October 24, 2016 by Jeff Lowen
Love cleaning your house? Me neither. I’m always on the lookout for tricks to make it easier. After all, don’t we all have other things we’d like to be doing? So, just for fun, and in case you’re on the hunt for little tips and tricks to make the process easier, here are 14 magic house cleaning hacks using simple household items that anyone can use…
- Water Ring Disappearing Act – Looking to freshen up your coffee table or other wood furniture? Try using a hair dryer to remove water rings. The heat will remove the discoloration, and then when you’re done, you can go over the area with a little bit of olive oil. This boosts the color to make the surface finish even.
- Say, “Goodbye Dust” – If you need to remove dust from anywhere in your home, laundry sheets are actually a great way to do it. This is a great hack if you don’t have time to vacuum, or don’t have a duster. They’re also very inexpensive and easy to find. No vacuum? No duster? Why would I have a dryer sheet? 😉 Requires a little forethought, perhaps.
- Get Paint Stains Off Clothes – If you are painting a room in your house, you’ll likely find that you have stains all over your clothes. Instead of tossing them out, you can actually remove them using your razor. Just gently scrape it over the dried paint, and it will flake off. This one’s extra special for those of us who find a very gray line between work clothes and nice clothes.
- Remove Tough Stains on Dishes – If you have some tough stains or grime on your dishes, use a lemon dipped in salt to remove them. The salt works as a tough exfoliant to get the stains off. The other benefit of this trick is that it can save you tons of money on dish soap over time if you are looking to save cash. Use the unused portions to have a margarita party! Oh, that’s lime, not a lemon. Sorry.
- Leather Upholstery Facelift – If your leather couches are starting to look a bit dingy, you don’t need to spend tons of money on reupholstering them. You can actually make them look good as new with a coat of shoe polish! It evens out the tone of the leather and minimizes the effect of wear and tear. Just make sure you give it time to air dry and cure before you dive on it wearing that white chiffon dress!
- Coffee Filter Screen Clean – We have so many screens in our lives now, from TVs to computers to tablets. There are many expensive screen cleaners on the market, but there’s actually an easier way to do it that can be found in your kitchen. Coffee filters remove dust and fingerprints from screens with just a few swipes.
- Drunk Mattress Disinfect – Many people believe that it is impossible to wash a mattress. However, you can actually use vodka to disinfect it. Just put it in a spray bottle and apply a light layer to your mattress, then let it dry. No aerosol, either! Drink the unused portion and pass out on your newly disinfected mattress!
- Fan Blade Pillow Case – If you want to get the dust off of your ceiling fan, all you need is an old pillowcase. While the fan is off, cover the blades of the ceiling fan with the pillowcase, then pull. All the dust and grime will come off inside the pillowcase instead of getting all over your room.
- Coca-Cola Acid Test – If you have nasty toilet bowl stains, you can remove them using a popular beverage, Coca-Cola. Next time you have Coke left over from a party or gathering don’t pour it down the drain. Instead, use the leftover coke to pour into the toilet next time it needs cleaning. Try to use at least 2 cups of coke for the best results. Let the Coke sit for 30-60 minutes then brush lightly with a toilet brush. The acidity of the Coke will break down any stains in the toilet, leaving it sparkly clean. Put down the harmful chemical cleaners and use this environmentally friendly trick instead! P.S. Works great for corroded car battery terminals, too!
- Fingernail Polish Not On Your Fingernails? – If you have nail polish stains on your carpet, one of the easiest ways to get them out is by using rubbing alcohol. Just add a small amount to a cotton ball or pad, and scrub gently to get the color out. You may have to do this a few times to remove the stain, but soon your carpet will be looking fresh again.
- Baking Soda Utensils – Cleaning your silverware can be difficult, especially for older pieces that have lots of grime on them. Baking soda is the easiest way to get them shiny again, quickly. Baking soda also works as a great all-purpose cleaner for many other things in your household.
- Bread Glass Break – Broken glass can be very dangerous, so you will need to pick it up quickly. Right after you’ve dropped a plate or a wine glass, grab a piece of bread. It can be used to pick up all the shards safely.
- Unwanted Lipstick on the Collar? – If you have a lipstick stain on your clothes or sheets, don’t waste your time scrubbing at it. It will actually come out with hairspray! Just spray the stain, wait ten minutes, and then wash with a damp cloth. It should come straight out.
- Chalk Stain Grease Remover – If you’ve found some grease on your clothes, you may be stressing about how to get it out. Try rubbing a little white chalk on it. It should neutralize the stain, so it will come out in the wash.
If some of these work for you, great. You never know when you’ll have to go all MacGuyver and it helps to have a few tips and tricks in your bag!