27 Cleaning Hacks and Secrets (We Tried All of Them)


No doubt, cleaning is a mundane task. Some of you may love sprucing up your living space by digging out dust from every nook and cranny; for others, cleaning means putting stuff in less obvious places.

If you happen to fall into the latter category, your frustration is totally relatable!

You don’t necessarily need to stick to the chemical-based cleaning products or use the conventional ways of cleaning. You can achieve a squeaky clean home that too without wasting a good number of hours.

We have compiled a list of several clever cleaning hacks that will get the same work done in half the normal time. And the best part, none of these hacks employ any harsh chemicals. Yay!

Try out our cleaning hacks and secrets for a spotless home and kitchen
Try out our cleaning hacks and secrets for a spotless home and kitchen

Sit back, relax, and read on to learn 27 cleaning hacks and secrets to transform your cleaning regime.

Contents

Method 1: Carpet Stains

Try out the cleaning trick given below to completely remove carpet stains
Try out the cleaning trick given below to completely remove carpet stains

If your favorite carpet met with an unfortunate stain incident, you can easily salvage it using this DIY carpet cleaner. The ingredients used are fabric-safe and also safe to use in a house with pets and toddlers.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to remove carpet stains

  • Dish soap – 1 tablespoon
  • Hydrogen peroxide – 2 tablespoons
  • Household sponge
  • Towel
  • Paper towel
  • 1 cup water in a spray bottle

Step 1. Soak up the stain while it is still wet

 Soak up the stain while it is still wet
Soak up as much of the stain as you can while it is still wet
  • Use a paper towel to soak up as much liquid as possible.

Step 2. Combine water, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap in a spray bottle

Mix water, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap in a spray bottle
Mix water, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap in a spray bottle
  • Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of dish soap into a spray bottle containing 1 cup of water.

Step 3. Clean the stain with the solution and pat dry

Spray the solution on the stain and pat dry
Spray the solution on the stain; rub and pat dry for complete removal
  • Generously squirt the soap solution over the stain and gently rub it with a sponge.
  • Soak the sponge in plain water and rub it over the stain again to pick up any traces of the soap solution.
  • Pat the carpet dry using a cotton towel followed with a paper towel.
  • Repeat the process if needed.
Try out this clever cleaning hack for complete stain removal from your carpet
Try out this clever cleaning hack for complete stain removal

Method 2: Chopping Board

Clean and polish your cutting board to get rid of old stains and smells
Clean and polish your cutting board to get rid of old stains and smells

To maintain hygiene, it is important to keep your kitchen utensils clean. Clean your wooden chopping board and keep it germ-free by using lemon and salt. Also, polish it by using an olive oil and lemon juice mix.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean chopping board

  • Lemon, cut into halves or quarters (cleaning agent) – 1
  • Salt (cleaning agent)
  • Olive oil (natural polish) – 2 teaspoons
  • Water
  • Terry cloth
  • Cotton towel
  • Paper towel

Step 1. Scour the wooden board with salt and lemon

Use salt and lemon to scrub the wooden board
Use salt and lemon to scrub the wooden board
  • Sprinkle common salt all over the chopping board.
  • Rub the wooden surface with a lemon half. Squeeze the lemon slightly to release the juice while scrubbing.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes; then wipe it off with a terry cloth.

Step 2. Wipe the cutting board with a wet towel

Wipe the cutting board with a wet towel
Wipe it clean using a wet towel
  • Wet a cotton towel with water and wipe off any salt and lemon residue from the chopping board.

Step 3. Prepare the polish using olive oil and lemon

Mix olive oil and lemon juice to prepare a polish for the cutting board
Mix olive oil and lemon juice to prepare a polish for the cutting board
  • Take 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a bowl.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the oil.
  • Stir it well and transfer the solution to a spray bottle.

Step 4. Spray the polish over the chopping board 

Spray the polish and leave it on for 1 minute; then wipe it off with a paper towel
Spray the polish and leave it on for 1 minute; then wipe it off with a paper towel
  • Spray the polish over the wooden surface.
  • Wait for a minute, and then wipe off any excess polish with a paper towel.
Your old cutting board is now free of stains and odor
Your old cutting board is now free of stains and odor

Method 3: Paint on Clothing

Try out this simple hack to remove paint stains from clothes
Try out this simple hack to remove paint stains from clothes

While it is easier to clean a water-based paint from your clothes, getting rid of oil paint can call for some extra effort. But not anymore, just use this 1 ingredient to make the paint vanish in a jiffy.

