At the end of a tiring day, most of us just want to go home and relax. No one wants a home with rubbish and grime all over the place. To avoid living in a nightmarish home, you can use these house cleaning tips and tricks to help you out.
1. Concoct Your Own Glass Cleaner
You need to mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70%), and 1/2 cup white vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Clean your windows during a cool, cloudy day. Spray the solution on the window glass and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.
2. Don’t Let the Cloud in Your Wine Glasses
You can turn your cloudy wine glasses into shimmering beauties when you soak them for five minutes in white vinegar. Rinse them by hand and use a microfiber cloth to dry them.
3. Unclog the Shower Head and Restore the Pressure
Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Put the mixture in a plastic bag. Secure the bag to the shower head to soak the holes in the solution. Leave it for an hour before you wipe out the gunk.
4. Prepare an All-Purpose Cleaning Agent
Mix 1 quart warm water and 4 tablespoons baking soda. Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe the surface of appliances, kitchen counters, and other messy exteriors.
5. Deodorize the Smelly Sneakers
Get some baking soda and sprinkle it inside the sneakers to remove the smell. You can tap out the baking soda before you wear your sneakers on the next day.
6. Clean the Wall Doodles with Ease
Get a damp sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Scrub the sponge lightly on the doodles and see them disappear.
7. Wipe Out the Marks that Your Little Picasso Left Behind
If you have a future Picasso among your children, it is wise to keep a tube of toothpaste and a soft rag handy and be ready to wipe away the marker stains on the wood.
8. Get Rid of the Garbage Disposal’s Stinky Smell
Prepare a few lemon rinds and let them run through the disposal. Pour some cold water to eliminate the unpleasant odor.
9. Unclog Your Drain
When your drain begins to go slow, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth and let it stand for five minutes. Pour hot water to flush.
10. Clear the Stains on Your Cutting Board
Cut the lemon in half and run it over the cutting board to eliminate the smell and stains. You may also sprinkle some baking soda or salt first to gain added cleaning muscle.
11. Give Your Microwave a Fresh Scent
Heat up a cup of water, sliced lemons, and numerous tablespoons of vinegar on high until the window of your microwave becomes steamy. Wait for five minutes before you open your microwave door. Wipe the interior to clean.
12. Get Rid of the Stinky Smell of Your Pet
Sprinkle some baking soda on the surfaces of the cushy, soft places that your pet visits frequently. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up.
13. Use Rubber Gloves to Collect Pet Hair
Wear your rubber gloves and wet them. Run the wet gloves over the surfaces to pick up the fur.
14. Use Lemon Juice to Save Your Pots and Pans
Fill your cookware with water and put a tablespoon of lemon juice in it. Let it simmer before you turn off the heat. Expect a shiny result.
15. Erase the Stains from Your Carpet Using Steam Iron and Vinegar
Follow 1:3 ratio when you mix the vinegar and water. Apply the solution on the stain and cover it with a wet cloth. Run a steam iron over it for at least 30 seconds.
16. Clean the Grille of the Bathroom Fan
Ready your canned air and turn on the exhaust fan. Shoot out the dust with the help of the canned air. This also works well with the central heating/cooling systems’ return air grilles.
17. Beat the Area Rugs Clean
To give your large area rugs a thorough clean, hang them over a clothesline or fence every quarter of a year and give them a good beating using a tennis racket or a broom.
18. Easy Cleanup of Grout Haze
Invest in a microfiber cloth, which is much better than an ordinary rag, to efficiently remove the dried grout haze.
19. Add Salt to Oven Spills
If you are out of cleaning agent for your oven, you can sprinkle some table salt over the fresh oven spills. Wipe up the spills using a damp cloth or sponge when the oven has cooled down.
20. Use Salt and Lemon to Remove Stains
To remove stains on your butcher block countertops, sprinkle some salt over the stains and scrub it with a cut lemon. Let it stand overnight before you rinse it with water.
21. Put an End to Musty Smells
Open a box of baking soda and leave it near your towels and sheets. This can stop the musty smells.
22. Potato Scrub for Your Cast-Iron
To clean the cast-iron effectively, sprinkle some coarse salt into your cast-iron and use a potato half to scrub it until the stubborn mess loosened and can be rinsed out.
23. Aquarium Gravel to Clean Your Bottle
Clean a bottle with a narrow neck with the help of aquarium gravel. Fill the jar with one-third water and drop a handful of gravel. Swirl the gravel around and see the inside of the jar getting clean. Strain the gravel and rinse the bottle.
24. Making Your Shower Curtain Fresh
To make the moldy spots disappear, throw the vinyl or plastic curtains in your washer along with a little detergent. Add two bath towels for added agitation. Hang to dry.
25. Erase the Scuff Marks
You can use a dry, clean tennis ball to wipe off scuff marks on the vinyl flooring.
26. Change Your Bedding Each Week
The bedding sends out a puff of dust, sheds fiber, and collects skin flakes. Just roll out your bedding when you change it every week. This can prevent the dust from scattering.
27. Effective Way to Clean Your Coffee Maker
To eliminate the caked-on minerals in your coffee maker reservoir, fill it with half water and half vinegar. Brew the solution halfway. Let it stand for 30 minutes before continuing. Brew a pot of clean water after that.
28. Use Ketchup on Copper
Use ketchup when cleaning your copper pots and see them shine.
29. Remove Grease from Your Cabinets
To de-grease your cabinets, you can add some dish washing liquid to warm water in a bottle spray. Mist the grease away and wipe with a well-wrung wet cloth. Let it dry.
30. Make Your Silver Shine
You can rub a dab of toothpaste to your serving spoon, bracelet, or ring to make them shine. After rubbing the toothpaste, rinse your item and dry it with a clean cloth. See it sparkle.