15 Simple Cleaning Hacks That'll Take Your Home From 'Yikes!' To 'Nice!'

Diply 20 Apr 2018

Even though I would love nothing more than to have a spotless home at all times, it's simply not possible. From busy work schedules to a dog that whips drool into every nook and cranny imaginable, maintaining a perfectly clean house is not an easy task.

However, thanks to a few tips and tricks I've picked up over the last few years, I've been able to make cleaning a little bit easier to manage.

1. Clear A Path

The Melrose Family | The Melrose Family

If your shower head has a nasty buildup of hard water and other questionable things, don't replace it, just clean it!

Fill a plastic sandwich bag with distilled white vinegar and an essential oil of your choice. Use an elastic band to secure it over the showerhead, and allow everything to marinate overnight.

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2. Reduce + Reuse

One Good Thing By Jillee | One Good Thing By Jillee

Reduce the amount of waste your family produces by whipping up a batch of reusable disinfecting wipes. All you need is a large glass jar for storage, a bunch of washcloths, and a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, and Dawn dish soap.

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3. Just Another Goober Mark On The Wall

Life Should Cost Less | Life Should Cost Less

Dog owners, especially those with larger breeds, know that there are two things guaranteed in life — fur and drool — which means you have to be on top of your cleaning game at all times.

To rid walls of things like dust, drool, and other random messes, put your favorite all-purpose cleaning product and a large pad mop to work.

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4. Make Wayo For The Mayo

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

While you might consider mayonnaise to be an excellent condiment, you've probably never thought of it as a cleaning product — until now. Dun dun duuun. The truth is that mayo is great for conditioning wood surfaces and removing water stains.

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5. Oscar The Grout

Holiday Sparkle | Holiday Sparkle

Maintaining clean grout lines isn't an easy task. However, there are two simple and effective ways of ensuring your grout looks fresh and clean. To start, don't go with light grout in the first place. But if it's already too late for that, simply use Clorox gel toilet bowl cleaner and a bristle brush to return those light grout lines to their original glory.

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6. Your Biggest Fan

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Have you looked at the blades of your ceiling fan lately? If not, you're probably in for quite the surprise! But don't worry, you can clean those babies up in seconds using something every household has: a pillowcase.

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7. No, Conditioner Is Better

Making Midlife Matter | Making Midlife Matter

Is it even possible to talk about shampoo and conditioner without quoting Billy Madison? Anyway, conditioner is more than a standard hair product. It can also be used to as an alternative for wax while washing your car!

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8. Put A Sock In It

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Actually, more like, put a sock on it. If the cup holders in your car have seen better days, give them a quick cleaning by slipping a sock over a drink tumbler, spritzing the bottom with a bit of cleaner, and then give it a twist!

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9. Germ Annihilation

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

To disinfect the sponges you use to clean things in and around your home, simply dampen and toss them in the microwave for one minute. Germs, be gone!

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10. In The Air Tonight

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

*Drum solo* I can feel a pineapple in the air tonight, oh Lord. Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord.

Those are the lyrics, right? No? Well, perhaps they should be! Because believe it or not, you can use pineapple skins to make the air inside of your car smell AH-mazing!

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11. Spooning

The Intentional Mom | The Intentional Mom

Make your windows look shiny and new by spooning a bit of baking soda into the tracks, adding some vinegar, and then using a toothbrush to scrub the gunk out of the corners. You can also use a cloth-covered butter knife to really clean out those hard-to-reach places.

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12. Broomhaha

House Tipster | House Tipster

Baseboards are the ultimate dust and stain collectors. To fix this problem without breaking your back, cover the bottom of a broom with a microfiber cloth, spray it with some Pledge, and sweep those nasty baseboards clean. I really wish I'd known about this sooner!

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13. Squeaky Clean

Polished Habitat | Polished Habitat

It's not unheard of for a glass oven window to look like a hot mess after years of use. And while most of you may think it's a lost cause when it comes to cleaning, you couldn't be more wrong! Pick up a pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, get ready to give your arm a serious workout, and solve this common household mess in no time.

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14. Lemony Fresh

Today's Creative Life | Today's Creative Life

Make the inside of your microwave look (and smell) fresh by nuking a dish full of apple cider vinegar, water, and lemon slices for a few minutes. Doing so will create steam, which, if left alone for a good ten minutes, will loosen any gunk or grime that's built-up in your microwave.

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15. Bake It! Bake It Good!

One Good Thing | One Good Thing

You may think cleaning the inside of your dishwasher is unnecessary, but it's actually super important if you want your appliance to last. To find out just how easy this bit of household cleaning is, check out the simple tutorial over on One Good Thing.

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Have you tried any of these cleaning hacks before? What's your favorite cleaning trick to use?

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