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7+ Things We've Been Cleaning Wrong This Whole Time

Most people I know despise cleaning. It's definitely not the most fun task in the world, but there's also a chance that we've been doing it wrong this whole time.

With these tips and tricks, you'll find that there's a proper way to clean many household items. When you clean them the correct way, you'll get better results with less work. Maybe you'll even come to love cleaning after trying these hacks.


The Krazy Coupon Lady

This tip comes to us from The Krazy Coupon Lady. Instead of struggling and scrubbing to get your toilet clean, add a scoop of borax to your toilet.

Let it sit overnight and then flush it in the morning for a sparkling clean bowl.

Screen doors and windows

Reddit | RIPJ4WZ

A lint brush is a great tool for getting rid of fluff and dust from your screen doors and windows. Just roll the lint brush over the screen and watch the dust come off.


Reddit | 5p33di3

You should be able to open up most electric stoves so that you can give them a proper deep clean.

If this is your first time opening it, be prepared. It's going to be kind of gross under there.

Wax stains on the floor.

Reddit | P0tterhead394

If you've spilled wax on your floor, use a piece of newspaper and an iron set on low to clean it up.

The iron will melt the max and the newspaper will absorb it.

Sliding doors

Reddit | victorbcn

Use a small brush to clean up the dust and grime that's hiding in the nooks and crannies of your sliding door.

You can also make a dustpan out of aluminum foil and a wooden skewer to help you catch the dust.

Shower head

Emily McWilliams | Diply

Fill a Ziploc bag with vinegar and wrap it around your shower head. Keep the bag on overnight.

When you remove it in the morning, all that built-up grime should be gone.

Leather furniture

Imgur | haeallie

This hack works on light leather colors that need a bit of brightening.

Use a magic eraser to quickly remove and scuff marks and dirt. Your leather will look like new in no time.

Dusting floors

An English Accent

Those Swiffer refills can be really expensive. Pick up a pair of socks from the dollar store and make your own reusable dusters. Throw them in the wash when you're done!


The Krazy Coupon Lady

The Krazy Coupon Lady recommends using black tea to clean mirrors and windows. The tannins in the tea remove grime for a streak-free finish. No chemicals, either!

Garage floor

Mother Daughter Projects

Thanks to Mother Daughter Projects for this suggestion. When it comes to cleaning your garage floor, a regular broom might not cut it.

Make a DIY squeegee from a rake, some zip ties, and pipe installation. This durable squeegee will get the dirt out of your garage in a snap.

Carpet stains

Mom 4 Real

Mom 4 Real discovered this handy tip for removing stains from a carpet.

Be sure to blot up as much of the stain as possible with a cloth, then use a bit of shaving cream on the stain.

After rubbing the shaving cream in with a cloth, the stain should disappear right before your eyes.


Wrapped In Rust

If you haven't washed your vents in a while, then you'll want to check out this tip from Wrapped In Rust.

Soak your vents in hot water and dish soap for 10-15 minutes. Scrub them if there is any built-up dirt that needs an extra push. They will be spotless after this deep-clean bath.

Ceiling fans

Homemaker Chic

Homemaker Chic discovered a clever way to easily clean your ceiling fan blades. Use a pillowcase to easily dust the top of each blade.

This is a super smart way to do it, and you can wash and reuse the pillowcases afterward.

Bathroom tiles

Reddit | DingoDamp

Attach a clean scrub brush to the end of a cordless drill for a power scrubber. Sometimes elbow grease isn't enough. Call in some backup and use this.


The Krazy Coupon Lady

Here's another great cleaning tip from The Krazy Coupon Lady. To get your blinds super clean, wrap a microfibre cloth around a wooden spoon. Dip the cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe down your blinds.

Oven door

Twitter | @todayyearsoldig

Most oven doors have a slot in the bottom so that you can get in there and wipe it down. This answers so many questions for me. I always wondered how to clean in there.