Cleaning is one of the least fun things to do in life, but we have to do it anyhow. Whether you live in a palatial mansion or a small cozy apartment, you probably don’t enjoy cleaning, and may even relegate to the “later list.” Cleaning can be easy though, or at least made a little more simple, by following this list of 20 mind-blowing cleaning hacks.
20. Packing Tape Picks Up Crumbs
We’ve all had that time where we ate something that got crumbs everywhere! No need to worry about getting the vacuum or dust buster out. Just grab packing tap, because packing tape does more than just secure boxes. Use it whenever you need to pick up crumbs without brushing them onto the floor.
19. Soap and Water Cleans Your Blender
Cleaning a blender is a pain in the a**, but don’t fret! Rather than hand-cleaning it or putting the blender into the dishwasher, simply put liquid soap and water into the blender and blend. Rinse and you’re done! This trick is especially handy if you make smoothies, because you can make sure all of the gunk is removed.
18. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets can help you clean so many trouble spots. Use it to buff out mirror stains and shower doors. Use them to clean and prevent dust from accumulating on the baseboards. Freshen up your air vents by inserting a fresh sheet.
17. Toilet Brush Pan
If you’re like me, you don’t feel right about putting the toilet brush into the clean pan. Don’t neglect the toilet brush pan, simply add some dish liquid into the bottom and place the brush on top.
16. The Dishwasher: Your Friend
The dishwasher is your best friend, you just don’t know it yet! The list of items that are dishwasher-safe include rubber boots, plastic toys, hairbrushes, baseball caps, refrigerator shelves, soap and toothbrush holders, and garden tools.
The thankless task of cleaning the microwave is easier when you put an old sponge inside and nuke it for 20 seconds. Pick it up with an oven mitt and scrub out the inside of the microwave with the like-new sponge.
14. Lint Rollers for Everything!
Dusting can seem like an endless task, especially when you try to remove dust and hair from things like lamp shades and furniture. The same lint roller you use on your clothes works wonder on every surface.
13. Razor Trumps Paint
If you’ve ever accidentally gotten paint on your clothes, then you know the agony of ruining a perfectly good pair of pants. Don’t despair, just use a razor to clean the paint off. Unlike soap, the razor doesn’t smear the paint or ruin the fabric.
12. Treat Cast Iron With Salt
Putting cast-iron cookware into an oven is a no-no. Instead, opt for sea salt or kosher salt to give your cast iron pans a good scrub and a good clean.
11. Scrub Your Keyboard With Toothbrush
Get a clean and new toothbrush and use it to clean oh-so-hard-to-clean the nooks and crannies of your computer keyboard.
10. Vinegar Your Shower Head
We all know how tough it is to remove stains from your shower head. Vinegar works great, so fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the shower head. After a couple of hours, remove and the stains will come right off.
9. Toothpaste on the Sneakers
Many of us ponder how we can clean the rubber areas of our sneakers. Pass on the dish soap and look toward toothpaste to whiten your favorite pair of kicks.
8. Hairbrushes Need Cleaned!
Hairbrushes need cleaned too! Fortunately, just like your hair, they’ll be as good as new with a good shampoo! Same goes for makeup brushes too.
7. Vinegar Your Pans
Vinegar will help you clean up a burned pan. Just boil some vinegar in the bottom of the pan, remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and scrub.
6. Don’t Walk on Broken Glass – Use Bread
One of the scary things about cleaning up broken glass is the potential that you’ll miss a shard and get hurt. At the same time, you shouldn’t use the vacuum cleaner since it might damage your machine. The answer? Bread. Take a piece of bread and press it into the ground. The glass shards, no matter how small, stick like glue.
5. Filter Your Screens
Looking for an ultra-soft, safe cloth to use on your television, computer and tablet screens? A clean coffee filter will remove dust, prints and static without a scratch.
4. Fast Toy Pickup
The number of kids toys with lots of small parts seems to get bigger every year. Here’s a great hack: just use an ordinary dust pan to sweep them all up whenever you are in a hurry.
3. Shoe Polish Restores Leather
You use shoe polish to shine up your leather shoes, so it can be of good use to shine up your leather couch as well. Combat cat scratches by using shoe polish that is the same color as your furniture.
2. White Onions
You really shouldn’t use chemicals to clean your grill, they don’t even work properly. Instead use a raw white onion to clean the grates. In addition to taking off the dirt, they’ll season your grill for extra flavor.
Lipstick on your color? Your sweater? Your shirt? Don’t throw it in the wash, that never works. Instead hit it with some hairspray, rub lightly with a washcloth and then wash as normal. The lipstick will wash right out.