Cleaning is an essential task in the day-to-day life of everyone. The mental and physical benefit that comes from it has been made among the essentials of our life.
With a clean environment, you’ll have your brain in the perfect condition, which gives you the right mood to carry out other crucial activities for your success. It also helps you to gain clarity, focus, and think correctly to make a decision.
But when our environment is in a messy state, the story changes and everything that’s going smoothly and positively starts to become negative, causing the overall productivity and wellness level to deteriorate. For this reason, every one of us wants to have that perfectly clean home as much as we can.
Despite the endless benefits of a clean environment, the task involved in achieving it is no piece of cake. However, some people are doing it and are getting it right in the simplest way possible. If you have always found cleaning too burdensome a task and time-consuming, maybe you still need to know a few more tricks others are using to get it done in an easier way. Check out other blogs such as, “How to Clean a House Professionally (Checklist)“. The truth is that if you don’t know the way around it, cleaning it can be challenging, costly, and stressful.
Here are the powerful cleaning hacks you can start using for an amazing cleaning experience:
Wall Spot Magic Cleaner
This is a super cost-efficient and powerful cleaning hack that you can use to clean out spots on the wall like magic. It is basically the use of baking soda and a sponge to get rid of fringed prints, scuff, or grease spots.
Do you wonder how to get it done?
Put a sprinkle of your baking soda on one of your palms and pick the damp sponge with the second hand, then gently tap the edge of the damp sponge on the baking soda to have a little soda attached to the edge of the sponge. Once you have this, carefully rub the area with a spot on the wall In a circular motion and follow it up by wiping the spot off with a damp cloth. This way, you’ll achieve a clean wall like a walk in the park.
Dawn Miracle Cleaner
Are you worried about a stain on your laundry?
You don’t need to anymore, as the dawn miracle cleaner will put a smile on your cute face.
It’s a DIY product that contains two-part hydrogen peroxide and one part dawn or any other dish soap. What do we mean?
When you want to make a dawn cleaner, you’ll mix a known quantity of dish soap with hydrogen peroxide, twice the quantity of the dish soap you want to use. This means that if you use two spoonfuls of dish soap, you’ll need to add four spoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a miracle cleaner. You can use it when you have stains on your clothes by applying them with a brush on the stained spot. If the stain is large and wide, you can soak the cloth in a bucket of hot water mixed with the miracle cleaner. It doesn’t only work like miracles but also saves you some cash.
Gold And Jewelry Cleaner
If you constantly use hand cream, you’ll notice that after a while, your ring made of gold, silver or other precious stones will get dull and lacklustre.
To solve this, half-fill a cup with rubbing alcohol and a teaspoon of dish soap. Stir this mixture thoroughly and place your stone jewellery inside the mixture and leave it in the solution. After a few minutes, take out the jewellery and scrub gently with a cleaning brush, rinse and dry. You will be amazed at the sparkle once more.
If you use dryer sheets, you don’t have to throw them away immediately after use. You can still use them for something else, which is cleaning your baseboard.
When you have just finished using your dryer sheet, it has a better potential to attract dust and clean your baseboard. All you need to do is wipe the dryer sheet on your baseboard and discard the sheet with the dust attracted from your baseboard. This way, you have used one item for two essential purposes.
Shoe Noise Prevention While Cleaning
When your shoes get dirty, the probable thing you will do is to machine wash them. During this process, the rolling of the shoe inside the machine will make some noise. However, the situation is worse when you want to dry your shoes. So, it would be awesome if you could have a way to prevent the noise when drying. A good way to do that is by placing your shoe in a delicate bag and hanging a part of the bag outside the door while the remaining parts remain inside the dryer, then closing the door. This way, you’ll prevent the noise caused by your shoes when they bang around in the dryer.
Essential Oil Combo
This is an amazing hack for your smelly shoes. If your shoe stinks due to odours from the inability of your feet to breathe, you don’t have to feel bad as it’s a normal condition. You just need to apply this shoe cleaning secret, and everything will be awesome once again. Take a small size cotton bud and add about ten drops of your favourite essential oil. Place the cotton bud in your shoes and leave them overnight. When you remove the cotton bud the next morning, your shoes would have the smell of essential oil.
Vinegar Laundry Booster
Vinegar as a laundry booster means it’ll help your detergent work better. How do you do this? It’s pretty simple. Just take your white vinegar and add it to the pre-rinse compartment or put it into your machine as it’s filling up with water and allow it to soak. The vinegar will aid in the softening, deodorizing, and lightening of the colour of your fabrics. After washing, rinsing, and drying your items, you’ll see the difference. And rest assured, your fabric isn’t going to smell like vinegar.
