hair on carpets and furniture. It can be a pain to collect all of that unwanted fur, but we have a trick that will make the process so much easier. Don’t waste your time pulling out the vacuum and fighting to clean it all up.
All you need to tidy up pet hair is a rubber glove. Just dampen the glove with a bit of water, put the glove on, and run your hand over the area to pick up the fur. This technique lifts the hair so that it sticks to the glove.
2 Eliminate Bed Bugs With Rubbing Alcohol
Bed bugs are very undesirable, and above all, difficult to eliminate. All you have to do is visit an infested place, or even just buy a used item, to bring some home, and the nightmare begins. Fortunately, the rubbing alcohol is there!
To effectively remove bed bugs, simply pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray your mattress and pillows. Be sure to repeat the procedure several times to make sure you’ve eliminated all the bugs.
3 Dust Lampshades With Lint Rollers
Lampshades often gather dust, thanks to the heat of the lightbulb. It’s tricky to clean every nook and cranny on the shade. Have no fear because we have a simple solution that will make dusting a breeze. We especially like this one because it won’t break the bank.
Use a lint brush. You can often find them at the Dollar Store for next to nothing. Run the lint brush over the shade and watch that dust disappear. Here’s another pro-tip. Change the roller tape in the middle of the cleaning because it can lose stickiness as you clean.
4 Let Your Blender Clean Itself
This next cleaning hack is so ingenious that you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first. A quick way to clean your blender is to just let it do the work in three easy steps. Just fill it halfway with warm water and add a drop of dish soap. Put on the lid and run the blender for 30 seconds.
Dump the water out and rinse the blender with warm water. It’s really that simple and will save you a lot of time that you would have spent scrubbing the blades. This tip is most effective if the blender is cleaned immediately after use.
5 Disinfect Sponges In The Microwave
Kitchen sponges can be filled with bacteria, so you need to make sure to keep them clean and sanitized. This will prevent the spread of germs as you use the sponges. What the best and quickest way to clean your sponges? Try sterilizing them in the microwave.
Make sure that the sponge is damp and place it in the microwave. Run it on the high setting for one minute, which will kill any bacteria. Use caution when removing the sponge because it will be hot and nobody enjoys being burned. Allow 15 minutes or so for it to cool off.
6 Cream Of Tartar Cleans Stainless Steel
If your stainless steel appliances have scratches or just look grimy, you’ll want to try this next cleaning hack. You can find the answer on your spice rack. Cream of Tartar can clean stainless steel. Say goodbye to all of those expensive cleaning products.
Wet a washcloth with warm water and sprinkle it with the Cream of Tartar. This will create a solution that can spot clean your appliances. It works great on smaller items like toasters or coffee makers. It can also do the trick for larger kitchen pieces such as your refrigerator or stove.
7 Wash Toys In The Dishwasher
Kids love playing with bath toys, but their rubber ducky can get dirty from exposure to water and dirt. What’s the best way to clean their favorite toys? We have a hack that makes disinfecting those bath time friends easy and simple.
We suggest using the dishwasher. If it’s good enough to clean your dishes, then why couldn’t it work for plastic toys? Just toss all the items into the dishwasher, select a cycle, and let the dishwasher do all the work. Your kiddo’s bath time will be fun and you’ll feel better knowing the toys are nice and clean.
8 Freshen Garbage Disposal With Lemon And Vinegar Ice Cubes
Don’t let a stinky garbage disposal smell up your kitchen. Food odors can get trapped in the drain and permeate throughout your home. This next cleaning tip is a DIY project that can get rid of those odors, fast.
Freshen up your kitchen with homemade lemon cubes. Just mix white vinegar and lemon slices in an ice cube tray. Place it in the freezer until frozen. Then toss the ice cubes into the garbage disposal. Your sink will smell so much better as the ice cube melts. The ice tackles clumped on food and the lemons leave a citrus scent.
