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14 Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time (And Money!)

14 Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time (And Money!)
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If you’re anything like me, you find cleaning to be a bit of a drag.

I mean, sure, sometimes it’s super-satisfying to see the rewards of a clean home after a deep clean — and it can even be therapeutic after a particularly stressful day — but the majority of the time, cleaning is a never-ending pain.

I live with two guys (feel sorry for me), and seriously, there’s always something that needs cleaning.

That’s why I love a good cleaning hack, and why I’m going to share some of my discoveries with you in this post. With the help of these hacks, hopefully one day no one will ever have to suffer through endless hours of cleaning again (that’s my dream!).

1. Buy Baking Soda

Bicarbonate in a wooden spoon

    Seriously, I don’t think there’s anything baking soda can’t do! If you are looking for a magical solution to your cleaning woes, baking soda is the closest you’re going to get.

    Available from your supermarket, baking soda is a degreaser, deodoriser, cleaner, and more (seriously, here’s another 37 baking soda hacks for your home).

    My all-time top 3 cleaning hacks with baking soda are:

    1.  Bin deodoriser: Next time you empty your bin, sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom — it will absorb those nasty odours!
    2. Cleaning the cooker-hood filters: Be honest, when was the last time you cleaned yours? The only way to get rid of that sticky layer of grease is to soak it with boiling water and baking soda (trust me).
    3. Cleaning grout: Not only is baking soda an abrasive, it’s also a natural whitener — perfect for the grout in my bathroom!

    2. Remove Water Rings With Your Hair Dryer

    Removing water marks with hair dryer

      Fed up with water marks on your wooden furniture? These can seem impossible to remove, but you can actually use a hair dryer (or alternatively, an iron) to finally get rid of those unsightly water rings.

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      Water rings are caused by trapped moisture in the wood, so using a hair dryer on low heat directed at the affected area causes the moisture to evaporate, removing the stain.

      3. Put Everything in the Dishwasher

      toys-in-dishwasher

        Okay, maybe not everything, but you’d be surprised by how much you can actually clean in your dishwasher, including:

        • Vases
        • Toothbrushes
        • Makeup brushes
        • Plastic toys
        • Dish racks

        4. Use Flour to Clean Spills Easily

        Cleaning spilt sauce with flour

          To clean up a large spill quickly, instead of using rolls of paper towels, grab some flour and sprinkle it over the mess.

          The flour will absorb and control the spill quickly, making it much easier to clean up.

          5. Steam Clean Your Microwave

          Water + Lemons for Clean Microwave

            Hate cleaning your microwave? Well there’s a much easier method — cut a lemon into two halves and place them in a (microwaveable) bowl/jug of water.

            Place the bowel in the microwave and heat for 3 minutes. Leave the bowl to stand for around 5 minutes.

            Heating water in your microwave generates steam, which, along with the lemon (a natural de-greaser), helps to loosen the dried-on food and stains inside your microwave.

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            When you remove the bowl, your microwave shouldn’t need anything more than a quick wipe to clean!

            6. DIY Overnight Mould Remover

            Mould in the shower

              Soak cotton wool balls in bleach (be sure to use rubber gloves!) and lay them on those annoying mould and mildew stains that form on the grout/sealant in your bathroom.

              Leave them to work overnight (while you catch up on some well-deserved sleep) and simply remove them the next day — the mould will be gone!

              7. Use a Lint Roller on Lampshades

              Lint roller to clean lampshade

                Lampshades are a magnet for dust and gunk and a nightmare to clean.

                But there’s an easier way — use a lint roller! After all, lint rollers were designed to pick up the dust and debris from your clothes, and they work perfectly on lampshades.

                You can also use lint rollers to quickly clean curtains, rugs, and glitter (it gets everywhere!). You can also use it to safely pick up broken glass.