Single-Step Treatment: Rub the stain off with rubbing alcohol

Rub off the paint stain by using rubbing alcohol
Rub off the paint stain by using rubbing alcohol
  •  Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and use it to rub the stain off.
  • Keep working on the stain until it comes off completely.
Use this simple cleaning hack to remove paint stain from your clothes
Use this simple cleaning hack to remove paint stain from your clothes

Method 4: Grease Stains on Clothing

Use a piece of white chalk to remove grease stains from clothing
Use a piece of white chalk to remove grease stains from clothing

As much as you love eating gravy, the stains that they leave behind are difficult to clean. The quicker you treat the stain, the easier it is to remove. A clever hack is to use white chalk to soak up as much of the stain as possible before it sets into the fabric. The white chalk has excellent absorbing properties and can also be used to prevent your jewelry from tarnishing.

We also have cleaning hacks and secrets that will help you remove coffee, tea, chocolate and even turmeric stains from clothes.

Single-Step Method: Absorb the gravy stain with white chalk

Use a piece of white chalk to soak up all the grease from the gravy stain
Use a piece of white chalk to soak up all the grease from the gravy stain
  • Rub a piece of white chalk over the gravy stain to cover it completely.
  • Dust off any excess chalk powder and launder the cloth in normal wash cycle.
Remove gravy stains using clever cleaning hack
You can completely remove greasy gravy stains from your clothes by using this clever cleaning hack

Method 5: Glitter

Has your kid’s latest craft project left your living room in a glittery mess? Don’t worry, just get hold of some playdough and get set rolling.

Single-Step Method: Lift up the glitter with playdough

Clean up glitter using playdough
Clean up glitter using playdough after your arts and crafts session
  • Take some playdough, then press and roll it over the glitter to lift it up.
  • Playdough can also be used to lift up broken glass pieces.

Method 6: Shower Head

DIY cleaning hack for stain-free shower head
DIY cleaning hack for stain-free shower head

Overtime, showerheads tend to get blocked with mineral deposits in hard water or lime scales. To keep your fixtures clean, just soak them in some vinegar overnight. The acid in the vinegar penetrates and naturally breaks down the mineral deposits that may be clogging up the spray holes in your fixture.

You can also follow this recipe to remove hard water stains from your bathroom fittings.

Step 1. Soak the shower head in vinegar overnight

Soak the shower head in white vinegar
Soak the shower head overnight in bowl filled with white vinegar
  • Take a large bowl and fill it up with white vinegar. The quantity should be enough to completely submerge the shower head.
  • Place your shower head in the bowl and let it sit overnight.

Step 2. Clean the shower head with a toothbrush and rinse it

Use an old toothbrush to scrub the shower head
Use an old toothbrush to scrub the shower head and remove the softened grime
  • Remove the shower head from the bowl and clean off the loosened grime with an old toothbrush.
  • Also, use a toothpick to poke the spray holes and clear out any remaining junk.
  • Rinse the shower head thoroughly under running tap water.
  • Wipe it dry with a paper towel and reinstall it in your shower.
  • Run cold water through it for 2 minutes to flush out any remaining deposits or vinegar residue on the fixture.

You can also use  a combination of baking soda and vinegar to clean your shower head.

Use this simple cleaning hack to make your shower head look as good as new
Use this simple cleaning hack to make your shower head look as good as new

Method 7: Glue Gun

After you are done using your glue gun for fun hacks, give it a quick cleanup using just one thing—aluminum foil.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean hot glue gun

  • Glue gun
  • Aluminum foil

Step 1. Rub aluminum foil ball against the nozzle of glue gun

Rub aluminum foil ball against the nozzle of glue gun for cleaning
Rub aluminum foil ball against the nozzle of glue gun for cleaning
  • Cut out a large piece of aluminum foil and crumple it up into a ball-like shape. Make sure that the foil is thick enough as the hot glue gun can burn your hands.
  • Heat up your glue gun to soften the stuck glue and rub the aluminum foil ball against the tip of the glue gun. Continue rubbing for a few seconds until the nozzle is clean.

