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 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.
5 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.
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 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.
13 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!
14 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.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 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?
19 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.
20 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!
21 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.
22 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!
23 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.
24 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!
25 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!
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.
Did you know that, on average, a woman spends between 16 and 17 hours a week doing household chores? Whether she’s a woman at home or a businesswoman who has to balance work and family, the average remains about the same. While such a number of hours seems immense even for the woman at home, imagine how the businesswoman can seem to lack the time to have a life outside of her mandatory occupations? It’s several hours that could be used for many other purposes that are certainly more fun, but that will also have a very positive impact on her physical and mental health.
- Vacuuming or watching a TV show?
- Dusting all the furniture in the house or having a drink with friends?
- Washing dishes or spending time with family?
The choice is pretty obvious…
And, knowing that with the generation of millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996), women tend to be more educated than before, therefore work more, have a probably wider social network and have greater purchasing power, it is obvious that for them, household chores are far from being a priority in their lives.
Indeed, today, according to the Pew Research Center:
- 39% of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, in contrast to 25% of boomers;
- 72% of women are in the labor market.
That’s why the shorter and sweeter the household chores are, the better!
On the other hand, still according to Pew Research Center, the millennials have been greatly affected by the Great Recession, so that many of them continue to live with their parents much longer than previous generations. In 2018, 15% of the 25-to-37-year-old generation was still living in the family home, nearly double the number of past generations combined. While this cohabitation may be viewed negatively for some reasons, it does have great financial benefits for both parties, but also benefits at the household level!
By sharing the space, everyone can share the household chores, and therefore have more free time for other things! If we add to that the countless ways to optimize our time and make cleaning easier, it is possible to greatly reduce this average of 16 to 17 hours of housework per week!
So whether it’s daily or weekly chores, or meal preparation, no one will say no to a few good tricks to make it quick and easy. Thanks to our tips and tricks articles, you’ll be able to save a lot of time on housework and enjoy more the good things in life!