Spring Cleaning Hacks
With Tips and Tricks for House Cleaning, You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!
Tried and true, weird and wonderful, house cleaning tricks we had no idea existed and a few we knew about but we loved too much to knock them from the list. Enjoy!
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- Use A Steam Cleaner With A Squeegee To Clean Your Windows! This works so good and you need no cleaner and you have no streaks. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, still go the squeegee route. I purchased this mini squeegee and it works awesome with a 50/50 white vinegar and hot water solution. Sparkles!
- Clean Blinds With A Dryer Sheet: Close your blinds and wipe them up and down. Dryer sheets create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again. (Dryer sheets also clean chrome faucets and fixtures nicely.)
- Clean Ceiling Fans With A Pillowcase: This way the dust is trapped and won’t give you, even more, cleaning to do. After they are dust free give them a good wipe down with soapy water.
- Steam Clean Your Microwave: Add about four cups of water, a few lemon wedges and two tablespoons of vinegar to a microwave safe bowl and turn your microwave on for five minutes. Let it sit for five minutes without opening the door. Carefully remove the hot water and wipe down with water from the bowl. It will sparkle like its brand new!
- Clean Your Stainless Steel With Alcohol: Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. Then use a dry cloth to polish.
- Rid Your Toilet of Rings With a Denture Tablet! Toss one in your bowl and leave it overnight. The next morning a gentle swipe with the toilet brush should wipe away any rings remaining.
- Wax Your Stovetop: After giving your stovetop a really good cleaning, gently buff in some car wax. It will give you a shiny surface and make cleaning up future spills, a breeze. (You can also wax your air vents to prevent dust from building up as fast.)
- Take A Lint Roller To Your Lamp Shades! Seriously, lamp shades are tricky. A quick run by your lint roller will easily pick up dust and hair. (These also work wonders on a pool table.)
- Take A Butter Knife To Your Air Vents: Simply wrap a butter knife in a rag and easily clean those hard to reach slots.
- Toss Your Stove Knobs In The Dishwasher: Simply toss them in with your silverware so they don’t fall through your racks.
- Take Some Vegetable Oil To Your Kitchen Cabinets: Seriously, I saw this one recommended over and over again so I tried it and yup, it works. Just take 2 parts vegetable oil with one part baking soda and mix into a paste. Use an old toothbrush to get rid of the grime.
- Mop Your Hardwood Floors With Some Black Tea: Yup. I double and triple checked to make sure this was a real thing and apparently it not only does a great job of cleaning wood floors but it pulls out a lot of their natural color, enhances their grain, and leaves a lovely hue all it’s own. As with any floor cleaner, test an area before you go all in. Simply sweep or vacuum your floor. Add four to six tea bags for lighter floors or seven or eight black tea bags for darker floors to a half gallon of boiling water. Remove tea bags after ten to fifteen minutes. Once it cools a bit, put it in the mop bucket and proceed as you would with any other floor cleaner. Be sure to wring the mop out well after each dip.
- Apply A Light Coating of Cooking Spray To Your Shower Door: Watch Pam take on your shower grime! Scum and hard water residue start to disappear almost immediately. Let it work for ten minutes and then wipe down with paper towels. (If it’s really bad in there and you are going to need a thicker coat, place towels in the bottom of the shower first or it can get dangerously slippery in there.)
- Flour Your Stainless Steel Sink: Ok, you wouldn’t think flour could do anything more awesome than make a cake but when you see what it can do to your stainless steel sink you’ll be thinking, “sweet!” So just clean and dry your sink with dawn or your usual cleaner and then cover the entire thing in flour (about 1/4 cup) and watch it shine! It will look brand new! For real. I did it.
- Always Work From Top To Bottom: Start with the ceilings and vacuum up any cobwebs and then down to dusting pictures or wall art, then the furniture level, and lastly the floors.
Ok, so this post has been super fun to do! I’ve tried most of these hacks myself and so my house has been like one giant Science experiment. But, I do what I can for you, my dear reader. I’ll even flour my sink and take car wax to my stove top! You’re welcome!
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