We all want a clean house, but the time that goes into making that a reality? Ugh. Whittling away the hours with sweeping, mopping and scrubbing are hardly anyone’s idea of fun. Unless you’re a real-life Monica Gellar who finds their inner peace while cleaning the house, these 26 tips are for you. They’ll get your house sparkling clean with minimal effort, giving you more time for the things you really want to do, like enjoying the beautiful fall weather.
1. Use an iron and damp washcloth to combat tough carpet stains.
Even set-in stains can be broken up by a warm iron and wet cloth.
2. Scrub cutting boards with lemon and kosher salt.
Simply halve a lemon and rub it across your board. Next, sprinkle on some kosher salt and lightly scrub with a sponge. This removes deeply lodged particles and disinfects at the same time.
3. Bring cookie sheets back to life.
Mix ¼ cup baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Rub it all over your cookie sheet and let sit for 2-3 hours. After rinsing, it should be almost as good as new.
4. De-clog shower heads.
Fill a small Ziploc bag with white vinegar and rubber band it to your shower head. After 2-3 hours, simply wipe down with warm water.
5. Freshen up a smelly mattress.
Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, then relax for two hours. When you come back, vacuum it and you’re done!
6. Clean cheese graters.
Instead of shredding a sponge, use a potato. The oxalic acid quickly breaks down gunk.
7. Steam clean a microwave.
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. The steam will make it easy to wipe away grime, and you can even add a squeeze of lemon for a fresh scent.
8. Get the gunk off plastic toys.
Sticky fingers and dust create build-up on plastic toys, but don’t spend hours scrubbing it away. Throw them in the dishwasher and set to the shortest cycle.
9. Clean the coffee pot.
Fill the pot’s chamber with equal parts water and white vinegar, then brew until half the pot is full. Turn it off for 30 minutes, then turn it back on and finish the brew cycle. Run one more pot of clean water through the cycle before brewing your next cup of coffee.
10. Use an old sock to dust blinds.
Mix a bucket of half water, half vinegar and dip in an old, clean sock. Wipe down the blinds, then use another sock to dry them off. It’s upcycling at its best!
11. Clean cast iron skillets.
Sprinkle in some kosher salt and rub down with olive oil. This will clean the pan while leaving flavor intact.
12. Dust paintings with a bagel.
Lightly rub half a bagel over a painting and say goodbye to harmful dust.
13. Make your own gunk remover.
Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda are great for removing sticky residue.