The most hectic time for any homemaker can easily be, spring cleaning time. This process off getting rid of seasonal debris, redecorating or remodeling can turn into the bane of your whole family’s existence quickly.
In my family, we try to alleviate as much stress as possible by applying as many hacks that will work as possible. We also command daily habits that will make it easier when that time comes.
Here are 35 awesome house cleaning hacks that will guarantee a smoother round of deep cleaning this season.
Make Use Of Old Newspaper
Use old newspapers to clean your mirrors and glass in only a few steps. Crumple up your newspaper to get rid of the crisp nature of the paper, spray your glass with glass cleaner or soapy water and wipe away with the newspaper.
Sanitize Your Kitchen Sponge
Get more use out of your kitchen sponges by sanitizing them in the microwave instead of struggling to wash them or throwing them away. Simply place the wet sponge inside the microwave for no longer than 2 minutes. The heat will kill all the bacteria so you can just rinse and reuse them.
Remove Scratches From Wooden Surfaces
To remove scratches from wooden surfaces, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup of olive oil and apply to scratched wood. This will create the look of newer furniture and a fresher home at very little cost to you.
How to Clean A Microwave
The easiest way to clean the microwave in a hassle-free fashion is to ditch the soap and water and steam clean instead. Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of water in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, add a toothpick or other wooden stirring utensil to ensure the solution doesn’t explode.
Microwave it for 5 to 10 minutes, let sit for at least another minute before removing the bowl from the microwave. Wipe away any food particles with a cloth or paper towel and enjoy your fresh and clean microwave.
Remove Paint From Clothes
Have you ever gotten paint on your favorite piece of clothes by walking a bit too close to the wrong wall at the wrong time? Fret not, use a razor to remove the paint. Lay the top flat and swiftly run the razor over the paint.
Be careful not to press too hard or you will read the fabric. This also works for paint splatter on carpets.
Remove Dust From Blinds
Remove more dust from your blinds by using an old tube sock. Dip the sock in a mixture of one part vinegar and water respectively. Place on your hand and wipe the blinds down. This also works for window sills, sliding windows, and louvers.
Clean Your Bulbs The Easy Way
Murphy’s cleaning wipes will do a great job of getting off all the caked-on dust and dirt from your bulbs.
Clean Light Switches
Use Murphy’s Cleaning Wipes or a damped piece of cloth to clean light switches.
Clean Your Carpet
Remove stubborn, stuck-on stains from carpets via steam. Spray the stain with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3rds water, place a rag over the area, set your iron to steam and iron the rag until the stain is completely gone.
Split Rooms Into Sections
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with cleaning large spaces. To make it easier, apply a method of divide and conquer. Divide each room into sections and clean each section thoroughly before moving to the next, always moving from top to bottom. Also, start by cleaning the worst section first. It’s a hack because you trick your brain into thinking that there’s less work to be done and it only gets easier. This creates a faster and more efficient workflow.
Clean Your House Broom
Clean your brooms easily, by soaking them in a mixture of dish soap and warm water. Hang to air dry and your broom will be as good new!
Clean Your Couch
If you’re anything like me in your early 20’s, you have no idea how to clean your couch. The solution is Dish soap. It will do amazing things if you let it sit for a few minutes.
Squirt a moderate amount onto any stubborn stain on your fabric couch. Let it soak for a few minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
Easy Way To Clean Your Blender
Blenders are usually hard to clean because the blades hover over certain crucial areas. Instead of struggling to clean it by hand, let the blender do the work.
Fill it up halfway with water, and add one drop of dish soap. Turn the blender on any speed and watch it work! In a few seconds, you’ll have it super clean. Rinse with fresh water and put it to dry.
Deep Cleaning Cutting Board
To deep clean a cutting board, especially those cuts and crevices, scrub with coarse salt and half a lemon/ lime. Not only will you have a clean, salmonella free cutting board, but you will also have a citrus fresh cutting board.
Clean With The Power Of The Sun
Freshen up heavy linen by leveraging the power of the sun. Place fabrics in the sun for about an hour for a fresh scent. Also, air- dry heavier linen on a sunny day to keep them fresher and brighter. The vitamin D from the sun also helps to destroy certain bacteria and bed bugs.
Clean Your Trash Cans With Ease
Just place some dish soap and some baking soda on a sponge and wet it with hydrogen peroxide. Wash your trash can inside and outside to kill all bacteria and odors, making it fresh like its brand new.
Use a Lint Roller To Help
Have you ever swept your home and had the worst time trying to get that last bit of dust into a dustpan and out the house? Next time, finish quicker and smoother by using a lint roller or tape to pick up that last bit of stubborn dust.
Clean Your Windows
Have cleaner, and shinier windows with a solution of ½ vinegar and ½ 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Mix the two with just a bit of water in a spray bottle and you’ll have the perfect all-purpose window cleaner in no time!
Easily Clear Your Sink Drain
Use effervescent indigestion tablets to unblock your drain. Sometimes, there’s more than hair down the drain.
