Sometimes, we just do things like we are used to without thinking much about it. From the way we fold our clothes to our working and eating routines, we tend to do these everyday things automatically. But have you ever tried to take a while and think about what you are actually doing? Are all the things you do every day really done in the correct and most efficient way? Well, probably not. Actually, you might be surprised to see how many things you have been doing wrong without even knowing it. Amazingly, many of the things that we have been doing wrong are associated with one of the most basic, mundane, and hated chores – cleaning. Eventually, ineffective cleaning often results in a big waste of our energy, time, and sometimes even money. Keep reading to find out whether you are one of those people who spends a significant part of their lives incorrectly cleaning things. You will also learn how to clean things as quickly and effortlessly as possible by checking out these 25 Easy Hacks To Flawlessly Clean Things You Might be Cleaning Wrong. We cannot promise you that reading this post will make cleaning your favorite chore, but it will definitely help you save some time.
To clean a burnt pan effortlessly, fill it with a shallow layer of water, and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it warm up on the stove for a few minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda once you take it off the burner. Now you can scrub the burnt residues with ease.
Stains on carpet
Forget rubbing the stain with a wet cloth and soap. Pour some vinegar on it, sprinkle it with some baking soda, and let the mixture bubble up and absorb the stain. Then, you just rub it away with a piece of cloth.
A common duster might help you get rid of dust but only temporarily. To protect your furniture from dust in the future, you should use a static duster that prevents dust from gathering with the help of static electricity.
If you have a precious oil painting, you are probably afraid to clean it all. Not anymore. All you need is a bagel. Seriously. Pat the painting with the bagel gently, and once the bagel is soiled, break off another piece and keep patting until the painting is clean.
Don’t use paper towels when cleaning your mirror. They often tend to leave tiny bits of paper on the mirror. Instead, try cleaning it with newspapers. No, the newsprint ink will not stick to the mirror surface.
Fans also need to get cleaned sometimes. 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.
Do you clean the dreaded bathtub rings by scrubbing them with soap and a sponge? Many people do. But in fact, bathtub rings can be removed with considerably less effort by rubbing them with salt and a cut lemon or grapefruit.
If your tricks to clean tarnished silverware (real, not fake) don’t work, try this one. Bring some water, baking soda, and a piece of aluminum foil to a boil, put the silver items in mixture, and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. Then, remove and enjoy your clean and shiny silverware. (Make sure you wait until it cools or remove it with a pair of tongs!)
The best way to clean your sofa is by applying baking soda all over it and letting it sit there for a few hours. Then, just vacuum the baking soda away. If you want your sofa to smell nice, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. The same method can be also used to clean a mattress.
Paint on clothes
If you happen to soil your clothes with paint, wait until the paint dries, and then remove it with a razor carefully. Just make sure not to cut the fabric.
After cooking, unplug your grill and put some damp towels over it. Close the lid and let the remaining heat steam clean the surface.
After doing the dishes, you usually just rinse the sponge and leave it dry, right? That sounds good, but it doesn’t remove the bacteria and germs living on it. To kill them, microwave the sponge for about two minutes on high. Remember to soak the sponge in water before.
Greasy stains on clothes
To get rid of greasy stains on your clothes, apply some chalk on it before you put the clothes into a washing machine.
Keyboards tend to get really dirty, but there is a good way to clean them without too much effort. First, scrub your keyboard with an old toothbrush; then vacuum away any dirt that comes up.
Don’t shred dish sponges while trying to clean your cheese grater any more. When you are done grating cheese, grate a piece of a potato with the grater. The oxalic acid of the potato will remove the cheese debris immediately.
Glass baking dishes
Removing burnt residues from glass baking dishes might be very difficult. To make it easy, just use a ball of aluminum foil with a bit of dish soap on it.
Vomit off of carpet
Cleaning vomit off of carpet sounds like the worst job ever, but actually, there is an easy way to do it. Mix baking soda with water, spread the mixture on the vomit to completely cover the mess, and let it sit overnight. Then, just vacuum it up the next day.
Removing hair from carpet
Forget vacuuming hair. As bizarre as it sounds, a squeegee is more efficient when it comes to removing hair from your carpet. The rubber blade gathers the hair into wads that can then be easily picked up.
Spilled glitter or any other similar tiny particles can be easily picked up with play dough.
Don’t bother with scrubbing your sneakers’ dirty soles with soap and a cloth. Restore their glory easily by just rubbing some toothpaste on them.
Televisions, PC monitors, and other screens can be given a sparkly cleaning with a little help from the kitchen. Wipe your screens with a coffee filter to make them dust-free and shiny again.
Water rings on wooden surfaces cannot be cleaned completely, but you can make them a lot less visible by blowing them with a hairdryer and then spreading them with olive oil.
As wooden cutting boards tend to trap food particles in their cuts and crannies, washing them with a sponge isn’t always enough. Rub the cutting board down with lemon and salt. The salt will dislodge the dirt, and the lemon will remove unpleasant odors.
To clean and give new shine to your stainless steel cooking ware, scrub the outside with a mixture of water and some tartar cream. It will look amazing again.
Stop hurting yourself when trying to clean your blender manually. Put some hot water and dish soap in it, and let it run for a minute or two. The blender will actually clean itself.