9 Cleaning Hacks You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

Cleaning the house can be one of the most tedious parts of your day, especially if you have more than one floor to clean or even more than one room to clean. The good news is that there are cleaning hacks out there that can make your life so much easier! Here are nine cleaning hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner!

1) Cleaning Your Stove

One way to clean your stove quickly is to fill a spray bottle with vinegar and warm water, then spray it all over. Next, take a scrubber that you use for dishes and give your stove a thorough cleaning. After you’ve cleaned your stovetop, remove all of your knobs and do a more intense scrubbing with soap and water. Finally, dry off everything with paper towels.

2) Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

To quickly clean most surfaces in your home, you need only a couple of ingredients: equal parts lemon juice and water (or just white vinegar), and baking soda. Combine these in a spray bottle to form an all-purpose cleaner that is safe for any surface in your house. These two cleaners are far stronger than their chemical counterparts but also gentler on your hands and safer for pets. 

3) Clean the Bathroom with Baking Soda

Fill a bucket with warm water and baking soda, then use it to scrub down your bathroom. The great thing about using baking soda is that it’s mildly abrasive, so it does the scrubbing job for you! This quick and easy cleaning hack makes light work of dirty bathrooms. If a damp cloth doesn’t cut it, spread some baking soda on your sponge and scrub away.

4) Tackle Messes As They Happen

The fastest way to clean a house is to tackle messes in rooms as they happen. But we all know that isn’t always possible, especially if you work outside of your home. When it comes time to deep clean a home, these cleaning hacks can help save time, or at least make it feel like you’re saving time by getting more done with less effort.  From avoiding hours spent mopping floors to finding an alternate use for table salt and tea bags, read on for tips to get big tasks finished fast.  

5) Skip the Harsh Chemicals

If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals while still keeping up appearances, look around your kitchen and bathroom cabinets; vinegar works wonders on everything from countertops to ceramic tile. Plus, baking soda will take care of soap scum buildup (with a little elbow grease). And lemon juice cuts through tough grime.  Just mix it with water and scrub! 

6) Be Creative with Cleaning Tools

Some people don’t have time for all those fancy tools that come in multipacks at big-box stores. If you’re one of them, try using things like medicine spoons or kitchen knives as tools for small projects, like cleaning out a microwave or taking off stuck labels. Just be sure to avoid metal utensils on granite countertops; they can cause scratches. 

7) Clean Your Iron

An iron cleaner is a cheap and easy way to remove stains and impurities. If you’re cleaning an iron that’s particularly dirty, soak the hot plate it in warm water with a little lemon juice and baking soda overnight. The next day, you can wipe away the build-up on the iron with a cloth.

8) Clean Your Mattress with Baking Soda

Many people are quick to toss out dirty mattresses and pillows, but they can be cleaned instead of replaced. You can clean your mattress by first spot-cleaning with a stain remover. After, evenly spread baking soda or commercially bought mattress cleaning powder and let it sit. After a while of the product sitting on the bed, use a vacuum attachment to vacuum up the baking soda or powder.

While you’re cleaning your mattress, also wash your pillows! Place them in pillowcases, tie them shut and then put them in the washer along with some towels. This only works for some types of pillows, so always read the label on the pillow.

9) DIY Air Freshener

The best way to rid a room of its stale air is by opening a window and letting in some fresh air. If that’s not an option, try making your own DIY room freshener to eliminate odors with natural essential oils. There are plenty of ways to craft your own scented candles and sprays, but here’s one simple recipe: add 10 drops each of lemon and eucalyptus essential oils to a spray bottle filled with 2 cups distilled water. Or, add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils to a diffuser and let it freshen up your home.

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