Just in time for you to clean your house this spring! Here are 30 ways to make your home cleaner than it has ever been. In this post, we’ll talk about some clever ways to clean that you may not have known about before.
30. Cleaning Your Shower Head
It might seem hard to clean your shower head because it’s so high up and has so many places for dirt to hide. But it’s a lot simpler than you might think. Take a plastic bag and pour vinegar into it. Then, wrap the bag around the shower head and keep it there with a rubber band. After a while, you can take the bag off and wipe down the shower head, leaving it spotless.
29. How to Remove Mold
Mold in your home can be bad for your health and should be taken care of as soon as possible. To get rid of the mold, spray it with bleach and scrub it off with a sponge. If you have to, wear a mask. Also, make sure the area where you’re using the bleach has enough airflow.
28. Use a Makeup Brush to Clean Your Laptop
If you eat close to your laptop, it might be hard to get small bits of food or dirt out of the tiny spaces around the keyboard. You could buy a can of condensed air to get the dirt out, but we have a solution that won’t require a trip to the store! Use one of your makeup brushes to clean off your keyboard. Just be careful not to get any leftover makeup on your keyboard.
27. Clean Lamp Shades with a Lint Roller
Not sure how to clean the shades of your lamps? Usually, to clean them, you would have to take them outside on a warm day and let the sun dry them. But a lint roller is a smart way to get the dust off of your shade. This can also be done with the lamp shade still on. When you’re trying to clean up for guests, this is a much faster way to do it.
26. Chalk on Grease Stains
If you get grease or oil on your clothes or anywhere else that will stain, you should put a powder on it as soon as possible. The powder will soak up the oil. You can use baking soda, or if you have chalk handy, you can also use that. Get rid of grease!
25. Remove Limescale
Limescale is strange, crystalline gunk that can form in tea kettles and clothes steamers. If your water is a little too hard, this will happen. This can happen even if you thought your item was dry. But don’t worry, you can just put some vinegar on the spot and let it soak for a while. Then it just comes out.
24. Get Rid of Bad Vacuum Smells
Every time you use a vacuum cleaner, it might start to smell bad. This can happen if you sucked up something that smelled bad, which unfortunately happens a lot when you have pets. You can stop this by sucking up some crystallized fabric softener, baking soda, or even cinnamon. Once the powder has been sucked up by the vacuum, the bad smell will be gone.
23. Shine Your Hardwood Floors
Many products on the market can help you clean your hardwood floors, but you can also make something at home. Add a few teaspoons of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Some people like to add essential oils to help the smell. You should be able to clean your floor well enough that it shines.
22. Lint Rollers on Window Screens
In the spring and winter, window screens keep bugs and other animals out of our homes. But they also pick up a lot of dust and dirt, which is a shame. If you try to clean them with water and soap, the dirt tends to stick together and take a long time to get rid of. Get a lint roller and run it down the front and back of the window screen. This is a great hack. You might want to take these screens outside, though, because they can get messy.
21. Remember to Clean Your Air Vents
So many people forget to clean their air vents for years, but since they filter the air we breathe, it’s important to keep them clean. You should be able to take them off the wall, though. You can easily clean all of your vents at once by putting them all in the dishwasher and then putting them back where they belong.
20. Magic Eraser on your Shower or Tub
There are a lot of tub cleaning products on the market, but sometimes a stain just won’t come out. If this happens to you, you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to fix it. Almost any kind of stain can be cleaned with that thing. If nothing else works, you can clean a white tub with a mix of water and bleach.
19. Kid’s Wall Artwork
Every parent loves to keep their kids’ artwork, but it’s a whole different story if they start drawing on the wall with crayons. With a magic eraser, you should be able to get rid of almost everything your child has drawn on the wall. Just remember that if you scrub too hard, you might take some of the paint off the wall by accident. If your child used a permanent marker like a Sharpie, you may have to repaint the room at some point.
18. Cleaning Your Sneakers
Before you throw away your old shoes, think about washing them first. Depending on the material your sneakers are made of, you may need a few different things. Rubber soles work well with magic erasers. You might be able to clean and dry the canvas parts of a shoe by hand with detergent and a brush (like a toothbrush). Leather wipes are available at Walmart, or you can order Leather Rescue from Amazon. Some people might think this is a lot of work, but if your sneakers cost between $50 and $100, cleaning and taking care of the ones you already have should save you a lot of money.
17. Clean Your Microwave the Natural Way
Some people don’t want to put things in their microwave that aren’t natural. After all, you have to eat the food that gets zapped in there. Putting lemon peels in a bowl of water and turning on the microwave is a great alternative and natural way to clean. In about a minute, the lemony mist will cover the whole inside of the microwave. Then you can wipe it clean, making it look brand new and shiny.