9 Remove Hard Water Build Up With Lemons
Hard water stains often appear on faucets and showerheads. Water containing high minerals can leave an ugly green or sometimes pink stains. We found a natural way to remove those nasty stains that work just as well as store-bought acid cleaners.
Lemon juice is full of acids that eat away at hard watermarks. Just cut a lemon in half and rub it on the area you wish to clean. You can also squeeze the juice onto a sponge or rag and scrub the stain. We love this eco-friendly way to get those faucets looking shiny and clean.
10 Clean Ceiling Fan Blades With A Pillowcase
Ceiling fans are awesome at keeping your home cool in the summer, but they often get dusty, circulating allergens in the air when you turn them on. It’s crucial to clean your fan blades regularly so they stay dust-free.
We have a cleaning hack that can make the process go so much faster. All you need is a pillowcase and a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with two tablespoons of white vinegar and water, then spray the fan blades and the inside of the pillowcase. Grab a ladder and slip the pillowcase over the fan blades to collect the dust.
11 Throw Tennis Balls In The Dryer When Washing Pillows
Does it seem like your pillows never really fluff back up after you’ve washed and dried them? We have a hack that will keep your down jackets, pillows, and comforters looking fluffy when you pull them out of the dryer.
Place a few tennis balls into the dryer with your items. The balls can help everything keep their shape by knocking out any lumps as they bounce around. No more patting out pesky lumps by hand. This technique can also cut down on drying time, so it’s energy-saving and earth-friendly. That’s a double win in our book.
12 Clean Your Cutting Board With Lemon And Salt
Is your wooden cutting board looking less than fresh? Since wooden cutting boards often crack and warp if they’re washed in the dishwasher, it’s tricky to clean them. Especially since potential cracks could spread food-borne bacteria.
Lemons to the rescue! All you have to do to keep your cutting board clean is scrub it with salt and place half a lemon on it. Use the fleshy side to slide the juice onto the surface. Allow the solution to sit for 5 minutes. Then, wipe it with a sponge, rinse with warm water, and leave it out to dry.
13 Clean Blinds With Socks
Another item that can gather dust in your home is the window blinds. It’s challenging to clean between the slats. There is a genius way to solve this dilemma, and the answer is in your sock drawer.
Place a sock over your hand, spray it with a solution of vinegar and water, and wipe down the blinds with it. The softer the sock, the better. You won’t believe how effective this method is at gathering dust and dirt. We like that it uses an item you already own, so it saves you both cash and time.
14 Get Rid Of Plate Scratches With Baking Soda
Have your white dishes accumulated scuff marks? There’s nothing worse than discovering scratches on your favorite plate ware. No matter how many times you wash it or put it in the dishwasher, the scuff marks just won’t go away. This next tip will save your dishes.
Baking soda can remove scratch marks from white plates. Just sprinkle the baking soda onto the dish, add a few drops of water, scrub it in with a dishcloth, and watch those marks disappear. Finally, rinse with warm water. No more hiding those plates in the cabinet because they’ll look fresh and scuff-free.
15 Dust Baseboards With Dryer Sheets
Baseboards are another location that can collect dirt in your house. Pet-owners often find unwanted pet hair lingering around on the baseboards. It doesn’t have to be time consuming to clean up the dirt and grime. Don’t bother using a soapy rag or towel because we have an amazing cleaning hack.
Use a dryer sheet to dust those nasty baseboards. The most effective way is to fetch a used dryer sheet from your last load of laundry. Swipe it over your baseboards to wipe up all that unwanted dirt. You could be earth-conscious and cut a sheet in half for later use. How’s that for recycling?
16 Soak Dirty Pots And Pans With A Dryer Sheet
It’s challenging to clean dirty pots and pans when they’re covered with caked-on food. What are you to do if it seems like no amount of soapy water will remove those stubborn stains? This next tip will have your casserole dishes and skillets looking clean as a whistle.
