No matter how much free time you have, we’re guessing you don’t want to spend much of it cleaning. But homes can get dirty quickly, and germs can spread easily when cleaning services aren’t being done routinely. We’ve put together some cleaning hacks to save you time and money, so you can get your house cleaner and get on with your life. Read on to see our favorite cleaning hacks.
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks
How to Remove Food Odors from Your Home
If your house is smelling funky, do as the realtors do! Place two capfuls of vanilla extract into a heat-safe coffee mug, then place it into your oven for an hour at 300 degrees. In less than a half hour, your whole house will smell heavenly.
How to Clean Your Dishwasher
If iron stains and lime deposits are building up in your dishwasher, get rid of them easily with this cleaning hack. Empty the dishwasher and fill your dishwasher’s detergent cup with a packet of lemonade flavored Kool-Aid (must be lemon flavor – the other flavors do not work!), then run your dishwasher on a normal cycle without any dishes inside. The lemon flavored drinking powder contains citric acid, which rids the deposits and stains from your dishwasher and leaves it smelling pretty nice, too. If you don’t have Kool-Aid on hand, use a cup of white vinegar instead. (Editor’s note: Always keep white vinegar on hand – it can be used in so many cleaning hacks in your home, saving you time and money on professional cleaning services.)
How to Clean Your Coffee Maker
Once in a while, your coffee maker should undergo a deep cleaning session. A great cleaning hack involves a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water (see, we told you white vinegar is versatile!). For example, if your coffee machine holds 6 cups, then use 3 cups of white vinegar and 3 cups of water. Pour this mixture into the coffee maker’s water chamber and start a brew session. When the cycle is halfway done, turn the coffee machine off and let it sit for an hour before you allow it to finish the cycle. When you’ve done a full cycle, run a few more cycles with plain water to wash the machine out. Remove the basket of the coffee maker, and clean it with warm soapy water. Not only will you kill bacteria and germs hiding inside the machine, but you’ll also get a more flavorful pot of coffee!
How to Clean Under Your Refrigerator
Underneath your refrigerator is a haven for dust and food particles. It’s a tough place to reach, and it often gets skipped by house cleaning services. But neglecting this hot spot can result in a breeding ground for germs and a buffet for roaches and ants. Get the area underneath your refrigerator clean again by stretching an old pair of panty house over your broom or the handle of a mop, and drag it from one side to the other, angling the handle toward you so it pushes the debris out to where you can clean it. Sweep or wipe up the big debris, vacuum the dust and dirt, and throw away the panty hose.
Bathroom Cleaning Hacks
How to Clean Your Toothbrush Holder
If your toothbrush holder is dishwasher-safe, run it through the dishwasher on the top rack. You can also use this cleaning hack to clean your soap holder and other toiletry cups or holders.
How to Clean Your Bathroom Mirror
Shaving cream is great for many cleaning hacks including getting your bathroom mirror polished and free of fog. Rub some shaving cream onto your mirror using a paper towel, then wipe the shaving cream off with a dry microfiber cloth or paper towel. Repeat this weekly in your house cleaning routine.
How to Clean Your Shower Head
Mix one cup of white vinegar with one cup of water in a plastic bag. Secure the plastic baggy over the shower head using a twist tie or rubber band, ensuring that the shower head is submerged inside the liquid in the baggy. Let it soak for 30 minutes, then rinse, wipe off, and run hot water to clean the shower head.
How to Clean a Shower Curtain Liner
Shower curtain liners can build up residue quickly in damp conditions. Instead of having to wipe away the mildew by hand, put the shower curtain liner into your washing machine with a few sheets or towels, and add your regular laundry detergent or half a cup of baking soda. Once the wash cycle is complete, let your shower curtain liner hang to dry completely before using it.
How to Polish Chrome Faucets
Shaving cream can also be used in your housecleaning to shine up chrome faucets and fixtures easily. Simply rub the shaving cream on, then wipe it off with a damp cloth for a shiny gleam that will impress your guests.
How to Clean A Toilet
Alka Seltzer is another ingredient used in many great cleaning hacks. Drop two tablets into your toilet bowl and let them sit for thirty minutes, fizzing up and softening the residue in your toilet. Once complete, wipe away the stains by scrubbing with a toilet brush and flush away the grime.
How to Clean Bath Toys
Your children’s bath toys can be soaked overnight in a basin or bucket. Combine 3/4 cup of vinegar to one gallon of water and let soak. Rinse completely, then allow the toys to air dry.
How to Clean Your Shower Tiles and Grout
A mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water is perfect for cleaning mildew and mold from your bathroom, shower tiles, and grout. Fill the mixture in a spray bottle, spray the affected areas and let it dry completely. Once dry, rinse away the grime. Tough spots can be blasted away using a mix of baking soda and water. Combine these two ingredients into a paste, then use a toothbrush to scrub the mold away.
How to Clean a Clogged Drain
Grab one or two tablets of Alka Seltzer and throw them down your clogged drain. Next, pour in a cup of white vinegar. Let this sit for a few minutes, then flush with hot water.
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