Are you familiar with all of these cleaning hacks? They are quick fixes any time you want to spiff up your place quickly. Because who has time for cleaning?
Are you a fan of cleaning? I’ve actually learned to enjoy it more in my old(er) age. Is this what turning 40 is all about? If so, I guess over the next year my house is going to be REALLY clean!
For those of you who don’t love cleaning, I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite cleaning hacks. A few “tricks of the trade” I’ve learned over the course of time that make my life easier, and I think will help you as well.
These cleaning hacks are especially helpful for spring cleaning, and it’s about that time of year. Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, even if you enjoy tidying up your living quarters.
These 10+ hacks will help you will those hard-to-clean areas, and they’ll help save you some time. I also recommend grabbing your supplies at Walmart as they have everything you need for spring cleaning. Keep reading!
Shower head: add baking soda and white vinegar to a plastic bag, then secure around your shower head with a rubber band. Turn on the hot water to fill the bag, then leave to soak for about 20 – 30 minutes.
Lamp shades: I have several finicky lamp shades that are resistant to regular dusters. Instead, I use lint rollers to get the dust off. You won’t believe how well it works (I use them on the sofa and chairs too)!
Toilets: this is a big time saving one! Ditch the gross brush (that drips everywhere!) and grab a Clorox Toilet Wand. All you will do is click, swish it around in the bowl, and toss. Cleaning your toilet has gone from taking 20 minutes to being done in just a few!
Candles: they are very hard to clean, as the wax holds on to a lot of dust. If you happen to have a pair of pantyhose or tights with a tear, use them to dust a candle by rubbing them around as shown until clean.
Baseboards: don’t throw dryer sheets away after you’ve used them; use them to dust the baseboards and leave them smelling fresh at the same time.
Stubborn carpet stains: make your own steam cleaner! wet a wash cloth with two parts water and one part white vinegar – place it on a stubborn stain and press with a hot iron for 30 seconds. Keep repeating as necessary.
Shower walls: if you have some stubborn soap scum stains on shower walls that won’t be removed with regular cleaners, try cooking spray. Let it sit for a few moments, and it will come right off when washed with soap and water. Works on glass doors too!
Microwave: cleaning the microwave is one of my least favorite things. Make it easier by boiling water in a container with lemon first – it will loosen up the grossness and allow you to easily clean it up with a sponge.
Cutting boards, bowls, and other plastic items: soak in a solution of 1 parts bleach to 3 parts water to clean them. For tough stains, cut a lemon in half, add baking soda to the top of the cutting board and scrub.
Stove: if your stove has a few oily spots that won’t seem to go away easily, put drops of vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe them away, then clean as normal.
Stainless steel: my stainless gets fingerprints and oil on it quickly, so keep it shiny by buffing it up with some cream of tartar (a damp soft cloth is preferable for application).
Dishwasher: every once in awhile you do need to give it a good rinse. Run on a hot cycle with a container of white vinegar in the top rack, then run again with baking soda in the bottom (short cycle the second time).
Cleaning tools: they need cleaning too! My sponges get grimy, and I’m sure yours do too. It’s easy to sanitize them by microwaving them for about 60 seconds (make sure they are wet).
Oven: fill a bowl with a 1/2 cup of ammonia and put it in an oven with the door closed. The ammonia fumes will loosen the grime and make it easier to clean.
These are my go-to cleaning hacks that I use every single year – especially in the spring!
In one of the tips I shared the Clorox Toilet Wand with you, and I wanted to share a bit more about this amazing tool since I love it so.
I grabbed my Clorox Toilet Wand from Walmart – that’s where I grab all of my spring cleaning supplies, because they have everything I need. I keep this wand at my studio (where I also spring clean), and I have one at home too.
This wand kills 99.9 percent of germs like staphylococcus aureus, rhinovirus type 37, and influenza A. You can find it in the mop and broom aisle at Walmart.
Killing germs and cleaning quickly?! I’m all in.
Those are my spring cleaning hacks – I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments!