Cleaning hacks can save you SO much time and effort. I mean, do you ever feel like your life would be perfect if you could just wave a magic wand and instantly have a sparkly clean house? I know the feeling. Which means more time for lying on the couch and reading your favourite books on the free Kindle app or binging on your favourite TV shows.
My very first job was at 14 (cash in hand obviously) and for years I worked as a cleaner; until I was about 18. Honestly, I loved it. Does that make me a weirdo? I’m an introvert so I loved being left to it and because my Aunty is a clean freak, I learned from the very best!
I’ve been using quite a few of these cleaning hacks for years so I can attest to their genius! They work!
1.USE BOUNCE DRYER SHEETS TO DUST EVERYTHING (ACCORDING TO ME)
I learned this tip a long time ago thanks to my Aunty who is a complete cleaning maniac. Her house is ALWAYS spotless. When I say above “dust everything (according to me)” I actually mean “dust everything with dryer sheets, not just your baseboards according to my aunty” but it definitely works.
There’s an anti-static coating on those tumble dryer sheets so when you dust surfaces it means you are transferring the anti-static coating onto your furniture, skirting boards (baseboards) or even your car!
2. VACUUM DOWNY UNSTOPPABLES FOR A FRESH SMELLING HOOVER BY THE KRAZY KOUPON LADY
If you have a stinky vacuum (I mean…. it happens), suck a few Unstoppables up your vacuum cleaner to solve the problem.
I have also wrapped a little bundle of these blue Unstoppables in a dried out baby wipe (dried on the radiator), tied it up with bakers twine and set a few of the bundles on most of the radiators in my house to make it smell super fresh!
3. CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER WITH WHITE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA VIA EHOW
When I lived in a house with housemates, our dishwasher was always getting stinky. Distilled white vinegar became one of the products GUARANTEED to be in my cupboards plus about 5kg of baking soda at any given time!
ONE TOP TIP TO STOP YOUR DISHWASHER BECOMING STINKY AT ALL:
4. CLEAN THE DRAINS FROM ONEGOODTHINGBYJILLEE
Again, when I lived in a house with housemates… we had a bathroom upstairs and the overflow pipe was constantly getting clogged. When that happened there was an awful smell from the drains. A lot of googling had to happen and we learned the baking soda, vinegar and boiling water trick! It worked and had to be repeated every few months.
5. CLEAN BLINDS WITHOUT BREAKING THEM VIA MOM4REAL
Horizontal blinds can be delicate and can break quite easily so this trick from Mom4Real is great! Using tongs and a cut up microfibre cloth, a little ingenuity was definitely involved here.
6. HOW TO CLEAN WAX OUT OF CANDLE JARS BY PEEK&PONDER
I’ve been using this trick for years! Quickly, clean out your freezer and shove those candles inside. Being in the freezer hardens the wax and makes it much easier to fall out. I sometimes need to use a sharp implement (an old metal kebab skewer or knife we keep for opening parcels etc).
Cleaning them out means that they can be repurposed, given to a charity shop or recycled in your regular recycling bin!