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Does the thought of cleaning your entire house or apartment sound overwhelming? Are you looking for ways to cut your cleaning time shorter so you have more time to do other things? Here at Our Habitat, we are always looking for tips to make your lives better — cleaning hacks included.
I found 52 helpful cleaning hacks that you can use for different areas of your home. They don’t require any special equipment and they are easy to DIY with what you already have at home. Make sure you follow the provided links to read more detailed instructions. These cleaning hacks will help you finish cleaning faster so you have more time to do other things or just to relax.
1. Clean grimy kitchen cabinet with baking soda and coconut oil
Mix 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts baking soda in a small bowl then apply the mixture to your cabinets with a cloth or sponge. You can also use your hands to apply the mixture. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grooves and hard to reach spots.
2. Make your own garbage disposal tablets
via Bitz & Giggles
Slice up some lemons and limes and place them in the cups of a muffin pan, brownie pan, or ice cube tray. Fill each cup with distilled white vinegar then place the pan into the freezer. Leave it in the freezer for at least 24 hours.
Run hot water into the disposal for about one minute then turn off the water and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and a frozen tablet into the disposal. Turn the water back on and turn on the garbage disposal.
3. Use a lint roller to clean your window screens
Use a lint roller to get any tree fuzz, spider web, pet hair, and debris off the window screens.
4. Clean the dishwasher with white vinegar, baking soda, and bleach
Pull out the bottom rack to take out any bits of food left in the dishwasher. Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack. Run a cycle with the hottest water setting. After the cycle finishes, sprinkle a handful of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run another short cycle using the hottest water.
Optional: Run another cycle with some bleach if there is mold or mildew. However, do not use bleach if the dishwasher has a stainless steel interior.
5. Clean microfiber with only one ingredient: rubbing alcohol
via 551 East
Use a spray bottle to saturate the stained area with rubbing alcohol. Scrub the area with a light-colored sponge. After the area has dried, use a bristle brush to fluff the area to make it look new again.
6. Clean fabric couch with baking soda and a vacuum
via Pop Sugar
Wipe the couch with clean white towel to remove any bits and debris. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the entire couch. Wait at least 20 minutes before vacuuming with a brush attachment.
7. Iron out stains in carpet
Spray some Windex on the stained area and put a towel over it. Then use an iron over the towel to “soak up” the stain. It’s pretty amazing to see the stain lifted right off the carpet into the towel!
8. Use a sheet of wax paper to wipe off the water spots on the faucets
Using a sheet of wax paper to wipe off the water spots will make it shiny and spotless again.
9. Use vinegar to clean shower head
Fill a ziploc bag with distilled white vinegar, then use an elastic band to secure the bag to the shower head. Make sure the entire shower head is submerged in the vinegar. Leave it overnight then simply wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth after removing the bag. Run the shower for a few minutes to make sure there is no residue of vinegar left.
10. Use baking soda to clean the inside of the oven door
via Bitz & Giggles
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Smear the paste onto the oven door then leave it for 30 minutes. Scrub with an S.O.S. Steel Wool Pad until it’s clean. Enjoy your clean oven door that looks brand new. Now you can actually see what you are baking from the outside!
11. Use lemon essential oil or lemon juice to clean plastic cutting board
Add lemon essential oil or lemon juice to 1/2 cup of water. Soak a sponge in the mixture and scrub the cutting board. Lay the cutting board out under the sun for about a day then the stains should be completely gone.
12. Cleaning air vents using a rag on a butter knife
13. Use carpet rake to clean dog hair off the carpet
14. Use vinegar and baking soda to clean dirty iron
Scrub the iron with white vinegar then use a toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas with baking soda. Turn on the iron to let it steam for a little then you got yourself a brand new looking iron!
15. Make old cookie sheets look like new again
Sprinkle some baking soda on the cookie sheet, spray a layer of hydrogen peroxide, then sprinkle some more baking soda on top of it. Let the mixture sit on the cookie sheet for about two hours. Get ready to be amazed by the results you see when you wipe everything off!
16. Use Rain-X to prevent soap scum build-up on glass shower doors.
via I Dream Of Clean
Rain-X is used to repel water on the windows of a vehicle. What a surprising way to use the product by spraying it on your shower door! Water doesn’t stick on the glass anymore after it’s treated with Rain-X. It is perfect for preventing water marks and soap scum.
17. Use potato and salt to clean cast iron pan
via Tori Avey
Use a raw potato that is cut in half to scrub a generous layer of salt on the pan will help to remove any debris that cannot be cleaned by wiping. Make sure you coat the pan with oil and pop it into a 400 degree oven for about an hour to season the pan when you are done cleaning it.
18. Remove the toilet seat then use a screw driver and a disinfectant wipe to clean under the water tank and other hard-to-reach areas
via Ask Anna
Removing the toilet seat will make it easier to reach the hard-to-reach areas. Don’t forget to give the hinges from the toilet seat a good wash before putting everything back!
19. Clean the rubber part of front loading washer with distilled white vinegar with tee tree oil
via The Melrose Family
Pour one cup of white vinegar with 5 drops of tea tree oil into the detergent compartment then run a regular cycle without any clothes in the washer. Scrub with a brush and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Make sure you really get into all the crevices and under the rubber of the drum. The results are amazing and your washer will be looking and smelling new again!
