20 Cleaning Hacks You Need in Your Life

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These 20 cleaning hacks will have you wishing you knew about them sooner. Save precious time by implementing these easy hacks into your cleaning routine.

With Spring on the horizon, the cleaning itch is coming upon us. If you are a weirdo such as myself then this is an exciting time for us. That being said since I have that cleaning gene, I have picked up a few awesome time saving cleaning hacks over the years. 

1. Cream of Tartar to Clean Scratched Dishes

cream of tartar cleaning hack

Are your everyday plates scratched? No worries, you can easily use cream of tartar to buff those scratches out. Sprinkle the cream of tartar generously on the plate, add a few drops of water and gently buff with  wet dishrag. Let is sit for a minute then scrub and wash the plate with soap and water.  

2. Keep Cotton Balls in your garbage

No one wants a stinky garbage am I right? However, it’s garbage and it’s bound to be stinky. Easily cut that stink down by using cotton balls soaked in essential oils. This cleaning hack is a great way to freshen up a usually unfresh space.  Just add the oil soaked cotton balls to the bottom of your  garbage can before you add your liner and you’ll be stink free.

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Don’t have any essential oil ons hand? Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your garbage can. The baking soda will absorb the odors from the garbage.

3. Use Lemon and Salt to Clean and Disinfect a Cutting Board

salt and lemon

Simply sprinkle the entire cutting board with hefty layer of salt, cut your lemon in half and  use the lemon to scrub the salt. Once the cutting board has been scrubbed, take your sponge and wipe the cutting board clean. Not only does this cleaning hack give you a clean and disinfected cutting board but it also makes it smell lemony fresh. 

4. Make Your Own Cleaning Solution

This is one of cleaning hacks I use religiously. Not only is it an awesome money saver but also it’s a natural alternative to some other harsh chemical cleaners. I’ll use this cleaner on my shower walls, bathtub, and sinks.  

natural cleaning solution

How I make My Cleaning Solution: I’ll take a spray bottle like this one and add about a cup of vinegar. Next I’ll add warm water, filling up the rest of the bottle. Once the bottle is full i’ll add about 4 to 5 drops of dawn. Finally, to finish it off I’ll add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

5. Use Chalk on Grease or Oil Stains

We’ve all been there. You are innocently enjoying your BIG salad when a piece of lettuce escapes your mouth and flops onto your shirt. You say to your shirt, “well, we had a good run”. There’s still hope!  Blot off any excess oil from your shirt then, grab that white chalk and cover the oil stain. Let the chalk work it’s magic for a few minutes then immediately launder.

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This chalk cleaning hack works on dreaded lipstick stains too!

6. Drop Essential Oils in Your Toilet Paper Roll

toilet paper roll

Not only one of the most ingenious cleaning hacks, but also a room freshening hack, adding a few drops of your favorite scented essential oil to the toilet paper roll will freshen your bathroom with every spin.

7. Easily Clean Your Blender

The smoothie efficanado I am, I use my Ninja blender all the time. From kale and spinach , to berries and bananas, the blender can get messy. And nothing is worse than trying to clean a blender. This cleaning hack easily solves you messy blender problems.

Simply add a cup  or so of warm water and a drop of dish soap and blend blend away. Just like that all the hard work is done for you. Rinse the blender really well and let it dry.

8. Baking Soda to Clean Up Pet Accidents

Anyone with a fur baby knows accidents happen. You certainly want to be prepared when accidents do happen. Now. this cleaning hack is more of a second step hack to the first initial clean up.

For example, if one of my pups threw up on the carpet , I’ll clean up everything and blot right away. I use Natures Miracle to do the first clean up. Next, I’ll sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the accident spot additionally adding a bit of water. I then take an old tooth brush and scrub the spot. As you scrub the baking soda will become dirty (gross). Once the scrubbing is complete, clean up the area and again, cover the spot with baking soda.  Finally, let that baking soda sit , at least over night so it has a chance to really absorb any smell that was left.

9. Use a Paint Brush to Dust Your Car

This paintbrush trick is one of the most recent cleaning hacks I have come across, and it does not disappoint! All you need is a (clean) paintbrush. Basically, you use the paint brush to brush away dust in the small crevices that are hard to reach. This is an excellent way to keep your car looking tidy in between full car wash and vacuum cleanings.

10. Speed Up Dryer Time

There are times when you are doing laundry and you need to get your favorite shirt dried, sooner than later.  A easy way to speed up the drying process is by adding a dry towel to the dryer along with your wet clothes.

I’ve used this cleaning hack multiple times and it really does work. I like to use this hack when i’m drying towels, because we all know towels take forever to dry!

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11. When Washing Towels, Add Vinegar and Baking Soda

This is another cleaning hack I use often. My towels were starting feel a bit stiff and unfluffy. Rather than buying all new towels, I opted to try this cleaning hack to brig the fluff back.

What you do is take a cup of vinegar and add it to your washing machine where you normally add the laundry detergent and then add your towels. Set your the machine to hot and go through the cycle as your normally would without adding any detergent or fabric softener. 

When the cycle is complete do do the same thing again with a cup of baking soda. Remember don’t add detergent or fabric softener. After the cycle runs through take the towels out and place them in your dryer on high heat. 

The baking soda and vinegar remove the buildup of residue on your towel, which brings them back to life. Depending of the level of unfluffyness you may have to repeat the process. I’ll usually do this to my towles once a month. This is definitely one cleaning hack you want to try. 

