7 mind-blowing hacks for cleaning your home
There’s nothing better than a clean and tidy home to sit back and unwind in after a hard day of work – and of course, to have a tidy house, you need to clean it regularly.
Cleaning can be time-consuming and tricky at times, but many hacks exist to tackle those hard-to-clean areas of your home.
In this guide, we’ve laid out seven hacks for cleaning your home that will blow your mind. Not only will these cleaning hacks save you time and effort, but they’ll make you feel more confident that every corner of your home is cleaned to perfection.
1. Clean your microwave in minutes with water and lemon
The kitchen is always worthy of a good cleaning – and one kitchen appliance that we may often forget to clean is our microwave.
Our microwaves heat different foods every day, and unlike dishes, they don’t get washed after we’ve eaten. Like anything used to prepare or eat food, they need to be cleaned too. An easy tip to clean your microwave is to microwave a bowl of water and lemon.
Start by filling a microwavable bowl or cup with water. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl. Microwave the bowl for around three minutes and wipe down the microwave. This chemical-free cleaning solution removes the worry of chemicals getting into your food. The lemon juice and steam leave a fresh smell in your cleaned microwave.
2. Remove shower scum easily
Most people don’t like to spend their days cleaning bathrooms, yet it is necessary. Fortunately, we have discovered that soap scum and filth that has accumulated in your bath or shower can be easily removed with this hack.
Start scrubbing after mixing equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a dish wand. Another option is to simply dip an old toothbrush or sponge into a cup of the same solution.
3. Olive oil cleans stainless steel appliances
Appliances made of stainless steel appear to be soiled with fingerprints all the time. All you need is a microfiber cloth and some rubbing alcohol to give them a wonderful, clean shine. However, if you want to go the extra mile and give them an even better shine, use some olive oil for an excellent finish.
4. Use a sock as a duster
Don’t have a duster to clean your blinds or light fixtures? Why not use a sock instead? It might sound odd but it certainly is effective. Your hand can be placed inside the sock and worn on your hand to brush off dust manually with your hand.
You can spray some polish spray on your cabinets and anything else you’d like to dust and simply use your hand and sock to give it a shiny clean. This method works particularly well for awkwardly placed and high-up items in your home. If you reach something with your hand, you can easily dust it with the sock method.
5. Use your vacuum (and attachments) for more than your floors
Don’t just use your vacuum cleaner for your floors and carpets, use the attachments to suck up dust from areas like your blinds, corners of your ceiling, vents and cabinets. You can clear dust easily with a vacuum, rather than using a cloth and having dust build up on the cloth, which can become a pain when getting rid of it.
With this cleaning hack, we’re saying to be smart by making the most of what you’ve already got.
6. Clean your sofa with baking soda
Sofas can be tricky furniture pieces to clean, depending on what material they are. You can use baking soda to remove odours and smells, and also to remove any stains that may be present on the fabric.
Sprinkle baking soda on the area you wish to clean after brushing the couch’s surface. Then, using the brush attachment, vacuum it up after letting it rest for around 20 minutes.
7. Sparkling clean windows
Windows can get dirty easily, and cleaning them can be a pain. Spray one part distilled white vinegar to nine parts water on your windows, then wipe them down with a cloth – a lint-free cloth is best. Then, polish them to a beautiful shine using a chamois leather or glass polishing microfiber cloth.