If you thought cleaning your home is a great challenge and would involve hours of strenuous effort from your side, you are mistaken. If you are somebody who calls for professional service providers to get things cleaned in your home, this article is for you. Here are 50 simple tricks that will give you a sparkling home within a short time, at a very minimal investment. None of the professionals would tell you about these.
1. Homemade all-purpose cleaner
If you are looking to clean kitchen tops, windows, glass panes or other appliances in your home in an effortless and less-costly way, you can make a simple cleaning solution at home. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1quart of warm water to get this effective solution.
2. Cleaning baked foods from pots
When you clean the pots from baked and burnt food, you don’t have to scrub endlessly or soak it in water for hours together. All you need to do is to pour some water into the stained pan and apply some baking soda on it. Simmer it for a while and allow it to cool down before cleaning it off easily.
3. Bright and shining shoes
Do you find your shoes are not clean when you get ready for school or your sports class? If there are hard stains or dirt on your sneakers, they can be cleaned thoroughly by applying a layer of toothpaste on them. Wipe after five minutes with a clean and damp cloth, for best results.
4. Brighten windows
To get the shine on the windows of your home, you can spray them with a liquid that is made from equal measures of water and white vinegar. You can add essential oils to it for an added fragrance.
5. Clean combs effectively
Many times, it is a huge challenge to clean our combs and remove the dust particles and small hairs that are stuck deep inside their bristles. To get rid of them, you need to soak combs in a solution of made from dish soap and warm water for a while. After about an hour, you can see that the residue comes easily off your combs.
6. Cleaning cookie sheets
Have your cookie sheets become rusted? Instead of wasting money on new sheets, here is a simple trick to get back the shine on your existing sheets. Make a semi-solid mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Apply this paste all over the cookie sheets and allow it to settle for about 3 hours. Rinse off after three hours to see visible results.
7. Remove spots from cutting boards
After all the cutting of vegetables and fruits, your cutting board may smell bad, or it may be stained badly. To get back the new and sparkling look of your cutting boards, sprinkle salt or baking soda on it and run a piece of cut lemon to remove stains.
8. Remove smell from garbage disposal
Most of the times, we feel frustrated due to the bad smell that emanates from our garbage disposal. We can run a few lemon rinds on our disposal and then wash off with cold water to remove bad smell almost instantly.
9. Clean cheese graters
When you are using cheese graters regularly, you would have noticed that it is quite a challenge to clean the tiny holes in these instruments. Sponges or clothes get destroyed when you try cleaning graters with them. To avoid this, grate a potato on this so that the oxalic acid in this vegetable ensures that all residues on the grates come off easily.
10. Clean grouts thoroughly
When you clean the tiles of your home, it is impossible to wipe off the minute dust particles that settle on the grouts. To get rid of these and give the shine back on the grouts, you can use a home-made paste containing three measures of baking soda and one measure of bleach. Apply these on the grouts and allow it to settle deeply for 10 minutes before washing it off.
11. Remove blocks from shower heads
Sometimes, the shower in our bathrooms doesn’t function well because its head is clogged with dust and debris. We can easily de-clog shower heads by ourselves with white vinegar. Pour some vinegar into a plastic cover and tie it tightly around the shower head. After 2 hours, remove the bag and experience free-flowing water from the shower heads.
12. Clean stuffed toys
If you have a baby girl at home, there are lots of chances of stuffed animals lying almost everywhere in your home. It is important that you clean them in the washing machine regularly and also apply lint-rollers over them so that they smell fresh and are germ-free.
13. Detailed cleaning of blinds
If you want to clean blinds thoroughly and remove all germs from them, just vacuum cleaning them won’t work. Take an old cloth or a sock and dip in a solution that contains equal measures of water and vinegar. Wipe the blinds thoroughly with this sock and use another clean, dry sock to wipe the moisture.
14. Cleaning cast iron pans
Cast iron pans have a history behind them, in most of the families. They are usually used for many years and passed on to different generations. This leads to a lot of grime and grease on them. To clean them thoroughly, apply a generous amount of Kosher salt on the pans and wipe it off with olive oil for magical results.
15. Cleaning copper utensils
Do you have copper vessels that have turned old and rusty? Don’t worry; you can make them as good as new again, by cleaning them with a little amount of ketchup. Yes, you heard that right!
