What I’ve noticed with some of these “cleaning hacks” I see over the internet is that some actually work, but most of them don’t and that can get quite frustrating!

Cleaning Hacks - Part 2

But in this article, I’m going to let you in on some cleaning hacks, which are tried and tested by me and I know for sure, they work! Yes, I’ve tried them so you don’t have to!

Here are some cleaning hacks (make sure to go and check out the part – 1 article as well) which are super useful for you to try out.

15 Useful Cleaning Hacks to Try at Home:

1. Give your home a cinnamon fragrance while vacuuming

Add about few teaspoons of cinnamon powder over your counter and vacuum it in. Thereafter, go ahead with your regular vacuuming routine to make your house smell fresh with a cinnamon fragrance.

2. Disinfect and sanitize mattress using vodka

This one’s an expensive hack, but it works! Add some vodka and water into a spray bottle (the vodka should be more than the water quantity) and shake the bottle well and spray it over surfaces to get rid of bacteria and germs from surfaces.

Lightly spray to cover all surfaces of the mattress with the vodka without soaking. You may want to dilute the vodka with water if it’s too powerful. Optional: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the vodka solution to leave your mattress smelling fresh and inviting.

3. Remove buildup on faucets with lemons.

Scrub the faucet with half of a lemon, to get rid of faucet buildup.

4. Clean your stinky and sticky microwave or oven and make it fresh

Into a bowl, add in lemon juice and water in equal parts and microwave it for 5 minutes. Thereafter, remove it from the microwave and use a regular all-purpose cleaning liquid to clean the microwave.

5. Remove pet fur from carpets

Drag a squeegee over the carpet and let it clean off the trapped pet fur.

6. Get rid of rings in the bathtub using salt and a citrus fruit

Sprinkle some salt over a half of any citrus fruit and use it to scrub off the rings in the bathtub. Then rinse off with plain water.

7. Sparkle your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the bottom of the dishwasher and on the top shelf, a cup of vinegar. Next, run the dishwasher on the highest temperature and set it on a regular washing cycle.

8. Gleam glassware with heat

To gleam oven-safe glassware, fill it with water and place it in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Then, remove from the oven, discard the water and wash using liquid dishwashing detergent.

9. Remove wall stains with toothpaste

Clean stains from wall by using non gel toothpaste. For deeper stains, gently mix non-gel toothpaste and baking soda into a paste. Carefully rub the paste onto the stained spot. Wipe away the residue with a dry cloth and repeat if needed

10. Deep clean carpet

Mix baking soda with lemon essential oil, Sprinkle it on the carpet. Try leaving baking soda on the carpet overnight and vacuuming in the morning.

11. Get rid of grease stains on clothes with flour

Apply the flour on the grease stain and rub it in to absorb the grease. Then, let it sit for 5 minutes and thereafter, rinse off with a mild detergent.

12. Use shoe polish to fix leather furniture

If you have scratches and scuffs on your leather seats, rub some shoe polish of the same color over it using a paper towel to camouflage the scratches and scuffs.

13. Get rid of soap scum off your shower with cooking spray

Since oil breaks down lime deposits, a quick spritz of cooking spray on your bathroom sink or shower tile will remove any gross grime in no time. Shake the can of cooking spray, and standing about 6 inches away, begin lightly spraying your glass and tile. Allow to stand for 5- 10 minutes then either rinse with hot water or with soapy water.

14. Remove oven stains with baking soda and vinegar

Make a liquidy mixture of vinegar and baking soda and apply it over the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean with a paper towel.

15. Shine your pots and pans with vinegar and baking soda

Make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to form a paste and then use a scrubber or steel wool (if the pots and pans are not non-stick), to scrub off the stain, after letting it pre-soak for 15 minutes.

16. Clean floor with vinegar

Create a mopping solution of ½ cup of vinegar and one gallon of warm water. Optional – Add in few drops of lemon essential oil to get rid of the vinegar smell and use this to mop your floor clean.  You can also use the vinegar and water solution in a spray mop.

17. Clean white tiles and grout using hydrogen peroxide

Title grouting often gets dirty and discolored and sometimes even covered with mildew. Make a semi-thick paste of 2 parts baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part dish soap to make a paste and using a brush, use it to scrub your grouting and a bigger brush to clean your tiles. Let it rest for an hour or overnight and rinse off with warm water.

18. Remove scratches from plates

Set your plate or bowl on a table and sprinkle the Bar Keeper’s Friend evenly across the surface. It should be covered, but not too thick. Add a splash of water and wearing gloves scrub it in a small circular motion with a sponge. You will see the marks fading away. Rinse well, then wash with soap or run it through the dishwasher before using.

19. Stained food container

Cut a lemon in half, rub it inside the container, or make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it inside the container and then set the container out in the sun for for 1-2 days.

20. Remove stains from furniture or upholstery

Cover the fabric you want to clean in a layer of shaving foam – any brand will do as long as it’s white. Leave it to sit on the sofa for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour for tougher marks.

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