25 Things You’ve Probably Been Cleaning Wrong

Posted by , Updated on March 29, 2016

Who likes cleaning? If you are one of those who do anything they can just to avoid this chore, we have some good news for you. After reading this post, you will still be cleaning, just more efficiently, which will greatly reduce the time you spend on this unpopular activity. How is that possible? What if we were to tell you that your parent possibly taught you wrong? OK, maybe not completely wrong but there are definitely many more efficient ways to clean things that your parents may not have been aware of. Take your microwave for example? We bet you try to remove the burnt-on food residues with a piece of wet cloth, right? But there is much easier and comfortable way to clean this kitchen appliance. To find out how to clean not just your microwave but also iron, shower head, mattress, cutting board, cheese grater, hair brush and many other things of everyday use, check out these 25 Things You’ve Probably Been Cleaning Wrong. After reading this helpful post, cleaning might even become one of your favorite household chores (Ok, maybe not…hey at least we tried).



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After doing the dishes, you usually rinse the sponge and leave it dry, right? Sounds good but it doesn’t remove the bacteria and germs living on it. To kill them, microwave the sponge for two minutes on high.



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Talking about microwave, this appliance also needs some occasional cleaning. Forget clumsy wiping, just mix some vinegar and water in a cup, put it in the microwave and let it run for few minutes on high. Then, simply wipe all the grime away.



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Well, you probably haven’t been cleaning the iron wrong because you haven’t been cleaning it at all, right? But you can do it and it is surprisingly easy – just put some table salt on the board and iron it. Then, turn the iron off, let it cool down and wipe the bottom with a dump cloth.



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If you have a precious oil painting in your living room, you are probably afraid to clean it all. Not anymore. All you need is a piece of doughy bread. Pat the painting with it gently and once the bread is soiled, breaks off another piece and keep patting until the painting is clean.


Shower head

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A heavily clogged shower head looks disgusting. The good news is that getting rid of the dirt is easy. Pour white vinegar in a plastic bag and secure it around the shower head. After a few hours, take it off and wipe it with a wet cloth.



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Don’t beat your mattress any more. Instead, apply baking soda all over the mattress and let it sit there for a few hours. Then, just vacuum the soda away. If you want your mattress to smell nice, add a few drops of an essential oil of your favorite smell (e.g. lavender).



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How many times have you cut yourself trying to clean your blender? Enough with all the painful cutting! Put some hot water and dish soap in the blender and let it run for a minute or two. Rise and done!


Cutting board

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As wooden cutting boards tend to trap food particles, washing them with a sponge is simply not enough. Take lemon with salt and rub them on the board. Salt will dislodge the dirt and lemon will remove unpleasant odors.


Hair brush

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Untangling your heavily tangled haired brush would take years (slight exaggeration). Instead, take some scissors and cut the hair wad along the brush. Then, you can pick and remove the hair with ease.



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Blinds are a thing we often forget to clean and if we don’t, we just usually wipe it with a cloth. But there is more effective way of cleaning blinds. Soak an old sock in a mixture of vinegar and warm water, slip it on your hand and start wiping. Using this technique, all the dirt gets removed.


Cheese grater

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Don’t shred dish sponges (or your knuckles for that matter) while trying to clean your cheese grater. To remove grated cheese, grate a piece of a potato. The oxalic acid of the potato will remove the cheese debris immediately.

Want even more cleaning tips, check out these 25 Cleaning Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner.


Sneakers soles

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Don’t bother with scrubbing your sneakers´ soles with soap and cloth. If you want the bottom part of your shoes to be as white and clean as it was when they were new, rub some toothpaste on them.



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If your guaranteed tricks to clean tarnished silver jewels don’t work, try this one. Bring a liter of water, baking soda and a piece of aluminum foil to a boil, put the silver items in it and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. Then, remove it and enjoy your brand-new-like silverware.


Cast iron pan

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Scrub it with a mixture of coarse salt and water. It will help you remove even the most stubborn food residues clung to the pan´s surface.



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Rinsing your toothbrush after usage is not enough. The bacteria still thrive there. To get rid of them, give your toothbrush a bath in a cup with a mixture of vinegar and water. Don’t forget to rinse it after.



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Shaking your toaster is far from what a proper cleaning of this appliance should look like. To clean the inside, first make sure your toaster is unplugged. Pull out the crumb drawer and remove the crumbs located inside (older toasters may not have crumb drawers). Scrub the outside of a toaster with a mixture of water and some tartar cream. It will look amazing again.



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Dusting furniture with the feather duster may look easy and comfortable but the only thing it actually does is throwing the dust particles in the air. If you use a dryer sheet, not only will it remove the dust but its anti-static properties will prevent the dust from collecting in future too.



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As paradoxical as it may sound, your dishwasher also needs some cleaning. To clean your dishwasher, put a cup with a vinegar and water mixture inside and spread some baking soda on the bottom. Then, run it on a hot cycle.



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Speaking of dishwasher, you might not know this domestic appliance can be used for washing other things than just dishes. Plastic toys are a great example. Don’t bother with wiping every individual toy, just dump them in the dishwasher.


Paint on glass

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Wet the window with a mixture of water and soap and then, carefully remove the stains with a razor blade.



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Forget vacuuming hair! As bizarre as it sounds, a squeegee is more efficient when it comes to removing hair from furniture. The rubber blade gathers the hair into wads that can then be easily picked up.


Coffee stains

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Forget about washing them with soap. Coffee stains are a breeze to clean with another evergreen of the list – baking soda. Salt, egg yolk and vinegar are among other things capable of cleaning coffee stains as well.


Broken glass

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Removing large pieces of broken glass is simple enough, but when it comes to the tiny little shards, that can be a different story. Avoid glass splinters by using a piece of bread to grab the tiny glass shards. Simply press the slice of bread against the shards and done!



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Easily clean bathtub rings by using salt and a cut lemon or grapefruit. Rub these against the rings to see them quickly disappear.


Coffee maker

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When your coffee starts to taste a bit gross, clean the machine by running a few cycles with a mixture of water and vinegar.

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