12. Use Vinegar, Baking Soda and Hot Water to Help Unclog a Drain

Clogged drains are a real pain in the neck. Before you reach for the Draino or the phone to call a plumber, try this simple cleaning hack to get the job done.

First things first, boil water. I don’t use an exact amount I’ll usually just fill up my tea kettle.  Next get a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain.  After you pour the baking soda take a cup of vinegar and a cup of the hot water and pour it over the baking soda. Plug the drain and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes flush the drain with the remaining hot water.

This is one of the cleaning hacks I have used before and it worked for me. I did need to go through the process 3 times, but it unclogged whatever was the problem.  

13. Soak Your Shower Head in Vinegar

You know when you turn on the shower and there is that one spray hole that shoots off against the wall? Well this one of the cleaning hacks to fix that wonky spray hole for you.

Grab you white vinegar, plastic zip lock bag and a rubber band. Place the bag around the shower head the fill the bag up with the vinegar so all the spray holes are submerged. Tightly wrap the rubberband around the neck of the shower head to ensure the plastic bag stays in place. Allow the fixture to soak over night. Remove the bag and run hot water for a few minutes to remove any loosened minerals and vinegar. Nex grab an old toothbrush and scrub the shower head to get any mineral build up that was missed. Flush it out with cold water and you you will have a good as new shower head.

14. Use a rubber glove to clean up pet hair

Most pets shed, it’s inevitable.  Pet hair on your couch can become a nuisance to clean. You can easily remove pet chair with a simple pair of rubber gloves. 

Rub the gloves over the couch and the pat hair with cling to them. To remover the hair, submerge the gloves in water. Simple as that.

15. Remove Scratches From You Farmhouse Sink

The moment I replaced my old sink with an farmhouse sink is the moment I started looking for cleaning hacks to keep it looking brand new.

barkeepers friend

I’m going to say this is more of a hidden gem then one of the cleaning hacks. Barkeeper’s Friend . This is what keeps my farmhouse sink looking fresh all the time. When washing larger pots and pans, the stink tends to get a few scratches here and there. I just sprinkle some Barkeeper’s Friend in the sink, let it sit for a minute then I scrub. And like that the scratches are gone.

I also found that Barkeeper’s Friend works beautifully in the tub, toilet and even copper pots!

16. Clean the Inside Components of Your Refrigerator in the Dish Washer

Who has the time to hand wash every little shelf and component in your refrigerator? I know I don’t. Using this one of the  cleaning hacks will get the job done in half the time.

All you need to do is load up your dishwasher with the removable components of your fridge that will fit into your dishwasher. Depending on what type of dishwasher you own you may even be able to get the shelves in there as well. 

Run through a cycle and you are done. 

17. Use an Old Pillowcase to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

Have you ever tried to dust a ceiling fan? The dust just about goes everywhere except the duster. There’s a simple cleaning hack to solve that problem.

Take an old pillowcase and spray it with you homemade cleaning solution I mentioned earlier, or you can use good old glass cleaner. Next, place the pillowcase around one fan blade and with a light pressure pull the pillowcase off.

Essentially the pillowcase removes all the dust and dirt while keeping it contained.

18. Freshen Up Your Mattress With Baking Soda

Bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets are cleaned often, so that being said, shouldn’t your mattress be as well? 

This mattress cleaning hack will have you wondering why you waited so long to try it. All you need is some baking soda, essential oil, a strainer/sifter and a vacuum.

To start take your box of baking soda and add a few drops of essential oil to it. Close the box up and shake it to evenly distribute the oil. Next grab your sifter and sift the baking soda all over the mattress. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour or 2. Once time is up, grab the vacuum and remove the baking soda from the mattress. 

Not only does this one of the cleaning hacks freshen your mattress, but it also removes dirt and dust mites as well as helping wick away moisture.

19. Use Mayonnaise to Clean Water Stains on Wood Furniture.

If you are unaware, I enjoy fixing up old furniture. Whether is painting or restoring the wood finish, I love it alll. That being said, I have tried many different wood furniture polish and cleaners in my time but never found one that worked as well as this hack.

Plain and simple, use mayonnaise to buff out water stains on your wood furniture. Sounds crazy and even a little gross but boy does it work! I’ve even used it to polish a full piece of wood furniture and i’m happy to report she is still shining to this day. 

This is definitely one of my favorite cleaning hacks.

20. Use Dryer Sheets to Clean Baseboards

Cleaning hacks with minimal effort are my thing and this one plays right into that!

Baseboards are annoying to clean and are often overlooked because so. However, using a dryer sheet to do the work for you solves this dirty baseboard situation. Why a dryer sheet you ask? Well a dryer sheet works well on dust since it banishes static.

Gently wipe the sheets along the baseboards and within  a few minutes, your baseboards will be clean and dust free.  It also keeps your baseboards clean throughout the week because it actually coats as it cleans for ongoing dust-fighting power.

Cleaning Hack Bonus

Kayleigh over at Rusty Barn Blog has an awesome hack and tutorial on how she cleans her glass stovetop. You need to see how she does it!  Check it out ⌈HERE⌉

6 thoughts on “20 Cleaning Hacks You Need in Your Life”

  1. Great tips Cate! I’ve done a few of these myself, like the homemade cleaner, and it works great! I’ll have to try the essential oils in the trash can though! And I’ve been meaning to wash my bath towels, I just haven’t made the effort too. Maybe some Spring Cleaning?!

  2. These are such great cleaning hacks, just in time for spring cleaning! I’ve used a few of these hacks before, but there are quite a few that I haven’t, but definitely will. Thanks for sharing! This is such a great post!!

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