One of the nicest things in life is a clean and tidy home where we can rest and relax in comfort and security. The only trouble is that cleaning takes too much time. We all have busy and exciting lives and there's never enough time in the day to get everything done and then we end up neglecting the cleaning.
However, it doesn't have to be like that. We've found a bunch of awesome shortcuts that will help you cut through the fuss about cleaning and get stuff done quickly and without any heavy expenses.
Check out these tips—you'll be amazed at how much effort they could save you!
1. To Get Nail Polish Out Of The Carpet, You Have To Act Fast
If you drop nail polish on the floor, don't let it dry. Drop nail polish remover on it immediately, rub the stain with a paper towel and then just use a pencil eraser to remove any remaining stain. If the polish did dry, add hairspray and then just wipe with warm soapy water.
2. Clean Your Microwave Without Chipping And Scrubbing
You can clean the dirtiest of microwaves in less than 5 minutes with this trick. Slice a lemon in two. Put it in a cup and add some cinnamon. Microwave the cup on low power for 10 minutes. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean with a damp cloth. The cinnamon makes it smell nice.
3. How To Finally Cut Through That Caked-On Grease No Problem
Want to get large amounts of hardened grease off something but it's driving you crazy? Don't waste any more time tackling it with a cloth. Mix baking soda and vegetable oil into a thick paste of sorts. Then add it to the grease and wait for 10 minutes. Then wipe clean with a cloth and soapy water.
4. How To Dust Like Once A Year
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If you wipe your furniture down with a little bit of cooking oil on a paper towel, it will do two things. The first is that it will make your furniture shine nicely. The second is that it adds an anti-static layer which repels dust. You will need to dust again eventually but not for a much longer period.
5. Get Your Kid's Artwork Off The Wall For Good
There's nothing worse than a creative child taking a pen or a permanent marker to the walls is there? Well, the good news is that the stain doesn't have to stay. Try squeezing toothpaste (not the gel kind) onto a damp cloth. Then rub the toothpaste over the stain and watch it disappear.
6. Another Way To Do It
Marks made with markers on walls can be removed by the use of spray on aerosols. Most people use hairspray or deodorant but any aerosol will do. Just spray over the area with the stain. Leave it for a while to set. Then use a wet cloth and wipe it all off along with the stain.
7. One More For Good Measure
This is a nice way to get stubborn stains off the walls. You sprinkle baking soda onto a sponge. Then you're going to need to give the area a thorough scrubbing. The idea is to get the baking soda worked into the stain. Then rinse with water and the walls will come up clean.
8. Shortcut To Clean Kids' Toys
Cleaning kids' toys is no fun at all. Especially when their toys are tiny and there are millions of them, like in the case of Lego bricks. However, you can save a lot of effort - just chuck the toys in a wash bag made of netting and put them in the washing machine. Then empty the bag out to dry.
9. Keep Window Tracks Clear
This is one of those jobs that always needs doing and nobody much enjoys. To make it as easy as possible, sprinkle the area with baking powder and then add vinegar. It's OK, it's meant to bubble. Leave for 15 minutes. Then wipe clean with a paper towel. Job done.
10. Shiny Bathtubs
This is great. Clean your bath without any real effort. First, warm (don't boil) some vinegar in the microwave. Mix it with equal parts soap solution in a spray bottle (like the one pictured here). Spray it all over the bath. Leave for half an hour. Come back and wipe clean. You won't believe the shine you get.
11. Don't Buy Anything To Specifically Clean The Washing Machine
There may be a ton of cleaning products sold for this task, but you don't need them. All you need is household vinegar. Pour it into the detergent drawer as shown here. Turn the machine on for a long wash cycle. Come back and it will be absolutely gleaming.
12. The Secret To Even Cleaner Clothes (No, It's Not More Detergent)
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Want to get cleaner clothes? You can add vinegar to your detergent to make it stronger. You want to use 2/3 of a cup of detergent to 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and pour it into the drawer. This will really bring out the colors in your wash.
13. Animal Fur Doesn't Have To Ruin Your Blankets
Do you have products that always seem to end up covered in cat or dog fur? You know, like a favorite blanket or a sweatshirt that you leave lying around? Wash them once in white vinegar and you'll find that a peculiar side effect of this is that fur never sticks to them afterward.
14. The Easiest Way To Clean A Sofa
You may think that cleaning a sofa is tricky, but the easy way to do it is to cover it in baking soda, leave for 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
15. Get The Oven Clean Without Scrubbing
Want to get your oven sparkling but don't want to give yourself tennis elbow in the process? Sprinkle baking soda inside and then add vinegar. When it stops foaming, wipe clean.
16. Get Paint Out Of Your Clothes
If paint has splashed onto your clothing and dried, one of the easiest ways to get it out without damaging the clothing is to use a safety razor.
17. Bring Blinds Up To Standard In An Instant
Mix vinegar and water in a 50-50 proportion. Then use an old sock to dip in the mixture and clean the blinds. It doesn't get easier than this.
18. Get Ugly Water Rings Off Wooden Surfaces
This is really neat. Got a water stain on a wooden surface? Use a hairdryer to steam the stain out and then use olive oil to bring the shine back to the wood.
19. Make Cast Iron As Good As New
Cast iron is awesome for cooking, but it can be really hard to clean. If you sprinkle them liberally with sea salt, you'll find the salt acts as a strong abrasive and they quickly scrub up like new.
20. Get Grease Stains Off Clothing
Want to wash your clothes but worried that the grease stain on them won't come out? Cover the stain in chalk (blackboard chalk) before you throw the garment in the washing machine. Job done.
21. Clean A Cheese Grater With Ease
We all love grated cheese but washing the grater can often lead to grated fingers. Don't wash it, grate raw potato on the surface instead. This will clean it thoroughly without harming your hands.
22. Get Glass Baking Dishes Sparkling
When you want to clean glass bakeware, the easiest way to get all the stuck on food off is to roll up some aluminum foil into a ball and use it to scrub clean.
23. Revitalize Your Makeup Brushes
To get more life out of your makeup brushes, wash them using baby shampoo and then hang them up to dry so they don't go moldy.
Who'd have thought that cleaning could be so easy? We wish somebody had told us this years ago.
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