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30 Cleaning Tips and Tricks to Make Your House Spick and Span

August 19, 2019

At the end of a tiring day, most of us just want to go home and relax. No one wants a home with rubbish and grime all over the place. To avoid living in a nightmarish home, you can use these house cleaning tips and tricks to help you out.

1. Concoct Your Own Glass Cleaner

You need to mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70%), and 1/2 cup white vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Clean your windows during a cool, cloudy day. Spray the solution on the window glass and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.

2. Don’t Let the Cloud in Your Wine Glasses

You can turn your cloudy wine glasses into shimmering beauties when you soak them for five minutes in white vinegar. Rinse them by hand and use a microfiber cloth to dry them.

3. Unclog the Shower Head and Restore the Pressure

shower head switched on

Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Put the mixture in a plastic bag. Secure the bag to the shower head to soak the holes in the solution. Leave it for an hour before you wipe out the gunk.

4. Prepare an All-Purpose Cleaning Agent

baking soda solution

Mix 1 quart warm water and 4 tablespoons baking soda. Dip a sponge in the solution and wipe the surface of appliances, kitchen counters, and other messy exteriors.

5. Deodorize the Smelly Sneakers

white canvas shoes

Get some baking soda and sprinkle it inside the sneakers to remove the smell. You can tap out the baking soda before you wear your sneakers on the next day.

6. Clean the Wall Doodles with Ease

baby drawing on wall

Get a damp sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Scrub the sponge lightly on the doodles and see them disappear.

7. Wipe Out the Marks that Your Little Picasso Left Behind

marker pens

If you have a future Picasso among your children, it is wise to keep a tube of toothpaste and a soft rag handy and be ready to wipe away the marker stains on the wood.

8. Get Rid of the Garbage Disposal’s Stinky Smell

putting lemon on trash bins

Prepare a few lemon rinds and let them run through the disposal. Pour some cold water to eliminate the unpleasant odor.

9. Unclog Your Drain

clean drain

When your drain begins to go slow, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth and let it stand for five minutes. Pour hot water to flush.

10. Clear the Stains on Your Cutting Board

wooden cutting boards

Cut the lemon in half and run it over the cutting board to eliminate the smell and stains. You may also sprinkle some baking soda or salt first to gain added cleaning muscle.

11. Give Your Microwave a Fresh Scent

clean microwave using lemons

Heat up a cup of water, sliced lemons, and numerous tablespoons of vinegar on high until the window of your microwave becomes steamy. Wait for five minutes before you open your microwave door. Wipe the interior to clean.

12. Get Rid of the Stinky Smell of Your Pet

skunk on carpet

Sprinkle some baking soda on the surfaces of the cushy, soft places that your pet visits frequently. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up.

13. Use Rubber Gloves to Collect Pet Hair

pet on couch

Wear your rubber gloves and wet them. Run the wet gloves over the surfaces to pick up the fur.

14. Use Lemon Juice to Save Your Pots and Pans

rose gold pots and pans

Fill your cookware with water and put a tablespoon of lemon juice in it. Let it simmer before you turn off the heat. Expect a shiny result.

15. Erase the Stains from Your Carpet Using Steam Iron and Vinegar

carpet cleaning

Follow 1:3 ratio when you mix the vinegar and water. Apply the solution on the stain and cover it with a wet cloth. Run a steam iron over it for at least 30 seconds.

16. Clean the Grille of the Bathroom Fan

bathroom exhaust fan

Ready your canned air and turn on the exhaust fan. Shoot out the dust with the help of the canned air. This also works well with the central heating/cooling systems’ return air grilles.

17. Beat the Area Rugs Clean

white area rug

To give your large area rugs a thorough clean, hang them over a clothesline or fence every quarter of a year and give them a good beating using a tennis racket or a broom.

18. Easy Cleanup of Grout Haze

microfiber cloth

Invest in a microfiber cloth, which is much better than an ordinary rag, to efficiently remove the dried grout haze.

19. Add Salt to Oven Spills

clean oven

If you are out of cleaning agent for your oven, you can sprinkle some table salt over the fresh oven spills. Wipe up the spills using a damp cloth or sponge when the oven has cooled down.

20. Use Salt and Lemon to Remove Stains

butcher block countertop

To remove stains on your butcher block countertops, sprinkle some salt over the stains and scrub it with a cut lemon. Let it stand overnight before you rinse it with water.

21. Put an End to Musty Smells

towels and sheets

Open a box of baking soda and leave it near your towels and sheets. This can stop the musty smells.

22. Potato Scrub for Your Cast-Iron

sack of potato

To clean the cast-iron effectively, sprinkle some coarse salt into your cast-iron and use a potato half to scrub it until the stubborn mess loosened and can be rinsed out.

23. Aquarium Gravel to Clean Your Bottle

white aquarium gravel

Clean a bottle with a narrow neck with the help of aquarium gravel. Fill the jar with one-third water and drop a handful of gravel. Swirl the gravel around and see the inside of the jar getting clean. Strain the gravel and rinse the bottle.

24. Making Your Shower Curtain Fresh

shower curtains

To make the moldy spots disappear, throw the vinyl or plastic curtains in your washer along with a little detergent. Add two bath towels for added agitation. Hang to dry.

25. Erase the Scuff Marks

tennis ball

You can use a dry, clean tennis ball to wipe off scuff marks on the vinyl flooring.

26. Change Your Bedding Each Week

rolled out bed sheets

The bedding sends out a puff of dust, sheds fiber, and collects skin flakes. Just roll out your bedding when you change it every week. This can prevent the dust from scattering.

27. Effective Way to Clean Your Coffee Maker

coffee maker

To eliminate the caked-on minerals in your coffee maker reservoir, fill it with half water and half vinegar. Brew the solution halfway. Let it stand for 30 minutes before continuing. Brew a pot of clean water after that.

28. Use Ketchup on Copper

using ketchup to clean copper pots

Use ketchup when cleaning your copper pots and see them shine.

29. Remove Grease from Your Cabinets

kitchen cabinets

To de-grease your cabinets, you can add some dish washing liquid to warm water in a bottle spray. Mist the grease away and wipe with a well-wrung wet cloth. Let it dry.

30. Make Your Silver Shine

dirty silver cutlery

You can rub a dab of toothpaste to your serving spoon, bracelet, or ring to make them shine. After rubbing the toothpaste, rinse your item and dry it with a clean cloth. See it sparkle.