Method 8: Hair Brush

Your hairbrushes pick up dirt, lint, sebum, and dead skin cells on a daily basis. Residue from hair products such as conditioner, serums, and mousse also accumulate on your hairbrushes. No matter with how much effort you wash your hair, brushing it with a dirty hairbrush will lead to germ build up on your scalp and give way to hair troubles. Thus, it is important to clean your hairbrushes on a regular basis using the below method.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean hairbrushes

  • Dirty hairbrushes
  • Comb
  • Tub
  • Lukewarm water
  • Shampoo
  • Tea tree oil
  • Old toothbrush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Towels – 2

Step 1. Pull out loose hair with a comb

Use a comb to pull out all the trapped hair from your brush
Use a comb to pull out all the trapped hair from your brush
  • Use a comb to pull out the dead hair trapped at the base of the brushes. This will also help clean up some of the dry dirt mass settled on your hair brush.

Step 2. Prepare the cleaning solution in a small tub

Combine warm water, shampoo and tea tree oil to make cleaning solution
Combine warm water, shampoo and tea tree oil to make cleaning solution
  • Fill a small tub with lukewarm water. The water should be enough to soak the hair brushes completely.
  • Squeeze some shampoo into the tub and add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and will help to disinfect the brushes.
  • Stir the water to dissolve the shampoo and disperse the tea tree oil evenly.

Step 3. Soak the hair brushes in soap solution and scrub with toothbrush

Soak the hair brushes and scrub them using a toothbrush
Soak the hair brushes in the cleaning solution and use a clean toothbrush for scrubbing
  • Soak your hair brushes completely in the solution for 15 minutes.
  • Scrub the bristles and the base of the hair brushes with an old but clean toothbrush.

Step 4. Rinse the hair brushes and pat dry

Soak the hair brushes and scrub them using a toothbrush
Soak the hair brushes in the cleaning solution and use a clean toothbrush for scrubbing
  • Rinse out the dirt and soapy residue with running water.
  • Soak up the excess water from the hair brushes with a towel.
  • Allow the hair brushes to air-dry before using them again.

Method 9: Charcoal Grill

Clean your charcoal grill to enjoy a tasty barbeque
Clean your charcoal grill to enjoy a tasty barbeque

Cleaning a dirty and charred barbeque grill is a tedious task. But if done the right way with the right ingredients, it can become quite easy to clean a charcoal grill and keep it ready for the next BBQ session.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean charcoal grill

  • Dish soap (cleaning agent) – 2 tablespoons
  • Warm water – 2 cups
  • Household sponge
  • Kitchen towel

Step 1. Prepare a warm soap solution

Mix warm water and dish soap to prepare the cleaning solution
Mix warm water and dish soap to prepare the cleaning solution
  • Take 2 cups of warm water in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of dish soap into it.
  • Stir well until the dish soap dissolves in water.

Step 2. Scrub the grill with the warm soap solution

Scrub the charcoal grill using a kitchen sponge soaked in the prepared solution
Scrub the charcoal grill using a kitchen sponge soaked in the prepared solution
  • Soak a kitchen sponge in the warm soap solution.
  • Use it to scrub the grime off the grill grate. Continue scrubbing until the grate is shiny again.
  • Remove the grate and give the inside of the bottom bowl a good scrub as well.

Step 3. Clean up the soapy residue with a damp towel

Clean up the charcoal grill using a damp kitchen towel
Clean up the charcoal grill using a damp kitchen towel
  • Soak a kitchen towel in water and wipe the soapy residue off the grill bottom and grate.
  • Let the grill air-dry completely before using it again or storing it away for the season.
You can now take out and use your spotless grill for barbeque parties
You can now take out and use your spotless grill for barbeque parties

Method 10: Cheese Grater

DIY cleaning hack to remove any residue from your cheese grater
DIY cleaning hack to remove any residue from your cheese grater

Making an overloaded cheesy pizza can leave your grater in a cheesy mess. And it is difficult to clean it the conventional way. Need a quick fix? Use a piece of raw potato. The hardness of the potato along with the oxalic acid will get that cheesy gunk off your grater in no time.

