7+ Simple Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Home Feel Shiny And New

Diply 9 Aug 2018

I get that cleaning your home can be a tedious task that never seems to go away, but it doesn't always have to be so torturous and time-consuming!

The world of hacks is full of tips and tricks that can lend a much-needed helping hand while you're trying to keep your living space looking nice and presentable. And, lucky for you, I've compiled a small list of hacks for you to reference that'll make your place feel shiny and new.

1. DIY Cloudy Glass Cleaner

Ask Anna | Ask Anna

Anyone who has purchased jugs, pitchers, cups, or vases from a thrift store has had to deal with cloudy glass. And depending on the size of the item's opening, it can be a pretty difficult problem to fix.

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However, thanks to this awesome tip from Ask Anna, you won't have to struggle to clean cloudy glass ever again!

Ask Anna | Ask Anna

Simply use isopropyl alcohol (AKA rubbing alcohol) to show those clouds who's boss.

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2. DIY Vacuum Hose Extension

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Depending on the area of your home you're trying to clean, it can be a challenge getting the hose of a vacuum into slim spaces and tight corners.

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If this is a problem you constantly face, this hack from The Krazy Coupon Lady is going to make your day.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

All she did was attach an empty paper towel roll to the end of the vacuum nozzle, and whenever she needed to get into narrow areas like window tracks, she simply squished the sides until the cardboard tube fit.

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3. DIY Copper Cleaner

wikiHow | wikiHow

Copper is super trendy right now, but what some people may not realize is how much it can tarnish over time. So, if you're planning on filling your home with copper-y goodness from a local antique shop, you're going to want to keep this cleaning tip handy.

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According to the instructions given by wikiHow, you must start by adding salt and vinegar to a pot before filling it with water.

wikiHow | wikiHow

Next, place your copper item in the pot and bring the water to a boil. As the water bubbles, the tarnish should begin to disappear!

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4. DIY Tarnish Remover For Silver

Mom 4 Real | Mom 4 Real

Speaking of tarnish, silver is another material that is prone to this nasty reaction. Luckily, expensive cleaning products and tools aren't necessary in order to make your silverware look shiny and new.

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Mom 4 Real has a super simple way to remove tarnish from silver pieces, and it involves common household ingredients like baking soda and tinfoil. 

Mom 4 Real | Mom 4 Real

To see the process come together from start to finish, head over to the blog.

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5. DIY Broom Pan Hack

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Sweeping isn't exactly the most exciting chore in the world, and certain parts of it can actually be really frustrating. The thing that always drives me nuts is having a bunch of the dust I collect in the broom pan fall out before I'm ready to empty it.

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But thanks to this simple hack The Krazy Coupon Lady shared, that's one annoyance I no longer have to worry about.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

All you have to do is run some water over your broom pan before you begin sweeping stuff into it. The water will ensure anything you collect stays put as you're cleaning!

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6. DIY Glass Shower Door Cleaner

Times Union | Times Union

One of the biggest cleaning challenges we face in our home is keeping the glass shower door in our main bathroom clean and scum-free. Anyone who has ever used a glass shower knows exactly what I'm talking about.

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To be honest, I had mentally prepared myself to live with a spotty shower door for the rest of my life, so you have no idea how happy I am knowing I won't have to!

Times Union | Times Union

The solution? Bar Keeper's Friend! To see how effective this stuff is on soap scum, check out the how-to over on Times Union.

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7. DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes

I Don't Have Time For That | I Don't Have Time For That

The last thing anyone wants to do is pump their living space full of unnecessary toxins and chemicals just so it can look and feel clean. If you prefer to have complete control over the products that are used in your home, these homemade cleaning wipes by I Don't Have Time For That are going to be right up your alley.

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8. DIY Oil Wrap

Half Crazy Mama | Half Crazy Mama

There's nothing worse than grabbing a bottle of oil from your pantry and ending up with a nice slippery layer of it all over your hand. To prevent this from happening, simply wrap a couple layers of thick paper towel around the bottle and secure it in place using an elastic band. Thanks for the tip, Half Crazy Mama!

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9. DIY Wood Shine

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

You may not think your wood floors need a fresh shine, but once you see how much of a difference it makes, you won't be able to resist adding it to your list of must-do chores.

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To give your floors the shine they deserve without buying any fancy cleaning products, look no further than this trick from The Krazy Coupon Lady.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Fill a large bucket with hot black tea and use it to mop the floors while it's still warm.

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10. DIY Microwave Steam Cleaning 

Practically Functional | Practically Functional

It doesn't take much to make a stubborn mess in a microwave, but it's not as big of a chore to clean as it might seem to be. As Practically Functional says, just nuke two cups of water with two tablespoons of vinegar on high for five minutes. Adding a toothpick to the mix helps prevent it from boiling over. When it's done, you should be able to wipe out the inside of the microwave with ease!

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11. DIY Microfiber Cleaning Hack

Facebook | Samantha Roberson

Samantha Roberson, the mother of a "messy monster," shared her hack for cleaning her furniture and it promptly went viral. Her secret? "All I do is scrub it with Windex and a microfiber towel/rag."

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12. DIY Spot Prevention

The Creek Line House | The Creek Line House

The only thing better than cleaning things is keeping them from getting dirty in the first place. This trick from The Creek Line House keeps all the little water spots from collecting on your chrome faucets and fixtures. It couldn't be more straightforward: When you're done cleaning the spots off, rub down the now-shiny fixture with wax paper. All new water and toothpaste spots will slide off the wax residue instead of clinging!

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13. DIY Painting Cleaner

The Brick House | The Brick House

I kid you not, to clean up a dusty old painting, The Brick House swears by bagels. I know, it sounds weird, but to get a classic painting looking sharp again, try cutting a bagel in half and gently rubbing the soft side over the painting's surface. Then, brush the painting down with a soft-bristled paint brush to clear away the crumbs.

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14. DIY Blender Cleaning Hack

The Burlap Bag | The Burlap Bag

Kale smoothies are a healthy way to start the day, but they leave your blender an awful mess that you have to pull apart to clean properly. However, as The Burlap Bag points out, you can always just run warm, soapy water through the blender to clean it up. Just try to do it before all that kale dries out and gets crusty!

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15. DIY Electric Grill Cleaning Hack

Angela Says | Angela Says

There's nothing like a perfectly grilled sandwich oozing with melted cheese, but they almost invariably come with the cost of a dirty grill. To speed up cleaning, try this hack from Angela Says: place wet paper towels on the warm grill. Close it up and let it cool, and by the time it's back to room temp, any gunk should easily wipe away.

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16. DIY Oven Cleaner

Mommysavers | Mommysavers

Between the harsh chemicals and the baked-on crud, cleaning ovens is officially the worst. But it's made a little less awful with this hack from Mommysavers. Just leave a half-cup of ammonia in a cold oven overnight and let the vapors loosen all that crud, then wipe it up in the morning.

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17. DIY Dishwasher Cleaner

The Pin Junkie | The Pin Junkie

The eternal dilemma: how to clean the things that clean things. Dishwashers get especially abused by all the food they clean off plus the soap scum, but here's a tip for cleaning dishwashers, courtesy of The Pin Junkie. Mix up a half-cup of baking soda, a tablespoon of dish detergent, and a tablespoon of vinegar. You'll have to scrub a bit, but you can get your dishwasher shining again.

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