17 Cleaning Tricks for Hard-to-Clean Household Objects
These hassle-free tips eliminate and prevent messes in the most inconvenient, “uncleanable” places.
The inside of your purse
Push a lint roller along the bottom of an empty purse to pick up dirt, loose change, and more. Here’s how to clean jewelry using only these 12 household items!
Place a grimy candle inside a stocking and roll it around. The nonabrasive nylon will clean the wax surface without sticking to it. There are so many uses for old socks and stockings, and these 80+ tricks will knock your socks off. If these sock tricks give you cold feet, try these 11 cleaning tricks lazy people will appreciate.
Grungy window blinds
Dip a sock into a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Put it on your hand inside out and use it to clean both sides of window blinds at the same time. Here are more clever solutions to your most annoying window-cleaning problems.
Dingy TV screens
Swipe a coffee filter across dusty and staticky computer monitors and plasma TV screens to remove buildup. Make sure you know these 16 genius cleaning hacks housecleaners use.
A stinky kitchen
Toss orange and lemon peels into the garbage disposal and grind them up for a few minutes to give your kitchen an amazing fresh citrus smell with no work at all. Find out more tricks for cleaning your kitchen in five minutes flat.
Kitchen sink clutter
Clamp a binder clip onto the short end of your sponge. Stand the clip upright on its side to keep the sponge clean, dry, and mold-free. Once it does get dirty, learn the only right way to clean a sponge.
Pet hair horrors
Drag a window squeegee (you can find one at any home-goods store) across a carpet to remove pet hair. The rubberized blade will quickly lift fur from rug fibers. To avoid a sneezing fit, find out how to keep allergies in check while cleaning.
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Cut a hole in the center of a cloth napkin and place it over a hanger to keep dust from settling on nice dresses and leather jackets. Then learn how to fix 12 common closet organizing mistakes.
That ring around your toilet
Let an Alka-Seltzer tablet sit in the bowl for 20 minutes, and then flush. The citric acid will eliminate rings and stains. Here are some ways you’re cleaning your bathroom wrong.
Prevent glasses from breaking in the dishwasher
Stretch a rubber band around a wineglass and over the spokes of the dishwasher rack to keep the glass from moving around and breaking during the wash cycle. Here are some more common dishwasher loading mistakes.