Soak your dirty dishes with a dryer sheet. Just pour warm water into the bottom of the dish, place a dryer sheet on top of the water, and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. The longer the better, so you can even leave it soaking overnight. Finally. clean the dish with a wet sponge and rinse.
17 Use A Mesh Bag In The Dishwasher
Are you tired of all those small kitchen items falling off the dishwasher rack during a cleaning cycle? It can be so annoying to discover small Tupperware lids and other items littering the bottom of your dishwasher. We have a creative solution to this problem.
Use a mesh bag to hold those pesky items. Just like we can use a mesh baggy for our delicates in the washing machine, the same concept works in the dishwasher. It also makes unloading a breeze as you can just carry the bag with you to the cabinet to put the clean items away.
18 Clean Easily Your Glass Cooktop With The Pink Stuff
It’s all over the internet right now: The Pink Stuff is THE product to use for cleaning just about anything. It’s a pink-colored paste with several ingredients, such as quartz, soap, baking soda and Acid Red 52. If you have a glass cooktop, this is definitely one of the best products to use to get a totally clean surface.
Simply coat the surface to be cleaned with The Pink Stuff, let it dry a bit, then clean with a wet sponge! Then wipe it off with a dry cloth. But not only will your stove glass come back to life, but The Pink Stuff can also help you clean your pots, pans, oven, name it. You’d be crazy not to use it!
19 Polish Tarnished Silver With Toothpaste
If you’re hoping to polish tarnished silver without using harsh chemicals, then you’ll want to take note of this next hack. Don’t spend your money on expensive cleaning products to clean your silver, just grab a tube of toothpaste.
Be sure to use a non-abrasive and non-gel brand so you don’t scratch the surface. Use a soft cloth or paper towel and squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto it. Rub the item you wish to polish in a circular motion. Let the toothpaste sit for 5 minutes and then rinse with water. Your silver will look good as new.
20 Clean Vent Covers In The Bathtub
One overlooked item in the home that often gets dirty is the air vent covers. Mold and mildew can grow on them, so it’s important that you clean them of dust and grime. It’s challenging to wash between the small slats, but we’ve simplified the process with this next hack.
Clean your air vent covers in the bathtub. Fill your bathtub up with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Leave the covers soaking in the water for a bit. Finally, rub a washcloth over the vent to remove all the dirt.
21 Remove Rust From Your Radiator With Ketchup
The older the radiator, the more rust it will inevitably accumulate, and once it reaches a certain point, it is extremely difficult to remove. However, you will be happy to know that a little ketchup and aluminum foil can remedy this problem!
All you have to do is apply a little ketchup to the rusty parts of your radiator, then rub with a ball of aluminum foil. In no time, your radiator will be as good as new!
22 Clean Your Oven With Shaving Cream For A Perfect Result
Few places are dirtier than the inside of an oven. Through cooking and making a few messes that we don’t necessarily clean thoroughly every time, our oven traps some stubborn stains that are then extremely difficult to remove. But there is one product that you never thought would help you in such cases: your shaving cream!
All you need to remove the toughest stains in your oven are your shaving cream and a scouring pad. Apply a generous amount of shaving cream to the stain, then rub it with the scouring pad. Then remove the cream with a paper towel, and you’re done!
23 Get Rid Of Bathroom Mold With Vodka
It can be all too easy to discover mold or mildew in your bathroom. These toxic spores often grow in the caulking of your bathtub or between tiles. We have a tip that comes from an unexpected source and you could find it in your liquor cabinet.
It might surprise you to learn Vodka removes mold and mildew. Fill a spray bottle with the alcohol and spray it onto the surface you wish to clean. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then use a toothbrush to scrub it in. Your bathroom will gleam in no time.
24 Remove Scratches On Stainless Appliances With Toothpaste
It’s inevitable, at some point, some scratches will appear on your stainless steel appliances. Although this is normal, it is always a little annoying and disturbing. The good news is that there is a way to eliminate these unwanted scratches, and you already have what you need in your bathroom! In fact, a simple toothbrush and a little toothpaste will get rid of the scratches that have appeared on your stainless steel appliances.