Single-Step Method: Grate a piece of raw potato to clean the cheese grater

Use raw potato to completely clean your cheese grater
Use raw potato to completely clean your cheese grater
  • Hold the dirty grater over a bowl.
  • Grate a piece of raw potato over the stuck-on cheese and watch it leave the surface just like that. Use the potato to make crispy hash browns later.
Your cheese grater is now spotless and free of any stuck-on residues
Your cheese grater is now spotless and free of any stuck-on residues

Method 11 : Burnt Pans

Cleaning a burnt stainless steel pan is a task you want to avoid at all cost. If you have tried all the fancy cleaning products and have not got a fruitful result, it’s time to explore our cleaning hacks and secrets; just bring out your stash of Arm and Hammer baking soda. The baking soda acts an inexpensive yet effective abrasive agent that can cut through the burnt gravy with the least effort.

 Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean a burnt pan

  • Baking soda – 2 tablespoons
  • Water
  • Burnt stainless steel pan

Step 1. Boil water and baking soda in the burnt pan

Boil baking soda and water in the burnt pan to loosen up the burnt residue
Boil baking soda and water in the burnt pan to loosen up the burnt residue
  • Place the burnt pan over a stove or hot plate. Pour in about an inch of water and turn on the heat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the water and boil the mixture. As the mixture begins to boil, watch the stains loosen and come off easily, removing most of the burnt marks.

Step 2. Scrub off the residue with baking soda paste

Use baking soda paste to scrub off the remaining residue from the burnt pan
Use baking soda paste to scrub off the remaining residue
  • Remove the pan from heat and dispose the contents.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and some water.
  • Use the paste and a kitchen sponge to clean off the remaining burnt residue.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water.

 

Use this clever cleaning hack to get a spotless pan
Use this clever cleaning hack to get a spotless pan

Method 12 : Coffee Mug Stains

Get rid of stains from your coffee mugs
Get rid of stains from your favorite coffee mug

Overuse of tea and coffee mugs can leave them with unsightly stains. Excessive use of scrubbers or steel wool can lead to scratches. Try using a magic eraser to clean them quickly and easily. Magic eraser, made from melamine foam, acts like extremely fine sandpaper and can effectively remove tough stains like that of coffee and tea from mugs.

Single-Step Method: Scrub coffee stains with magic eraser

Rub off tea or coffee stains using a magic eraser
Rub off tea or coffee stains using a magic eraser
  • Dip the magic eraser in some water and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  • Scrub at the stains with the damp magic eraser.
  • Once you are done removing all the stains, wash the mug as usual and allow it to air-dry.
Use this cleaning hack to clean the inner surface of your favorite coffee mug
Use this cleaning hack to clean the inner surface of your favorite coffee mug

Method 13: Gold Jewelry

Has your gold jewelry lost its sheen? Don’t worry! Just grab a pint of beer and drop your jewelry in it and let it chill.

Single-Step Method: Soak your gold jewelry in beer

Soak your jewelry in beer to make it sparkle
Soak your jewelry in beer to make it sparkle
  • Drop the gold jewelry that you wish to clean in a bowl.
  • Pour over some beer, enough to submerge the jewelry completely in it.
  • Let the jewelry soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Take it out and rinse it with water to reveal clean and sparkly jewelry.

You can also check out some essential jewelry hacks that every girl should know.

Method 14 : Canvas Shoes

Before-after image of cleaned canvas shoes
Clean your canvas shoes and have them looking as good as new

Canvas shoes are super comfy to wear every day. But with the comfort and ease also comes a hitch – they get dirty so quickly! As canvas shoes are made of cotton they are highly prone to getting dirty. So how do you restore them to brand new? Read to learn more.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your canvas shoes

  • Baking soda – 1 tablespoon
  • White vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  • Toothbrush – 1
  • Lukewarm water – 1 cup
  • Kitchen towel

Step 1. Make a paste of water, white vinegar, and baking soda

Mix water, baking soda, and white vinegar to make a cleaning paste
Mix water, baking soda, and white vinegar to make a cleaning paste
  • Pour 1 cup of water into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  • Mix them together to get a paste-like consistency.

Step 2. Scrub the dirty shoes with the paste

Scrub your dirty shoes using this paste
Scrub your dirty shoes using this paste
  • Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture along the soles and fabric of your shoes.
  • Scrub in circular motions to clean off the dirt.
  • Clean off any traces of residue using a damp towel.
  • Allow your shoes to dry completely under the sun for 2 to 3 hours.
Try out the above cleaning hack and have your canvas shoes looking as good as new
Try out the above cleaning hack and have your canvas shoes looking as good as new

Method 15 : Irregularly Shaped Bottles

The fancy irregularly shaped bottles can throw a challenge at you to clean the hard-to-reach surfaces. But this nifty little hack will do the trick.

 Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean irregularly shaped bottles

  • Raw rice – 1 tablespoon
  • Dish soap – 1 tablespoon
  • Warm water

Single-Step Method: Pour water, dish soap, and raw rice in a bottle and shake

Pour water, dish soap, and raw rice in the bottle and shake well for proper cleaning
Pour water, dish soap, and raw rice in the bottle and shake well for proper cleaning
  • Fill the bottle that you wish to clean half of the way with warm water.
  • Pour in 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of raw rice. You can increase the quantity of rice and soap according to the size of the bottle.
  • Fix the cap of the bottle and shake it well for 1 minute to clean it thoroughly. If the bottle doesn’t have a cap, close the opening of the bottle with your palm and then shake it.

Method 16 : Ear Buds/iPhone screen

Clean your iPhone screen to remove all dirt, grease, and bacteria
Clean your iPhone screen to remove all dirt, grease, and bacteria

Did you know your iPhone screens are dirtier than a toilet? Your phones are exposed to an assortment of substances everyday (ink, oil, or grease splotches or your moisturizers and hand creams). They readily pick up bacteria from everywhere. It thus becomes absolutely essential to clean your phone screen regularly to prevent it from turning into a cesspool. Using this 1 ingredient will solve all your woes.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean iPhone screen

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)

Single-Step Method: Clean iPhone screen with rubbing alcohol

Use rubbing alcohol to clean and sanitize your iPhone screen
Use rubbing alcohol to clean and sanitize your iPhone screen
  • Turn off your device before you begin cleaning.
  • Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean and dry microfiber cloth. You can also use your eyeglass cleaning cloth.
  • Use the soaked microfiber to wipe the screen using gentle circular motions. Do not apply too much as it can damage the screen.
  • Work from one end to the other until all the stains and grease prints lift off and your screen looks as good as new.
  • You can also use rubbing alcohol to clean your ear buds.
Keep your iPhone screen clean by using this simple hack
Keep your iPhone screen clean by using this simple hack

Method 17 : Oil Stains on Granite Floors/Countertops

Use clever and easy cleaning hack for a spotless granite countertop
Use clever and easy cleaning hack for a spotless granite countertop

Granite floors or countertops look uber cool and certainly make a beautiful statement. However, they are often exposed to all sorts of greasy stuff. It is essential to clean them regularly in order to keep them gleaming. Using harsh products and scrubbers is a big no-no as it can erode the surface. Check out this easy way to safely clean oil stains on granite.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean granite countertop

  • Baking soda – 2 tablespoons
  • Liquid dish soap – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – enough to make a thick paste
  • Rag
  • Microfiber cloth

Step 1. Make a paste with baking soda, dish soap, and water

Combine baking soda, dish soap, and water to make a paste
Combine baking soda, dish soap, and water to make a paste
  • Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to the baking soda.
  • Add enough water and mix the ingredients to make a thick paste.

Step 2. Cover the stain evenly with the paste

Cover the stain completely with the paste
Cover the stain completely with the paste
  • Spread the paste generously over the stain.
  • Allow the paste to rest on the stain for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3. Scrub off the stain and buff the surface

Scrub off the paste and buff the surface to give it a shine
Scrub off the paste and buff the surface to give it a shine
  • Use a flannel cloth to scrub on the stain and wipe away the residue. As you scrub, the stain will come off easily with the baking soda paste.
  • Buff and clean the granite countertop with a microfiber cloth; pick up any residue and restore the granite’s shine and finish.
Follow this remedy to get a stainless granite countertop
Follow this remedy to get a stainless granite countertop

Method 18 : Crusty Oven

Remove crusty-old stains and food particles from your oven
Remove crusty-old stains and food particles from your oven

Dried up grease stains are one of the most stubborn ones to get rid of. It can truly become a nuisance if the stains are present in the nooks and corners of your OTG.

