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23 Cleaning Hacks Literally Everyone Needs To Know

Diply 12 Dec 2017

It's time to clean house with these time and money-saving cleaning hacks that make the chores I abhor the most, an easy check off my to-do list. Cleaning doesn't come naturally to me so I rely desperately on these hacks to keep my space as tidy as possible. Good news, neat freaks — you'll love them too.

1. The Only Time It's OK To Be A Slime Ball

Cnet | Cnet

Dissolve 1/4 cup of Borax in a cup of warm water and mix in five ounces of glue. Use your sticky slimeball to pick up crumbs off your keyboard. Gross, but effective!

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2. Give Your Cutting Board A Citrus Rub Down

Kcet | Kcet

Remove stains from your cutting board with two simple ingredients you're bound to have at home. Sprinkle coarse salt onto your cutting board, then scrub with the inside of a lemon.

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3. A Winning Streak

Mom 4 Real | Mom 4 Real

Breaking news! To keep your windows streak-free after you spray and clean them, crumple up some old newspaper and give your windows a final wipe down. Seems counter-intuitive, but it works.

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4. Cast Away That Rust

Bon Appetit | Bon Appetit

Get rid of the rust on your cast iron cookware by soaking it in vinegar until the rust starts to peel off. Then, oil it and bake at 350 degrees for an hour.

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5. Keep Your Ear Buddies Clean

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

There's nothing more gross than a filthy ear bud, especially if you share. Use a toothbrush to gently clean the interior of your ear buds and wipe the sides with a damp cloth.

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6. Scratching the Surface

Listotic | Listotic

To get rid of scratches and scuff marks on wooden tables, mix 1/4 white vinegar with 3/4 parts olive oil or vegetable oil. You'll be amazed at how well this cleaning hack works.

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7. Throw In The Sponge

Moms Against Cooties | Moms Against Cooties

Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria! So here's a neat trick: To keep your sponges clean, throw them in the microwave for a minute and zap all the nasties away.

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8. Give Spiderman A Spin

Happiness Is Home Made | Happiness Is Home Made

Load up the dishwasher with your kid's toys! Did you know you can sanitize them in there? Just don't put in any thin plastic or you'll have more of a mess than you bargained for.

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9. Iron Out The Wrinkles

A Mum'n The Oven | A Mum'n The Oven

Scuzzies on your iron can leave you in a hot mess. To remove the film, sprinkle salt on your ironing board and strike while the iron is hot. You'll have a new iron in no time!

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10. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Real Simple | Real Simple

Get rid of all that pet hair with a damp rubber glove. Amazingly, the pet hair will stick to it like magic as you run your hand over it on the sofa.

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11. Get Ahead Of The Game

Reddit | Reddit

Having trouble removing the scum from your shower head? Here's a neat trick. Tie a bag filled with white vinegar around it and leave overnight. You'll have a sparkling shower head the next morning.

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12. Nail Polish For Shoes

She Finds | She Finds

Don't mess with this hack. Keep those runners as white as the day you bought them with none other than nail polish remover. Pour some onto a cotton ball and watch the stains peel away.

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13. Clean Three Blinds With One Brush

Joyful Homemaking | Joyful Homemaking

Gently dust your vertical blinds using a large paint brush. Get more done in less time with a large bristled brush that can dust three blinds at once!

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14. Suck It Up

Lifehacker | Lifehacker

If you don't have a vacuum that accommodates small spaces like sliding door tracks, pop on a toilet paper or paper towel roll, which you can bend into shape to get in all those nooks and crannies.

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15. See The Light With Toothpaste 

It Still Runs | It Still Runs

Give your car headlights a rub down. Toothpaste with baking soda and whitening agents work best. Use a cloth to apply the toothpaste and wipe it off for a clean shine.

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16. Deodorize It

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

Fill a microwave-safe dish with lemon slices, 1/4 cup of vinegar (apple cider or white), and water. Place it in your microwave for three to four minutes — long enough to create steam. Once the timer goes, keep the door shut for at least ten minutes so the mixture can do its work. Finally, take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside panels of your microwave.

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17. A Swift Swiffer Solution

An English Accent | An English Accent

Swiffer refills can be pricey, so if you'd rather not spend a bunch of money on them, why not create a reusable sweeping pad instead? Simply cover your Swiffer with a chenille sock and do your thing!

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18. You'll Be A Fan Of This One

One Good Thing | One Good Thing

Rather than using a duster and getting guck all over the place, use a pillowcase to clean the blades of your ceiling fan. All you have to do is cover the blade and pull the case towards you — all of the dirt and grime stays inside the case and off of the other furniture.

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19. Fight That Dust

Momtastic | Momtastic

A new dryer sheet can be used to wipe down baseboards. Not only will they clean them, but they'll also add an invisible layer that repels future dust buildup.

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20. Clean Up In Aisle 3

Wonder How To | Wonder How To

Use flour to clean up liquid messes. It absorbs excess moisture and turns the remaining gunk into a congealed substance that's easier to pick up.

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21. Shiny And New

Wonder How To | Wonder How To

Clean rusty cutlery by placing it in a tall glass filled with equal parts warm water and lemon juice. Allow them to soak for approximately ten minutes and then wipe them down with a soft cloth.

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22. Don't Exhaust Yourself

The Family Handyman | The Family Handyman

Make cleaning your exhaust fan quick and easy by using a can of air to get the job done. According to The Family Handyman, exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires, so this hack could save your life!

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23. Sweep Away The Cobwebs

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

To get rid of the dusty cobwebs that gather at the end of your broom, soak it in some soapy water for an hour, then rinse it off and let it dry before putting it away.

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Have you tried any of these cleaning hacks yourself? Have they worked in your favor?


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