If we had a choice, we would have simply hired someone to do all our housework, saving the world from a huge portion of the unemployment issue at the same time. Cooking, cleaning, maintaining, and what not is, indeed, a lot of work. All we have are 24 hours in a day and still so much to do. Everything aside, the way of living that most of us follow is bound to take about 24 hours to finish all the cleaning alone.
There are dirty cutting boards, oily counters, greasy chimneys, hair stuck in the drainage, stained carpet, dirty blinds, clogged taps and shower heads, rusty faucets, unacceptable state of doorknobs, used and dirty utensils in the kitchen sink, liquid ring stains on the tables, and many other such problems that we need to take care of almost every day to maintain a healthy living standard. Also, do not forget that we need to keep the house habitable for us and everyone else.
22. Cleaning Hard Water Stains With Vinegar
Hard water stains are possible almost anywhere in your house, especially on surfaces like glass. They are caused when hard water evaporates, leaving behind insoluble minerals. These stains look really ugly and affect the charm of most of your possessions. But it is really easy to clean those. Soak your glasses in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, or spray this mixture onto surfaces that need cleaning. Vinegar cleans perspiration stains very easily (1). You can learn more about it on WiC Project.
21. Removing Scratches From Plates
Crockery is tough to maintain as it is.What makes it worse is, as they get old, scratches start building up because of all those times we recklessly used our cutlery on them. And after a point, it just looks plain ugly. It feels like a huge embarrassment to serve the guest in those plates. Leave out guests, it looks unappetizing to eat food off these yourselves. But you can easily remove them using a liquid cleaner and mix it with a little hard work. Read the full tutorial at Outnumbered.
20. Cleaning The Blinds Using Vinegar And An Old Sock
If you live in a dusty and windy area, then you already know the importance of having micro blinds on your windows. But then you also are very familiar with the misery of dust stains on the blinds.
Dust stains are stubborn in a way that is just plain annoying. Simple water is never enough to take them off. In some cases, you may also end up making matters worse. But fret not, you can easily clean these stains from your blinds by using vinegar, warm water, and an old sock (2.) For the how of this hack, visit Keep Home Simple” To Be Continued … ” .
19. Cleaning The Curling Iron With Rubbing Alcohol
Curling irons are something that you will easily find in a girl’s dresser. Flat irons are present in every home because nobody likes putting on wrinkled clothes. But over the course of time, due to continued usage and mishandling, the irons develop stains that otherwise just would not go away.
So how to remove these unpleasant stains from your irons? A simple hack is to use some rubbing alcohol and a washcloth to clean them. Rubbing alcohol is used as a disinfectant in hospitals (3). Alcohol is flammable so keep in mind that the irons should be cooled down before you begin cleaning. You can read the hack at Lil’ Luna.
18. Cleaning The Washing Machine
Washing machines wash off dirt and stains from our clothes every day, in millions of houses around the globe. In the process, these poor things also get dirty, with all the dirt and lint left behind by the clothes, and also by the salts left behind by the hard water. This can certainly affect your experience of washing your precious, pretty clothes by harming them in nonredeemable ways. So what to do for cleaning the washing machine? Just soak in some warm water and white vinegar, and run a cycle, followed by soaking in warm water and bleach, and another cycle. For full instructions, read the article by Lauren Greutman.
17. Getting Grease Stains Out Of Clothes
Nobody in this world is perfect. If we can accept that, then we can also accept that spilling is also human nature. We just cannot avoid it. But what hurts more than spilled food, is spilling it on your clothes. It’s also a very common practice to cook food in grease. But despite its taste increasing qualities, grease is infamous for one thing; for the stains it leaves on fabrics. Fabrics are quick in absorbing and hence, they absorb the grease which then turns into a stain. Don’t worry, it is not as difficult to get rid of those as you might think. Just rub some chalk on the stain and wash like you normally would. For directions on how to wash, go to One Little Project.
