Chores rarely make you jump with excitement. It’s a reality we all face in our lives. On those lazy days when you feel like spending all day in bed rather than cleaning your house, you need something quick and convenient to finish the job. There are several ways to make everyday maintenance and cleaning less of a headache by finding easy life hacks. You can convert the simplest household items into top-notch, effective cleaning supplies. We have composed a list that will solve all your housework problems and make your life easier.
1. Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Sofa
Get that little guy out of your cabinet and put him to work! Cleaning a sofa with baking soda is a tried and tested life hack and has proved to be effective every time. Often you have invested a great amount of cash in a sofa set which you dearly like but with time it got filthy. Fear not, you don’t have to say goodbye yet. Follow this simple life hack to save your sofa. First, wipe your couch with a clean, dry cloth and sprinkle baking soda all over it. Let it rest for about 20 minutes then vacuum the soda with a brush attachment. You will be surprised to see the results as your couch will look brand new!
2. Having Trouble Cleaning That Cutting Board? Kosher Salt and Lemon to the Rescue!
The cutting board is a useful item but it can make you go ew! if not cleaned regularly. The frequent cutting of chicken, vegetables, meat and fruits can make dirt particles stick to the board in places that are hard to reach. But don’t worry, with just these two simple items you can easily be found in your home, you can clean it thoroughly. Sprinkle some kosher salt on your cutting board and cut a lemon in half. Make sure you cover the whole board with salt and use the lemon to clean it, wiping all over and in each and every corner.
3. Got Paint Stuck on Your Clothes? Use a Razor!
Often we find ourselves cleaning annoying paint chunks from our clothes for hours and hours. What if said you could clean those stubborn stains with just a razor? All you have to do is keep brushing the razor on the place where you got paint and voila, all shall be good again! This technique can also be used on socks, caps, jeans and almost every type of clothing material to get rid of dried paint.
4. Got Oil Stains on that New Carpet? Baking Soda is the Answer.
Looks like baking soda is quite the hero, eh? You won’t believe what this tiny packet of magic can do. In order to remove dirty oil stains from your carpet, cover the whole stain with baking soda and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Let it rest for about 15 minutes then use a vacuum to remove the soda. Next, add some drops of dish soap and warm water on top of it. Clean with a dry cloth and you will see the oil stain has gone away. Baking soda is used more frequently in life hacks rather than baking itself and we understand why!
5. Use Cream Of Tartar to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
This surprising ingredient can be found easily in your fridge and can be used to polish your stainless steel appliances. Mix cream of tartar with a little water and polish your appliances using an old toothbrush. You will see that the water stains and dirt particles disappear completely.
6. Remove Nail Polish from Your Rug with Rubbing Alcohol
You can’t really go wrong with rubbing alcohol and it works well on any color carpet. Dropping nail polish can seem to be a disaster at first but hold on. Pour some rubbing alcohol over the stain and press it with a microfiber cloth so that the nail polish will be absorbed by the alcohol and the stain will be gone forever!
7. Use an Aluminum Foil Ball to Clean Baking Dishes
This is one of the best ways to clean those pretty baking dishes and make them seem like new. Pour a few drops of dish soap in the dish and rub it with a ball of aluminum foil. This hack is very useful and can be used frequently to clean those tough, stain covered baking dishes. Make sure you don’t rub too vigorously, though, as that could leave scratches all over the dish.
8. Clean Your Makeup Brushes with a Strainer!
Next time you’re cursing those makeup brushes for being so dirty (with your makeup) try this new technique. In a strainer pour 1 or 2 drops of dish soap and rub your makeup brush on it until you see the makeup dripping off and then fully clean. If you’re a makeup geek then this hack will surely save you a lot of time and effort. It can be quite challenging to clean makeup brushes as the products sometime leave a stain behind but with this tip, you can say goodbye to all that.
9. Use Toothpaste to Clean Your Old Shoes.
You don’t have to keep throwing out your favorite shoes anymore because they’re too dirty. They can be saved by just using toothpaste! It’s amazing how these little ingredients and tools at home can save you so much effort! Just put some toothpaste on a toothbrush or steel wool pad and scrub away. No washing, no polishing, just toothpaste!
10. Clean Dirt Off Your Bathroom Floor with Baking Soda and Bleach!
You won’t believe what these two items are capable of when combined. If you’re thinking about replacing the tiles in your bathroom because they’re too dirty (it hurts), then stop right there. Before taking that step, consider pouring a mixture of some baking soda and bleach on the floor and seeing the magic! We’re sure the results will change your mind instantly.
11. Have No Clue How to Clean that Stinky Blender?
Well, this one is super easy. You might be dealing with the smell of garlic and spices in your blender but not anymore. This cleaning process is used exactly like you blend other ingredients. Just fill that jug with some water, add a few drops of dish soap and start blending. When you see a foam gathering on top, stop and pour out the soapy water. Rinse the jug and what you’re left with will be a fresh smelling blender with no signs of garlic!
12. Clean Your Microwave Easily with this Life Hack!
A microwave is an appliance that is used every day. No wonder all the germs settle in there and make room for a smell that is sometimes unbearable. Not only that, the food particles can fly everywhere if you don’t cover your plate while microwaving and these particles can solidify if not cleaned right away. In case you belong to that group of people who clean their microwaves not-so-regularly, don’t worry, this life hack has got you covered. Just take a bowl and add some water to it. Next, add a few drops of good dish soap and place it in the microwave. Microwave for 1 minute and wipe the whole thing with a wet sponge. Goodbye smell and dirt!
13. Use Shaving Cream to Clean That Foggy Mirror.
This is more of a two-for-one life hack. If you spread traditional shaving cream on your dirty, foggy mirror and clean it up with the help of a rag or towel, not only will you bid farewell to those annoying streaks and smudges but you will also enjoy a shower without having a foggy mirror when you are finished. This life hack can also be used for cleaning blurry car windows and even your glasses!
14. Use Grapefruit to Clean Your Bathtub
Discard the expensive and harsh chemicals that only damage your bathtub more and adopt this simple, organic way to clean it. First, wet your tub on every side. Next, cut a ripe grapefruit in half, cover the pretty fruit with a generous amount of salt and start scrubbing. This ideal combination of citrus and salt will get rid of soap stains and other messes, leaving a nice fragrance behind. You can use the same tip for cleaning faucets, taps, shower heads and so much more.
15. Neutralize Unpleasant Odors with this Simple Life Hack
You can get rid of all those obnoxious cooking odors without having to scrub the life out of your kitchen which occasionally still ends up with those same smells. You may be tired of spraying air-fresheners to remove the smell after cooking salmon or other odiferous items. Fill a pot with one part water and one part vinegar then simmer on the stove. This is a convenient and cost free way to eliminate all the unwanted aromas in your kitchen and make it blossom with a fresh, amazing fragrance.