42 Cleaning Tips And Tricks That Will Make Your Home Sparkle

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For most people cleaning the home is a rather frustrating activity, especially because it takes so much time to do only to see the house is dirty again after a few days or so. According to scientists, cleaning up your living space has therapeutic effects on your mind by giving you a sense of control over your life.

Luckily we have 42 cleaning tips that will help you look at cleaning as a free therapy. They are very simple to follow and will keep your home clean longer.

42 Cleaning Tips

  1. When you are cleaning the bathroom, full the bathtub with a few inches of boiling hot water. This way the bathroom is all heated up which makes it easier to clean with alkaline cleaners.
  2. Your mops and brooms should never be kept on the floor. Instead, hang them up in storage thus preventing dust and mildew buildup.
  3. Use boiling water and baking soda to clean your oven hood filter.
  4. Use a seam ripper to remove the hair from the vacuum bristles.
  5. Cleaning your vacuum filter in the dishwasher maintains the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner.
  6. Putting your cleaning sponges in the microwave kills 99% of the bacteria on them.
  7. You can clean the computer keyboard using Magic Erasers.
  8. Use canned air to blow dust and debris from the exhaust fans.
  9. It might seem ridiculous, but Kool-Aid can be used in the dishwasher as a detergent. It removes iron stains and lime deposits very efficiently.
  10. Use WD-40 to remove scuffs and scrapes from a tile floor.
  11. Put some vanilla extract in your oven when you are using it. This will make your home smell fresh and sweet.
  12. Use a paintbrush when dusting light bulbs to avoid breaking them.
  13. Your mattress can be cleaned by sprinkling baking soda and stain remover on it.
  14. Clean your baseboards using old fabric softener sheets.
  15. In case there is a stubborn stain on your carpet all you need is an iron, white vinegar, water and a rag. You should put a water-vinegar mixture in ratio of 2:1 on the stain. Then turn on the steam setting on the iron and hold it above the stain (be careful not to touch the carpet). Repeat the procedure until the stain is completely removed.
  16. The front of your cabinets can be cleaned with a paste made from baking soda and vegetable oil.
  17. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  18. Baking soda and coconut oil mixture works wonders for removing the sticky residue on door handles or other surfaces.
  19. If you want a perfectly clean toilet sit, unscrew the toilet lid and use a screwdriver and a cleaning wipe to clean even the most inaccessible parts.
  20. Your windows will be perfectly clean and streak free if you wipe them with newspaper.
  21. To prevent the shower drain from clogging, use a hair catcher.
  22. To clean the glass on the inside of the oven door take a wire hanger and attach a cleaning wipe on it with the help of a rubber band.
  23. A mixture of cream of tartar and a few drops of water is very useful to use when cleaning metallic appliances (kettles, toasters etc.).
  24. If you want to clean your toaster from the inside, first make sure that it is unplugged, and then use an old toothbrush to make it shine again.
  25. To clean the inside of the washing machine, mix white vinegar with hot water and bleach and put it in the machine, then turn it on the longest spin cycle.
  26. If you already started cleaning your washing machine make sure not to forget the plastic inside the front which can be kept mold free by using bleach, water and a towel.
  27. To clean your blinds spray a mixture of water and white vinegar on a sock.
  28. Your bathroom will be much easier to clean if you wipe it with a dish wand every time you exit the shower. Keep the dish wand in the shower to remind yourself to use it more often.
  29. To clean the sweat stains from the pillows, wash them in the washing machine using laundry detergent and bleach.
  30. To prevent bacteria from multiplying in your toilet brush holder, pour antibacterial soap in it.
  31. Appliances with a chrome finish can be cleaned from water spots and fingerprints by using waxed paper.
  32. To prevent the sponge from sitting in water use a binder clip to keep it upright.
  33. To remove food particles from cast-iron kitchenware, you can use salt which will protect the pan from damage while efficiently removing the food stains.
  34. You can clean drain holes by using an old toothbrush, and to freshen the sink place lemon slices in the hole after cleaning with the toothbrush.
  35. Prevent house fires caused by dryer vents by vacuuming the debris from it and removing any ling from the lint trap.
  36. To clean the iron bottom, run it over salt while the steam setting is on.
  37. Window tracks can be wiped with a cotton swab previously dipped in white vinegar.
  38. Clean the candles from dust by wiping them with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.
  39. Fill a baggie with hot water and white vinegar, and attach it on the shower head using a rubber band to make it look like it’s brand new.
  40. Fan blades can be cleaned using an old pillowcase.
  41. To clean porcelain sinks and bathtubs use Bar Keeper’s Friend which for fast results.
  42. You don’t see bagels in a cleaning kit, but you should know that they can be used to clean a painting safely.

We hope that these tips will help you enjoy cleaning your home more, so put on your gloves and try some of them right now.

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