25 House Cleaning Hacks for the Lazy Housekeeper
Cream of Tartar
1. Effortless Garbage Disposal Cleaning
Make a tray of ice cubes made of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Drop a couple of cubes in your garbage disposal, let them melt, and it'll be clean and bad smells gone.
2. Soda Toilet Cleaner
Pour carbonated soda directly into the toilet and allow it to sit at least half an hour. The carbonation will remove stains and leave it sparkling like new.
3. Vegetable Oil Cleans Stove Hoods
Add a little vegetable oil to your rag when cleaning the stove hood to help easily remove grease-caked dust. As you'll see in another tip, apply car wax to prevent future buildup.
4. Stainless Steel Shine
Mix 1 cup water with 1/4 cup cream of tartar to clean and shine your stainless steel appliance.
5. Wax Paper for Faucets
Wiping faucets with wax paper prevents water spots and finger prints.
6. Lint Roller Your Lamp Shades
Dusting lampshades is a breeze with a lint roller. Just run the roller around the shade a couple of times and walk away.
7. Dust Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase
Inser the fan blade into the opening of the pillowcase and slide up to the arm. Clinch shut and pull back. Dump your pillowcase into the garbage when done.
8. Boil the Stove Hood Filter
Clean your stove hood to like new by submerging in a pot of boiling water and I cup of baking soda. Check periodically and remove when clean.
9. Car Wax Detracts Dust
Apply a thin coat of car wax to air returns, vents, stove hoods, and the sorts to keep hem dust-free longer.
10. Dryer Sheets Repel Dust from Baseboards
Upcycle a used dryer sheet by wiping down baseboards with it. Doing so repels dust.
11. Soap Scum Hates Dryer Sheets Too
After cleaning your tub or shower, wipe it over with an unused dryer sheet to prevent soap scum.
12. Clean Vents with a Butter Knife and Rag
Make an impromptu vent cleaner using a butter knife and dusting rags. Slide between the slats and wipe.
13. Use Coffee Filters On Glass
Clean your mirrors and windows with coffee filters instead of rags or paper that wells for a streak and lint free shine.
14. Shower Vinegar Bath
Pour vinegar into a bag and rubberband it close around your shower head. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and remove to find a calcium and soap scum-free shower head.
15. Canned Air for Exhaust Fans
Quickly and easily clean dust from exhaust fans using canned air. Just direct at vents and spray. Just remember to sweep afterwards since the dust has to go somewhere after all.
16. Unclog Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Unclog slow or stopped up drains with one part baking soda and one part vinegar. Pour in drain and allow to sit. Clogs will be gone in minutes.
17. Water and Vinegar = Coffeemaker Cleaner
Run one part water and one part vinegar through a complete cycle for a quickly cleaned coffeemaker.
18. Paint Brush Dusting
Use a soft-bristled paintbrush to dust knickknacks and collectibles more efficientl.
19. Microwave Vinegar Steam Clean
The microwave will almost clean itself when you boil one cup of water and one cup vinegar inside. Once the water and vinegar create a grease and grime busting steam, all the iciness wipes away easily with a rag.
20. Mouthwash Mopping
Add a capful of mouthwash to one gallon of water to make tile and vinyl sparkle - not to mention leaving it minty fresh!
21. Dryer Sheet Cleans Pans
Easily remove baked-on food by filling the pot with water and tossing in a dryer sheet to soak. Food residue comes right off.
22. Vinegar Soak for Faucets
Remove built up calcium, lime, and rust from faucets by soaking a rag in vinegar then wrapping around it the head, securing with a hair or chip clip. Let it sit for half an hour, remove, and wipe with dry rag to remove residual vinegar.
23. Bathroom Mold Repellent
Mix equal parts lemon juice and baking soda to create a paste that combats mold and mildew on shower curtains and tiles. Spread the paste on the target surface, allow to stand for two hours, then rinse away.
24. Glass Top Stove Cleaner
Make your glass top stove look like new with cleaner made with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part baking soda.
25. Natural Purification
Reduce dust and other indoor pollutants while purifying your home's air with house plants.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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