Cleaning is the chore we all hate doing the most. And if you love cleaning, and you do it often, consistently and efficiently then, well, good on you for living your best life. Those of us who loathe it and do it only when it’s absolutely necessary lead a very different lifestyle.
We want the quickest and most effective way to do things, but we don’t really get out of our way to learn what those magical ways are. Luckily for the lazy cleaners out there, the internet offers a whole world of cleaning hacks for everyone to try.
Some are bogus, and some require the precision, patience, and tidiness of a person who already has their life under control. Others, like the ones you’ll find in this list, could one day change your cleaning routine.
So, give these cleaning hacks a try next time you’re faced with life’s messes. They’re easy, effortless and. most importantly, useful.
1. You can use an eraser to get rid of fingerprints, greasiness and makeup smudges on your laptop or smartphone screens.
2. If you love really hot showers, you know the struggle of stepping out to a foggy mirror. To avoid this, just rub some shaving cream on the glass before you shower.
3. Cleaning the outside of a window can be a hassle because the fluid dries really quickly on a hot day (or freezes on a cold one). Just choose an overcast day to clean them instead.
4. Get rid of the smell of your dog’s bed with this natural recipe. Spray a 50-50 water and vinegar solution on the bed, sprinkle with baking soda, then vacuum.
5. When was the last time you cleaned your empty dishwasher? To do this, run a cycle with vinegar, then the second one with spoonfuls of baking soda.
6. For those cups with old brown coffee and tea stains at the bottom use baking soda. Let it sit at the bottom for as long as you can, then use a brush to clean it.
7. Keyboards and computer screens are a delicate thing. To clean them up, use a microfiber cloth dipped in some vinegar. Don’t rub too hard, just wipe gently.
8. Liquid stains on wood can get uglier with time. To get rid of them, just dry them with a blow dryer. Then, dip a cloth in a little bit of oil and apply over the stains.
9. Meshy kitchen utensils can be a nightmare to clean up. Next time you want to wash your strainers and French presses, just dip them in citric acid for an hour or so.
10. Tape stains on glass can be easily removed with WD-40. Spray a little bit on the stain, let it sit, then wipe with a towel or scrape with a razor blade.
11. When it comes to nail holes on a white wall, you can use a temporary solution before you figure out what to do. Just put some toothpaste in the hole and you’re good to go.
12. If you want to switch from store-bought cleaners to something more natural, try this. Put some orange peels in a jar full of vinegar. Forget about it for a few weeks. When you come back, you’ll have a vinegar cleaner that doesn’t smell like vinegar!