25 Cleaning Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Cleaning is a pain. From vomit stains and cat urine to dust and clogged sinks it seems like not a day goes by that something doesn’t require a good scrubbing. Don’t worry though, we’re here to change your life. These are 25 cleaning hacks that you will wish you knew about sooner!

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Repel Dust With Dryer Sheets

Repel Dust With Dryer Sheets

It’s true, cleaning your dusty surfaces with these bad boys will actually protect the surface from dust in the future. Static electricity rocks!

24

Clean Your Shower Head With Vinegar

Clean Your Shower Head With Vinegar

Put distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag and cover your shower head with it. Leave it overnight and wipe away the grime in the morning!

23

Un-Burn Your Pans

Un-Burn Your Pans

Fill your blackened pan with a shallow layer of water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it warm up on the stove for a few minutes and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda once you take it off. Try scrubbing it now!

22

Clean Your Blender

Clean Your Blender

It may sound obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think of this. Fill your blender with warm soapy water, blend, and voila! Clean as new!

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The Ultimate Fan Cleaner

The Ultimate Fan Cleaner

By throwing a pillowcase over each individual fan blade and then pulling it off, the dust will actually get trapped inside the pillowcase rather than falling on the floor!


20

Grapefruit + Salt = Clean Bathtub

Grapefruit + Salt = Clean Bathtub

Next time you want to clean away the grime in your shower/bathtub just cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle some salt on it. Get your tub a little wet and pour a bit of salt in it as well. Scrub using the grapefruit halves and rinse for clean citrusy freshness!

19

Quick Silver

Quick Silver

To polish up your silverware (real silver…not fake!), take some tin foil and line a large pan. Fill it with hot water, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Give it 30 minutes and then dry of your dishes. Look how shiny!

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Grill Cleaner

Grill Cleaner

After cooking, unplug your grill and place some damp towels over it. Close the lid and let the remaining heat steam clean the surface!

17

Sanitize Your Sponge

Sanitize Your Sponge

Although buying new sponges won’t normally bust your budget, if you don’t have time to run to the store just toss your sponge in the microwave for a couple of minutes. When it comes out 99% of the germs will be dead.

16

Get Rid Of Stains On Your Glass Bakeware

Get Rid Of Stains On Your Glass Bakeware

All it takes is a little scrubbing with a ball of aluminum foil that is covered in a little dish soap!

15

Automatic Oven Cleaner

Automatic Oven Cleaner

This one is as easy as leaving a bowl filled with a 1/2 cup of ammonia in the oven overnight (don’t turn it on!). In the morning you can just wipe away the grime!

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How To Clean A Coffee Grinder

How To Clean A Coffee Grinder

Doing it by hand can hurt and usually putting it in the dishwasher doesn’t work too well either. Instead, use it to grind up some uncooked white rice (to remove the odors). Afterwards, grind up 1 tablespoon of baking soda and wipe it clean!

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Getting Rid Of Oil

Getting Rid Of Oil

Next time you get oil splattered all over your stove top just add a few drops of vegetable oil to a paper towel and wipe down the greasy surface. It’s oil free!

12

The Dishwasher Washer

The Dishwasher Washer

Even your dishwasher will need a cleaning sometimes. How? Just leave a bowl filled with white vinegar in the top rack and run it on the hottest possible cycle. Now, spread a little bit of baking soda on the bottom and run it on another hot cycle (it doesn’t need to be as long this time). Let the cleaning resume!

11

The Super Sock

The Super Sock

By using an old sock dipped in a bit of water and white vinegar you can easily clean and dust the nooks and crannies of your home. It’s especially good for cleaning window blinds!

10

Instant Carpet Stain Remover

Instant Carpet Stain Remover

Next time you get a horrendous stain on your carpet, fear not! Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar (2 to 1 ratio). Spray the spot and then lay a damp rag over it. Run a hot iron (with a steam setting) over the rag for about 1 minute. If it’s a really bad stain it might take a bit longer but eventually the carpet will be stain free!

9

Vomit Picker Upper

Vomit Picker Upper

Getting vomit on your carpet quite literally stinks, but there is an effective hack for this as well. Mix baking soda with water so that you have a pasty substance. Spread the mixture on the vomit so that it completely covers the mess. Let it sit overnight and then vacuum it up in the morning!

8

Broken Glass

Broken Glass

All you need to do to pick up all the shards is press a piece of bread over the area. That’s about as hassle free as it gets!

7

Turn Back Time On Leather Furniture

Turn Back Time On Leather Furniture

Use some shoe polish on that leather lazy boy and all the markings will be no more!

6

How To Clean An Air Vent

How To Clean An Air Vent

The idea is the same as the super sock, except thinner.  Put a moist rag over a knife. Spray it with a cleaner and now you can get between the cracks!

5

Pet Hair Sweeper

Pet Hair Sweeper

A rubber squeegee will bring up even the most stubborn of pet hairs from your living room carpet.

4

Dry Shoes Fast

Dry Shoes Fast

After a thunderstorm just stuff your shoes with newspapers and a small bag of uncooked rice. They’ll be dry in no time!

3

Grease Remover

Grease Remover

It doesn’t matter where the grease stain is (walls, clothes, etc), this works everywhere! Just cover the stain with chalk and then after a few minutes wipe the chalk away with a moist towel. It’s grease free!

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Ultimate Mattress Cleaner

Ultimate Mattress Cleaner

You may have never thought that you could clean your mattress, but you would have been wrong! Just fill a spray bottle with vodka…yes, vodka…and spray it lightly across the sleeping surface. After it air dries it will have removed any odors and killed most of the bacteria.

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Unclog Your Sink

Unclog Your Sink

Possibly the most annoying household task, unclogging just got a whole lot easier. Put 4 Alka-Seltzer tablets and 1 cup of distilled vinegar down the drain. After 10 minutes rinse out the mixture with boiling water.

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