17 Cleaning Tricks for Hard-to-Clean Household Objects
These easy tricks eliminate and prevent messes in the most inconvenient, hard to clean places, from the inside of your toaster to your purse lining.
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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!
What you’ll need: Lint roller
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. You’ll want to try these 8 fast cleaning fixes to rid your home of disastrous messes.
A stinky kitchen
Toss orange and lemon peels into the garbage disposal and grind it 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 5 minutes flat.
Fill buckets or watering can without making a mess
If you have a bucket or a large watering container that won’t fit under the faucet, place a dustpan with a hollow handle beneath the stream of water to redirect it into the larger vessel on the floor in front of the sink. Avoid these other cleaning mistakes that make your home dirtier.
What you’ll need: Dustpan
A soiled coffee grinder
If you use this tool to crush spices as well as coffee beans, process a handful of Cheerios in the appliance for 30 seconds. This will remove any smells from the machine before you brew your next cup. Check out these other easy ways to clean your trickiest kitchen appliances.
Try vertical stacking: Place folded shirts vertically into drawers to make it easy to see and reach what you need.
Want to clean the blades of your ceiling fan without raining dust down on your furniture? Take a pillowcase and slide it over each blade. Press down and slide the pillowcase back off; it’ll take all the dust with it. Don’t miss these other 13 housecleaning tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Use a cleaning toothbrush to scrub down the coils of your pop-up toaster with clean water. Make sure it’s unplugged first, of course! Take out the crumb tray and stick a paper towel underneath the toaster so that crumbs don’t get out of control.
What you’ll need: Cleaning toothbrush
Make sure you’re vacuuming your mattress every time you rotate it. But did you know that baking soda can banish sweaty mattress odors? Put some baking soda in a sifter and shake it over the mattress. Let it sit for a half an hour and then break out the dustbuster to vacuum it up. To make it smell extra-good, mix in a drop or two of essential oil with the baking soda before you sift. Follow these steps to spring clean your whole house in one day.
What you’ll need: Baking soda
Shower curtain liners (or plastic shower curtains)
Throwing your plastic curtain liner in the wash is all well and good, but that won’t banish mildew for good. TipHero recommends adding a cup of vinegar to the washing machine, and only using half the recommended amount of detergent. After that, throw the liner into the tub itself, fill the tub with enough water to cover the liner, and add a cup of salt. Soak it for three hours. The salt helps the liner build up a layer of resistance against mildew. Learn how to clean your bathroom in less than 5 minutes.