There are many tried and true cleaning tips, but here are some new methods and tricks that aren’t as well-known!
Re-Purpose Household Items
- 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. Shape it to fit into narrow crevices — you can fit it into spaces that you couldn’t before.
- Put pantyhose or a thin sock over the vacuum hose. You can use this to retrieve small items that would take a long time to pick up, but you don’t want to vacuum up. If you drop a small earring or something similar, this can be a life saver.
- Tennis balls are a surprisingly useful cleaning item. Use a tennis ball to rub scuff marks off of floors, or put one in your pool to soak up oils such as sunscreen.
- Use chalk to keep things dry without the smell that other drying products can leave. Put chalk in places in which you want to absorb moisture and/or odors. Chalk doesn’t go bad and, as long as you are careful of the marks it can leave, this can help in cabinets under sinks, near toilets, and in closets with a tendency to be wet.
Old Ingredients, New Mix
- Mix bleach and water to soak grout before cleaning. Mix 3/4 cup chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water, and spray it on. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse. Make sure that the room you’re working in is well-ventilated, and enjoy how much easier it is to clean your grout!
- Use white vinegar and a plastic bag to clean your shower head. Fill a plastic bag halfway with white vinegar, and place it around the shower head, securing it 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.
- Use baking soda and vinegar to clean window screens. De-gunk window screens with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This will also work on window sills to remove stains and dirt.
- Soak gross stove burners in a plastic bag with ammonia. Leave it overnight to soak. In the morning, lightly scrub with a sponge, and your stove burners should be like new.
- 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. This will help lift stains out of the carpet, and leave your floors looking like new!
- Use baking soda to banish mattress odors. Sprinkle your mattress with baking soda, let it sit for over an hour, and vacuum it up. You will find that all of the odors keeping you up at night have dissipated.
- De-gunk your dishwasher using a measuring cup with vinegar. Set a measuring cup with 2 cups of vinegar on the top rack, and running the machine without detergent.
- Cleaning your range filter is easy when you use baking soda. Boil your range filter in water with 1/2 a cup of baking soda, cleaning it of grease.
- Baking soda can also be used to pick up laminate counter stains. Sprinkle baking soda on laminate counter stains, and wipe up with a wet microfiber cloth.
- Make your own floor cleaner to help polish floors! To polish floors, mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, a gallon warm water, and 2-3 drops citrus essential oil. Mop, and let dry.
Unexpected Uses for Cleaning Supplies
- Put ice cubes on the dents in your carpet left from furniture. To start with, make sure you put a rag under the dent if the carpet is on top of a wooden floor. Fill the dent with ice cubes, as many as it takes to fill the dented area. Let them melt — this will make the carpet fibers expand, getting rid of the dent. Make sure you leave it for at least 4 hours to let the fibers regain their shape before blotting up any excess water.
- The dishwasher doesn’t just clean dishes. Wash your glass light fixtures by unscrewing them, and placing them (secured well) in the dishwasher. You can also put floor vents in the dishwasher, as long as you wash them with only water.
- Get rid of crayon marks on walls using Goo Gone. Goo Gone is good for more than getting stickers off, apply it to crayon marks on the wall and wipe them right off. Just don’t let it sit too long or it might damage your paint or wallpaper.