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20 Cleaning Hacks You've Never Heard Of But Definitely Need To Know

April 11th, 2018

Spring is here, which means cleaning is on everyone’s mind. No one likes cleaning, but we all like having a clean home. You may have been cleaning your house for years, but I bet there are still a few ways to improve your cleaning game. Here are 20 incredible cleaning hacks you’ve probably never even heard of.

Lemon & Salt Scrub

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Why use hard chemical cleaners when you can do it the natural way? Clean your wooden cutting boards by rubbing coarse salt into them then adding in the lemon. Your cutting boards will look and smell amazing.

Baking Soda On The Sofa

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Sofas could always use an extra freshening. After all, think of all the butts that sit there. To clean up your sofa, sprinkle baking soda over it. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it up. So easy!

Sparkly Clean Oven

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Oven cleaner is expensive, and let’s be honest – it doesn’t work that great. Make your own oven cleaner instead using baking soda and vinegar. You’ll be able to get all that grime off for a fraction of the cost.

Shave Paint Off Clothes

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Spill paint on your clothes? It’s probably not the look you were going for. You can use a dull razor to scrape the paint off your clothing. Just be careful; if the razor is too sharp it will cut through the fabric.

Lemons Remove Water Stains

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Shower heads and handles can be covered in water stains, but the good news is they are just as easy to remove. Cut a lemon in half and rub the fruit directly onto the metal. Let the juice work its magic for about ten minutes, then rinse the stains right off.

Sea Salt Cleaner

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Sea salt is super abrasive, which makes it an excellent cleaner. You can even use it to clean a cast iron pan. This nifty trick will take all the gross chemicals out of the cleaning process.

Pour Coca-Cola Into The Toilet

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No, this isn’t a comment on how unhealthy the drink is. It actually makes a great toilet bowl cleaner. Scrub it around and flush. You’ll be surprised at how effective it is.

Repurpose Squeeze Bottle Tops

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When you run out of ketchup, keep the bottle top! Repurpose it into a nozzle for your vacuum wand. This way you’ll be able to reach way more places, and you’ll have a little less waste. It’s a win-win.

Olive Oil On Leather

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Scratches on leather don’t have to be forever. With a little olive oil, you can get your furniture looking good as new. Dab the oil onto a cotton cloth and lightly rub the affected area in a circular motion. Let it dry for an hour, then wipe it away with a clean cloth.

Clean Screens With Coffee Filters

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Computer and TV screens can get MESSY, and every little fingerprint seems to show itself vividly. Screen cleaners are small and easy to lose, but coffee filters work just as well. Wipe the mess away, then simply throughout the filter. This hack is hassle-free.

Hair Dry Water Stains

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Water stains are annoying, but the good news is you can get rid of them without too much trouble. Use a hair dryer to dry out the liquid, then use olive oil to get rid of any remnants of the stain. Your tables will look good for years to come.

Scrub The Tub With Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is naturally acidic, so it makes for a great cleaner. Sprinkle salt around your tub, then rub it in with the fruit. Leave it for a few minutes, then rinse. Simple.

Lint Roll Your Lamp Shades

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This hack is pretty genius. Cleaning lamp shades would be a real struggle without a lint roller. But add this little tool into the picture, and life just got a whole lot easier.

DIY Iron Cleaner

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A little extra grime will make a steam iron look way older than it is. Remove the mess by making a cleaner out of baking soda and vinegar. Within minutes you’ll have an iron you would actually want to use on your clothing.

Blender-Cleaning Fun

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Like a fool, I always dip a sponge in soap and scrub my blender clean. But there are better ways. Pour soap and a little water into the blender, then run it like you would for a smoothie. This will get the soap in all those hard-to-reach places, and it makes cleaning a little fun.

Put Chalk On Your Clothing

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This sounds like a kid’s craft gone wrong, but it is actually an underrated cleaning hack. Rub chalk into greasy stains, and the powder will absorb the grease. Now you can wash that previously-stained shirt like normal.

Toilet Cleaning Bombs

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If you don’t already have Coca-Cola, you definitely shouldn’t buy it just to clean out your toilet. Make these DIY cleaning bombs instead. It’s just like a bath bomb, but it saves you the struggle of cleaning your toilet. Genius!

Deep Clean Your Mattress

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Mattresses can easily become totally disgusting, so it is vital to know how to deep clean one. You won’t need any fancy cleaners for this hack – just baking soda, essential oil, and a vacuum. When your mattress is clean your senses will thank you.

Save On Swiffer

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Swiffer cleaning packs can cost a fortune, but you don’t need those specially-made cloths to get the job done right. Stick a big fuzzy sock over the end of the device. You’ll be shocked by how much money you save with this one simple adjustment.

Mustard For Mason Jars

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It seems like everyone is using mason jars nowadays. With so many uses, how could you not love them? But if you use them a lot, you know that they can get quite messy. Clean out your mason jars with a teaspoon of mustard. This hack might be weird, but it is effective.

Cleaning is like an art that can never be perfected. We can, however, come a little closer to perfection with practice. These hacks are sure to make your cleaning routine much quicker and easier. Happy cleaning!

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