It seems like everybody loves a clean house, but nobody really likes cleaning. I don’t know about you, but over here, we’re in favor of finding any cleaning tips and tricks that will speed up the process.
Here are some of our latest discoveries that we’re absolutely loving.
1) Use this to clean your taps and showerheads
I hate how limescale builds up on all of our taps.
Until I learned this trick, I didn’t realize how easy it was to get rid of it.
Simply put a solution of half water and half vinegar in a ziplock plastic bag. Put the tap in and wrap an elastic around the tap so it stays in place.
(Pro tip: get the right-sized elastic or a second set of hands to help.)
Soak the taps in the water and vinegar mixture, and this will remove the buildup on the tap nicely and easily. Be careful of what your taps are made of, as this vinegar mixture has been known to take the finish off some taps.
2) Use this cleaning hack to remove scale buildup in hard-to-reach places
If you loved the last tip, you’re going to appreciate this one if you have taps that are hard to descale. If the plastic bag trick we just mentioned doesn’t work, then you can use this trick to remove limescale build-up in hard-to-reach places.
Simply soak a paper towel in vinegar and some water and wrap it around the tap or area that has build up. We use this one on our kettle and our taps that we can’t use a plastic bag trick. It works like a charm.
3) Remove grime from your blinds with this trick
Blinds in the kitchen are a target for grease and grime. To clean your blinds easily, use a dishwasher pod dissolved in hot water. It sounds crazy, and it works!
Here is how to clean faux wood blinds if you want all the details.
4) Remove stainless steel sink stains with this trick (that’s a tongue twister)
When you think about a stainless steel sink, it shouldn’t have stains on it.
Right? I mean, it’s right there in the name. But it still happens
Still, you can get stains on your stainless steel when items sit too long. To remove these stains, put some baking soda on the stain and scrub it in the direction of the grain.
If that doesn’t work, then you need to throw out the kitchen sink.
Just kidding. Add an equal part or less vinegar to the baking soda. Wait for the fizzing to stop. Then scrub it with a toothbrush, and it should remove the stain easily.
Related: How to clean a stainless steel sink
5) Remove microwave stains with this simple trick
You know how last night’s chili exploded in the microwave turning the inside of your microwave into some kind of new modern art exhibit?
No? Just me?
Well, if you have stains inside your microwave that have been cooked on, an easy way to remove microwave stains is 2 put a bowl of water in the microwave and heat it for 5 minutes.
This will essentially steam clean your microwave, and you’ll be able to wipe off the grime and caked-on food with minimal effort. It’s a lot better than doing it dry and using elbow grease to remove your stains trust me.
6) Use this household item to clean your electric kettle
Speaking of boiling water. If you want to know how to clean and descale an electric kettle, this is the easiest way.
Add an even mixture of water and vinegar and bring it to a boil (this also works for cleaning a burnt pot).
Let it sit for 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how much build-up you have in your kettle.
Empty it out and rinse it a few times.
Here are the full details on how to clean an electric kettle.
7) Parchment paper to cut down grease
This cleaning tip is pure genius. If your kitchen cabinets’ tops are exposed to grease and dust, you know that getting the grease off can take some time.
Once it’s clean, lay down parchment paper on the tops of the cabinets so that any grease falls on the parchment paper and not on the cabinets themselves.
Then every month or two, replace the parchment paper, and the tops of your kitchen cabinets will stay clean. Best of all, it’s not visible unless you’re 10 feet tall (and if you are, we need you on our basketball team).
So simple, so effective!
8) Use the “hidden” self-clean function on your blender
Who doesn’t love making smoothies with the blender in the morning?
But, cleaning a blender isn’t that fun, and putting them in the dishwasher can be a no-no.
Instead, put a few drops of dishwashing soap in your blender along with a cup of water. Just enough to cover the blender blades. Pop the lid on and put it on for 10 to 15 seconds.
This will make really frothy dish soap water. Remove the lid and give the insides a wipe. When you’re done the wipe down, give a quick rinse, and you are done!
9) Get streak-free windows with this cleaning tip
If you want to save the environment, you can use these Norwex cloths to wash and polish your mirrors and stainless steel. We have been using these Norwex cloths for over 10 years, and they are pure magic!
No streaks, easy-to-clean, and it takes seconds. Best of all. It’s a natural cleaning solution.
10) Get rid of toilet ring with this
Ok, so toilet ring sucks because it looks like you have a dirty toilet when in reality it’s just hard water. Here’s the last of our cleaning tips and how to get rid of toilet ring.
- Step 1: Put your gloves on.
- Step 2: Flush the toilet.
- Step 3: Pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl, and mix the vinegar with the water using your toilet brush. Be sure to swish it around and coat the hard water stains in a toilet. Leave this sit for one minute.
- Step 4: Add a cup of baking soda, followed by another cup of vinegar. This will cause the mixture to fizz. Scrub the mixture all over the bowl with the toilet brush, and make sure you get all of the hard water stains.
- Step 5 Let it sit for 30 minutes, then come back.
- Step 6 Remove the hard water with your toilet scrubber.
Final thoughts on house cleaning tips
There is no shortage of home cleaning tips out there, and whenever we stumble on a good one, we will make sure to add it to the list.
We’re coming up with more house cleaning tips, so make sure you save this to Pinterest and keep coming back!