Ice packs are one of the items that are found in many homes. It’s made of a plastic bag containing refrigerant liquid and water to be kept in the freezer as a preparation for use. You can use it to keep perishable food from getting spoiled by placing it together with the food inside a cooler and as cold therapy to treat injuries by lowering pain and swelling. Although you can purchase them, it’ll be more worthwhile if you can make your own ice pack. To make one for yourself, you’ll need to get a zipper-lock freezer bag, water, and alcohol.
The water and alcohol are the mixtures that should be in your zipper-lock bag. So, mix the water and rubbing alcohol in a ratio of two to one. For example, if you have a one-gallon zipper-lock bag, you can add two cups of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol. You want to ensure that you get as much air out of the zipper-lock bag as possible when you seal it. And after that, place it in the freezer, where it’ll be ready for use. You will have a bendable ice pack because the water will freeze completely, but the alcohol will not. So, whenever you have a bruise, you can wrap it around the area as cold therapy.
Post-It Note Cleaner
This hack is very effective in cleaning your gamepads and other electronics that you always have your hand on, which get some specks of dirt from your sweat and are hard to reach. All you need is a post-it note. You want to fold the note so that you can have a pointing edge. It’s the pointed edge that you will use to scrape out the clouds of dust from your remotes, gamepads, keyboards, and other electronics with tiny hard-to-reach parts.
Rubbing Alcohol Blind Cleaner
If you have window blinds, you’ll notice that they’re very prone to get dusty with time, and cleaning them might look difficult. However, rubbing alcohol will help you with the cleaning miracle. This is how to go about it. Pour rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and sport socks. Flip the socks inside out to put your hands in it like you’re wearing a glove. Flip your blind to have them in a flat horizontal position and spray the rubbing alcohol on it section by section with the help of the sprayer. As you’re spraying each section of the blind, you want to rub it with the socks in your hand. The rubbing alcohol will help you to remove dust and dirt on the blind and make cleaning a walk in the park!
This is an excellent alternative for what you call a powdered cleanser which is used to get rid of grease, grime, and soap scum in your kitchen and toilet. The quantity of this all-purpose cleaner that you make will depend on how much of it you want to use immediately. Get a bowl and mix equal parts baking soda and dish soap in the bowl. You can add a few drops of water, then stir till you have an even mixture and your favourite essential oil. Now you have your cleaner ready for use anywhere you need to clean. It’s not only easy to make but also inexpensive.
Shower Head Cleaning
Do you ever notice that water is not flowing straight down as it should be when you are under your shower? It’s nothing to feel bad about as it’s just an indication that hard water has built up in your shower head and clogged the passage of water. However, it can be displeasing as your shower will not work as effectively as it should do. So, what’s the way out? We call it shower head cleaning hack. It’s an easy solution that involves filling a non-leaking plastic bag with plain vinegar and following it with placing the shower head into the filled plastic bag.
Tie it up with an elastic band and leave it over the night till the next day. The vinegar will help to break those hard water build-ups on the showerhead. By the next day, remove the showerhead from the bag and discard the vinegar and use the showerhead to see if you’ll enjoy an effective running of the water. If you’re still experiencing some issues with the water flow, you can take either a little cleaning toothbrush or cloth and give a gentle scrub on the showerhead. It will help to lift off any of the residual hard water buildups. This hack will also work really well on a faucet head.
DIY Vacuum Refresher
When you are vacuuming it’s nice to enjoy a pleasant smell. This is a good solution to achieve this. Take out your vacuum filter and add some drops of your favourite essential oil. This way, your vacuum will bring out a good smell as you’re using it. It’s easy to do and costs you only your essential oil, which is negligible.
Towels are one of the essential personal belongings we have, so we always want them clean and freshened. Maybe you notice that your towel is becoming smelly; there’s a way to get them refreshed. The process involves two cycles. The first one requires hot water mixed with one cup of white vinegar, while the second involves baking soda plus hot water. You will run the content of each cycle in your machine. And the second cycle should come after the first cycle. This will help you to eliminate all build-ups in your towel and return it to a freshened state.
