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Best Home Cleaning Tips from 2016

Best Home Cleaning Tips from 2016

There are many tried and true cleaning tips, but there are also new methods and tricks still cropping up that aren’t as well-known.

  • Use cooking tongs to dust your blinds. Wrap a microfiber cloth around them, and secure with rubber bands. This is an easy way to reach between every blind, which normally is harder to do.
  • Put a cardboard paper towel tube around your vacuum hose. Bend it to fit into narrow crevices- you can fit it into spaces that you couldn’t before.
  • Put pantyhose over the vacuum hose to retrieve small items that you couldn’t reach, but don’t want to vacuum up.
  • Clean grout by making a mixture of 3/4 a cup chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water. Spray it on, let sit for a few minutes, and scrub and rinse.
  • Put ice cubes on the dents in your carpet left from furniture. Let them melt, and then vacuum over the area to soak up excess water.
  • De-gunk your dishwasher by setting a measuring cup with 2 cups of vinegar on the top rack, and running the machine without detergent.
  • Wash your glass light fixtures by unscrewing them, and placing them (secured well) in the dishwasher.
  • Put chalk in places in which you want to absorb moisture and/or odors.
  • Use a tennis ball to rub scuff marks off of floors, or put one in your pool to soak up oils such as sunscreen.
  • Fill a plastic bag halfway with white vinegar, and place it around your shower head, secured with rubber bands. Overnight, mineral deposits that may have been deposited in your shower head will have broken down. Take the bag off and let the water run for a few minutes before your next shower.
  • Soak gross stove burners in a plastic bag with ammonia overnight. Lightly rub with a sponge the next day, and they should be like new.
  • Put floor vents in the dishwasher, and wash with only water.
  • On carpet stains, spray a mix of 1:3 parts vinegar to water. Lay a cotton cloth over it, and iron on the highest steam setting for about ten seconds.
  • Get crayon marks off of walls by applying Goo Gone, and wiping them off easily.
  • Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, let it sit for over an hour, and vacuum it up. Odors will be gone.
  • Boil your range filter in water with 1/2 a cup of baking soda, cleaning it of grease.
  • De-gunk window screens with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on laminate counter stains, and wipe up with a wet microfiber cloth.
  • To polish floors, mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, a gallon warm water, and 2-3 drops citrus essential oil. Mop, and let dry.

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