I love having things clean, but I hate cleaning, you know? But what makes it a heck of a lot better are these amazing tips to make cleaning faster, easier and cheaper.
1. Clean stainless steel with paste.
You’ll need one cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, three tablespoons of Borax and club soda.
Mix the baking soda, lemon juice and Borax in a bowl. Add just enough club soda to make it a thick paste. From there, use a rag or sponge to rub the paste onto any stainless steel appliances.
Wipe the paste off with a wet rag then shine with a damp microfiber cloth.
2. Use a grapefruit (or lemon) dipped in salt to clean the bathtub.
Dip half of a grapefruit in coarse salt, and use it to scrub your tub. The lightly abrasive coarse salt and the citric acid found in grapefruit or lemons will help dissolve away stains — plus it’ll make your bathroom smell good!
3. Use cola to clean your toilet.
Let the cola sit in your toilet bowl for a bit before scrubbing. The acids will slowly break down stains.
4. Remove hard water stains in a toilet with a pumice stone.
5. Brew black tea and dip a cloth in it to clean mirrors and windows.
Brew black tea and dip a cloth in it to wipe down and clean mirrors or windows. The tannic acid in the tea cuts through any grime built up.
6. Get rid of mold and mildew with vodka.
Vodka’s high alcohol content not only kills mold and mildew, but it’s also great for shining fixtures.
You can also get rid of mold by mixing 1/2 cup of Borax with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Make a paste, scrub with a brush, and let it sit up to an hour before rinsing with water.
7. Whiten grout and clean tile by mixing together baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.
You’ll need 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. The hydrogen peroxide whitens, and the baking soda helps scrub away stains. It’s a win-win.
8. Make your own cleaning wipes with rubbing alcohol, lemon juice and vinegar.
Mix the ingredients together and pour over paper towels. Use these instructions to make your container to store these in.
9. Use lemon Kool-Aid to sanitize your dishwasher.
Fill your empty dishwasher’s detergent compartment with lemon Kool-Aid and run a normal cycle. The citric acid will help remove buildup.
Find other brilliant ways to use Kool-Aid as a cleaner here.
10. Use dried coffee grounds to scour crusty and dirty pots and pans.
Use the coffee grounds with warm water and dish soap to get hard-to-clean pots and pans sparkling. The abrasive grounds will help work off the hard-to-get grime.
11. Make your own hard water remover with lemon juice, dish soap and white vinegar.
Mix a 1/4 cup of vinegar, dish soap and lemon juice in a spray bottle and shake it up. Find the full instructions here.
12. Clean coffee or tea stains in mugs and cups with Alka-Seltzer.
Drop a tablet into water, and let the coffee- or tea-stained mug soak overnight. The citric acid along with the baking soda will loosen those tough stains.
You can also use Alka-Seltzer tablets to clean your coffeemaker or Keurig! Fill the water chamber of your coffee machine with water and two tablets. Let the tablets dissolve, and run the coffeemaker through. Once the Alka-Seltzer water has done its job — run water through it again before making coffee.
13. Set dryer sheets in a toilet paper roll for a fresh-smelling bathroom.
14. Mix baking soda, distilled water and essential oil for a bathroom air freshener.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda in distilled water and a few drops of essential oil for a bathroom air freshener that everyone will appreciate.
15. Remove pet hair with duct tape.
Wrap duct tape around a paint roller cover, sticky side out. Roll the paint cover over furniture or carpet to pick up the pet hair. Add more tape as the surface gets full of hair.
16. Use rubbing alcohol as a jewelry cleaner.
Let your jewelry soak in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before wiping clean with a cloth.
There are even more ring cleaning hacks you can do yourself with household items. Check ’em out.
17. Make your own Liquid-Plumr with Borax.
Add 1/2 cup Borax to boiling water — then pour down drains and leave for about 15 minutes. Run tap water until it’s gone.
18. Dip a towel in rubbing alcohol to remove lipstick stains.
Avoid saturating the stain with the rubbing alcohol by applying it to a towel first. Then dab the lipstick away!
19. Use baking soda as a carpet and vacuum cleaner.
Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let sit for about 15 minutes.
By vacuuming up the baking soda, you’ll not only deodorize your vacuum but also your carpet! Win-win.
20. Get rid of hard water stains on a shower door with dryer sheets.