20 Helpful Cleaning Hacks

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Let’s face it, who really loves to clean? Not me, that’s for sure! I’m an outside girl and hate to be stuck inside. To help save some time, along with wasted money on a ton of different cleaning products, below are some cleaning hacks to help you around the house.

1. To freshen and un-stink your garbage disposal, run a cut up lemon, orange or lime, or just the peels through the disposal of your kitchen sink.

2. To unclog a sink, use 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar mixed together and pour down the drain. Baking soda and vinegar will also clean bathtubs and toilets.

3. Use rubbing alcohol or vodka (yep, it’s true, just make sure it’s clear) for carpet stains. Even though this works, I’m not sure how many people will be willing to use their vodka for spot cleaning a rug but thanks to Covid,rubbing alcohol has been hard to get. Rub the spot with the alcohol (or vodka) and then blot. By the way, 50–50 vodka and water will clean mildew stains 🙂

4. Vinegar and olive oil is a great combination for water spots on furniture. The vinegar will clean the water spot while the olive oil conditions the furniture.

5. Put damp sponge or cleaning cloth in microwave for 3 minutes to kill the bacteria in it before you clean with it.

6. Use coffee filters instead of paper towels to clean computer screens, TVs, windows. Coffee filters will not have the lint to leave behind like a paper towel will. I’ve heard that newspapers work great too but I don’t like to have all of the black print all over me.

7. A new dryer sheet placed in the bottom of your trashcan under the trash bag will help offset odors. You can utilize a used one to wipe baseboards clean. Use a new one to freshen stinky shoes by placing 1/2 in each shoe. Use a dryer sheet to eliminate static — even on your hair! Yes…there is a story here…

When my mother passed away, I went to the funeral home to do her hair before the rest of the family came to view her before the service (I’m a hairdresser too). Her hair was baby fine and every time I started towards her head with a brush or comb, it had so much static it reached out toward me! The funeral home air was so dry, I guess, so there was no humidity. I didn’t know what to do! I was starting to panic that I wouldn’t be able to get her hair fixed. It was so out of control and thus I was becoming more out of control by the minute! I only had an hour to get it done. Low and behold and thank Baby Jesus, the funeral home had dryer sheets and I rubbed one over her hair…and voila! Hair fixed just in time and I proceeded to cry and laugh and cry and laugh and cry and laugh…and later drank the vodka I was going to clean the rug stain with!

8. Place a glass bowl with water (and lemon juice if desired) in the microwave for 4 minutes. Leave it a minute or 2 after the timer goes off and the steam will make it so much easier to clean.

9. The coffee maker is one that gets nasty over time and I admit I forget about it cleaning it. Thankfully my husband is better than me. Once a month, fill your coffee maker’s reservoir with four tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with only water to get rid of any vinegar smell.

10. Clean your wooden cutting board by adding salt on top and then rub it in with a lemon cut in half and rinse.

11. Clean silver with toothpaste. It’s also great to clean your jewelry.

12. Clean your dishwasher every couple months by pouring two cups of vinegar onto the bottom of the empty dishwasher and running a sanitize or hot cycle.

13. For a musty smelling washing machine, put a cup of distilled white vinegar in the bottom and run an empty washer through with hot water.

14. Use rubber kitchen gloves to wipe pet hair off of furniture or clothes.

15. Lay wax paper sheets on top of kitchen cabinets if you have space between the top and the ceiling. It collects dust and grime so change it every few months.

16. Cutting garlic can leave your hands smelling, well, like garlic. Now while I don’t mind this because I love the smell, I’ve even been known to just sniff them every few minutes, rubbing your hands with stainless will rid them of the smell.

17. Use your dishwasher to clean more than dishes. Brushes, toothbrushes, exhaust fan filters/covers, sponges, silicone mitts and trivets, microwave turntables, soap dishes, drawer organizers can all be placed in the dishwasher. For anything that may possibly melt, be sure to place it on the top rack. Fill a laundry mesh bag with small items like lids, marbles, Legos, etc.

18. Clean off shoe scuff marks from vinyl flooring with a clean, dry tennis ball. A light rub and heel marks are erased.

19. To remove greasy fingerprints and other oily stains from your walls, use a stick of white chalk, a cloth, and a little water. Cover the stains with white chalk, wait a few minutes, and then wipe the chalk away with a damp cloth.

20. When you’ve finished scrubbing the toilet and you have the dripping toilet brush, instead of placing it in the holder wet, leave the brush under the toilet seat to drip dry into the bowl.

I hope these cleaning hacks have helped you as much as they have me. What are some of your tips?

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Writer of various topics, stories, and life. Lover of all things nature. Come kick your feet up and sit a spell with me. Personal blog: www.parkitontheporch.com

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