If you have decided to call it a cleaning day, try cleaning the oven with baking soda. Baking soda is an extremely versatile cleaning agent for a score of cleanup jobs. It can cut through stains and also absorbs all sorts of odor.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your crusty oven

  • Baking soda (degreaser, stain-remover, and deodorizer)
  • Water
  • Household sponge
  • Towel

Single-Step Method: Scrub the dried stains with baking soda

Use baking soda to scrub off the dried stain from your oven
Use baking soda to scrub off the dried stain from your oven
  • Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the stained surface of the oven.
  • Wet a household sponge with some water and scrub at the stubborn stains. If the stains are particularly stubborn, you can let the wet baking soda sit for a few hours or even overnight.
  • Scrub again with the sponge until the stains come off completely.
  • Wipe the baking soda residue with a damp towel.
  • Rinse out the towel as often as needed until you’ve cleaned up the entire residue.
  • Let the oven air-dry before using it again.
Clean your crusty, old oven with baking soda
Clean your crusty,old oven with baking soda

Method 19 : Makeup Brushes

Your makeup brushes pick up dead skin cells and bacteria from your face with each use. The makeup products also settle on the brushes, allowing the bacteria to flourish. These bacteria multiply overtime and get smeared on your face every time you use them, giving way to acne breakouts. To avoid this, try using this easy method to keep your makeup brushes clean.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your makeup brushes

  • Baby wash
  • Water
  • Tissue paper
  • Soft towel

Step 1. Wet the brush and swirl it in baby wash

Wash the brush using water and baby wash
Wash the brush using water and baby wash
  • Take a dollop of baby wash in your palm.
  • Wet the bristles of your makeup brush with a little amount of water.
  • Swirl the wet makeup brush around in the baby wash in your palm. The makeup stuck to the brush will start smudging onto your palm

Step 2. Rinse the brush and allow it to dry

Rinse with clean water and let it dry
Rinse with clean water and let it dry
  • Swirl the brush in a glass of clean water. You can also rinse the brush under running water.
  • Dab the freshly cleaned brush over a folded tissue paper to soak up excess water.
  • Rest the brush on a soft towel and let it air-dry. The handles of the brushes should be a little higher than the bristles to allow any remaining water to drain out.
Follow the above remedy to keep your makeup brushes clean
Follow the above remedy to keep your makeup brushes clean

Method 20 : Lipstick Stains

Made with enriching oils and deep-colored pigments, lipstick stains are quite tough to clean off from clothes. The key is acting on the stain before it sets. A handy trick is to blot the stain with some hairspray and then launder it as usual.

Single-Step Method: Spray hairspray on the lipstick stain

Use hairspray to remove lipstick stain on clothes
Use hairspray to remove lipstick stain on clothes
  • Generously squirt some hair spray onto the lipstick stain.
  • Use a wadded paper towel to blot the stain. Continue dabbing on the stain until it has sufficiently lifted off.
  • Wash the cloth in normal wash cycle to remove the stain completely.
You no longer have to worry about how to remove lipstick stains
You no longer have to worry about how to remove lipstick stains

Method 21 : Foggy Glasses

The foaming ingredients present in the toothpaste can act as a surfactant and reduce the surface tension of the water, ultimately preventing fogging. You can use any generic white toothpaste for this purpose.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your foggy glasses

  • White toothpaste
  • Microfiber towel

Single-Step Method : Smear a layer of toothpaste over the glass; then wipe it off

Apply white toothpaste and then wipe it off to clean foggy glasses
Apply white toothpaste and then wipe it off to clean foggy glasses
  • Squeeze some white toothpaste on your fingers.
  • Smear the toothpaste over the glass in an even layer.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the layer of toothpaste from the glass/mirror.

The glass/mirror will stay fog-free even when exposed to steam.

Method 22 : Cloudy Glasses and Mirrors

Clean your mirrors for a flawless reflection
Clean your mirrors for a flawless reflection

Glasses and mirrors tend to get cloudy overtime. This can either be due to the wear and tear of the glass surface or the more common hard water deposits. While there is little you can do about scratches, the hard water deposits can be cleaned easily using white vinegar. The ingredient is well suited to most surfaces, including mirrors and window glass, and gets the job done well.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean foggy glasses and mirrors

  • White vinegar (effective cleaning agent)
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Microfiber towel

Single-Step Method: Clean the glass surface with diluted white vinegar

Use diluted white vinegar to clean cloudy glasses and mirrors
Use diluted white vinegar to clean cloudy glasses and mirrors
  • Dilute some white vinegar in a spray bottle with an equal quantity of water. Fix the cap and shake well to mix the two liquids.
  • Spritz the diluted white vinegar on the cloudy mirror.
  • Buff the misted area in circular motions with a microfiber towel. Continue spraying and buffing until the entire mirror sparkles.
  • Don’t worry about the vinegar smell; it shall fade away soon.