16. Remove dust off mattresses
Mattresses have to be cleaned thoroughly, especially when you have kids at home. To ensure that you remove all germs from them, vacuum cleans the mattresses first and sprinkle baking soda all over. After about 2 hours, vacuum clean this baking soda as well, for effective cleaning.
17. Thorough cleaning of patio furniture
Most of the times, we take so much of care in cleaning the interiors and the furniture inside our home, but we ignore the items that are accumulating dust in our patio area. It is not enough if you invest a huge sum on exotic wooden furniture arranged in your garden; you need to maintain them as well. A solution of dish detergent and warm water is enough to clean your patio furniture thoroughly.
18. Walnut for furniture
When there is a scratch or mark on your wooden furniture, don’t panic. You can easily get rid of them by running a piece of walnut over these cracks. Remove the shell from the walnuts before doing this. The cracks can be nicely camouflaged this way.
19. Clean paintings effectively
If you have lovely paintings adorning the walls of your home, you have to take care to clean them regularly. When dust gets accumulated on them, they spoil the charm of the paintings. A simple way to clean them is to run half a bagel (expired one is alright!) in the painting so that it absorbs the grime and dust.
20. Keep plants fresh and clean
When the plants on your window-sill or balcony start collecting dust, it spreads into your home as well. To keep them fresh always, clean them first with a solution made from gentle soap and water and apply some mayonnaise on the tips of their leaves.
21. Retain the shine in porcelain cups
Do you have porcelain cups, saucers or any other piece of crockery that you regularly use at home? If yes, you need to retain the shine and texture of these items. Clean these with a soft cloth dipped in vodka, for best results.
22. Cleaning silver jewelry
If your silver jewelry or silver utensils are looking dull and rusted, you can make them sparkle again, with this simple trick. Rub a thick layer of toothpaste on these items after wetting them and dry them with a clean cloth to see visible results.
23. Detailed cleaning of stainless steel items
Buffing stainless steel items in olive oil or all-purpose flour on a regular basis can help you retain the spark and shine in them.
24. Remove clogs from drains
When you notice clogs in the drains of your house, you can clear it off with a simple method. Pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar over the drain. Cover the drain with a damp cloth for five minutes. Flush with hot water after five minutes, to see magical results.
25. Feather dusters for cleaning
Sometimes feather dusters can cause cracks or marks on the surface when you are cleaning them. They also spread dust than eradicate them. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you use coffee filters that are softer and cheaper than these dusters, for better and effective cleaning.
26. Cleaning toilets thoroughly
If you want to clean toilet bowls thoroughly, you have to pour Coke on them and allow it to settle for a while. The stains go off very easily.
27. Cleaning wood stains
When you have kids at home, you are bound to see their “art-work” on your wooden furniture. Sometimes, stains also occur when you spill any liquid on them. To get rid of these stains on wooden items, you can apply a thick layer of toothpaste over these marks and wipe off after a while with a clean cloth.
28. Cleaning dish sponges
Soak your cleaning sponges in a dish detergent and heat it in your microwave for a couple of minutes to remove all the germs.
29. Home-made aromatic cleaning solution
If you want your home to smell good and fresh always, you can make an easy aromatic cleaning solution. All you need is equal amounts of water, white vinegar, fruit peels, essential oils and some herbs to be infused with the vinegar solution.
30. Cleaning iron and damp cloth
When you want to get the perfect crease on your clothes, free from all wrinkles, you need to iron them when they are slightly damp.
31. Cleaning cars with lint-rollers
Vacuum cleaners are not enough to clean your car thoroughly. For this purpose, it is important for you to use lint-rollers. They are light-weight and easy to carry anywhere. They can be effectively used to clean every nook and corner of your car.
32. Using liquid soap
Using liquid soaps are not only easy for operational purposes but cleaning purposes as well. This is because you don’t have to deal with soap boxes that have pieces of soap stuck on them.
33. Softening hard towels
When your towel turns hard due to the quality of water, you feel uncomfortable while using it. Don’t throw it away and invest in a new soft towel. You can soften your existing hard towel by soaking them in very hot water mixed with a cup of ammonia.
34. Using microfiber cloth for cleaning
Microfiber cloths are soft and eco-friendly for cleaning. They also absorb dust, dirt and other residues faster than tissue papers.
