20 Surprisingly Practical Home Cleaning Tricks That People Will Wish They Knew Sooner

After a long day at work, the last thing anyone wants to do when they come home is get down on their hands and knees and start scrubbing the bathtub. But as we all know, the longer you wait to clean your home, the more difficult it is to handle even the simplest tasks.

Don’t fret! As it turns out, making your home sparkle doesn’t have to feel like a chore so long as you know these very handy solutions. These surprising tricks don’t require fancy (or expensive) tools, either! Just try these 20 simple and practical cleaning hacks, and you’ll have your home looking pristine in no time…

1. Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean glass shower doors and mirrors in your bathroom: Capable of cutting through the grime from a bar top, this stuff easily tackles trick soap scum.

2. Use a lint roller to pull off dust and other gunk from screens: There’s really nothing more tedious and annoying than trying to pick out dust from a window or door screen. So why not make it easy? Simply use an adhesive lint roller. (You’re welcome.)

3. Use mineral oil and a cloth to clean grease from your oven and other appliances: It can be difficult to scrub grime from your oven and oven hood, but luckily for you, mineral oil and a cloth will have it spotless in no time.

4. Use a microfiber mop and some all-purpose cleaner to avoid streaking your floor: If you’ve ever wondered why your mop typically leaves streaks when cleaning, it’s likely because of your cleaner. To remedy the issue, try using a little bit of all-purpose cleaner.

5. Use an old pillow case to properly dust ceiling fans in your home: Not only is this much more efficient than using a traditional duster, but the dust will also be trapped inside instead of floating down onto the ground.

6. Use Bar Keepers Friend and a scrubby pad to make burn spots vanish from your pots and pans: Just be sure that you’re only using this multipurpose product on cast iron and stainless steel pans; it will completely ruin non-stick.

7. Rid your shower of mildew by using isopropyl alcohol bleach and a scrub brush: This combo—plus a little elbow grease—will nix that stinky, slimy mildew in no time. Just be sure to wear protective gloves!

8. Rub your shower curtain rod with a sheet of wax paper to help your curtain glide better: If you step into the shower and notice your shower curtain fails to slide open, worry not. This simple fix will have it opening and closing with ease.

9. Use cream of tartar to clean your Keurig machine: Anyone who uses their Keurig on a regular basis knows about the grime build-up at the top. By mixing cream of tartar with water and giving the machine a scrub, you’ll wash all that muck away!

10. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, vinegar, and Dawn dish soap to clean excess grime from your bathtub and shower walls: Coat the entire bathtub and walls in this solution. After 15 minutes, simply scrub it away with your magic eraser.

11. Don’t forget to wash your sink once you’ve finished your dishes: Your kitchen sink can be about as germ-filled as a public toilet, so be sure to clean it once you’re done with your dishes. Best of all, it only takes a little soap and hot water!

12. Use mold-killing primer to nix unsightly and dangerous mold in your home: It’s recommended that homeowners use rubbing alcohol before anything else, but if that doesn’t work, try switching to this product to finish the job.

13. Clean chrome faucets with a sheet of wax paper: Not only does this hack remove tough water spots on your faucets, but it simultaneously gives them a brand new sheen in the process. It’ll look like you got all new fixings every time you clean.

14. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to wipe grime from your oven: It’s pretty easy to just leave that hard-to-remove grime in your oven and continue baking. But with a magic eraser and some elbow grease, getting rid of it won’t be such a daunting task.

15. Rid your bathtub of built-up soap scum by using a sponge and Whink rust remover: Are you embarrassed by the hard water stains on the bottom of your bathtub? This powerful cleaning agent will get rid of the unsightly spots in no time.

16. Remove crayon marks from your walls with Windex and a dishcloth: If your children have been drawing all over your walls, a little Windex, a fresh dishcloth, and all the elbow grease you can muster can make it disappear—until they draw on them again, that is!

17. Clean an electric kettle using water and vinegar: First, you’ll want to bring the solution to a boil. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then pour out the solution and rinse thoroughly. Now you’re ready to make all the tea your heart desires!

18. Fill your toilet brush holder with Pine-Sol to keep it smelling fresh: Many people don’t realize, but one reason their bathroom seems to perpetually stink is because the toilet brush is dirty. It’s quite an easy fix, so long as you have some Pine-Sol!

19. Use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a scrubby pad to clean grime off the surface of your porcelain sink: Get rid of that unsightly scum in your bathroom sink with this easy cleaning method. It’s cheap and super easy to pull off.

20. Make a large batch of your own all-purpose cleaner by putting concentrated cleanser, like Simple Green, in a reusable spray bottle: Once you learn this easy way to make your own cleaner, you’ll never have to spend money on it again!

Cleaning your house just got a whole lot easier! Everyone will think you have a new house when they come over for a visit.

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