16. Cleaning Kids’ Toys
The raw need to clean turns into full-fledged paranoia when a baby enters your lives. Everything in the house has to be baby proofed. But we often forget about the baby’s first friends, the toys. We take full care so as to not give the kid anything that is pointy or has sharp corners. But what about the cleanliness of the toys? Yes, they should be kept clean too. And how to clean them? If you happen to have a dishwasher at home, it is as easy as it can get. Just put the toys, pour some cleaning vinegar, and wash (4.) For a detailed tutorial of the method, read the post by Eat Craft Parent.
15. Quickly Cleaning The Oil Splatters
Cooking on the stove may be an everyday activity, but no one can explain how the greasy waste gets all the way up to the wall or hood nearby. What is worse is that you cannot get rid of those grease stains by just water. What you can do is wipe it off with ammonia, but there is a possibility of several health hazards that it may cause. So what is easier and safer? Well, how about using oil for removing that? Yes, it may sound crazy, but it works like magic. Just spray a little oil on a paper towel and wipe the deposit with it. In a short while, you will see it all coming off. You can read the full tutorial on One Good Thing By Jillee.
14. Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets
When it comes to grease stains, nothing in your kitchen is safe from it. Even the wood of your cabinet doors can develop grease stains, and they look really ugly on the precious wood. These notorious grease stains develop very slowly, so you should always check them regularly. If you are already late and the sheen on your cupboards is almost hidden beneath all that grimy stuff, don’t stress. They can still be saved. The procedure, however, is long. You have to clean the cabinet using dish soap, followed by scrubbing with baking soda and finally with lemon or orange oil. Baking soda is advised for cleaning grease (5). You can add several additives to the cleaning agents. To know these, read the full post by eHow.
13. Organizing The Bottles
This is more of an organizational hack than cleaning hack. But that’s also a form of cleaning up as well. Many cleaning agents come in spray bottles to reduce a little bit of our efforts. But jamming a lot of these spray bottles in one cabinet can be a huge mess. A little organization is a must and will save time in the future. This hack suggests that you put a spring tension rod in the cabinet and then hang the spray bottles on the rod, hence using the upper space and getting the kind of order that you expect. To see how this hack works, read about it on Ms. Not So Perfect.
12. Coke For Cleaning Toilet
Coca-Cola or Coke is one of the first and biggest brands in the world, with its inception dating back to the year 1886. In the last 131 years, it has not only kept the recipe a secret but also has never altered it. As much as it is loved around the globe, people are not so much aware of other qualities of the soft drink. It is an exceptional cleaning agent. You can use it for cleaning the one thing that you would otherwise cringe at the thought of. The toilet. Yes, it sounds disgusting, but someone has to do the dirty work. The citric acid in the coke works wonders to remove stains from all the china (6.) All you need to do is to pour a defined amount of coke into the bowl, let it sit, and then flush. It is an effective way of cleaning the toilet without getting your hands, or anything for that matter, dirty. For the process, read it on wikiHow.
11. Cleaning A Shower Head
Remember those wonderful days when you just got a new shower? It provided you the perfect stream of water to relax and calm your nerves at first contact. But over the years, that stream has slowed and the shower head keeps coughing. The reason behind this is clogging of the waterways of the shower heads. The particles that come in with water get stuck to the walls and slowly start clogging and choking the shower. But this is not a situation we are unprepared against. All you need to do is soak the head in distilled vinegar (7.) And for that, you don’t even have to remove the head.
10. Deep Cleaning The Mattress
Nothing in a household is as important as your bed. And the most essential part of the bed is the mattress. You must be thinking “I have to clean my mattress too?” Yes, you have to. And no, we will not just tell you that it is very crucial to clean your mattress, we will also tell you how to do it. There are two major threats that you have look out for, on your mattress; dust and bugs. They can both ruin your night’s sleep. But with a mixture of baking soda and an essential oil, you can easily clean your mattress deeply, and get rid of dust and the bugs in as less as an hour. For more information, read on Popsugar.
9. Unclog Your Drains
Dirty and clogged drains are undesirable everywhere. Not only do they stop the water from draining, but in some worse cases, they also emanate poor smell, to everyone’s displeasure. It is also very easy to unclog the drains, irrespective of what it is that’s clogging them. You just need some baking soda, vinegar, and hot boiling water, and your day is saved. Mom4Real explains the full procedure of unclogging your drains. The baking soda will bubble up and then clean the drain when the hot water is poured into it (8.)
