13 Simple Cleaning Hacks That Will Save Both Time And Money

Keeping your home clean is an important part of life, no matter who you are. It’s not easy, though, and not just because elbow grease can be a finite resource!

For one thing, cleaning is tedious. It’s also (surprise, surprise!) a pretty dirty activity, and if you’ve let your home’s messes build up long enough, it’s often difficult to know where to even begin. Plus, there are so many products out there, and finding the right ones that get the job done can be pretty expensive.

Luckily, there are plenty of simple, inexpensive ways to make your home look great. Just follow these 13 hacks and you’ll be enjoying your clean house in no time!

1. Use a caddy like this one to make your own cleaning kit. You can fill it with rubber gloves, sponges, and all sorts of spray bottles, cloths, and other cleaning essentials. That way, they’re all in one place and they can easily be carried around with you throughout the house!

2. Use vinegar as a cleaning solution. There are seemingly endless ways that vinegar can be used to wipe down and disinfect your home. For example, you can restore the shine to your cloudy glasses by rubbing them with a vinegar-soaked paper towel!

3. Use an onion to clean your grill. There’s evidence that the wire found in ordinary grill brushes can often actually end up breaking off and making its way into your food. Yuck! Luckily, there’s a better way: slice an onion in half and rub the cut part on the grates to remove any grease and to make it shine. It will also pick up any stray grill brush bristles.

4. Use a potato to clean your cheese grater. Cheese graters can be pretty frustrating to clean off, and worse yet, there’s a good chance that your efforts will still leave traces of old, stinky cheese behind. Your best option is to grate a potato, which picks up the sticky cheese. Then, simply rinse the grater like you otherwise would!

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5. Use rice to clean your coffee grinder. As much as you may like coffee, you wouldn’t want its strong flavors getting into your nuts or spices if you use your grinder for non-coffee purposes. Luckily, you can use uncooked, dry rice (or even stale bread) to clean a blade grinder; the rice actually absorbs the coffee grounds in the process.

6. Use furniture polish for all sorts of cleaning. Believe it or not, furniture polish isn’t limited to your coffee table and armchairs! You can use this stuff on whatever appliances you have that are made out of stainless steel. First, clean off the grimy bits, then spray with furniture polish and wipe it until it’s dry to finish the job.

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7. Use salt and alcohol to clean carpets. Mix one part salt with four parts rubbing alcohol to clean carpets or other surfaces that may have accumulated greasy stains. Once the surface is dry, simply wipe it or use a vacuum to suction up any excess salt.

8. Use bleach to thoroughly clean your cutting boards. You may think that you’ve sufficiently wiped off your cutting board, but that’s likely not the case—and cross-contamination is no joke. Drop two teaspoons of bleach into a gallon of water to mix a solution for plastic boards; and two tablespoons of bleach per gallon for wooden boards. Just soak them for a few minutes and rinse!

9. Use salt and lemon to clean your cutting boards. If you’d prefer a more natural method, try sprinkling a liberal amount of kosher salt on the cutting board. Afterwards, cut a lemon in half and rub the inside across the board. The salt helps get rid of the excess food traces, while the lemon kills the bacteria.

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By the way, you can use the other lemon half to clean your faucets!

10. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades. Lampshades come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it can sometimes be a challenge to know how to clean them properly. Luckily, an ordinary lint roller should usually do the trick for simple dirt and dust!

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11. Use compressed air to clean exhaust fans. Your bathroom’s exhaust fans may be dirtier than you think, but cleaning them is a breeze with a little compressed air! These canisters are commonly used for keyboards, but they work just as well for getting rid of lint in other places. Afterward, simply blot with a towel to pick up the clumps of dust.

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It should also be noted that fans can burst into flames if not cleaned for long enough, so this is pretty important!

12. Use a rag and a knife to clean your vents. You can also get rid of dust from your vents with a rag and any ordinary butter knife. Cover the knife with the rag and run it through each vent. You don’t need any special cleaning products for this one!

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13. Use dryer sheets to clean baseboards. When you’re done using your dryer sheets in the laundry, you can find another use for them: wiping down your baseboards. The sheets will repel dust, get rid of dirt, and they’ll make your house smell great!

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Keeping your home tidy has never been easier. There’s no need to waste your money on expensive products with these simple hacks!

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