The average adult spends between 10 to 30 minutes a day working towards a clean home. While most of us know that it’s easier in the long run to do a little bit of cleaning each day, busy schedules, lack of motivation, and even a dislike for cleaning can make it difficult to stay on task.
Cleaning can take a lot of time and effort, and even people who say they enjoy cleaning are often looking for shortcuts. We will give you some cleaning hacks for each room in your home that are sure to help you reduce the time and energy it takes to keep your house clean.
Starting At The Top And Working Down
We are most likely to do most of our cleaning in the rooms we frequently use such as the kitchen or living room. While these rooms are essential to clean, it’s best to start with your rooms upstairs (if you live in a multi-level home) and clean your way down. Why? As you dust and clean, dirt might travel downwards.
If you keep your laundry picked up and put away and you change your bed sheets on a regular basis, cleaning your bedroom shouldn’t be too much work. While a vacuum can get most of the “dust bunnies” that hide under your bed, it may be harder to get some of the other dust in your room.
Cleaning Your Vents
Your heat and cool air exchange vents can collect a lot of dust that’s hard to see and even more difficult to reach with your vacuum attachment. Removing your vent cover may be too much work, and there’s always the risk that you could lose one of the tiny screws.
A better option is to cover a butter knife with a cleaning cloth, spray the cloth with a cleaner, and slide the cloth-covered knife in each slot of the vent.
Keep Your Mattress Fresh
Even if you change your sheets regularly and protect your mattress with a cover, every mattress benefits from a little cleaning. Cleaning a mattress should never consist of using water, particularly on a memory foam mattress.
A quick and easy way to freshen up your mattress is to mix some baking soda with a few drops of essential oil, sprinkle on the mattress, let it sit for about a half hour, and then vacuum the soda mixture up.
Dust Your Ceiling Fan Without Dirtying Up Your Room
If you have a ceiling fan in your room, there’s a way to clean the fan blades without getting a ton of dust all over your room. Slide a pillowcase onto the fan blade and dust outwards; most of the dust should fall into the pillowcase. You should clean your fans before you vacuum the floors in your room (remember, top to bottom).
If you don’t have a ceiling fan in your room this hack, and other home hacks, are usually applied in other rooms of your house.
Depending on whether you live alone or with adults and children, your bathrooms may be the most dreaded room in your house to clean. Many house cleaning hacks are specifically for the bathroom, and you can clean quick and get out fast.
In The Bath Or Shower
Your bath or shower can be a hard place to keep clean, especially if you have glass doors or grout, here are a few tips:
Hard Water Stains
Hard water stains can be difficult to clean, and some of the cleaners designed to clean hard water spots are far from eco-friendly. Soaking paper towels in undiluted white vinegar and placing them on the hard water spots (preferably overnight) will make them easy to wipe away in the morning.
Keeping a small window squeegee in the bathroom and wiping away excess water on doors and tile and also help with spotting.
Dirty Grout and Soap Scum
Anyone who has ever spent time scrubbing the tile grout in the bathroom knows that it can a long and arduous process. If you have a drill, you can buy an inexpensive brush attachment. Add a little cleaner to your brush, turn on the drill, and you have one of the best cleaning hacks for tackling grout.
Much like hard water, soap scum can be hard to get rid of, but a dryer sheet can help erase some of the buildups. Want to get buildup out of hard to reach places? A toothbrush is a great tool for scrubbing areas around your faucet or shower head.
Clean Your Toilet Bowl With Alka-Seltzer
The infamous effervescent antacid tablet helps keep your toilet clean and reduces the extra effort you need to scrub. Drop a few tablets in the water, let them dissolve, and do a few quick swipes around the bowl with the toilet brush.
When it comes to home cleaning, your living room can be one of the messiest rooms in your house, especially if you have children or pets.
Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Couch
Like beds, upholstered “well-loved” furniture, like couches, need a little TLC from time to time. Use the baking powder hack we shared earlier for your couch, recliner, and even the carpet.
Baby wipes can be a quick “go to” for spot cleaning and a solution of 2:1 olive oil and vinegar is a good option for leather upholstery; just spray and buff the leather with a clean, soft cloth.
Dust and Clean Your Mini Blinds All At Once
Want to get your mini blinds clean and dust-free all in one swipe? Mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar, put a sock on your hand, and dip the sock in the solution. Wipe your sock-covered across each blind; this hack is easy enough that even the kids can give you a helping hand.
Rearranging Furniture? Get Rid Of Dents In The Carpet
When cleaning, sometimes we get the urge to rearrange furniture. If you have carpeting in your living room, you may be familiar with the “dent” in the carpet after you move furniture.
Any easy way to revive your flattened carpet is to put an ice cube on the area, let it melt, and then blot any excess water with a towel. With the towel still in place, run a hot iron over the area, and when the carpet is dry, you should be able to “fluff” the spot back to normal.
A clean kitchen is always a welcome sight, but it can take a lot of work to get there. While many of the cleaning hacks used in the bathroom apply to the kitchen sink and floor, always make sure you use separate brushes for the bathroom and kitchen.
Lemons and salt can keep your wooden cutting boards clean. Speaking of lemon, putting Lemon Kool-Aid mix in your dishwasher’s soap compartment and running a cycle can remove stains from the inside of your dishwasher (only use lemon flavor).
Clean Your Oven Like A Pro
Everyone with an oven can benefit from oven cleaning hacks, and this one doesn’t use stinky oven cleaning fluid. Mix baking powder, water, and vinegar until you create a paste. Put the paste on the dirtiest spots in your oven and then put any leftover paste in an oven-proof bowl.
Place the bowl in the oven and “bake” for 45 minutes at 212 degrees F (or 100 degrees C). After the timer goes off, clean the oven with a sponge.
Many American families spend hundreds of dollars on cleaning products for their home every year, and many of these products are toxic and not eco-friendly. If you have a household with children and pets, it’s essential to use a cleaning product that is safe to use.
Many families use Better Life Cleaning products because they are safe enough for kids to use and they have no harsh chemicals. The cleaning solutions are also environmentally-friendly.
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If you want to cut your cleaning costs, you can make your own cleaners. Putting equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle makes for a cheap all-purpose cleaner. As we mentioned earlier, undiluted vinegar works well for tough spots in the bathroom (it works well in the kitchen, too).
If you want to add a little scent to your cleaner, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender or lemon.
Baking soda is a great alternative to some of the abrasive powders you can buy in the store and rubbing alcohol is a good substitute for glass and window cleaning products. As you would with any cleaning product, clearly label the solutions and add “directions for use.”
Not only can making your own cleaning products be a safer option for you and your family, but you’ll save a significant amount of money and make your cleaning hacks even easier.