There are things sitting around the home that make great cleaning hacks.
Things like using a dishwasher to give hairbrushes and combs a much-needed deep clean. Or the vast array of uses for vodka or baking soda. There is also a very useful hack using a toilet paper roll that will pass on a public kindness that everyone should do!
Cooking Vents & Baking Soda
Cooking vents often get overlooked.
Either they’re easily forgotten because they’re tucked out of the way, or they’re just really gross and no one wants to clean them. The good news is by filling a bowl or sink with boiling water and baking soda – and then letting the grates soak – the nasty gunk will come off easily!
Mattress & Baking Soda
Mattresses are another item that don’t always get the cleaning love they need.
Aside from giving them a regular vacuuming, it’s a good idea to sprinkle some baking soda on them and let it sit for thirty minutes. After, vacuum it off and you’ll have freshened up your sleep zone.
Carpet & Vodka
Red wine spills or other accidents are unavoidable.
But you don’t need fancy cleaners to deal with these booboos. Vodka is right up there with “miracle” cleaning items that are usually found in most home – right up there with vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. Just dab it on, let it sit, and then clean up the stain.
Squeegee & Pet Hair
Yes, there are roller brushes that will take off pet hair in a jiffy.
But if you don’t have one you can reach for a squeegee. Just run it over the fabric and the rubber lips will collect all the fuzz. Bonus hack: rubber gloves will also work.
Bread & Coffee Grinder
We could say “use a toothbrush” – they’re one of the best cleaning tools that often get overlooked.
But in this case, if you’re an avid bean-grinder, try adding some stale bread and giving it a whiz. The bread will collect all the bean build-up and leave your grinder sparking and ready for the next batch.
Drains & Vinegar
Instead of waiting for bathtub and sink drains to get completely stuck, try a different approach.
Drain un-blockers are often bad for the environment. So, on a regular basis, dump some baking soda down the drain and then add in vinegar. The chemical reaction will help keep things clear.
Cutting Boards & Salt
People think that it’s only the meat board that needs special attention.
But that’s just not true. The vegetable version needs a deep cleaning once in a while – on top of its regular sink visits. Sprinkle salt over the surface and then use a half-cut lemon to scrub.
Electronics & Coffee Filters
It’s not necessary to buy those dust clothes.
If there are electronics that are becoming homes for generations of dust bunnies, just grab a coffee filter. The smooth surface won’t scratch anything (like a TV screen) and it does a great job of holding onto the dust.
Vacuum Head & Seam Rippers
You know when your vacuum head gets that woven nest of hair?
Yes, you can pull it out by hand, but that’s kind of gross. If the wad is being extra-stubborn, get one of the sewing seam rippers – they look like little harpoons. It will make short work of the mess in only a few seconds.
Shoes & Nail Polish Remover
Is there a special pair of sneakers in the closet that just can’t leave the collection?
It’s easy to make them sparkle again. Put some nail polish remover on a cloth and use it to clean any of the harder surfaces. A wet toothbrush will take care of any of the softer material.
Paper Roll & Toilet Seat
Yes! The mystery hack is finally here.
This one isn’t so much a cleaning hack but a public kindness and cue for cleaning staff. If you put an empty toilet roll propped under the lid, it’s actually a signal to the next person that there isn’t any paper left and the staff need to restock! Cool, yeah? But these paper rolls have another use.
Vacuum & Toilet Roll
There are so many useful nozzle attachments.
A great one is that little thing that lets you get into small, tricky places. But if that’s gone missing and you’re desperate, just take roll, fit it over the end, pinch the tip to make it tapered and there you go! A makeshift detail nozzle.
Cables & Tubes
Another toilet paper roll hack!
If you want to keep your electronic cables organized, roll them up and slid them into the paper roll. Things can be taken a step further by labeling them … or even decorating them!
Screens & Rollers
Most people think that all anyone needs is a damp cloth.
But using that to clean a screen door often just makes gunk build-up. Using a dry cloth makes dust fly everywhere. So, instead, use one of those sticky lint rollers. It will do the job nicely.
Toys & Washing Machines
No, do not put baby’s favorite fuzzy toy in the washing machine!
We’re more leaning towards plastic toys or other objects that need to be wiped down. If kiddo likes to chomp on Lego blocks, put them in a fabric bag and toss them in a hot cycle. So easy!
Pillows & Tennis Balls
Please wash pillows! They get so little cleaning love.
But we understand. Usually after they come up of the final cycle, they just don’t feel the same. This hack might sound weird, but it works! Toss in some tennis balls. They’ll bounce and pound those headrests so they’re fluffy again.
Paint & Razors
Note – this won’t work on all fabrics.
But there’s a pair of jeans that got a splash on them – or some other more durable fabric, take a razor blade and gently scrape off the surface. It should take care of most of the problem. After that, maybe some other gentle cleaners.
Grease Stains & Chalk
It might sound weird but scrubbing a stick of chalk over a grease stain on the clothes will make life easier.
People often suggest baking soda, but chalk will to the same absorption job – if not better. Rub it over the blotch then wash as usual.
Baking Dishes & Aluminium Foil
Yes, lining a tray with foil can help avoid baked-on gunk.
But mess is inevitable. And, if you’re stuck with a sticky tray and no scrubber, just take some aluminium foil, ball it up and use that instead. It works wonders. But don’t use it on Teflon or other non-stick surfaces!