If you suspect that there’s a build-up of toothpaste and soap that’s stopping your progress, simply drop 4 effervescent indigestion tablets down the drain and follow with a cup of white vinegar. Let soak for a few minutes and rinse with boiling water.
Sink Drain Cleaning # 2
If you do not have the effervescent tablets, pour one cup of baking soda into the sink drain.
Add one cup of vinegar and let it sit for five minutes. Then clean it with a gallon of hot water or hot vinegar.
Clean Four Faucet With Lemon
If your faucets have been filled by water spots, rub a slice of lemon over them and rinse for a fresh shine. Also, use lemon and a toothbrush to scrub away stubborn limescale around the faucet. This hack can be used for all the chrome around the house, so make good use of it.
Clean Out Your Fridge
Remove all foodstuffs from the refrigerator and freezer. Wash down walls, and shelves with baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Spread some newspaper to the front of the fridge to absorb some of the wetness.
Clean the grout between your tiles by spraying a mixture of vinegar and water or dish soap and bleach, if you have that on hand. Leave on for a few minutes, scrub away with baking soda on a toothbrush and rinse. You’ll have your tiles and grout like new, fast!
Clean Toilet Bowl Quickly
If you’re in a rush or just not in the scrubbing mood. Bring a gallon of white vinegar to a boil, pour this into your toilet bowl to quickly and deeply clean. This will make your toilet sparkle and leave the bathroom with a fresh odor.
Easy-Clean Your Shower Head
Remove limescale from shower heads in your sleep by filling a bag with vinegar and tying it on to the showerhead, ensuring that it is completely immersed. Leave overnight and wipe it clean in the morning.
Wax Your Stovetop
To make it easier to clean up future spills, coat your stovetop surfaces (except the grates) with car wax and wipe it off.
Get Rid Of Oil-Based Stains
If you have an oil-based stain that seems to be there to stay, never fear. Create a paste with vinegar and baking soda, let this soak for about an hour then wipe away, slightly scrubbing.
Clean Ceiling Fan Blades
Clean ceiling fan blades more efficiently by placing a pillowcase over each blade and wipe. The pillowcase will clean the fan blade while catching the dust that usually floats around in the air, only to settling in a different place.
Use Pool Noodle To Help
Filling your mop bucket with water seems like a simple task until you have to get the full mop bucket from the sink to the floor without spilling. Avoid this tricky task by using a pool noodle as a hose from the tap to the bucket.
Take Control Of Dust
Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to get the dust inside the dustpan to stay put. Whether it is the wind, your kids or your own klutz. Get the dust to stay put by getting the dustpan wet before use. The dust will latch on to the water. Simply wipe clean with a paper towel when you’re done.
Use Balloons Or Rubber Gloves
When they’re areas of your carpet that your broom or vacuum can’t reach, use a rubber glove or balloon to catch the dust. The static created from rubbing the rubber against the carpet will help the dust to gather for easier pick-up.
Freshen Up Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, use it to add a fresh scent to the kitchen by running a few small slices of lemon through it. This is also a neat trick if you’re expecting guests shortly.
Make A Pot -Pourri
For a fresher scent around the home, bring a pot of water to a boil along with cinnamon, rose petals, rosemary or your favorite essential oils.
Make A DIY Floor Buffer
Don’t have a buffer for your floors? No problem! Spritz with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water, place an old t-shirt around your broom and buff away.
Make Use Of An Old T-Shirt
Use a wet t-shirt to dust, instead of a duster. The dirt will pick up faster and there will be less dust floating in the air. Someone say “Cleaner for Longer!”
Burn Candle With Coffee Beans
For those who like to have a candle burning while deep cleaning, it’s now less costly to get your favorite coffee-scented candles. Just place a regular candle inside a glass jar with coffee beans or coffee grounds and as the candle burns and heats up the jar, the scent of coffee with permeate the entire room.
For Better Mopping
For an easier time mopping, sweep the house before you mop. This way you will eliminate debris that may spread around while using the mop.
Prevent Slipping While Washing Walls
When washing walls, use old newspapers or old fabric instead of plastic to protect your flooring. These materials will absorb the water rather than catching it and creating a slippery surface.
Re-Use Old T-Shirt
Remember that t-shirt and broom we used to buff earlier? Repurpose it by securing the cloth to the broom with a rubber band and using it to clean upper walls and crown molding. No more ladders!
Use Toothpaste To Fill Holes
If you have nail holes you’d like to conceal after a remodel on a white wall, this can be done using toothpaste. Fill the hole with toothpaste and once it dries it will harden and blend into the wall.
These are just a few tips to help you along with your spring cleaning. I hope they were of great help to you as you take care of your home with pride and joy.
- Use spray wax furniture polish to clean your eyeglasses.
- Use glass water repellent to clean your eyeglasses.
- Use toothpaste to remove the smears, smudges, and fog from your eyeglasses.
- Use baking soda in a liquid solution.
- Use rubbing alcohol to strip away dirt stains from your eyeglasses.
- Use vinegar to soak your eyeglasses to make them look as good as new.
- Make a literal glass cleaner with vodka, vinegar, cornstarch, and hot water.