                8. Buy a Steamer!

                Steam cleaner

                  Literally everything will be easier to clean. Things like your:

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                  • Bathroom
                  • Oven
                  • Windows
                  • Sofa
                  • Carpets and rugs
                  • Tiles
                  • Outdoor furniture
                  • Upholstery

                  The list goes on! This is an investment buy that may cost a lot initially, but will definitely save you money in the future.

                  9. Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions

                  Homemade-cleaning-solutions

                    Save money (and the environment) by making your own home cleaning solutions with stuff that you probably already have in your cupboards.

                    This can also be beneficial for your health, as some commercial cleaning products have been found to contain toxic chemicals.

                    As to whether homemade cleaning solutions are as effective as store-bought cleaners, the answer may surprise you. Check out this infographic for more information.

                    10. Stop Smelly Bins

                    Put baking soda at the bottom of the bin

                      There’s nothing worse than a smelly bin, but there’s a seriously quick and easy way to prevent your waste from smelling out your kitchen — baking soda (I seriously love this stuff).

                      Simply sprinkle a handful of baking soda at the bottom of your bin before you insert the bin-bag. Baking soda is a natural deodoriser, and will absorb any bad odours generated from your kitchen waste.

                      Bonus Tip: Try cleaning your bin in the shower. You can use the shower hose to effectively clean the inside, and leave it upturned to dry naturally.

                      11. Dry Your Clothes Quicker

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                      Towel in Dryer

                        Put one dry towel in your tumble dryer with your wet clothes to dry them faster. The dry towel will absorb the excess moisture, reducing the drying time and using less energy (a money-saving bonus!).

                        However, you need to ensure you remove the towel 15 minutes into the cycle, otherwise the towel will continue to absorb moisture and extend the drying time.

                        12. Vacuum Up Vomit

                        Vacuuming

                          Okay, this seems kinda gross. But apparently, if you make a paste of baking soda and water and generously spread it over the affected area, and then leave it overnight to dry, it’ll absorb the odour and allow you to easily vacuum the mess up the next day.

                          I can’t say I’ve tried this myself, but it could potentially be one of the best cleaning hacks!

                          14. Use Foil and Cling-Film to Prevent Mess

                          Foil in baking tray

                            If things don’t get dirty, they don’t need to be cleaned! Line your baking trays with foil when cooking, and place cling-film on the shelves of your fridge.

                            Simply remove and replace when needed — cleaning without the elbow grease!

                            Image Credits: Livestrong, Homemade Mamas, Flickr, WonderHowTo,  The Kitchn, Our Home From Scratch, Be Young Be Green, Steam Smart,  Pamela SalzmanHelping, About Home, Flickr, David Lebovitz

                            Featured photo credit: PhotoPin via photopin.com

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                            Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                            Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                            By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                            Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                            83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                              84 write random letter

                                85 use a rubberband

                                  86 dorm smell bad

                                    87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                      89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                        90 take a picture of the name card

                                          91 iron inside out

                                            92 old newspaper

                                              93 tumble try shoes

                                                keep a card like this

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                                                    94 soap bar

                                                      95 make a hole

                                                        96 drop the battery

                                                          97 use a coozie

                                                            98 when taking a picture

                                                              use a clean dust pan

                                                                try a pants hanger

                                                                  use your cellphone light

                                                                    use a spring from an old pen

                                                                      quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                        user binder clips

                                                                          wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                            put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                              clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                  doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                    use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                      use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                        freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                          use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                            almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                              sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                  cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                    remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                      turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                        for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                          how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                            tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                              place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                  use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                    take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                      how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                        put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                          How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                            user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                              good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                  50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                      add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                        38

                                                                                                                                          hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                            stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                  the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                      to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                        user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                          a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                            rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                              use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                50

                                                                                                                                                                  51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                    52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                      rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                        kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                          use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                            58

                                                                                                                                                                              59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                  hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                    Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                      hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                        use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                          if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                            keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                      do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                        when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                            put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                              75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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