16. How to Fix a Clogged Drain
Food and other nasty things can get stuck in kitchen drains. Take a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt and put them in your drain to clean it. Next, pour warm vinegar down the drain. After that, pour boiling water down the drain. The mixture will bubble and fizz, and whatever was clogging your drain will break apart. If the problem keeps happening, you might need to call a plumber.
15. How to Clean Your Blender
If you often make smoothies and veggie juice, you know how hard it can be to clean a blender, especially when you have to reach in and try to clean the blades. One way to clean a blender is to rinse it out and then put some dish soap and water in it. Close the blender like you’re making a smoothie and turn it on. The blade will quickly and well move the soapy water around. It should be good to go after you wash it with water.
14. Toothpaste can be used to clean metals.
There are many ways to clean jewelry, but if you want to save money, there is a hack for that. Get some toothpaste and rub it gently on the jewelry. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the paste, and the clean, shiny metal should be visible underneath.
13. Use baking soda and vinegar to clean your iron.
The last thing you might think to clean is your clothes iron. Or, if you’re like some people, you might think it’s time to buy a new one when it gets dirty. Baking soda and vinegar should be mixed to make a paste. Spread it on the iron (after turning it off and unplugging it, of course!) and wipe it off to reveal a shiny, like-new iron.
12. Olive oil can be used to fix leather chairs
Most of the time, an old leather chair might not be broken. It might just need to be trained. Use olive oil and a cloth to spread it over the chair. Remember that once you put oil in one place, you have to put it everywhere. If not, it will look crooked. Some colored leather may look worn because the color has worn away over time. You can find any color of Fiebing’s leather dye on Amazon for less than $5 per bottle, but keep in mind that you will also need a sealant to keep the color in.
11. Use a razor to get paint out of clothes
If you just finished painting your house or apartment, you might have gotten a few drops of paint on your clothes by accident. Before you wash the clothes, use a razor to carefully scrape the dried paint off until it comes off. When you wash your clothes, you can try using fabric softener. This will make the fibers stretch and loosen, and it will also break up the rest of the paint.
10. Get your brooms clean
After a while, your broom will get dirty and full of hair and dirt, making it hard to clean. You can put dish soap and warm water in a bucket. Let the broom soak in the bucket, and the plastic bristles should come off.
9. Glass Stove Tops
A glass cooktop is now common on electric stoves. You can clean the stove top with Windex, but if it’s really dirty, you might have trouble getting it all off. If you want something more natural, you can also mix baking soda and water to make a paste.
8. A Dirty Oven
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, and spread it over the oven. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then spray vinegar all over. This will start to bubble and foam, which will loosen all the dirt and grease. Then you can wipe it off, and it should look clean.
7. Let your toilet brush drip dry
When people clean their toilets, they almost always take the lid off and put it back in the container right away. But this can be a problem because you might drip some of that dirty toilet water on the floor by accident. Don’t take it off right away. Instead, put the handle of the brush on the edge of the toilet and put the seat down to keep it there. After about an hour, all of the water should have dried in the toilet bowl and you can safely take it out.
6. Get your pillows clean
Every night, we sleep on our pillows, so they get full of dead skin cells and germs. It’s important to clean both your pillow cases and your pillows. If your washer and dryer aren’t very big, you might have to do one pillow at a time. If you want the pillows to still be fluffy when they’re dry, don’t forget to put in a new tennis ball or buy a pack of dryer balls on Amazon.
5. How to Clean a Porcelain Sink
A porcelain sink can be cleaned in several different ways. First, you can use regular dish soap, and then you can clean the whole sink again with baking soda and water. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours before giving it another scrub. If the sink is really dirty, you can also clean any yellow rings that have formed around the drain with vinegar.
4. Area Rugs
It can be hard and dangerous to clean an area rug. But you can do it! Set up a place to work outside on a warm, sunny day so you can get it done. This would look great on your porch, back patio, or driveway. Put the rug on the ground outside and vacuum it to get rid of all the dust and dirt. Next, buy some good carpet shampoo and use a brush to scrub it into the rug. Once there is a lot of soap on the rug, you need to get a hose and spray it down hard. Then hang it up in the sun to dry.
3. Use a rubber glove to clean up dog hair
If you have a dog or a cat with long hair, you know what it’s like to have animal hair all over the place. Yes, you can use a lint roller, but many people don’t know that rubber gloves work just as well. The rubber’s static makes the fur stick to the glove, so you should be able to clean your furniture with just your gloved hands.
2. Burnt Food on a Frying Pan
If you burn food in the frying pan by accident, it can be very hard to get out. Sprinkle baking soda and water on the bottom of the frying pan and let it sit for an hour. Then try to wipe it again, and the burnt food may have come loose enough that you can scrub it clean.
1. Clean Your Baseboards
People often forget to clean baseboards because they are under their feet. Don’t forget that they gather a lot of dust. You can use a simple microfiber cloth to pick up any dust that might be on the surface.