You can learn more ways to clean cloudy glasses and mirrors here.

Method 23 : Microwave

It is quiet normal to watch things splatter inside your microwave. It is also convenient to forget about the spills as long as the microwave stays shut. However, don’t let these spills turn into crusty and difficult-to-clean gunk. Here is a quick way to clean your microwave without much hassle.

 

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your microwave

  • Lemons – 2
  • Microwave-safe glass bowl filled with water
  • Knife
  • Baking soda – 1 tablespoon
  • White vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Sponge scrubber
  • Dish rag
  • Paper towel
  • Oven mitts

Step 1. Steam the microwave with lemon water

Steam the microwave using lemon water
Steam the microwave using lemon water
  • Slice 2 large lemons into halves.
  • Squeeze out the juice of the lemons into the glass bowl containing water. Drop in the rinds too.
  • Put the bowl in your microwave and heat it on medium heat for 7 minutes. The water will soon be hot enough and will give rise to steam.
  • Let the lemon water sit in for another minute so that the steam and vapor have time to condense on insides of the microwave, thus loosening the grease and grime.
  • Carefully take out the bowl. Remember to wear your oven mitts to avoid scalding your skin.

Step 2. Wipe off the loose dirt with a paper towel

Use a paper towel to wipe off the loose dirt
Use a paper towel to wipe off the loose dirt
  • Use a paper towel to wipe the walls of the microwave.
  • Remove the microwave plate or turntable and clean the bottom as well.
  • You can also rub a piece of lemon directly on the stubborn stains that refuse to budge.

Step 3. Clean the turntable with baking soda paste

Use baking soda paste to clean the turntable
Use baking soda paste to clean the turntable
  • Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass bowl and mix in just enough water to make a thick paste.
  • Put a blob of the baking soda paste on the scrubbing sponge and use it to gently scrub the microwave plate. Keep working at it until the plate is grime-free.
  • Rinse the plate with water and wipe it dry with a dish rag.

Step 4. Wipe the exterior with warm vinegar solution

Wipe the exterior surfaces using warm vinegar solution
Wipe the exterior surfaces using warm vinegar solution
  • Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing white vinegar with hot water in equal proportions.
  • Dip a soft, clean rag into the solution and use it to wipe the entire external surface of the microwave.
Your microwave will look as good as new
Your microwave will look as good as new

Method 24 : Blender

Your blender needs deep cleaning too from time to time. A simple mix of vinegar and water will help de-odorize and disinfect the blender in no time.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean hand blender

  • Hand blender (to be cleaned)
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Tissue paper
  • Kitchen towel

Step 1. Immerse the blender into the vinegar solution and blend

Dip the blender in the cleaning solution and blend for proper cleaning
Dip the blender in the cleaning solution and blend for proper cleaning
  • Pour ¼ cup of white vinegar into the beaker of your hand blender. Alternatively, you can use a tall, wide glass.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the vinegar.
  • Immerse the blender into the vinegar solution and blend for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 2. Detach the wand from the motor shaft and rinse thoroughly

Detach the blending wand and rinse it with water; wipe the body with a damp towel
Detach the blending wand and rinse it with water; wipe the body with a damp towel
  • Unfasten the wand from the motor shaft. Your blender may have an ejector button to detach the wand from the motor shaft.
  • Rinse off the vinegar solution under running water.
  • Dry the wand with a kitchen towel.
  • Use a scarcely damp towel to wipe the body of the motor shaft.
Follow this remedy to keep your blender clean and sanitary
Follow this remedy to keep your blender clean and sanitary

Method 25 : Coffee Maker

A dirty coffee maker makes it a hot spot for germs. It gives way to the growth of mold that can implicate your health. Mineral deposits can also build up and clog the insides of the coffee maker.

The natural oils present in coffee grounds leave an oily residue too, affecting the quality of the subsequent batches brewed. Follow the steps below to keep your coffee maker squeaky clean and ever ready for a beaming cup of espresso.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean coffee maker

  • Water
  • White vinegar (removes mineral deposits)
  • Hot dish soap solution
  • Household sponge
  • Kitchen towel

Step 1. Disassemble the coffee maker and discard the coffee grounds and coffee

Disassemble the coffee maker; throw out the coffee grounds and coffee
Disassemble the coffee maker; throw out the coffee grounds and coffee
  • Disassemble the coffee maker by separating the filter, filter basket, and carafe.
  • Discard any used coffee grounds from the filter.
  • Get rid of any leftover coffee in the carafe.

