30 Cleaning Tricks That Professionals Don’t Want You to Know

Today, it’s not easy to find time to deep clean your home. Some parts of your home are probably overlooked because it’s not worth the effort, but before settling for a filthy home or hiring a cleaner, take a look at this list of amazing cleaning hacks. The great part is that many of these tricks use ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Start slideshow below to see these 30 Cleaning Tricks

1. Shop Vac and Ketchup Bottle Cap For Crumbs and Debris

If you have a shop vac then put it to use by attaching a clean ketchup bottle top to the end of the hose. Use it to get in those hard to reach small areas and pickup dust and particles with ease. If your ketchup bottle doesn’t have this style top just go to your local grocery store and pick one up.

2. Clean Smelling House Using Household Products

Even if you’re running short on time and don’t have the time to clean your house, you can make it smell clean by placing dryer sheets on the air intake of AC units. As the air gets sucked in it will hold the sheet to the AC unit and make your house smell delightful. If you’re not sure where the intake is located then just attach them to the vent using a small clip. This will work just as well.

3. Grapefruit For Soap Scum

Soap scum can be a pain to remove, especially if it’s been sitting there for a long time. Luckily there’s a powerful solution that will cut through that soap scum. Just take half of a grapefruit and sprinkle some salt onto it. Next rub the grapefruit on the soap scum. You’ll notice as your scrub it gradually begins to come off. After a few minutes just rinse with water and say bye bye to soap scum.

4. Kool Aid to Clean Your Toilet

Remember drinking Kool Aid as a kid? Well, not only does this powder taste great, but it’s great at removing stains and will leave your toilet smelling fresh. Just sprinkle the packet in the toilet and around the sides. Leave it sit overnight and scrub away the next morning. The citric acid will dissolve any stains that were there before.

5. Wash Dirty Vent Covers In The Dishwasher

Why bother getting up on a chair or ladder and scrubbing those dirty vents? Why not just remove them with a screwdriver and throw them into the dishwasher for deep clean. This works for both plastic and metal vents. Just keep the heat cycle off so you don’t melt the vents.

6. Clean Smelly Trash Cans

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Does the smell of your trash just keep lingering even after you’ve taken the trash out? When was the last time you cleaned your trash cans? Use toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet brush to easily clean the smell away. An alternative source is to use baking soda and water.

7. Microfiber and Tongs to Clean Blinds

Blinds can be extremly difficult to clean without the right tools. The easiest way to clean blinds is to wrap two microfiber cloths around tongs and use rubber bands to secure them. Next slide your tongs through each of the blinds and see how much dust and debris you pickup.

8. Dryer Sheets For Electronics

Dryer sheets are magnets for dust, and are gentle on electronics. Dry sheets are also great at dusting off baseboards and the edge of picture frames. Another great reason why you should use dryer sheets is because they have anti cling properties, which means that after you wipe the surface, it will repel dirt for longer than you’d normally see with a regular rag.

9. Clean Mattress With Baking Soda, Vodka and Essential Oils

Mattresses trap a lot of sweat, dust, dead skin cells and smells. Even though you probably change your sheets regularly, the mattress still needs cleaning for a fresh bedroom. Just fill a spray bottle of vodka and mix in your best essential oil. Next spray onto your mattress. Once it dries you’ll be left with a pleasant smell of essential oils. Another alternative is to use baking soda and essential oils. Just mix in with baking soda and sprinkle throughout your mattress. Finally, vacuum up and you’ll be left with a mattress that is clean and smells like essential oils.

10. Sanitize Your Garbage Disposal With Citrus and Ice

With as much food that your garbage disposal processes, it’s just a matter of time before it starts to stink.  One solution is to make frozen cleaning tablets with vinegar and lemons. Take a muffin pan or ice cube tray, then place your sliced lemon inside. Fill up each section of lemons with vinegar, then freeze for 48 hours. Run warm water in the sink for 2 minute, then take a 1 cup of baking soda and drop it in the disposal. Add a tablet, and let the sanitation begin when you turn the water on again. Complete by turning on the disposal.

