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25 Creative Hacks That Make Cleaning Your Home So Much Easier

25 Creative Hacks That Make Cleaning Your Home So Much Easier

Ah yes, cleaning the house – that activity we all must get around to, whether we like it or not. If you’ve been looking for ways to cut down on the amount of work cleaning your home can bring, check out these insanely practical tips for hacking your cleaning list.

1. If you have a front-loading washer, get rid of mold with water, a bit of bleach and a towel.

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    It’s surprising how much gunk can build up in a small, unacknowledged area!

    2. Your iron can be made smooth and shiny again (meaning cleaner, fresher, crisper clothes) with some salt.

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      Just take some salt and gently but firmly rub the face of your iron in the pile of salt. Your clothes will be happier, it won’t be an eyesore, and you’ll be back to ironing shirts in no time.

      3. Mattresses can be made far cleaner (and will smell better) with a sprinkling of baking soda.

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        Check out the instructions here.

        4. You can actually use an iron and a few other materials to remove extremely stubborn stains from carpet.

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          Who knew you could create your own “heat press” so easily?

          5. Lightbulbs can be dusted using a clean paintbrush. This way, you don’t have to remove and refit them!

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            This method is much easier and faster than taking all your lightbulbs out and putting them back in.

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            6. Use a bit of vanilla extract in your oven to kill a bad odor throughout your entire home.

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              Hopefully you never have to deal with a terrible smell throughout your entire house, but if you do, this tip is a cinch!

              7. If you’re cleaning your bathroom, fill your bathtub with a few inches of the hottest water you can draw.

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                This will drastically improve the effectiveness of your existing cleaning materials.

                8. Use a hair catcher to keep your drains and piping from getting clogged.

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                  It’s easy to not think about, but as soon as you consider it, it’s a natural choice!

                  9. When cleaning windows, use newspapers instead of window cloths or “standard” cleaning rags.

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                    Your windows will remain streak- and residue-free!

                    10. To deep clean your toilet, take the toilet seat off and use a screwdriver with a Clorox wipe for the hard-to-reach sections.

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                      Who knew it could be this easy?

                      11. Get dried sweat, face gunk and saliva stains off your pillows with hot water and bleach.

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                        Ahhh! Clean, fresh and crisp once more!

                        12. Clean ceiling fan blades with an old pillowcase (use a ladder, too!).

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                          Now when your fan is actually in use, you won’t have to worry about dust microbes being spread around the room!

                          13. Using Lemonade Kool Aid in the detergent holder for your dishwasher.

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                            Apparently this works just as well, if not better than other soap-like materials!

                            14. Baseboards can be wiped clean with used dryer sheets.

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                              Just remove it from the dryer when the load is done and wipe your baseboards clean.

                              15. Scuff marks on floors can be removed with WD-40.

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                                WD-40, one of the most universally applicable substances, can loosen up the particles of scuff marks and leave your floor much cleaner.

                                16. Your drying machine vent will be far cleaner, and you’ll prevent the chance of a fire, if you clean it out every six months.

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                                  You can do this with a pipe cleaner.

                                  17. Use a dish wand to clean your shower while you’re in it.

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                                    It’s much more straightforward than having to worry about a squeegee and other materials when your shower is dry.

                                    18. Dirty window blinds can be cleaned with an abandoned sock, a bit of water and vinegar.

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                                      This removes dust and dirt, and the vinegar acts as an anti-buildup agent.

                                      19. Window tracks can be cleaned with a cotton ball or swab and some white vinegar.

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                                        Vinegar comes to the rescue once again, breaking down the chunks of dirt, grime and dead organic matter.

                                        20. A bagel can be used to safely clean old paintings.

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                                          Yes, it’s definitely random, but it also works!

                                          21. Clean your washing machine once a year with a full load of hot water and a dash of bleach.

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                                            This acts as a disinfectant for the large container that is your washing machine, where thousands of germs and microbes enter and exit on a monthly or even weekly basis.

