I’m pretty OK with how God made me, but there’s a part of me that wishes He made me the kind of person who loves to clean. You know who I’m talking about… those people who are just natural-born clean freaks who can’t walk past a piece of lint on the floor. If that’s you, I’m a little bit jealous. If you’re more like me, you’ll love these housecleaning hacks I found at realtor.com. Maybe they will inspire us to be clean freaks too (we can dream, can’t we?)!
9 Genius Housecleaning Hacks for People Who Hate Cleaning Their House
1. Use old socks to clean blinds
Blinds often have multiple sides and shapes, so they can sometimes be a hassle to clean.
Simply use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to dampen an old sock, then swipe the damp sock over each section of the blinds. Embedded dust and dirt will come right off!
2. Dust electronics with coffee filters
You can also clean windows without leaving streaks—just clean them with a coffee filter instead of paper towels.
3. Clean your ceiling fan with a pillowcase
Instead of using a rag to clean your ceiling fan, which usually results in dust falling onto your furniture and floors, use an old pillowcase.
4. Use dryer sheets to clean everything
Apparently dryer sheets have many uses beyond the laundry room. Run a dryer sheet along your baseboards to remove dirt and repel dust. Clean lampshades with dryer sheets as they pull away dust and prevent static cling, which equals less dust in the future. And add a dryer sheet to the bottom of your trash can to absorb odors and leaks.
5. Steam clean your microwave
Everyone hates cleaning the microwave. Instead of scrubbing it down, try putting a bowl with lemon juice and water in the appliance. Microwave on high power for three minutes, then allow it to sit for five more minutes.
6. Grab pet hair with rubber gloves
When your standard vacuum can’t suck up all of your pet’s hair, rubber gloves will get the job done.
When rubbed against fabric, the glove generates static electricity, which causes pet hair and lint to stick to it. Rinse the gloves under running water when you’re done, and the hair will come off.
7. Clean with vinegar (and save big)
Distilled white vinegar is one of the most popular, eco-friendly, and versatile cleaning staples around due to its acidity. Plus, it’s cheap so you will save tons of money on cleaning supplies.
- Shower: Wipe your shower doors with vinegar to prevent soap scum and buildup.
- Kitchen and bathroom drains: To help keep drains clog-free, pour a cup of distilled white vinegar down every two weeks. Allow it to sit for a half-hour, and then run cold water to flush it out.
- Tile surfaces: Mix a half-cup of distilled white vinegar and a half-gallon of warm water. Use it to clean all tile surfaces.
8. Polish bathroom fixtures with baby oil
Do you have dull bathtub, shower, and sink fixtures? No problem.
Get a paper towel and some baby oil, then put a dab of the liquid on the towel, then wipe it on the faucet. You’ll see it shine!
9. Let your dishwasher do double duty
If you only use your dishwasher to clean dishes, you aren’t using it to its full potential.
Take a look at this list of things you can safely wash in the dishwasher and put it to work:
- Rubber flip-flops and baseball caps
- Makeup brushes
- Nonelectrical plastic and rubber kids’ toys
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Plastic and metal garden tools
- Refrigerator shelves