11. Stovetop

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A dirty stovetop can make the whole kitchen look filthy, but in a few simple steps, you’re sure to take your stovetop from filthy to fabulous! To begin, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the dirty stovetop. Next, soak a hand towel in warm, soapy water, wring it out, and put it on top of the baking soda layer. Wait 15 minutes, and then, gently scrub the stovetop with the towel to remove stuck-on messes. All that’s left is to wipe it clean with no need for chemical cleaners or hard scrubbing!

12. Microwave

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Even though your microwave is closed a majority of the time, the mess inside it is impossible to miss when you go to use it. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to removing stuck-on food and grease. Simply mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water in a microwave-safe cup, and microwave it for approximately five minutes. Then, just remove the cup and wipe down the inside of the microwave. It’s so easy!

13. Fridge

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Cleaning the fridge takes quite a bit of time because you need to remove everything inside, wipe up any crumbs or spills, and clean everything before you put it back in its place. But there’s a better way! Just wrap your refrigerator shelves in a few layers of plastic cling wrap, so the next time you need to clean the fridge, all you have to do is remove the top layer of plastic, cutting your cleaning time in half!

14. Toilet

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Removing toilet stains is a hassle, but there’s an easy solution. All you need to do is mix a cup of borax with one-fourth of a cup of lemon juice or white vinegar, and dump it into the toilet bowl. Let it soak for 20 minutes and then scrub the toilet with a toilet brush. No more stains!

15. Showerhead

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Showerheads are nearly impossible to clean, but you can make yours look like new with minimal effort! Simply combine a cup of white vinegar and one-third of a cup of baking soda in a one-gallon plastic bag. Next, submerge the entire showerhead in the mixture, secure the bag on the showerhead using a rubber band, and let it soak for a minimum of two hours. Then, rinse clean to see a shiny, like-new showerhead!

16. Grout

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Even though you scrubbed and scrubbed, your tile floor still looks dirty thanks to the stained grout. You might think that your floor is ruined, but there’s an easy fix. All you need to do is pour seven cups of water, one-third of a cup of lemon juice, a half of a cup of baking soda, and one-fourth of a cup of white vinegar in a 70-ounce spray bottle and shake vigorously. Then, spray the mixture onto the grout, and let it sit for a few minutes. Just be sure that it doesn’t dry. Next, aggressively scrub the floor with a scrub brush and then mop it. This should make your grout look new again!

17. Dryer Lint Trap

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Despite the fact that you clean your dryer’s lint trap after every use, it’s likely not as clean as you’d expect. A professional can clean it for an upwards of $150, but you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost of a professional. First, empty the lint trap as usual, and then, put a lint brush in the trap, twisting it around and moving it back and forth to get every nook and cranny. Next, using the thinnest attachment on your vacuum, stick it in the trap and suck up anything that the brush couldn’t reach. This hack makes your dryer more efficient and can help prevent dryer fires.

18. Carpet Spots

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Carpet stains seem to appear out of nowhere, but they can be easily removed using only two ingredients. Simply mix equal parts dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, and spray the entire stain without saturating the carpet. Next, rub the mixture into the stain, and wipe it up with a warm, wet cloth. Once it dries, there should be no more stains!

19. Smelly Towels

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If you’ve ever forgotten a load of wet laundry in the washing machine for a few days, you know your clothes and towels can harbor a funky smell even after a second wash. To remove that smell, rewash the laundry in hot water and a cup of white vinegar, and then wash it again in hot water and a half of a cup of baking soda. Put the laundry in the dryer immediately after the second wash. This hack will help eliminate bad odors and will make your towels softer, too!

20. Pans

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While many enjoy cooking, few enjoy cleaning up because there’s always one pan that you can never get clean. To remove burnt-on food, all you need to do is simmer a cup of water and a tablespoon of cream of tartar in the dirty pan. After about eight minutes, take the pan off the heat and set it aside to cool. Then, scrub it with a brush or sponge, and watch the stuck-on food and stains wash away!

