Do you ever feel like the chores around your home never end? How many times have you lost hours handling tricky cleanups that you just couldn’t resolve? Cleaning hacks may be the most useful and efficient of all the life hacks I’ve learned over the years.
These tips will save you time as well as your sanity, and all involve items you’ve likely already got around the house. So to help save you some time and frustration, along with a lot of wasted money on cleaning products, we’ve put together a list of some cheap and easy hacks that will transform your cleaning routine!
FOR PERFECTLY CLEAN BATHTUB
You wonder how to clean the bathtub? It is very simple. Start by heating some vinegar in the microwave oven. Then, mix the vinegar with a detergent in the ratio 1:1 and pour it into a spray bottle. Do not shake the mixture, just stir gently. Spray the mixture into the bathtub and then wipe using a sponge. This mixture will provide you with more impressive results than the rest of the cleaning products.
FIX SCRATCHES ON WOOD
Learning how to fix scratches on wood has been one of the most useful life hacks I’ve learned. I’ve saved a treasured antique table from my grandma that had years of wear from making kids crafts and dinners on its surface as well as saving countless furniture projects as well.
TACKLE A STINKY GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH LEMON
Add a fresh scent to the kitchen by cutting up a lemon and running a couple of small slices through the garbage disposal. (This is also a great trick to use just before guests arrive!)
MICROWAVE AND VINEGAR
Make the inside of your microwave sparkle by nuking some vinegar for a few minutes! Place equal amounts of vinegar and water in a microwave safe bowl and place it in the microwave. You’ll also want to add a small wooden object (i.e. a chopstick, toothpick, wooden spoon) to your bowl to prevent any boiling or explosion dangers. Then set your microwave for 5-10 minutes (max out the time if you’ve got serious grime to deal with!) and enjoy the steam cleaning. Wait a couple minutes to open it up, then wipe the surfaces clean with a sponge or paper towel.
If it’s been a while, use a broom or dry rag to sweep off the dust, and then vacuum the area. Use a wet cloth or sock to remove any remaining dust or dirt. To clean the baseboards, all you need is a sponge (or soft toothbrush) and a bucket of water with a small amount of dish detergent. Once you’ve done the washing part, then use a damp rag to remove any leftover soap residue.
REMOVE GREASE STAINS
To clean grease stains from carpet or another surface, just mix four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt, and then rub the mixture into the stain. Let the surface dry and vacuum up any remaining salt if necessary.
WASHING MACHINE CLEANING HACK
Learning to how to clean your washing machine feels a little bit like learning how to paint a paint stick. It seems like it should be second nature to a washing machine to be clean, but this easy cleaning tip and cleaning solution recipe will blow you away with the results.
GET YOUR RINGS SHINING AGAIN
First of all, don’t use household cleaners that may contain harsh chemicals! The easiest and safest, way to clean an engagement ring or another type of ring with precious metals is to use warm water, a small amount of dishwashing soap and a soft toothbrush.
Mix the solution of water and soap and let the ring soak for about 10 to 20 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to clean off any excess dirt, makeup or anything else still lingering.
GET RID OF THE DUST FOR GOOD
In order to save some time, you should pour a couple of drops of oil on a paper towel and wipe the dusty surfaces with the paper towel. Then, repeat the process using a paper towel only. A thin layer of the oil will remain on the surfaces and this layer will help you make the surfaces shiny and it will accumulate the dust.
CLEAN CLOUDY GLASSES WITH VINEGAR
Just use a paper towel and a small amount of vinegar to get your classes nice and clean again!
HOW TO CLEAN AN IRON
This particular cleaning tip is not only for your iron, but also a great cleaning hack for your clothes to keep from getting all that nasty build-up on them. Use this simple tutorial to clean your iron with ease and keep your clothes grime-free.
SAFELY CLEAN YOUR COMPUTER
There are certain chemicals you should never use on or anywhere near your computer, including:
- Ethyl alcohol
- Ethyl acid
- Methyl chloride
As a general rule of thumb when cleaning your computer, avoid using paper products, don’t use harsh chemicals and never spray product directly on the screen.
WASHING KIDS’ TOYS
Washing the kids’ toys is not that easy because they are always scattered all over the room and it is not easy to wash them one by one. However, there is a simpler solution. Put all the toys in a washing bag and put the bag into the washing machine.Warning: be careful not to damage the washing machine with the kids’ toys.