Step 2. Prepare and brew a vinegar solution

Prepare the vinegar solution for cleaning
Prepare the vinegar solution for cleaning
  • Fill ¼ of the carafe with distilled white vinegar.
  • Pour in an equal amount of water, so that the carafe is half-filled.
  • Mix the vinegar and water well and pour this mixture into the water reservoir of the coffee maker.
  • Assemble the coffee maker and run the brew cycle.
Brew the solution in the reassembled coffee maker for cleaning
Brew the solution in the reassembled coffee maker for cleaning
  • Pause the brew cycle halfway through and let the vinegar sit for about 1 hour.
  • After an hour, resume the brew cycle and let it finish.
  • Discard the vinegar solution collected in the carafe.

Step 3. Pour plain water into the reservoir and brew again

Pour plain water into the reservoir and brew once more
Pour plain water into the reservoir and brew once more
  • Fill the carafe halfway with plain water for easy measurement.
  • Pour the water from the carafe into the water reservoir.
  • Run a brew cycle with the plain water to rinse the inside of the coffee maker.
  • Pause the brew cycle halfway through and let the water sit for 30 minutes before resuming the brew cycle.
  • When the cycle is complete, discard the water collected in the carafe.

If needed, repeat this step again, up to 3 times, to completely rinse the residual vinegar out of the coffee maker.

Step 4. Clean the carafe, filter, and filter basket with hot soap solution

Clean the carafe, filter, and filter basket with hot soap solution
Next, clean the carafe, filter, and filter basket with hot soap solution
  • Dip a sponge into a hot dish soap solution, which is made by diluting liquid dish soap into an equal amount of hot water.
  • Clean the carafe with the sudsy sponge to remove the coffee residue and stains.
  • Clean the filter and filter basket with the soapy sponge to get rid of stale coffee grounds.

Step 5. Rinse and dry the carafe, filter, and filter basket

Rinse and dry the carafe, filter, and filter basket
Rinse and dry the carafe, filter, and filter basket using a dry kitchen towel
  • Thoroughly rinse the carafe, filter, and filter basket under running water to wash off the dish soap.
  • Dry the carafe, filter, and filter basket with a clean and dry kitchen towel.

Step 6. Wipe the exterior and reassemble the coffee maker

Wipe the exterior and reassemble the coffee maker
Wipe the exterior surface and reassemble the coffee maker
  • Reassemble the coffee maker and brew yourself a hot cup of espresso.

Method 26 : Tile Floors

Use simple home ingredients to clean your tiles for a spotless floor
Use simple home ingredients to clean your tiles for a spotless floor

You can easily clean tile floors with a readily available household item – white vinegar. Vinegar is an excellent choice for spot cleaning and stain removal and will also make your housekeeping practices more efficient and inexpensive

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean your tile floors

  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Cotton cloth

Single-Step Method: Clean the tile floor with diluted white vinegar

Use diluted white vinegar to clean your dirty tile floor
Use diluted white vinegar to clean your dirty tile floor
  • Use a funnel to pour in equal quantities of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Close the bottle and shake it to mix the water and white vinegar.
  • Spray the diluted white vinegar over the dirty tiles.
  • If the tile has a stubborn and old stain, you may let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Wipe off the residue using a cotton cloth to reveal the clean tiles.
Use this remedy to get a spotless, shiny tile floor
Use this remedy to get a spotless, shiny tile floor

Method 27 : DIY Drain Cleaner

If you have a slow moving drain in your kitchen or bathroom, try cleaning with the good old baking soda and vinegar.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to unclog or clear your drains

  • Hot water – 2 cups
  • White vinegar – 1 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 cup

Step 1. Throw baking soda down the drain

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain
Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain
  • Drop 1 cup of baking soda into the clogged drain.
  • Pour a little bit of hot water to dampen the baking soda and make it bubble up.
  • Let the baking soda sit for 5 minutes.

Step 2. Pour white vinegar and hot water into the drain

Follow it up with white vinegar and hot water
Follow it up with white vinegar and hot water
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of hot water into the drain.
  • Let the vinegar work on the clogged drain for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing the drain with running water.
Use this cleaning hack to unclog your drains
Use this cleaning hack to unclog your drains

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