13 cleaning hacks that will transform your routine


Whether you constantly clean your house or only really tidy things up before guests arrive, knowing a few quick and easy tricks can make the process a whole lot easier.

So to help save you some time and frustration, along with a lot of wasted money on cleaning products, we've put together a list of some cheap and easy hacks that will transform your cleaning routine.

1. Dryer sheets

Even after they've been used, dryer sheets can work magic around your house!

Here are some great uses:

  • Buff water spots from mirrors, bathroom/kitchen fixtures and shower doors.
  • Remove the ring inside the toilet bowl.
  • Wipe baseboards clean

2. Easy way to clean the microwave

Microwaves can get pretty messy, but there's an easy way to make them shine again.

Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl (along with a small wooden object, like a toothpick, to prevent boiling or other dangers). Then set the bowl in the microwave and turn it on high for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait a couple of minutes to let it cool. Then when you open the microwave, all you have to do is wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. Voila! A clean microwave without the hassle of expensive, and often noneffective, cleaners.

You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent.

3. Get rid of fruit flies

9 home cleaning hacks that make life so much easier
9 home cleaning hacks that make life so much easier




Fruit flies can be suuuuuper annoying. Well, they're pretty much always annoying. But according to Food52, there's an easy way to get rid of them!

Place two lemon halves in the oven and leave the oven door propped open overnight. In the morning, close the oven and turn the broiler on for just a few minutes. Then turn it off, let it cool, clean the bottom of the oven and voila! No more fruit flies. Plus, the kitchen now smells great.

4. Clean your sponge

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they're left in the sink. So you want to make sure you clean them frequently.

It's so easy. Just pop the sponge into the microwave for 30 seconds to remove any bacteria. Wait a minute or two before taking it out, since it will still be hot.

You can also put your sponge in the dishwasher to get it nice and clean again.

5. Get tile floors looking like new again

Once you've vacuumed up the floor, all you need is a bucket of water, some light detergent and a rag. Then start scrubbing. Make sure to frequently clean the rag and water to make sure you aren't just pushing more dirt around on the floor.

If you really want to get the tough spots out, try using a toothbrush. Seriously, it will change your life.

6. Baseboards

If it's been a while, use a broom or dry rag to sweep off the dust, and then vacuum the area. Use a wet cloth or sock to remove any remaining dust or dirt.

To clean the baseboards, all you need is a sponge or soft toothbrush and a bucket of water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent. Once you've done the washing part; use a damp rag to remove any leftover soap residue.

7. Air vents

If you haven't checked in a while, your air vents are probably pretty dirty and dusty. Not only does that send dust into the room, but it also blocks the air from getting out.

For an easy fix, soak a rag with any cleaning agent you have and then wrap the rag around a butter knife and use it to clean the air vents.

8. Use vinegar to get rid of hard water spots

Vinegar can do wonders for your faucets that have hard water spots. Check out this video to see how it works.

9. Cleaning the blinds

These are also probably pretty dirty if you haven't cleaned them in a while, so here's an easy solution. Combine equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl and get a sock to put over your hand. Dip the sock in the solution and then run it over each slat of the blinds to remove any dirt or dust.

10. Baking soda for brighter, cleaner laundry

Just pour a cup of baking soda in with the wash and your clothes will come out even brighter and cleaner!

11. Use salt to remove fabric stains

12. Easy way to clean stainless steel appliances

"Stainless" steel appliances seem to be stained with fingerprints constantly. But to give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth, or just a soft cloth, and some rubbing alcohol. If you really want to get your stainless steel super clean -- maybe once a month -- you can use a few drops of olive oil. Check out this video to see how it works.

13. Easily clean shower scum

Cleaning the bathroom is not how most people want to spend their day, but it has to be done. The good news is there's an easy way to remove soap scum and grime that's building up inside the shower.

Fill a dish wand with half vinegar and half dish soap. Then get to scrubbing. You can also use an old sponge or toothbrush and just dip it into a cup of the same solution.

9 home cleaning hacks that make life so much easier
9 home cleaning hacks that make life so much easier




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