10 Great Cleaning Hacks
Like it or not, cleaning is a necessary task for most of us. However, it doesn’t always have to be a dreaded task that takes hours. With the help of some clever tricks and hacks, you can speed up your cleaning routine and make the whole process more efficient and enjoyable.
1. Use vinegar to remove hard water scales and limescale build-up
Vinegar is a miracle cleaning product for all around the house, but it’s particularly effective at removing hard water deposits. Just apply it to a soft cloth and buff away the spots. For thicker deposits around your taps and other difficult areas, soak a cloth in vinegar and leave it on the affected area overnight. In the morning, simply scrub away the loosened deposits with an old toothbrush and rinse.
2. Use a lint roller to pick up dust and crumbs
An easy way to dust your lampshades or to pick up dust and dirt from fabrics or the inside of drawers is to use a sticky lint roller. Just roll it over the surface to lift the dust instantly.
3. Magic erasers make a great multi-purpose cleaning tool
Magic erasers are advertised for removing marks and stains on walls, but they’re actually really effective at cleaning all sorts of things. You can use them to:
- Clean shoes
- Remove scuff marks from paintwork and walls
- Get rid of sticky label residue
- Polish stainless steel
- Remove soap scum
- Clean tile grout
- Remove coffee and tea stains
- And more…
4. Clean your toothbrush holder and soap dispenser in the dishwasher
These bathroom accessories get dirty quickly and are often neglected when it comes to cleaning. Make them shine like new again with no extra effort on your part by running them through a cycle in the dishwasher.
5. Clean your blender without elbow grease.
Blenders can be difficult to clean thoroughly as there are lots of nooks and crannies that collect food residue. Instead of spending ages scrubbing, just fill your blender with warm water and a drop or two of dishwashing liquid, before turning it on. Then simply rinse and your blender will be sparkling again.
6. Restore burnt pans and baking trays with vinegar and baking soda
Want to make your pans look like new again? It’s easier than you think. Sprinkle on baking soda and pour white vinegar on top. Heat the mixture on the stove to speed up the process. After a few minutes, the burnt on mess will wipe right off. You can also use this method to clean inside your oven – sprinkle with baking soda, put neat vinegar in an empty spray bottle and spray evenly inside. Leave overnight before wiping clean.
7. Make a vacuum attachment for cleaning out small areas
Next time you finish a roll of paper towels, keep the cardboard tube. You can then tape this to the end of your vacuum hose and flatten it to get into the smallest nooks and crannies around your home like the filter vents in your clothes dryer.
8. Use coke to clean your toilet bowl
Coke is acidic, making it a surprisingly effective cleaning product. To get rid of rings inside your toilet bowl, push as much water as you can out of the toilet bowl with a toilet brush and then pour down a bottle of coke. Leave it as long as you can (preferably overnight), flush, give a quick scrub with the brush, and it should be looking as good as new again.
9. Sterilise your kitchen sponge in the microwave
Sponges are a great breeding ground for bacteria and can actually be one of the dirtiest things in your kitchen. However, it’s easy to clean off the bugs daily. Just wet the sponge and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to kill off any lingering bacteria.
10. Use lemon to eliminate a smelly bin
Kitchen bins can start to smell quickly, especially in the summer. To neutralize and cover up unpleasant smells, put a few lemon slices in the bottom of your bin when you change the liner.