                                            22. Give your sink drain the best cleaning of its life with hot water, lemon slices and a toothbrush.

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                                              The pipeways of your home will deeply appreciate it, and you won’t have to worry about nasty problems further down the road.

                                              23. Use the largest binder clip you can find to hold your sponge.

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                                                Such a convenient use for an office tool!

                                                24. Your kitchen sponge can be microwaved to remove 99.9 percent of germs.

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                                                  According to a fair amount of research on the subject, this works far better than putting it through the dishwasher.

                                                  25. Salt can be used to clean cast-iron pans.

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                                                    Salt, one of nature’s best cleaning agents, is back in action to clean this type of cooking pan. Check out details here.

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                                                    Last Updated on February 11, 2021

                                                    The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

                                                    The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

                                                    Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.

                                                    Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.

                                                    1. Humans Of New York

                                                    Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.

                                                     2.  Paris in Four Months

                                                    Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.

                                                    3. Civilized Caveman Cooking

                                                    George Bryant offers up more than his love for cooking Paleo cuisine as he shares more about life, joy, and happiness. His coined hashtag is #hugsandbacon.

                                                    4. Andrew Knapp

                                                    Andrew has taken the world by storm with his adorable version of Where’s Waldo? His version is Find Momo, and stars his border collie.

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                                                    5. Idafrosk

                                                    Ida Skivenes has developed a knack for food art. From the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Strawberry Fields Forever, she has recreated it all with food.

                                                    6. GrandmaBetty33

                                                    Grandma Betty is fighting cancer and is inspiring others to smile and be happy in life. She brings a smile to your face instantly and is like having your grandma right beside you.

                                                    7. Maya_on_the_Move

                                                    Tania Ahsan captures the world of her cute bulldog, Maya, on her adventures in New York. Maya makes appearances that will make you smile, laugh, and inspire you to go out and create something special.

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                                                    8. Leoleoparis

                                                    Leo captures the life on the streets of Paris. Most of his work is done in black and white, offering that iconic Parisian look.

                                                    9. Jacob Santiago

                                                    Jacob Santiago creates stunning, vibrant images around New York City, showcasing the architecture and streets. I’m sure you haven’t seen the streets of NYC like this before.

                                                    10. Julie’s Kitchen

                                                    Julie Lee showcases how everyday produce can create colorful art designs. At first glance, you think it is just a design; then, a second take illustrates that it is really fruits and vegetables.

                                                    11. iloveplaymo

                                                    iloveplaymo brings together photography and Playmobil toys in action. The images are up to date with current world events and everyday life.

                                                    12. “Red” Hong Yi

                                                    Red Hong Yi loves to paint without a paintbrush. Her style uses daily items to create lovely images.

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                                                    13. Alexis Diaz

                                                    A breathtaking artist from Puerto Rico who loves to paint murals. Alexis’s work is featured all over the world.

                                                    14. Murad Osmann

                                                    Murad Osmann is a music video producer, but his claim to fame on Instagram has been his photographs with his girlfriend leading him by her hand.

                                                    15. Simone Bramate

                                                    Simone Bramate is a storyteller who just so happens to take delightful photos as well.

                                                    16. Willie Kessel

                                                    Willie Kessel brings beach life right to your smartphone. Amazing surf and lifestyle images that take your mind off of all of the work and stress in your life.

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                                                    17. Nick Ulivieri

                                                    Nick Ulivieri is a talented photographer who loves to capture the windy city of Chicago and skies, especially during storms. His images are gorgeous and make you realize how wonderful life really is.

                                                    18. Jo Jerry

                                                    Jo Jerry’s landscape photos around Santorini, Greece, make you want to book a flight immediately. The bright colors and simplicity in the images make his photos stand out from the rest.

                                                    19. GoPro

                                                    GoPro uses fan-sourced images on their account that are all captured with a GoPro. Creativity to the max is used in these images and range from the grocery store to incredible surf.

                                                    20. Vin Farrell

                                                    Vin Farrell is a creative who works on the agency side for large clients and has a knack for photography. His iPhone captures amazing aerial images around NYC and the world.

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