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Are you looking for the best cleaning hacks? All homemakers are constantly looking for better and easier ways to clean their homes. Maybe it’s because cleaning is kind of boring, so thinking of new ways to get it done adds some spice back into our days? I’m not sure, but I am the same way.
The best cleaning hacks make cleaning your home easier and more pleasant. Getting rid of built up soap scum and making it so you have to scrub your faucets less can make your life easier when you’re a homemaker.
I recently had to clean a really gross tub for a sick friend. It hadn’t been cleaned in over a year, and you could tell. The soap scum and built up grime was impossible to get off with the normal methods.
As I searched for a way to fix that big mess, I found some other tips that I have used since then. And yes, I do have a secret tip for cleaning even the grossest bath tub! Keep reading to find out what the secret recipe is… you will be blown away by how easy the dirt comes off!
Homemakers need to continue learning and improving their cleaning skills, so I hope these lifehacks will help you to do that!
What Are The Best Cleaning Hacks?
Unclog Your Shower Head With This Recipe
You can unclog your shower head easily with a mix of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar. Put that mixture in a sandwich bag and tie the bag onto your shower head to let it soak into the holes. The gunk from hard water and minerals should be gone within a few hours of soaking! Simply run the shower with hot water to finish.
Sanitize Your Phone, Game Controllers, And TV Remotes With Alcohol Wipes
Alcohol can kill a surprising number of pathogens, so it’s a useful tool for those high traffic areas that harbor the most germs.
Other areas to sanitize with alcohol wipes include light switches, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, sinks and faucets, and even counter tops if they’re made of a material that won’t be destroyed by alcohol.
Don’t play games with pathogens. Sanitize these areas frequently, preferably at least once a day if not more.
Clean The Toughest Mess From Your Bath Tub With This Recipe
Grab a spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons dawn soap. Fill the rest of the bottle with white vinegar. Simply spray this mixture onto the tub and let it sit for 30 minutes, and the soap scum and dirt should come off considerably easier than before.
The worst bath tubs may still need to be scrubbed, but a magic eraser will get that gross stuff easily.
Remove Hard Water Build Up From Glass With Vinegar
While hard water on glass is hardly the worst thing in the world, it can be embarrassing when you’re hosting company. Luckily, a little bit of vinegar will help remove those stains without harming your glassware.
Keep Your Shower Liners Clean
Plastic shower liners can be cleaned in the washing machine with a little bit of bleach. Since we want to reduce how much plastic we are wasting and choking our oceans and animals with, this is an essential step in reducing our impact on the environment.
There’s no need to dry the liner, simply hang it back up and it will dry on its own.
Clean Out Candle Holders With Hot Water
With some hot water and a paper towel, you can remove the wax from a candle holder so that it can be reused for something else in your home. These jars are great to use for DIY gifts, too.
Don’t throw away something cute and perfectly usable. If you don’t want it once it’s clean, I am sure you have a friend or neighbor who can think of a use for that jar.
Clean Carpet Stains With Vodka
Vodka is one of the secrets that professional keepers have for cleaning tough stains. The inexpensive stuff works just as well as expensive options, so pick up some cheap (unflavored) vodka.
The method that works best is to blot the stained area with a cloth to remove any wetness still there. If it’s still wet, you’ll spread the stain and make it worse if you try to clean it. Once the area is as dry as you can get it, pour some vodka onto a soft cloth and dab it on the stain. On carpets and rugs, you can leave the rag on the stain for a minute or two.
Then you simply let the area air dry. Easy!
Clean Your Coffee Maker With Vinegar
Get rid of build up that could be making your coffee taste bad by filling the reservoir with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and letting it brew. Run plain water through after.
Clean Greasy Dust With Olive Oil
Clean greasy dust off of the top of your fridge or the vent over your oven with a little bit of olive oil on a paper towel. Follow with soap and water to remove excess oil.
Use Citrus Peels In The Garbage Disposal
Run lemon, lime, or orange peels in the garbage disposal to freshen it up. The garbage disposal can sometimes hold onto stinky rotting food and other gunk. A few orange peels and an ice cube can help clean that stuff out so your sink smells fresh again.
Other Cleaning Hacks For Homemakers
- Microwave a lemon half in a bowl of water for 2 to 5 minutes. The steam will coat the inside of the microwave, loosening anything caked on for easy cleaning. Simply wipe it clean!
- Clean while you cook to avoid an overloaded sink when dinner is done.
- Wipe your shower down after every time it is used.
- Use your towel after you are dry to wipe down surfaces in your bathroom to dry them and prevent mildew and mold.
- Clean your ceiling fan with an old pillow case. Simply slide it over the fan blades and slide it off with all the dust contained within the pillow case.
- Clean during cooking downtime. I often put clean dishes away or clean and disinfect counters while waiting for water to boil.