All you have to do is apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste on an old toothbrush that you no longer use, then rub gently in circular motion, following the grain of the stainless, on the scratches to be removed. Then, clean the whole with a damp microfiber towel, and you’re done!
25 Clean Your Baking Tray With Frozen Dish Soap
Cooking is great, but when it comes time to do the dishes, we often regret having to fight with our dirty baking trays that are impossible to wash. Fortunately, there is a foolproof and ultra-efficient way to get your baking trays clean again.
All it takes is dish soap. Yes, as banal as that. However, instead of using it mixed with water and scrubbing with a sponge, freeze your dish soap in an ice cube tray, then rub your baking tray directly with your soap cube. You’ll see, the result will leave you speechless!
26 Make Your Stainless Steel Shine
It is essential to clean your stainless steel appliances regularly, otherwise their beauty will fade quickly. However, if you want to restore their shine, consider using a little flour!
After cleaning your stainless steel, sprinkle a little flour on a clean, dry cloth and gently buff your stainless until it shines! That’s pretty simple, right?
27 Keep Your Bathroom Mirror From Fogging With Shaving Cream
A bathroom mirror that doesn’t fog up is practically impossible. Unless you have a really powerful fan—and still!—it takes several minutes after each shower to be able to see our reflection in the mirror again. However, an unexpected product in your bathroom is the solution to this problem!
Before you shower again, take your shaving cream and apply a thin layer to your mirror. Then, simply remove the cream and buff your mirror until it is clean and pristine. You’ll see, when you get out of the shower, your mirror won’t be fogged up!
28 Clean Your Oven Door With A Dishwasher Tablet
The inside of an oven door is potentially one of the dirtiest places in your home. Various cooking residues that are not cleaned after each use end up accumulating, and when the time comes to remove them, it becomes quite difficult. But we have an unsuspected but effective trick to recommend! Get out a powdered tablet of dishwasher detergent, put on your dishwashing gloves to protect yourself from the bleach in the tablet, and get to work!
Soak the detergent tablet in hot water, then scrub the gunk off your oven door with it. The best way to do this is to keep it flat on the door, then apply good pressure with your palm as you scrub. You’ll quickly see the dirt disappear to leave your oven glass spotless. All that’s left is to remove the remaining residue with a paper towel, then finish the trick with a damp cloth!
29 Keep Your Clothes White By Using Aspirin
It’s a fact: white clothes never really stay white very long. Even with the best products, after a few washes, the color already starts to fade. If you feel like you’ve run out of ways to deal with this, don’t worry, we have an extra solution you probably haven’t thought of!
Go to your medicine cabinet and take five 325 mg Aspirin tablets. Dissolve them in cold water and add your white clothes. Let your clothes soak overnight and then wash them normally in your washing machine. You can also add the Aspirin directly to your washing machine, but soaking makes it much more effective.
30 Use A Coffee Filter To Polish Windows
It’s sometimes tricky to clean windows without leaving streaks behind. We have a hack that will give you streak-free windows every time. This one is great because it uses a common item that many people may already have in their pantry, especially if you’re a coffee-lover.
Coffee filters make amazing cleaning tools for shining windows. Just spray your favorite window cleaner onto the glass, and wipe it off with a coffee filter instead of a paper towel. It will surprise you to see just how shiny this tip will make your windows look. They will sparkle for days.
31 Bleach Pens For Tile Grout
Anyone with tile floors knows just how dirty grout lines can get and how difficult it can be to make them really clean. Sometimes it feels like no amount of scrubbing will lift the grime. Try using a Clorox Bleach Pen to clean between your tiles.
Simply run the bleach pen over the grout line and allow it to sit for at least 4 hours. You could also leave it on overnight for the best results. Then wipe it down with a sponge and warm water. The dirt will lift right off as you wipe! Your grout lines will look spic and span.
