Ok, let’s be honest – we all have places in our house and car that we avoid cleaning for way too long. It’s not that they are particularly filthy, but cleaning them takes more time than your typical Windex and paper towel job. These are areas that require forethought and planning, areas that sometimes make a bigger mess than they’re worth.
At least that’s what we thought, until we saw these 19 tips. Suddenly, cleaning grout or dusting a ceiling fan doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. This fall, we’re going to have the cleanest house on the block! What about you?
1. Detail your car.
You’ll need some extra materials, but it’s far cheaper than taking it to a shop. Goodbye juice box spills and goldfish crumbs, hello clean back seat!
2. Remove the gunk from window ledges.
This one’s easy – sprinkle baking soda onto the gunk, and add just enough vinegar to make it bubble. A Q-tip or old toothbrush and some warm water will finish the job nicely.
3. Clean bacteria from your ice maker.
Many people forget to clean their ice maker, but it’s a spot that can harbor a lot of germs. A steam cleaner is the easiest way to get the job done.
4. Combat laundry odors.
Front load washers are great for efficiency, but they can also get quite stinky. Run bleach through an empty, hot cycle every few weeks, or if it’s really bad, check out this vinegar and baking soda solution.
5. Make your grout sparkle like new.
Simple toilet bowl cleaner and a scrub brush get this job done in no time; however, test a small portion of the floor before going hog-wild, as these products do contain bleach.
6. Remove stains from microfiber couches.
These couches are meant to combat stains, but kids and dogs can leave a lot of wear and tear. Rub down with distilled water, which won’t leave the same dark edges as hard water, then gently brush with a hard bristle.
7. And from laminate counters!
All you need is baking soda and a gentle cloth.
8. Refresh your hair brush.
Cut the hair off your brush, then soak in hot water mixed with baking soda. It should look like new again.
9. Dust car (or air conditioner) vents.
An old makeup or paint brush is a simple way to get the job done.
10. Dust your ceiling fan without making a mess.
Wrap an old pillow case around each blade, and slowly pull toward you. The majority of dirt will be trapped inside, but wipe down to catch any lingering bits.
11. Polish a rusty knife.
Scrub down with Bar Keeper’s Friend to make it shine again.
12. Wash your dog’s toys.
There are a variety of methods for cloth and plastic toys found here.
13. Clean strange shaped bottles.
Pour coarse salt, water and a splash of dish soap into the opening and shake vigorously. You may have to repeat several times.
14. Get rid of hard water stains.
Make a paste out of coarse salt and vinegar. Apply to area and let sit for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
15. Say goodbye to driveway stains.
Pour-N-Restore is a liquid that draws up oil stains. As it dries, it becomes a powder, which you can easily sweep away. Doesn’t get any simpler than that!
16. Make old cookie sheets shine again.
Create a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply to pan, let sit for several hours, then scrub it away.
17. Clean your air conditioning unit.
There’s a few steps to the process, but your energy bill will thank you.
18. Remove permanent marker from wood.
Believe it or not, all you need is white toothpaste and a washcloth. It might take a little elbow grease, but it’ll be worth it!
19. Prevent messy grill build-ups.
Once the grill heats up, rub it down with an onion. Your food won’t stick and cleanup will be a breeze.