8. Cleaning The Microfiber Couch
Have you also played with the soft and tiny fibers coming out of your couch seat? These are called microfibers, and everyone loves to sit in these. Kids just love making shapes out of them. But these fibers also have the disadvantage of retaining stains very easily. And something, as clear as a stain on the couch, can also tarnish your image in front of the guests. As easy as it is to stain that couch, it is even easier to clean that and make it as good as new by just using some alcohol in a spray bottle. To learn this amazing cleaning hack, go to Herbs & Oil Remedies.
7. Cleaning The Shower Door Tracks
Shower door tracks have been some of the most ignored nooks of our houses. People somehow just do not register how important these are. If due to blockage, the door gets jammed, it can very quickly turn into a hazardous situation causing serious injuries. But, it is also very easy and quick to clean them, and that too with all natural ingredients. Spraying vinegar, and cleaning is pretty much enough. For full details on this hack, read on “Cents”able Momma.
6. Cleaning With Nail Polish Remover
Nail art has been women’s favorite hobby, and that begins with removing the previous color so as to make a clean canvas for the next masterpiece. And, hence, Nail polish removers were invented. But with time, people started to understand the real power of them. Nail polish removers are not only good at what they were originally intended for, but they have found a respectable position in the world of cleaning hacks. This is due to their excellent solvent properties (9.) From cleaning your shoes to removing permanent markers, nail polish removers are very useful. For a full list of cleaning hacks based on nail polish remover, read the article on Better House Keeping.
5. Blind Cleaning Tool
We saw a cool hack to clean dirty blinds using a sock already, but you don’t have to wait for a sock to get old, so you can jump on the opportunity to clean your dirty blinds with it. What you can do is make a tool for cleaning the blinds, and save a lot of time. All you need is a pair of tongs and microfiber washcloth, and you are a hacker now. Just affix the washcloth onto the end of the tongs, and use it for cleaning with a disinfectant. Sprinkle Some Fun explains how to make this tool and how to use it.
4. Cleaning The Walls
Cleaning the walls is seriously a lost art now. Out of laziness, out of the fear of ruining the decor, or out of lack knowledge on how to clean, people shirk away from the rather arduous task of cleaning the walls. But armed with the right tools and knowledge, it becomes a surprisingly easy task to clean the walls. A Mother’s Shadow gives a full tour to people to educate them about the ways one can care for and clean a wall.
3. Clean Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers are still a luxury at many homes of the current time. And if you have one, you know how easy it makes it for us to wash dishes after a meal. But then you also know the struggle of keeping the dishwasher clean. You have to protect it from the mold formation as well as the bad smell. This, in the end, affects how your dishwasher cleans the dishes. If you are probably not getting the kind of results you expect from the washer and the dishes stink sometimes, it is high time for you to take up arms and start cleaning. But how? Well, you will require vinegar, baking soda, and lemon essential oil. For directions of usage, read the tutorial on eHow.
2. Homemade Tub, Tile, And Grout Cleaner
No company makes anything close to an all-round bathroom cleaner. This means that there is nothing commercially available to clean the tiles, tubs, and the grout filling, all in one. But that does not mean that you cannot prepare your own concoctions while you are cleaning the bathroom. Also, the cleaners available in the market are mostly made up of strong chemicals. They can add to the amount of toxicity involved in bathroom cleaning. So there is a strong need for you to make something at home that is both efficient and natural. You can make one cleaner like this by mixing together baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid soap. You can find the recipe for this cleaner at My Cleaning Solutions.
1. Cleaning The Oven Racks
A little carelessness is bound to happen when cooking in an oven. That may be overcooking, under-cooking, or spillage. Whatever it may be, the oven racks have to go through a lot during the cooking. This also results in various sorts of spots and stains on the oven rack, and hence, it is advised to clean it because if you don’t, they tend to get rusted. To clean the rack by yourself, you can prepare your own homemade oven cleaning spray. You will need distilled white vinegar and baking soda for this. Baking soda bubbles up when mixed with vinegar and acts on the gunk and rust (10). To know how to use these for cleaning the racks, read the full procedure on eHow.