There’s nothing better than a spotless house, but cleaning can be time consuming and expensive. Instead of buying pricey, harmful chemical cleaners and spending hours scrubbing away, try some of these epic deep cleaning hacks. You’ll be amazed at how many household items double as cleaning products and home improvement tools.
1. Broken Glass Catcher
You can use a slice of bread to sponge up tiny pieces of broken glass. You can then use that bread to make the worst sandwich ever.
2. How To Clean A Blender
If you really want to get crazy, throw in half a lemon. The rind will help scrape excess food, and the juice removes odors.
3. Sanitize Sponges
Also effective – putting a sponge in the dishwasher for a full cycle.
4. Vinegar Bag Shower Cleaner
To be fair, filling a bag with vinegar and tying it around the shower head is, technically, work. But you can probably handle it.
5. Coke Toilet Cleaner
Pour Coke in the toilet, and let it sit for an hour. The acid in the drink will break down stains. Plus, it’s the only toilet bowl cleaner you can actually drink.
6. Clean Faucets With Vinegar
Vinegar is great for removing hard water stains. Using a vinegar-soaked towel allows you to clean those hard-to-reach spots around a faucet.
7. Clean wood gently and effectively
- Walnut Wood Repair – Just rub a walnut around a damaged wooden area several times and let it soak. The oils from the nut will color in the scratch and make it unnoticeable.
- b) Veg Oil & Baking Soda – Use a solution of one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda to gently clean wood. Use a sponge or a toothbrush to massage the solution into the surface.
8. Cleaning A Cutting Board
Just sprinkle the board with sea salt, and wipe it with a cut lemon. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe a final time with a sponge.
9. Home-made Air Deodorizer
- In addition, you can also use an onion to help deodorize a cat litter box or even a stuffy attic/basement. And you can use an onion if you just need a good cry.
- Simmering vinegar on the stove will neutralise bad odours, restoring calm to your nostrils.
10. Ketchup Bottle Vacuum
A great way to reach those tiny, uncleanable places. But it’s not so great if you’re one of those people who likes to clean and make a burger at the same time.
11. Tennis Ball Cobweb-Snatcher
The tennis ball fibers cling to webs and take them down. They can also be used to remove dust from hard-to-reach places.
12. Clean Shower Door With Dryer Sheets
Cleaning the bathroom is not how most people want to spend their day, but it has to be done! The good news is there’s an easy way to remove soap scum and grime that’s building up inside the shower. You have two options:
- Just soak a dryer sheet in water and use it to wipe the soap scum off the door. The best part – it can still be a used dryer sheet.
- b) Fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half dish soap — then get to scrubbing! You can also use an old sponge or toothbrush and just dip into a cup of the same solution.
13. Lemon Microwave Cleaner
Basically, if you have a lemon around, you have the power to clean just about anything. Use that power wisely.
14. Use Onion To Clean ANY Grill
Just heat up the grill to make it easier to get the black gunk off, then clean it with half an onion on a fork. It’s a more natural way to clean it than using a cleaner with chemicals. Onions are natural antiseptics, which is why it works!
15. Clean your couch with baking soda
Baking soda can help remove any lingering smells and also break up any stains on the fabric. First brush off the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Just let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum it up using the brush attachment.
16. Clean a burnt pan with vinegar, water & baking soda
Fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan!
17. Clean up greasy cabinets
It can often be hard to spot the grease that builds up on wooden cabinets, but if left long enough without cleaning you’ll soon start to notice it. Mix equal parts warm water and soap before wiping the greasy surface down and drying it with a separate cloth. Baking soda is also an effective alternative.
18. Iron out your carpet stains
Getting stains out of your carpet can be a major issue for most households. Try soaking a cloth or flannel in water, then place on the stain and run a hot iron across it. The heat will start to break up any carpet stains, making them easier to clean.
19. Put charcoal in your freezer
This may sound a little peculiar, but it is a great and basic method for removing odours from your freezer, as long as you make sure you use activated charcoal and not any with lighter fluid in it. For a more traditional tactic mix equal parts warm water and vinegar and spray sparingly across the inside of your freezer to eradicate nasty smells.
20. Clean Grout with vinegar and baking soda
While this is technically a bathroom tip, it can be used on the grout on your backsplashes to keep it looking new. Mix vinegar with baking soda and clean with a toothbrush.
With all these incredible cleaning tips, your home will soon be looking as fresh as it was the day it was born. It may look good for a while but I can’t guarantee your housemates, guests or kids won’t come and ruin your hard work though.