10 Cleaning Hacks That’ll Make Your Life Easier
Wouldn’t it be nice to always have your house spotless? While we’re not all perfect and don’t have a cleaning service following us around to pick up every crumb we’ve dropped, we can at least make our home clean with a little bit of our own elbow grease. You just need to learn the tricks of the trade to get that blender clean again and get that stench out of the drain. We’ve put together a few cleaning hacks that will certainly make your life a bit easier, not to mention a whole lot cleaner.
Sometimes it seems near impossible to get that blender clean again. Who else has bits of dried fruit from their smoothies stuck to the sides of their blender? You’re not alone. Luckily there’s an easier way to handle this mess without trying to fit your hand in the blender with a sponge. Simply fill the blender with warm water and dish soap and turn it on for about 20 seconds, then rinse it out with warm water. Pretty simple!
Wooden Chopping Board
Chopping boards get used a lot with various food products rubbing on it. With that in mind, it’s no doubt that the chopping board needs a good cleaning. But you don’t want to use a ton of chemicals since it has a chance of transferring to your food. There’s an easy fix for that! Spread some lemon juice on top of the board with kosher salt on top and then scrub the board with the sliced lemon. The board will clean easily and leave a fresh lemon scent.
Water Rings on Wood
There’s a reason for those coasters, but if you’ve fallen victim to creating a water ring on your table, there just might be a solution for that one too! Dry out the ring on the table using a blow dryer and then freshen the table up with a little olive oil. You’ll find that the white water ring has disintegrated and your table will be looking new again.
Have you ever noticed a bad smell coming from your kitchen or bathroom sink? Well, you’re not alone. Drains need some cleaning too, even if you have a garbage disposal. Food, soap scum, and even hair gets stuck in your drains, leaving an awful smell lingering in your sink and into the room. Fortunately there’s a cheaper and cleaner way to cure this problem without having to buy expensive cleaning products. With the help of baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water, you can wash all that gunk down and have your sink smelling normal again. Just pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain and let it soak for about 20 minutes, then pour boiling water in to wash it out.
The microwave is another spot that gets extremely messy and has food near it all the time. Needless to say, we need a chemical-free way to get that microwave clean so we don’t have a chance of inhaling or even touching any harsh chemicals. All you need for this big mess is some water, lemon, and a rag or paper towel. Simply fill about a half cup of water into a bowl, squeeze lemon juice into it, throw the lemons into the bowl and microwave for about three minutes. Let it sit for five minutes to let the steam do its work then wipe away the mess.
If you have kids, or simply love to do some arts and crafts, chances are you’ve gotten glitter everywhere. It’s no secret that glitter creates an absolute mess and seems to never disappear. Brushing it with your hand into the trashcan won’t work; you’ll be wearing glitter for at least a week. But, with the little help of playdough, you can have an easy clean up. Just stick the playdough onto the glitter and it picks it right up, without getting glitter stuck to your hand.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Doesn’t it seem like stainless steel appliances attract fingerprints? From the fridge to the toaster, and everything in between, streaks and fingerprints are just blatantly apparent. A little trick up our sleeves is using some rubbing alcohol and a cloth to wipe away those marks and using baby or olive oil to really make it shine. Your kitchen will be on its way to looking spotless once again.
Rusted Cast Iron Skillet
While cast iron skillets can last you a lifetime, they are no strangers to rust and grease and seem near-impossible to ever be clean again. However, with the help of a potato, olive oil, and some salt, you’ll be on your way to a rust-free skillet. Start out by pouring a good amount of sea salt onto your skillet and scrub away in a circular motion using a half of a potato. The potato will be moist enough to combine with the salt to start removing the rust off of the skillet. Once you think it’s clean, rinse it with water and put it over the stove to dry it out. Then, pour a little bit of olive oil and rub it in with a paper towel. Once it seems dry, you can store it away until next time.
Cabinet doors can get pretty greasy with the amount of hands that touch them daily. If you have noticeable gunk and dirt on the cabinets, you can clean them easily with coconut oil and baking soda. All you have to do is mix one part coconut oil and two parts baking soda and scrub it onto your cabinets using a toothbrush. You will see the gunk disappear before your eyes and your cabinets looking clean and new again.
Washing your comforter shouldn’t have to be a hard task, but when the stuffing on the inside gets all bunched up, it seems like a lost cause. There has to be a better way to wash your comforter without having to manually separate the stuffing on the inside, right? There’s a trick for that too! Stick a few tennis balls into the dryer with your comforter and let them tumble around. They will keep the stuffing from bunching up in the corner and you won’t have to be separating the stuffing ever again. Pretty nifty, huh?