You just finished using your blender, and you want it clean? Maybe you’ll use the normal washing method. What if we give you an easier way to do this? You want to first give your blender a rinse to get rid of the remnants in it, then put a teaspoonful of dish soap in the blender and half fill it with water, cover it up and allow it to blend for 45 seconds or more, and rinse thoroughly. This will leave your blender sparkling clean, doing all the hard work for you.
If you have ever realized that your boots wrinkle when you put them on, the probable cause of the problem is the fact that they’re not kept in good shape when you are not wearing them. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that you have your shoe always in shape. To do this, take your pool noodle and cut it to the vertical length size of your shoe, make a pair, and then when you’re not wearing your boots, stuff the pool noodle inside, and it will keep your boots upright and long-lasting.
If you have any stain on your mug or it has a stinky smell, this is the hack you must have been looking for. You want to half fill the mug with water and add a teaspoonful of baking soda to form a solution. Leave the solution in the mug till the next day, then scrub the mug and rinse with water. You’ll not only get rid of the displeasing stain but also the stinking odour.
Greasy Filter Cleaner
When your overhead exhaust filter becomes greasy, it’s vital that you clean it for maintenance purposes. It’s not much work if you know about this hack, we want to show you. Get a bucket and pour a reasonable quantity of OxiClean in the bucket. Boil a kettle full of water and put the OxiClean in the bucket. Remove the exhaust filter from the overhead exhaust compartment and dip it into the mixture in the bucket. If your bucket is not wide or long enough, you may need to turn the filter so that the solution reaches every one of its parts. You can remove the filter anytime after a minute, and you’ll love how clean it comes. Rinse it with water and allow it to dry. It’s better than many other alternatives.
Chopping Board Refresher
Cutting boards made of wood are prone to getting smelly, which is an indication that some bacteria have life on the wood surface, and you need to get rid of them. A good way to do that is to get your hydrogen peroxide and spray it on the board surface, then allow it to stay for a few minutes. Afterwards, give your cutting board a thorough cleaning with soap and water and allow it to dry. That way, your cutting board will be refreshed.
Eliminate Wrinkles On Cloth
If you allow your clothes to stay in the machine for hours before you move them to the dryer, you’ll notice that your clothes come out of the dryer with wrinkles. This wouldn’t have happened if you watched your machine closely and transferred your cloth to the dryer immediately after the washing ended. However, you still have a way to deal with wrinkles. If you have other wet garments that you want to dry, you can add the one with wrinkles to it so that the water from the wet garments will disperse and loosen the wrinkles on the clothes. Make sure that you hang them immediately after you remove them from the dryer.
Cars are like our small and movable homes. We drink, eat and do some of the activities that will be at home in it and more importantly we enter them with our shoes on. All these activities lead to the car stinking over time. To get rid of the odour, you can apply essential oil on the carpet or rubber mat of your car. You’ll love the freshened state of air in your car.
Maybe you are someone who doesn’t like the stress of cleaning your oven; there’s a way out for you. You can purchase a super non-sticky overliner and place it in your oven. With the overliner in your oven, you can take the stress of cleaning your oven every time you use it. All you need is to bring out the overliner and wipe it. Now you can enjoy your oven without the hard work.
Aluminum Foil Scrub
Have you ever thought of an alternative to your metal scrub? This hack is your absolute answer. Take some aluminium foil, whether a new one or the one that you just used for cooking. Crumple it to fold into a ball shape and add a little quantity of dish soap or water to your pan, then start scrubbing with the aluminium foil. You will see the pot getting cleaned and you might love this hack so much that you never want to get a metal scrub anymore.
Lint Roll Dusting
What many people know about lint rolls is they take care of your clothes. However, it can do more than that. You can use it for dusting your bed head and lampshades. We recommend that you get yourself a reusable one so that you can wash and reuse it again and again.
Garbage Disposal Detoxification
We use the garbage disposal from time to time to dispose of waste which makes it dirty and stinking. Therefore, it’s necessary that we ensure that we clean it regularly. An excellent approach to garbage disposal cleaning is the use of fresh lemon. You want to cut and divide the lemon into four and put each piece in the disposal and run the water. This will help you to achieve a clean and deodorize disposal.
It’s not just about knowing that you should clean your environment. You might find cleaning more tedious and burdensome if you don’t know some easy ways around it. We hope you will try out the hacks you’ve learned today as they will help you save more time and energy while you enjoy an amazing cleaning experience.
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- Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably
- Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day.
- Baking Soda Power! Frugal, Natural, and Health Secrets of Baking
- Sustainable Home: Practical projects, tips, and advice for maintaining a more eco-friendly
- The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way