12 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks You Don’t Want to Miss

Hey friends! Since I love to clean, I thought I would round up some of the best and my most favorite cleaning hacks I’ve learned over the years.  

Most of these use simple, everyday products you probably already have around your house!  And the best part is, you can pick up and do them on a whim.  Like when you suddenly find you have an extra 10 minutes to kill.  OK, 5 minutes.  Let’s be real.

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My Favorite Cleaning Hacks

Here are 12 cleaning hacks to help keep your home in tip top shape. I hope these help you!

Freshen your disposal with lemon

We always have lemons in the house.  We use them for adding to water and recipes and they are just so dang pretty in bowls on your counter!  I always cut one of mine up and throw in down the disposal.  It smells so good and will freshen your disposal for you.

Use lemon to deodorize your garbage disposal.

Use fuzzy socks to dust whatever whenever

If you have those {super comfy fuzzy socks}, they are perfect to throw over your hands and dust blinds, tables, ceiling fans etc.  The dust sticks right to them!  You can even dampen them a bit to up the sticky factor.  Then, just throw in the wash when you’re done.

Use a fuzzy sock over your hand to clean window blinds.

Use Dryer Sheets to clean icky brown pans

For those brown pans with caked on brown grease, simply fill with dryer sheets, hot water and dawn soap (dawn is optional) and let it sit for a few hours.  The dryer sheets break down the grease so all you need to do is scrub a bit and dry!  If it’s really stubborn, hot vinegar and baking soda work well here also.  🙂

And while you have the dryer sheets out, here’s an AMAZING trick to clean your oven racks like a pro.

Clean pans with dryer sheets.

Clean your drain easily

Pour hot water down your drain followed by baking soda (I just dump it down but if you want to be precise about a half cup or so).  Let it sit a minute. 

Then, pour vinegar down your drain and cover quickly with a drain plug or wet washcloth.  You want the bubble mixture to stay below the surface (not like my lovely picture is showing you.)  Let it sit for 5 minutes.  Follow up with more hot water.  This should loosen all that gross grime hanging out down there.

Use microfiber cloths around your swiffer

Forget those Swiffer thingys, just take a {microfiber cloth} and push it into the slots of your Swiffer.  It works like a charm and picks up so much dust.  Just throw it in the wash when you’re done!

Learn how to clean your hardwood floors here.

Use Microfiber cloths around your Swiffer.  Get more cleaning hacks right here.

Easily clean your dryer lint trap

Ok, this one isn’t rocket science.  But those lint traps can be tricky to get down into to clean.  I have a skinny wand attachment on my vacuum but even that doesn’t get deep down into the crevices of the lint trap.  So what to do?

Place a toilet paper or paper towel cardboard roll over your hose attachment and squeeze it so the opening fits down there.  Just make sure it’s still open and able to suck out debris!

Put PineSol in the bottom of your toilet brush

I have a toilet brush hidden in all my bathrooms for quick cleaning.  But we all know how icky and gross it is every time we pull it out.  I pour cleaner on mine over the toilet bowl and let it air dry with the wand under the toilet seat (so any drips fall into the toilet).  

But I just started adding a little {Lemon Pinesol} to the bottom of my toilet brush holder and it makes a world of difference in terms of ick factor and also gives it a pleasant smell.  Genius!  NOTE:  Just make sure your toilet brush is locked away and out of reach of any children.  

Get my natural disinfectant spray recipe! It’s cheap and works like magic.

Put Pinesol in the bottom of your toilet brush holder

Freshen your towels like this…

Baking soda and vinegar to the rescue again.  Are you guys noticing a pattern here? So to get those smelly towels clean and fresh again, you need to do two hot water washes.  

First, wash the towels in hot water with vinegar in the softener dispenser.  Then, do a second wash in hot water with 1/2 cup of baking soda in the drum.  Don’t use detergent in either wash – this is strictly hot water/vinegar and hot water/baking soda.  Dry the towels thoroughly afterwards.  Your towels are fresh and springy again!

Baking soda helps freshen towels

Clean your Keurig with vinegar

I love doing this!! You don’t need that descaling solution.  Simply pour a 1 to 1 ratio of vinegar and water into your water tank and run it through until all the water is gone (and it doesn’t taste like vinegar anymore.)  I use the hot vinegar/water mixture to clean around my house after.

Clean your toilet bowls like this…

This is one is so easy!  I keep a stash of vinegar and baking soda in each bathroom.  You simply pour baking soda all over the bowl (make sure to get under the rim too – takes some finesse.)  Then pour some vinegar in the bowl and close the lid for an hour or so.

 When you get back to it, take your toilet brush and scrub.  Voila!  Clean toilet bowl!  (By the way, if you have that stubborn hard water ring around your toilet – try this Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover.)

Use vinegar and baking soda to clean your toilet bowl.

Use these stainless steel wipes for sparkling appliances

I have tried it all when it comes to cleaning stainless steel appliances.  I have learned that not all stainless steel is the same – some finishes are different and certain methods just won’t work.  I’ve tried the vinegar mixture, the windex, plain ol’ dawn soap, different types of cloths.  

I found the vinegar to be the most successful out of the bunch but it only worked when it was hot.  Our fridge is a particularly fussy appliance to get clean.  I found these stainless steels wipes by Weiman on Amazon and guys – I don’t think I’ll ever go back.  You simply wipe down the appliance and follow up with a clean, dry cloth.  So clean and smudge free!

My natural disinfectant spray also works like a charm on stainless steel.

Use this in your fridge to soak up odors

Yes, you can use those fridge and freezer baking soda boxes, but what about when you are out or you want to try something else?  Simply fill a small bowl with dry coffee grounds and stick it in your fridge.  The grounds will soak up odors and give off a fresh coffee scent.  If you don’t like the smell of coffee, then not sure this is your solution. 🙂

You might as well deodorize your microwave while you’re at it!

Use coffee to absorb odors in your refrigerator.

I use these cleaning hacks all the time.  I hope these tips help you!  Happy Cleaning!

xo Karen