52 Mind Blowing Cleaning Hacks To Keep Your Home Clean


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, I’m always looking for tips to make your life 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


via One Good Thing By Jillee

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


via The Family Handyman

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


via One Good Thing By Jillee

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


via Pintester

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


via The Creek Line House

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


via The Melrose Family

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


via One Good Thing By Jillee

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


via Home Sweet Homebodies

Don’t forget to clean the air vents! You can easily clean it with a rag over a butter knife. I would’ve never thought of that!

13. Use carpet rake to clean dog hair off the carpet


via School Of Decorating

Got dogs in the house? Use a carpet rake to easily clean dog hair off the carpet.

14. Use vinegar and baking soda to clean dirty iron


via At Charlotte's House

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


via One Good Thing By Jillee

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

I use this hack all the time! It keeps my washing machine free of smelling like mildew. Remember to keep the washer door open after the cleaning cycle to air it out.

21. Clean your humidifier with white vinegar


via I Dream Of Clean

You should also clean your air humidifier if you have one. Again, using distilled white vinegar will help to keep it clean and free of water mineral buildup.

22. Grab a rubber glove to easily remove pet hair from your couch and other furniture


via Clark

I would’ve never thought of this clever hack! Using a rubber glove to remove pet hair from the couch seems like it’s so much easier than vacuuming!

23. Clean and whiten old yellow pillows with laundry detergent, dish detergent, bleach, and borax


via One Good Thing By Jillee

Got an old yellow pillow? Toss it in the wash with this magical concoction to make it look brand new again.

24. Make your own grout cleaner by mixing baking soda and bleach


via Practically Functional

What a huge difference between the before and after! It will brighten up your entire bathroom.

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


via Practically Functional

Following this cleaning instruction will leave your stove top looking brand new. No more gross and greasy stove top!

27. Have a glass cooktop instead? Use dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to clean 


via Happy Mama Tales

If you have a glass electric cooktop instead, follow this tutorial to keep it clean and shiny!

28. Make your own hardwood floor cleaner to remove scratches and make it look new again


via My Cleaning Solutions

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


via Instructables

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


via Today's Creative Life

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


via One Good Thing By Jillee

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

Don’t forget to clean all the air vents around your home. You can easily keep them clean buy washing them in the tub. So much easier than vacuuming with a hose like I usually do!

34. Make a chenille sock into a reusable Swiffer cloth


via An English Accent

This hack will save you so much money on disposable wipes for your Swiffer!

35. Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom with a rubber band to clean hard to reach spots


via The Krazy Koupon Lady

Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom to clean any hard-to-reach places.

36. Use a toothbrush to clean window tracks

via The Intentional Mom

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

Following these instructions will leave your stainless steel sink looking brand new!

39. Clean and shine cloudy glassware with water and vinegar


via Simple and Seasonal

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


via The Krazy Koupon Lady

What a clever hack! Using a pillowcase to dust off the ceiling fan seems like a brilliant idea!

42. Clean range hood grease filter with a water-based degreaser


via The Family Handyman

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


via Smart School House

Pouring Pine Sol into the toilet brush holder will 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


via Today

45. Best way to clean base boards


via The Country Chic Cottage

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


via The Krazy Koupon Lady

47. Clean tiles, tub, and grout with a homemade cleaner solution of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap


via My Cleaning Solutions

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


via Good Housekeeping

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.


via Housewife How-Tos

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.