32 Shine Glass Stovetops With Car Wax
Do you feel like your glass stovetop never looks as clean as you’d like? There are several products on the market designed to remove grime from stovetops, but maybe you’re looking for something to make it shine even more.
If so, then you’ll be so impressed with this next tip. You can rub car wax on the cooktop to give your burners that extra shine. This method requires you to clean your stove as you normally would, then apply the car wax. This will not only make your stovetop sparkle, but it will help spills run off the surface as well.
33 Lint Rollers Clean Window Screens
One item in the house that many people overlook cleaning is the screen windows. They often collect dirt, dust, and fuzz that can be a challenge to remove. There is a common tool that you should have in your arsenal that makes the job so much easier. A lint roller is effective at lifting up all that unwanted gunk.
The process is pretty straightforward and works just as it does when removing lint from clothing. Just run a lint roller across the window screen and watch it work its magic. This method works great on screen doors too.
34 Pour Pine-Sol Into Your Toilet Brush Holder
The bathroom can be a smelly room in the house, but we have a hack to keep it not only smelling fresh but can help with cleaning as well. All you need is a bottle of Pine-Sol. Just pour a bit of the mixture into your toilet brush holder and submerge the brush into the liquid. You can soak the brush in it all the time.
The Pine-Sol will eliminate any yucky smells that may linger on the brush. Your entire restroom will smell better and allowing the brush to sit in the solution will help cut cleaning time as well.
35 Use Water Repellant On Shower Doors
People who have glass shower doors can attest to how hard it can be to deal with water stains. Cleaning it can seem like a dauntless task, as many homeowners wipe down the door every time they’re done taking a shower.
What if we told you that an inexpensive and easy way to keep your glass shower door stain-free? Spray some glass repellent onto the surface. If it’s good enough to protect your car’s windshield, then it’s good enough for your shower door. Any water droplets will bead up and slide off the glass. This will make your life so much easier.
36 Scrub Cast Iron Skillets With A Potato
Do you love cooking with cast iron skillets? If so, you may not know the best way to keep them clean. All you need are three ingredients, coarse salt, oil, and a potato. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, sprinkle salt on the skillet and cut the potato in half.
Hold the spud and place the flat side onto the skillet. Scrub in a circular motion until the pan is clean, then rinse and pat dry. Season it with a thin layer of oil and put it in the warmed oven for an hour. Wipe away any excess oil with a paper towel.
37 Play Dough Picks Up Glitter
If you enjoy arts and crafts but think cleaning up glitter is a bit of a nightmare, you’ll want to try this next cleaning hack. Getting rid of the pesky glitter can be simple and it only takes one item that may be waiting for you in your kid’s toy box.
Clean up that crafty mess with play dough. Just pop some out of the canister, flatten it out, and press the play dough down on the surface you want to clean. It will pick up all the leftover glitter in no time, leaving more time to be creative.
38 Baby Wipes Clean Chalk Boards
One thing that is currently trending is painting kitchen cabinets or walls with chalk paint. People enjoy leaving messages and doodles, but may not enjoy how stubborn the chalk can be to wipe off the surface.
If you have a chalkboard that could use a bit of freshening up, try this next trick to get it clean quicker. Don’t use a chalk eraser, try wiping it down with a baby wipe instead. The moist towel does an amazing job at clearing off that chalk dust so your family can create their next kitchen masterpiece on a blank slate.
39 Clean Porcelain Bathtubs With Mayonnaise
We love it when kitchen staples serve a dual purpose. Not only can mayonnaise make your sandwich yummy, but you can also use it as a cleaning tool. So, fetch that jar out of the pantry and carry it to the bathroom because it is useful in many ways.
Mayo works great for lifting rust stains off of porcelain bathtubs or sinks. Just spread a dab of mayonnaise on top of the stain, leave it sitting for a bit, and wipe it off. You’ll be thrilled to see the shiny surface beneath. Who knew that a common condiment could clean so effectively?