These are some invaluable deep cleaning tips that are fast and easy for all you clean freaks out there.
1. Hang Brooms and Mops
Instead of storing your brooms and mops on the floor, hang them on the wall. Leaving them on the floor can cause them to get bent and increases their chances of getting mildewed.
2. Secret Stain Concoction
Use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and blue Dawn dish soap to remove stains off a carpet or mattress.
3. Iron for Carpet Stains
For those really tough carpet stains, such as candle wax, use an iron to get them up. Place a thin towel or cloth over the stain and then place a hot iron over it. The wax or other offending product will melt and be absorbed by the cloth. Just don’t leave the iron in the same spot for too long or you risk burning your carpet.
4. Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
When your toaster or other stainless steel appliances get gross and need a good clean, put a little bit of water and cream of tartar on a sponge and go to town on them. Your appliances will look brand new again. You can also spray Pledge on the appliances to make them look extra shiny.
5. Clean Your Sink Drain
Your sink drain is home to some pretty nasty germs and grime. All you need to clean it out is some baking soda, a toothbrush, and some citrus fruit. Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda down the drain to loosen up all the gunk in there. Scrub it with a toothbrush to really remove everything. Add some small pieces of citrus fruit down the drain one at a time. The acidity will break up anything missed by the baking soda and toothbrush and will give your sink a nice scent.
6. Clean your Window Tracks
Dip a Q-tip in white vinegar and run it along your window tracks to get them nice and clean.
7. Dust Before Vacuuming
If you dust first, the vacuum will pick up all the fallen dust.
8. Wax Paper on Faucets
Rub wax paper on a faucet to prevent water spots and fingerprints.
9. Magic Eraser in the Toilet
For an insanely easy and hands-free toilet clean, just cut off a piece of a Magic Eraser, drop it in the toilet, and let it float overnight. It will get rid of any toilet ring and no scrubbing is involved!
10. Clean Old Paintings with Half a Bagel
What you really need is the doughy, white bread part. Half a bagel works really well, but you can also use sliced white bread. Gently rub the bagel over the painting to clean off any dust and grime; the bread will absorb it all like a sponge, but is gentle enough not to damage the painting. If there are any crumbs left on the painting, use a very gentle, soft-bristled brush to wipe them off.
11. Clean Blinds with a Sock
Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a bowl. Put an old sock on your hand sock-puppet style, dip it in the solution, and wipe down your blinds. When the sock gets too gross, dip it in some clean water, and start all over again until your blinds look good as new!
12. Use Aluminum Foil in your George Forman or panini maker
Those small appliances can get greasy and messy very quickly but can be a huge pain to clean. Cover them with aluminum foil before you use them, and then you just have to throw out the foil when you’re done. If you don’t want to cover the appliance in foil, you can also just wrap the item you’re cooking.
13. Kool Aid in the Dishwasher
Pour a packet of lemonade Kool Aid in the detergent cup of your dishwasher and run a cycle (empty of dishes). It will remove any lime deposits and iron stains.
14. A Non-Chemical Goo-Gone
f you want a more natural, homemade way to remove sticky residue, just mix a solution of ½ coconut oil and ½ baking soda.
15. Natural Cleaning Agents
There are several natural cleaning agents out there that are cheaper and just as effective (if not more so) as chemical-based cleaning products. The most common are white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda. A less-known one is cream of tartar. You can find a list here of various uses for it.
16. Anything and Everything Should Have a Place
This is one of the most valuable tools for any neat freak, and everyone really should abide by it. Frequently a messy room is the result of clutter or not knowing where to put things. Make sure there is a spot for everything in your home (sometimes that spot might be the trashcan) and make sure that everything is always returned to that spot. If everything is always put away where it belongs, your home will stay clutter-free.