10 cleaning hacks to make your life easier
Knowing a few quick and simple tricks can really make your cleaning routine a whole lot easier! We’ve put together a list of some cheap and easy hacks to help save you time, frustration and money on expensive cleaning products.
1. Clean your sponges
Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria and need to be cleaned frequently. To clean your sponges simply place them in the microwave for one minute to remove any bacteria and wait a minute or two before removing as they will be hot. An alternative is to run your sponges through the dishwasher.
2. Use baking soda for cleaner, brighter laundry
Simply pour a cup of baking soda into the washing machine and your clothes will come out even more clean and bright.
3. Polish wooden surfaces with beer
The beer removes dullness and adds a nice, shiny coat.
4. Use a pillowcase to clean ceiling fans
Slip a pillowcase over ceiling fan blades, one at a time, then wipe. Dust falls into the pillowcase instead of onto your furniture and floors.
5. Clean your couch with baking soda
Baking soda can help remove any lingering smells and break up any stains on the fabric. Simply brush the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Let it sit about 20 minutes and then vacuum it up using the brush attachment.
6. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda
Place a container filled with white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher and run it on its hottest cycle with nothing else inside. Then, sprinkle some baking soda along the floor of the dishwasher and run it again on a short, hot cycle and you’ll have a sparkling clean dishwasher!
7. Use lemons to disinfect your wooden cutting boards
Put kosher salt on the board, then use a cut piece of lemon to scrub the salt into the surface.
8. Clean hard water stains with vinegar
Soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, then place them on the hard water stains – on faucets, in bath tubs etc. Return an hour later and wipe clean with a towel to see them shine!
9. Remove lipstick stains
Blot the stain with an acetone-based nail polish remover, followed by a warm water detergent solution, and rinse.
10. Use leftover coffee ground to gently scrub pots and pans
Rather than steel wool, scrub with used coffee grounds to remove stubborn grime from more delicate pots and pans.