Want some cleaning inspiration and love to learn new cleaning hacks? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S., we spend nearly 40 minutes a day cleaning our homes. For most of us, that’s way too much. Fortunately, you can reclaim those precious minutes with our genius cleaning hacks that only the pros know.
Get ready to have your home looking twice as spotless and half the time.
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Watch the video above to see these home cleaning hacks in action.
1. Wash your duvet cover with the duvet still attached
Unless your duvet says dry clean only, this hack will save you the frustration of putting a duvet cover back on your duvet after you wash it. As long as your duvet is machine washable, you can wash the cover and the duvet together. No more trying to match up the corners and doing everything you can to avoid this frustrating task.
2. Clean your baseboards with a tennis ball
Getting on your hands and knees to clean your baseboards is not fun. The good news is there’s a better way of cleaning those baseboards. Just cut a slit in a tennis ball and attach a microfiber cloth to the end of your mop. Wet it with a degreaser or cleaner, and you’ll pick up all that unwanted dust and grime without bending over. You can also use this trick on the top of doors and window sills – it even gets out cobwebs in the corners.
3. Scrub the bathtub clean with grapefruit and salt.
Grapefruit is not only a healthy fruit that can help you lose weight. According to the money-saving DIY experts, the crazy coupon lady, a grapefruit is a perfect solution for a dirty tub. Cut it open and cover the grapefruit in salt. The salt will act as an abrasive texture, while the citric acid in the grapefruit will help break down stains.
The next time you’re at the grocery store, make sure you throw in an extra grapefruit in your cart, not for eating but for cleaning.
4. Mop your floors like a germaphobe.
Mops are a germophobes’ nightmare. They are like a sponge on a stick. You might have heard that cleaning a wet mop is like washing your floors with dirty water. A stored wet mop supports so much bacterial growth that you can’t even clean them with chemicals. However, when washed and dried, mops are perfectly sanitary.
Ditch your regular mop in favor of a mop that’s machine washable. We like the Shark mop because once your floors are sparkling clean, you can take off its reusable cover and toss it in the wash.
5. Disinfect your sponges in the microwave.
You probably don’t want to use a sponge if you’re a germaphobe. You use your kitchen sponge to clean utensils, dishes, and countertops. But instead of cleaning everything, it might spread millions of bacteria throughout your home. According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Health, disinfecting your sponge in the microwave will reduce the amount of bacterial contamination. Slightly dampen your sponge and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds on full power.
6. Remove scratches from your plates with Bar Keeper’s Friend.
Make a paste of bar keeper’s friend and water. Buff it in the scratches, and in no time, your dishes will look as good as new.
7. Freshen up your mattress with baking soda.
Apply an ample sprinkling of baking soda to your mattress, and let it sit for a few hours to absorb any odor. And then vacuum it away, and voila, a cleaner place to sleep.
8. Freshen up your garbage disposal with baking soda, too.
With all that gunk we throw into our garbage disposals, it’s no wonder they’re like a petri dish full of bacteria with nasty odors to prove it. Use 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda for a natural cleaner. Let’s sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with hot water. Or, if you don’t like DIY, grab the handy Glisten cleaning tablets.
9. Clean your cutting boards with lemon.
Most plastic cutting boards can be popped into the dishwasher, while the wood ones aren’t so lucky. You can remove difficult stains and odors on your wooden cutting boards by rubbing them with some lemon and salt. Sprinkle some kosher salt on your cutting board. Use half a lemon to rub it in, and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Then give the board a rinse with clean water, and it should be virtually spotless.
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