Well, it’s that time again. Spring is here and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning. Whether you are someone who simply goes through the closet to throw out old clothes that you don’t wear any longer or you prefer a really deep cleaning to open up your home for spring, we have a few hacks for you that will help you to get through that cleaning faster.
Nobody wants to spend all their time cleaning so we have put together a list of 30 cleaning hacks that will help you to get that cleaning done and get out into the beautiful weather. From cleaning the blinds to an easy way to get rid of clothing that you no longer wear, there is a hack here that is sure to make your life a bit easier.
Before you grab those cleaning supplies and get started, take some time to look over the list. We’re certain that there is something here that is bound to make your life a bit easier and get your cleaning done more thoroughly in a shorter period of time. That means much more time for fun in the sun!
Fighting Oil With Oil
Believe it or not, you can actually remove greasy buildup on your stove hood and stovetop with oil. That sounds weird we know, but apparently it works great. You just drop a couple of drops of mineral oil (or you can actually use vegetable oil) onto a paper towel and rub it across the greasy gunk. The oil removes the gunk without the use of harsh chemicals. Once you’re done removing the greasy mess, just go over it with an all-purpose cleaner if you want or you can leave it – the oil makes it really shiny and helps to make cleanups in the future really easy.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Onegoodthingbyjillee
Remove Stains on Microfiber With Alcohol
That’s rubbing alcohol actually, not liquor. If you have stains on your microfiber couch or chair, regular rubbing alcohol will remove those stains and leave your furniture looking new again. You will need a white sponge and a white bristle brush (note that colored brushes and sponges could transfer colors to your furniture). You simply pour the alcohol into a spray bottle, spray the area that is stained down well and then rub the stain off with your sponge. Once the alcohol dries, you will need the bristle brush to smooth the fibers back where they belong.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – 551eastdesign
Pretreat Stovetops With Wax
The wax that you use to shine up your car can also help you to shine up your stovetop. You just have to apply a thin layer of your favorite car wax and then wipe it off with a clean, soft rag or a paper towel. Not only does this help your stovetop to look shiny and new again, it helps to make cleaning up spills in the future really easy. The foods that normally cause a huge mess on your stovetop will simply wipe right up when you have a light layer of wax underneath them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Realsimple
Clean Mini Blinds With Vinegar
There is a relatively new trick that involves the dishwasher for cleaning blinds but this little trick is much faster and you don’t have to take the blinds down first. You just mix together equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl and then don an old sock (slip it on your hand not your feet). Just dip the sock in the vinegar and water mixture and then run it over your blinds. You can also use a second old sock to wipe away the dampness after you have cleaned each slat in the blind.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Keephomesimple
Clean Greasy Ovens With A Homemade Cleaner
No matter how badly your oven is in need of a cleaning, this mixture will do the trick. You just have to combine 5 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of white vinegar and 5 drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid in a bowl. The mixture should make a rather thick paste. Now take a sponge and spread the mixture over your oven. Leave it to sit for at least 15 minutes – note that you can leave it a bit longer if needed. Then just take a sponge and scrub the grease away. You can scrub with a lemon cut in half with a bit of coarse salt which will take less elbow grease.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Cleverlyinspired
Save a Fortune on Cleaning with This Amazing DIY Carpet Cleaner
This great cleaning DIY comes from Mackenzie at Cheerios and Lattes. If you have carpeting, especially on stairs then you can make your own carpet cleaner and remove stains without having to pay a pro or spend a fortune on store-bought cleaners. The cleaner is straight ammonia and you just use your iron to steam the stains away. Instead of buying products that have harmful chemicals, just make your own cleaner and you get instant results. This is a great idea for those spot stains or carpeted stairways and it’s really easy so you can keep your carpets looking great.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit –cheeriosandlattes
Clean Stove Burners and Grates With Ammonia
You may actually not like the smell of ammonia but you certainly can’t dislike it’s amazing cleaning power. This little trick is really neat because you don’t actually have to deal with the ammonia smell although it is the fumes that clean away greasy messes. Just pour about ¼ cup of ammonia in a large Ziploc bag and then add your burner. You will need to do this for each of your burners – they all get their own little bag. You can leave this overnight and outside is a good place just in case the bag leaks for some reason. Once you bring them in, just wipe the gunk away with a sponge.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thevspotblog
Remove Water Rings On Furniture With A Blow Dryer
You know those nasty little water rings that your coffee table gets, right? If you (or others in your home) aren’t using coasters, condensation from glasses, bottles and cans can leave a nasty little whitened ring that can be very easy to see from clean across the room. Before you decide to replace or refinish those tables however, try this little hack for removing those water rings. Just hold a blow dryer on high close to the ring and you should see it disappearing after just a few minutes. Once it’s gone, you can add a bit of mineral or olive oil to recondition the wood.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Homemademamas
Remove Carpet Stains With An Iron
Whether your carpet stains come from messy kids, pets or husbands, you can remove them easily with this little trick involving vinegar, an iron, a little water and a spray bottle. You will also need a clean rag. You just mix 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle and then spray on the stain. Dampen the rag and lay it over the spot after you have saturated it with the vinegar solution. Iron the rag on the steam setting for about half a minute and if you have a really stubborn stain, leave the iron for a few seconds longer. When you pull up the rag, you should pull up the stain as well plus the vinegar is great for removing odors.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Homemakerchic