21. White Laundry

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Nothing ruins a white shirt faster than sweat stains or a ring around the collar. While bleach is a common solution, it isn’t always effective. To eliminate these types of stains, spot treat your whites with a mixture of a half of a cup of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water. Simply apply a small amount of this mixture to the stain, rub it in, and wash like usual.

22. Oil Spots

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Oil stains are nearly impossible to avoid when you’re eating in your dress clothes, but that doesn’t mean you need to throw out your stained shirt. Before washing, rub some baking soda into the oil stain for a few minutes. Next, rub a small amount of dish soap into the stain. Then, wash the clothing item, preferably in hot water, and the stain should disappear!

23. Dishwasher

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Even though its main job is to clean your dishes, your dishwasher still needs to be washed. Over time, a dishwasher begins to smell, and that’s how you know when you need to clean it. All you need to do is place a cup of white vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher and apply a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom. Then, run it on the hottest cycle, and after the cycle is complete, your dishwasher should smell fresh again.

24. Tile Floors

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Tile floors can look dirty no matter how much time you spend sweeping and mopping them. However, you can make your floors look clean again with this easy hack. Begin by thoroughly sweeping or vacuuming the floor. Next, combine a cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of dish soap, and a cup of baking soda in a large bucket, and fill the rest of the bucket with hot water. Mix it well and use it to mop the floor. This mixture attacks dirt and grime and will leave your floors sparkling clean.

25. Wood Floors

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Wood floors add appeal to any home, but they are difficult to clean because they are easy to damage. First, sweep the floor. Next, mop the floor with a solution of one cup of vinegar, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, and one gallon of hot water. Be sure you don’t let water pool on the floor by frequently wringing out the mop. This method does more than just clean your floor – it makes it smell amazing, too!

26. Kitchen Cabinets

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Cabinets always seem to attract fingerprints, grease, and food splatters, but there’s an easy way to clean them up. In a small bowl, combine a half of a tablespoon of water, half of a tablespoon of dish soap, and a tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste. Then, gently rub the cabinet with the paste using a clean cloth. It’s always best to test an inconspicuous area first, especially if your cabinets have a high-floss finish. Finally, wipe the cabinets clean with a cloth, and all the grease, fingerprints, and mystery grime should disappear!

27. Ceiling Fans

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When you dust the blades of a ceiling fan, the dirt floats down to whatever is below it. All that does is make another mess for you to clean up. Prevent making even more of a mess by putting a pillowcase over the entire fan blade, wrapping your hands around the open end of the pillowcase and blade, and sliding your hands towards you. This method catches all the dust in the pillowcase, so it doesn’t end up on your clean floor!

28. Crayon on the Wall

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It’s no secret that kids love making murals. To remove crayon wall art, put your hairdryer on the hottest setting and blow dry the marks. After a few minutes, soak a clean cloth in warm, soapy water and use it to wash away the crayon.

29. Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel is one of those materials that highlights fingerprints and grease, but getting rid of fingerprints on stainless steel is easy! Spray your stainless-steel surface with white vinegar, and wipe it clean with a dry cloth. Then, using a little bit of olive oil and a clean cloth, rub with the grain. Next, remove any excess oil with another clean cloth. After you’re done, you should have a beautiful and shiny stainless-steel surface!

30. Furniture Stains

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You can’t throw your couch in the washing machine, so how are you supposed to clean it? Fortunately, there’s a cleaning hack that will remove almost any stain. Start by vacuuming the stained area to remove crumbs and food particles. Next, forcefully whisk three tablespoons of vinegar, three tablespoons of dish soap, and two cups of water until it starts to form bubbles. Scoop the bubbles with your hands, put them on the stain, and rub them in using a clean, damp cloth. Be sure you don’t saturate the area, and use a fan to dry it as quickly as possible. Once the area is dry, it should look as good as new!

Even though no one really enjoys cleaning, it needs to be done, but before you invest in a cleaning company, try a few of these cleaning hacks. They can save you both time and money!