20. Don’t forget to clean the actual washer too. Simply run a cycle with vinegar.
via I Heart Naptime
21. Clean your humidifier with white vinegar
via I Dream Of Clean
22. Grab a rubber glove to easily remove pet hair from your couch and other furniture
23. Clean and whiten old yellow pillows with laundry detergent, dish detergent, bleach, and borax
24. Make your own grout cleaner by mixing baking soda and bleach
25. Get rid of the mildew stink from your towels by washing them with vinegar
via Classy Clutter
Here is another surprising way to clean with white vinegar! Simply use vinegar and run the towels with regular wash cycle to get rid of the funky smell.
26. Clean your stove top with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
27. Have a glass cooktop instead? Use dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to clean
via Happy Mama Tales
28. Make your own hardwood floor cleaner to remove scratches and make it look new again
Create this budget-friendly cleaner that doesn’t contain any harsh chemical to clean your hardwood floor. All you need is 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 table spoon castile soap, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 cups warm water, essential oil (optional), and a plastic spray bottle.
29. Clean oil stain on the driveway using Pour-N-Restore
Ever wondered how to get rid of the greasy stains on your driveway? I found out there is this cool product called Pour-N-Restore that dries oil stains into powder.
30. Use a seam ripper to get rid of the hair stuck in the vacuum
via Rehana Du Jour
I always have a hard time getting the hair out of the vacuum. Using a seam ripper will definitely make it easier to clean the vacuum!
31. Clean and deodorize microwave with vinegar and lemon
In a microwave-safe bowl, put in some slices of lemon, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar), and water. Turn on the microwave for 3-4 minutes. After it’s done, leave the door closed for about 10 minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge and all the grime and grease should easily come off.
32. Clean toaster to make it look brand new
I don’t think we have ever deep cleaned our toaster before (yuck!) and Jillee’s detailed instructions and her amazing results of making it looking brand new again inspires me to give our toaster a good deep clean next time.
33. Clean air vents
via Organized Mom
34. Make a chenille sock into a reusable Swiffer cloth
35. Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom with a rubber band to clean hard to reach spots
The power of the vinegar and baking soda mixture will do most of the work. Just leave it for 10 minutes and come back with a toothbrush to scrub all the gunk off. Simply wipe everything clean with a paper towel afterwards and you should see a sparkly clean window track!
37. Deep clean faucet sink handles
via What’s Up Fagans
If you have those acrylic faucet globe handles then this hack is for you. Follow the step-by-step instructions on What’s Up Fagans to deep clean those grimy looking faucet handles.
38. Clean and polish a stainless steel sink
via Centsable Momma
39. Clean and shine cloudy glassware with water and vinegar
You can soak your glassware in one part water to one part white vinegar then wipe with a soft rag until the glass is clear and shiny.
Another trick I learned while working at a restaurant is to simply put all the glassware upside down on a tray of hot water mixed with vinegar. The steam of the hot water will reach the inside of the glasses. This way you don’t need to soak everything in water.
40. Get rid of scratches from ceramic dishes with Bar Keepers Friend
via Mom Outnumbered
What an amazing result on the dishes! Use Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleanser to get rid of the scratches from your dishes. You might need the more abrasive version of Bar Keepers Friend for the more stubborn scratches.
41. Use a pillowcase to dust your ceiling fan
42. Clean range hood grease filter with a water-based degreaser
Soak the range hood grease filter in a sink full of water and water-based degreaser from the auto parts store to see amazing results within minutes.
43. Pour some Pine Sol into the toilet brush holder to make it more effective at cleaning the toilet and also will make your restroom smell better
44. Easily clean window blinds with a sock with a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar
45. Best way to clean base boards
Follow Angie’s step-by-step instructions on the best way to clean you base boards. All you need is a brush, broom and dustpan, sponge (or Magic Eraser), spray bottle with water, cotton swabs and dryer sheets.
46. Microwave damp sponges for 1 minute to disinfect them
47. Clean tiles, tub, and grout with a homemade cleaner solution of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap then you have your own homemade bathroom cleaner.
48. Clean grimy glass bakeware with baking soda and dish soap
Good Housekeeping tested different homemade cleaners to clean grimy glass bakeware. The winner was baking soda and dish soap. Coat the bottom of the pan with baking soda and dish soap and soak in hot water for 15 minutes. Sprinkle more baking soda on stubborn stains and scrub with a sponge.
49. Deep clean your mattress using baking soda, peroxide, and dish soap.
50. No-streak window cleaning with newspaper and homemade glass cleaning spray.
via Mom 4 Real
51. Sanitize your toothbrush naturally with vinegar
via Health Extremist
52. Make your own carpet cleaner with dish soap, white vinegar, and water
via Lizzy Write
Another proof that white vinegar and baking soda work wonders! Sprinkle baking soda on the stain to let it absorb for 10 minutes before vacuuming. Mix one tablespoon clear dish soap and one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Then using a white cloth and sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution and blot until all the liquid is absorbed. Finally, sponge off with cold water and blot dry.