35. Plastic bins for better organization
We don’t maintain a structure while arranging food items and other stuff in our refrigerator, most of the times. Due to this, our fridge looks quite haphazard at times. To avoid this, we can invest in cheap plastic bins that come in various sizes and shapes, so that we can arrange them neatly inside the fridge to keep food items.
36. Cleaning greased cabinets
When you spend a lot of time cooking in your kitchen, you will notice that your cabinets like drawers, fridge, countertops, ovens, stoves, etc. turn greasy due to the oil usage. To remove the grease from these components, clean them with a solution of dish soap and warm water. Pour this into a spray bottle and apply to the appliances daily to get a sparkling finish.
37. Removing grime in ovens
When there is a lot of grime and grease in the interiors of your microwave, it becomes very difficult to clean them. Take a solution of water and cut lemon and heat inside in the oven for high until you see steam emanating from the solution. Switch off the oven after about 15 minutes to see grime coming off very easily.
38. Cleaning bad odor due to pets
Though having pets is a great feeling, they don’t smell good always. The couches and beds where they play are filled with bad odor at times. To eradicate this, you need to sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas and allow it to settle for 15 minutes before vacuum cleaning it thoroughly.
39. Removing sticky stains
If there are any sticky stains anywhere in your home (kitchen tops, cabinets, wardrobes, furniture, etc.), you can clean them thoroughly with a simple solution made at home. This solution is made using equal measures of coconut oil and baking soda and is in the consistency of a paste.
40. Get rid of sweater pills
Scrub your sweaters thoroughly with a scrub sponge before you wear them. This will remove all pill and make your sweater as good as new.
41. Get rid of bad odor in the wardrobe
Most of the times, your wardrobe doesn’t smell good. The moisture in the clothes gives out a musty smell when you ignore it for too long. To get rid of this, take some baking soda in a box and keep it open inside your wardrobe for a few hours to remove all kinds of bad odors.
42. Removing stains in the carpet
When liquids like wine or juices spill on the carpet, it gets stained immediately. To remove these stains completely, you have to make a solution of one spoon of dish liquid and two cups of warm water first. Then, dip a white cloth into this solution and keep blotting on the stain until the cloth absorbs the stains fully.
43. Removing grease from clothes
If you have kids, you might have experienced this problem quite a few times. When food gets spilled on their clothes, it immediately causes stains. You have to act quickly and apply dish detergent on the stains and allow it to settle for a while before washing off.
44. Removing sweat stains
If you want to remove sweat stains from clothes, especially in areas like collars and underarms, you have to rub a generous amount of enzyme detergent on these areas and allow it to settle for about 15 minutes. After a while, wash the clothes with a whitening detergent to remove all stains effectively.
45. Erase scribbling on the walls
Children love to write everywhere, except their notebooks! The walls in their houses are their favorite places to scribble their creative artwork. To clean your walls of these scribbling thoroughly, scrub them with a damp sponge doused with a generous amount of baking soda.
46. Rubber gloves for cleaning
When you have pets, you might have to deal with pet hair all over your face. Your vacuum cleaner wouldn’t be able to help you get all of these cleaned thoroughly. The best way to completely remove pet hair from all over your home is to use rubber gloves. The latex in these gloves absorbs these hairs easily.
47. Salt for cleaning iron
If you want to remove rust, stain or other residues that are stuck onto your iron box, you can remove them easily by running the iron on a paper that is sprinkled with salt.
48. Getting the shine on bathroom faucets
The faucets and fixtures in your bathroom start looking dull and old after a few years. To make them look like new again, all you have to do is to apply a thick layer of toothpaste over these fixtures and wipe off with a wet sponge, to see sparkling results in no time.
49. Remove odor from shoes
When you are back from your running sessions or gym, your shoes would smell quite bad while removing them. To get rid of this, all you need to do is to sprinkle a generous dose of baking soda inside your shoes and allow it to settle for a while. Tap it out after an hour to get rid of bad odor completely.
50. Wearing denim often
When you are wearing denim jeans, you need to be smart about washing them. Remember, this cloth is quite long-lasting. Therefore, you don’t have to wash your denim jeans or coat regularly. They don’t get dirty easily.
Now that you have understood these tricks, you can follow them to get the shine and smell in your homes back!