I Tried Cheap Cleaning Hacks Using Stuff Around My House

Diply 21 Sep 2018

I'm going to preface this by saying, I hate cleaning. Organizing? Love it. Tidying up my pillows and rearranging my decor? I do it all the time. But cleaning? I just hate it.

Which is why I am so here for cleaning hacks. Seriously, they make my world go 'round. Without them, I may never clean anything. Okay, that's exaggerating just a little bit, but if I didn't clean I think my boyfriend would have ended things long ago.

My point is that I love a good cleaning hack, so I tried a bunch of the ones I found online. The best part? I used things I already had on hand, at home. Not too shabby, amirite?!

Hack #1: Dawn Dish Soap & A Broom

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If you don't own a couple bottles of Dawn dish soap, you need to run out and get some. This stuff is the key to cleaning so much more than just your dishes. It's great for clothes, grease marks, and bathtubs.

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Okay, yes, my bathtub is disgusting AF. Which is why I took this opportunity to clean it (and get paid for it, too). 

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I originally wrote about this bathtub hack some time last year when I first learned about its origins.

Basically, a landlord was not impressed with his tenant's bathtub cleaning skills and pulled out the dish soap and a broom to show them how it's done.

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Anyway, that meant I just had to try it.

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So, I squirted what I had left of my dish soap into the bathtub and grabbed my broom.As you can probably tell, I'm a dummy who forgot to take the dust pan off the broom.

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After very minimal scrubbing, all the grime came right off!

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I rinsed it down using the shower head, and my bathtub looked surprisingly good.I guess because of dish soap's grease fighting abilities, it's also pretty great at getting rid of body grease, too.

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Hack #2: A Toothpick

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Who doesn't have a jar of toothpicks on hand? Turns out, they're actually pretty useful when it comes to cleaning out your phone.

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I'm not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical.

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If your headphone jack(or other connections on your phone) isn't working to its max capacity, you should clean it out with a toothpick.

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I guess it makes sense that over time dirt, lint, and other stuff could get stuck in there.

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And I knew that whether or not it actually worked, I'd get this hilarious gif out of it.

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As it turns out, there was actually a decent amount of crap inside my colleague's phone.

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While we have yet to test out if the headphone connection is in fact better, overall the hack seems to have worked pretty well!

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Hack #3: Packing Tape

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I think we can all agree that most people have a love/hate relationship with glitter.

In fact, I've talked to two colleagues about this in the last 24 hours.

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When I told a colleague I was attempting this hack, she asked if she could toss the glitter. I said no because I really wanted to do it myself, haha.

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Anyway, the reason I chose glitter is because we all know how hard it is to clean up.

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I wrapped a little bit of tape around my fingers to see how well it would pick up the glitter.

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And it actually did a really good job! If you don't have tape, I imagine that a lint roller would work, too.Although, I don't know why you'd have a lint roller and no tape, but that's a conversation for another time.

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And if it can pick up everyone's least favorite craft supply, then it could probably pick up a variety of other things, too.

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Like glass shards, which we all know you don't want to be picking up by hand.

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Hack #4: Wax Paper

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We've gone over a bunch of ways to clean things after they've gotten dirty, but what about keeping things clean even before that?

I think we can all get on board with that.

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You know how steel faucets always get water stains and finger prints all over them?

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It seems impossible to keep these things clean! But, apparently rubbing wax paper all over the faucet helps.

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I'm guessing whoever thought of this assumed that the wax would rub onto the faucet, repelling any water that touches it.

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So, I rubbed the office faucet with wax paper to see what would happen.

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I lightly tapped it with my finger to see if any gross fingerprints ended up on the metal.

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With a light touch, not so much. But if I press on it hard enough, the fingerprint definitely stayed put.So, I guess the jury's still out on this one!

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Hack #5: The Dust Pan

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Okay, I realize this is not the same dust pan from before, but when I dropped my other one in the tub, it gave me an idea.

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I remembered a random hack that I'd seen in a few different places around the Internet.

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So naturally, I had to give it a try!

To start, you fill your dust pan with water, then dump it out. BUT, don't dry it!

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The idea is that if you wet the dust pan before sweeping, you won't have to worry about the stuff moving around.

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It seemed to work out pretty well for me, for both the cereal and the dust.P.S. Since I didn't have anything to sweep up, I took my aggression out on these poor Cheerios by stomping on them.

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I thought it worked pretty well, but I wanted to see how well the cereal stuck to it.

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Turns out, it did stick pretty well. I actually had to bang the pan against the garbage can to get it off!

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Hack #6: Dish Soap And Hydrogen Peroxide

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I read this hack earlier today and figured I would give it a try.

The hack suggested mixing 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part dish soap as a magical cleaning solution.

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They suggested that it would be perfect for carpet stains and odor that comes from pets.

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But, we had a wine stain I wanted to test it out on.

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So, I dunked some paper towel in the mixture, and went "dab, dab, dab, dab, dab" like I do with my foundation every morning.

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Now, this stain is actually pretty old so I had low expectations.

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Surprisingly, it actually came out really well! 

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Now I'm really curious to see if it'll get my dog's pee stain and odor out the next time that happens. But, fingers crossed it doesn't happen.

If you like seeing the hacks I've tried, check out the dollar store hacks I did and let us know what you think!

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