20 Awesome Cleaning Hacks You’ve Gotta See To Believe

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I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but I actually don’t mind cleaning. I find it weirdly therapeutic. That being said, I rarely have time to do a thorough cleaning job. That’s why I’m all about effective hacks that help to get the job done faster and with less effort. So on that note, here are 20 awesome cleaning hacks you’ve gotta see to believe!

1. Remove Hard Water Stains

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This might make you think twice about drinking Coca-Cola, but pouring some in the toilet bowl will help to break down hard water stains on the porcelain.

2. Remove Dead Bugs

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This is genius. If you hate touching dead bugs when trying to remove them, use a lint roller and simply toss out the sheet afterwards.

3. Clean Lampshades

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And on the topic of lint rollers, you can roll one along your lampshades to pick up dust, hair, and other debris.

4. Prevent Water Stains On Faucets

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To prevent water drops from forming and staining chrome faucets, wipe them down with a sheet of wax paper. It helps the water to bead up and roll off instead!

5. Scrub The Tub

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Looking for an effective yet natural way to clean your shower base or bath tub? Slice a grapefruit in half and cover the fleshy side in coarse salt, using it as a scrub brush. The acid and the salt are great for removing stubborn grime and other residue.

6. Cleaner Dishes

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Are your dishes coming out cloudy and not as clean as you would like? Pour some baking soda into the dishwasher detergent compartment along with the detergent to see a big difference!

7. Easily Dust Blinds

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Dusting the blinds is one of my least favorite chores. Solve the problem with a pair of cooking tongs, some elastic bands, and two rags. Genius!

8. Clean Stainless Steel Sinks

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Shine up a stainless steel sink by sprinkling it with baking soda, then pouring some distilled vinegar on top. When the solution makes a fizz, scrub the sink and rinse with plain water.

9. Clean A Wood Cutting Board

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To clean a wood cutting board, slice a lemon in half, cover the fleshy side in coarse salt, and scrub, scrub, scrub!

10. Dust A Ceiling Fan

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The easiest way to dust a ceiling fan? Slip an old pillowcase over each blade, trapping all of the dust inside.

11. Clean Dirty Grout

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When it comes to cleaning dirty grout, all you need is baking soda! Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the grout, and scrub with an old toothbrush.

12. Locate Small Items

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Trying to find an earring or other small item that was dropped on the floor? Put pantyhose over the end of the vacuum cleaner to find it without sucking it up!

13. Wash A Shower Curtain And Liner

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You can toss both your shower curtain and the plastic liner in the washing machine – just be sure to wash on a cold water cycle, and don’t put the liner in the dryer afterwards.

14. Remove Water Stains

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To remove water rings from wood furniture, place a tea towel over top and slowly move a hot iron over the tea towel. It may sound odd, but it works! Click here for more detailed instructions.

15. Deodorize A Mattress

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To deodorize a mattress, strip all bedding and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the mattress. Let it sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum it up.

16. Hide Wood Scratches

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To make scratches on wood furniture less noticeable, rub over them with a walnut. This is such an old-school hack, but it really works!

17. Broken Glass Catcher

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Need to pick up a bunch of tiny shards of broken glass? Use a piece of bread – trust me, it works.

18. No-Effort Microwave Cleaning

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To clean and deodorize your microwave, fill a bowl with water and a few lemon slices. Set the microwave on high for about two minutes. The steam from the lemon water will coat the inside of the microwave, making it easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.

19. Dust-Free Baseboards

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Dust your baseboards with a dryer sheet! Not only will the sheet trap dust, but it will also prevent dust from settling there in the future.

20. Deodorize The Garbage

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To ensure your garbage stays as fresh-smelling as possible, add a few cotton balls dropped with essential oil to the bottom of a fresh garbage bag.

Hopefully these clever hacks will shave a bit of time and effort off your cleaning routine, allowing you to enjoy the more important (and fun) things in life. Happy cleaning!