I’m here today with some of the best cleaning hacks and tips on cleaning that might make the job easier — or at least more bearable for you! And if you’re lazy like me or don’t like to use a lot of commercial cleaners, then these cleaning tips will really help you out the next time you’re looking for the best way to clean a wooden surface, get rid of unpleasant smells, and more…
There are days when you’re running around like a crazy person all day and the last thing on your mind is cleaning up your house.
Other times, you feel really lazy and don’t want to do anything at all.
Often, it seems like just as soon as you start on one thing, another mess pops up and the cleaning cycle starts all over again.
Unfortunately, we can’t always call in professional cleaners and let them handle everything. That’s why I’m sharing 19 hacks and tips that will make cleaning seem less daunting or overwhelming — and hopefully faster! Then you can use your free time for doing things you actually enjoy!
Let’s get started…
Cleaning Hacks For Clean House Basics
From kitchen cleaning hacks to cleaning floors and bathrooms, these tips will help you keep up with the pesky jobs that we always seem to procrastinate on instead of just doing them.
For good measure, I’ve also included some miscellaneous cleaning hacks that might motivate you to take your cleaning a step further just so you can try them out.
Cleaning hardwood floors isn't always an easy job. You can do light cleaning maintenance with a simple push broom and cordless vacuum, but you have to be very thoughtful about what you use for deep cleaning.
Jenn breaks down the tools and cleaners you need to make the job super-simple for different types of finishes.
Bending over to clean baseboards can be a pain (literally!), but there's an easy hack that will get the job done. Grab a towel, a broom, and a headband -- and click through to watch the video of this simple tip in action.
You may also use this idea for removing cobwebs and cleaning ceilings, paneling, and crown molding.
Did you know you can remove scuff marks from luxury vinyl plank floors with some WD-40 and a microfiber cloth? Yep, it works!
Beyond that, check out all the information about cleaning and maintaining your luxury vinyl plank floor. It's all right here -- the tools you need as well as a DIY floor cleaning solution recipe and tips for preventing and covering scratches.
This is for people who like to say their oven is messy, but it’s really just mostly some drips in the bottom and maybe a little bit of splatter on the door. If that’s you, painting this DIY baking soda paste natural cleaning mixture on your oven and then following these directions should get you back to having a sparkling clean oven pretty quickly!
(For the rest of the people who maybe haven’t cleaned the oven in a really.long.time -- embrace the high heat self-cleaning feature available on most ovens and then just wipe out the bottom messy stuff afterward.)
You want EASY when your oven racks are super-messy? This mostly hands-off method of cleaning outside using commercial oven cleaner will give you clean oven racks AND keep any mess out of the house. (Hey, sometimes a job just needs to get DONE without an hour of scrubbing, know what I mean?)
So, maybe you're like me and never purchased an Instant Pot simply because they look super-hard to clean? Well, guess what -- most of the pieces that need to be cleaned can go right into the dishwasher! Plus, a toothbrush and damp cloth pretty much take care of the rest.
Luna's article has more tips for the occasional super-deep-cleaning, but rest assured that we don't have to dread the task of cleaning this cooking appliance.
I make no secret of the fact that I *hate* doing dishes. But the tips in this article really do help… like using very hot water to start, paying attention to the order you wash dishes, washing in the little moments of time while food cooks, and not being afraid to let things soak in soapy water for a while instead of impatiently scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing...
Stacie shows us her favorite way to easily clean up that caked-on food that somehow spatters all over the inside of the microwave. You'll love this simple process using just lemon, white vinegar, and water -- and no scrubbing! A clean microwave is just minutes away...
*Note: My favorite way to avoid this issue almost completely is to use splatter covers. Yes, sometimes things spill onto the glass turntable -- but that just requires a run through the dishwasher or a quick wash and rinse in the sink.
These easy DIY toilet cleaning tablets are made from baking soda, vinegar, and drops of essential oil (or lemon juice if you prefer). They’re simple and fast to make, and Marissa explains how they can keep the toilet cleaner so we don’t have to scrub it as often!
Much like the oven, the tub and shower can easily get out of hand and then require extra attention. I appreciate Lorena’s use of a commercial cleaner when necessary (although I don’t think I would stand barefoot in the tub at the same time), and what I really love is her recommendations for the exact scrub brushes and sponge that make the process most effective.
*Note: I’ve long recommended the same daily shower spray as this article. It really does make a difference on extending the time between deep scrubbings! Another hack is to fill a dish scrubber with vinegar and dish soap, hang it in the shower, and use daily or whenever you notice areas of soap scum.
Oh I love this! With Jane and Sonja’s embellishment hack for matching socks, folding laundry just got easier. In fact, easy enough for little ones to do instead of you! 😉 Hmmm… I can see this working for more than just socks. Full tutorial in their post.
I honestly think I may have loudly exclaimed ‘Yes!’ when I first read this post.
Melissa says, ‘Do you want a cleaner home? Only let your kids drink water.’ This is probably one of THE best cleaning tips ever -- it's pure gold! Read the entire post for her reasons and tips on how to make it happen.
This cleaning planner was designed to take the stress out of cleaning. Create your personal scaled-down cleaning plan, or use the checklists as-is to stay on top of the exact cleaning and maintenance tasks that will keep your home clean and comfortable.
Favorite Cleaning Products
Everyone has those favorite cleaning tools and products that make the job just a little easier. Here are some of the things I use:
I also love the bamboo-scented antibac spray cleaner, but a little scent goes a long way… You don’t want to douse your entire bathroom with it or clean every single door handle and light switch in the entire house at once.
*Tip: You can refill the foaming soap pump with some dish soap and water several times before having to replace it with a fresh container.
There’s pretty much zero chance I’m going to vacuum the entire house and mop every day. But I have pets and live in a dust-magnet house, so I love my lightweight Swiffer sweeper and heavy-duty refills (a DIY version works if the floors aren’t too bad).
Even if I don’t get every corner, I can quickly zip around and stay on top of the worst of the dust tumbleweeds and pet hair.
Bar Keeper’s Friend: This stuff is magic for stubborn stains and rust in my stainless steel kitchen sink and does pretty well with burned-on stovetop messes. It’s also perfect for removing rust stains from the white porcelain bathroom sinks when we forget to fill the water softener.
Cleaning with this product is also the ONLY time I ever use a sponge (I think they’re really disgusting) — and it’s usually this one by Scotch-Brite.
To keep down messes in the microwave, we’ve used splatter covers for many years now — and thanks to those nifty devices, the microwave rarely needs a deep cleaning. Grab at least two, and you can have one in use while the other is in the dishwasher at any time.
Old rags and inexpensive microfiber cloths round out my list of most frequently used cleaning items.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘a clean house is a happy home’ and I couldn’t agree more!
And I also know it’s not always easy to make that happen. Hopefully, these cleaning hacks and tips will make your life easier while inspiring you to keep your home nice and tidy.
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