25 House Cleaning Hacks for the Lazy Housekeeper

Updated on April 22, 2019
Kim Bryan profile image

I'm a Tennessee-based freelance writer with a passion for true crime, a thirst for knowledge, and an obsession with lists.

Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate Housework

Housekeeping is a hated chore for you. Here are some more hacks to get it done quickly so you can get on doing what you'd rather be doing.

Items Needed

Lemon Juice
Cream of Tartar
Dryer Sheets
Rubbing Alcoholic
Distilled Vinegar
Baking Soda
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Powder

1. Effortless Garbage Disposal Cleaning

  1. Make a tray of ice cubes made of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
  2. Drop a couple of cubes in your garbage disposal.
  3. Let them melt; it'll be clean and the 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 Roll 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

  1. Insert the fan blade into the opening of the pillowcase and slide up to the arm.
  2. Clinch shut and pull back.
  3. Dump your pillowcase into the garbage when done.

8. Boil the Stove Hood Filter

Clean your stove hood to "like new" by submerging it in a pot of boiling water and 1 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 them 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 efficiently.

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 Sheets Clean 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.

Top 10 Indoor Houseplants for Air Purification

© 2016 Kim Bryan


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      18 months ago

      This is a well written article with great tips, especially for housewives like me! I usually use newspapers to clean my windows. Will be trying out coffee filters on the windows. Your tips will be beneficial to these companies too https://sghomeneeds.com/professionals/cleaning-ser...

    • profile image

      Lorraine Douthitt 

      2 years ago

      I just found out about dust mites and I'm losing my voice how do I get my voice back

    • profile image

      Michael Savino 

      3 years ago

      Hi there, I like the above cleaning ideas and they really work. Last week my friend shifted to another city and when he moved to a new house he had used this tip and for junk removal someone recommended him professionals of http://movingrightalong.com/ and according to him they provide him good service.

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Some interesting ideas. I like the one about cleaning the glass stove top. I'll try that today. I'd love to hear your own stories about using these.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)