You don’t need to spend a ton of time or buy fancy products to get your house spic-and-span. These deep cleaning hacks will help you make the most out of your time, and your wallet!
Use Items You Already Have Around The House In Your Deep Cleaning
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Raid your pantry! Check out all the things you can do with baking soda, from One Crazy House, or the ways you can use vinegar (also from One Crazy House). They are both way better (and cheaper!) than powerful chemicals.
Don’t work up a sweat scrubbing dried food from your microwave. Heat a bowl with vanilla extract and lemon. The steam will help release the food. The lemon cleans and the vanilla releases a soothing scent! Add a tablespoon of vinegar and add the microwave liquid to a spray bottle and you’ll have DIY homemade Febreze! It will freshen up the room.
Steam clean your waffle iron using wet paper towels. Let it simmer for a min or two then wipe. The crumbs and sticky residue will be lifted and easier to wipe off. Loving this idea from Momma’s Spot On.
Get rid of the grime on those treasured legos with a wash cycle in clothes washer, with this idea from Gettin’ By. Use a lingerie bag to contain the pieces.
After you vacuum, use static electricity to collect the bits left in the crevices. Rub a rubber gloved hand along the edges. You will be surprised at how much you will be able to collect. The lint sticks to the glove as you rub! This one of many cleaning tips from One Crazy House.
DIY Cleaning Solutions Are The Best!
This DIY Magic Blue Cleaner, from Skip To My Lou, is amazing! It gets rid of soap scum and oil buildup like none other! Mix dish detergent with vinegar.
Sponges getting stinky? Or your microfiber cloths? Dampen them, and then stick your sponges and cloths into the microwave for thirty seconds. The heat will kill the smelly bacteria.
Fight oil with oil! Vegetable shortening is great to get rid of kitchen buildup. The pic above is our fridge, the streak is after we wiped two strokes with a rag and shortening. It’s lovely! If you have stubborn burnt spots, mix oil with baking soda for extra cleaning power.
Plastic Bags are great! Reuse them as trash bags. The smaller bag will mean you will take it out more often, saving on odors, and you are reusing a shopping bag at the same time! Here are another 38 things you can do with a plastic shopping bag, from One Crazy House.
If you like the idea of DIY cleaning supplies as much as we do, check out some more recipes for homemade cleaners.
Lemons and salt are all you need to make your stainless steel sink shine. Perk: After you wiped out the sink, chop up the lemon and run it through the garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal will be clean and your kitchen will smell wonderful!
Rubbing alcohol will get rid of permanent marker stains. We have used rubbing alcohol with a magic eraser to get rid of permanent marker off of our wood floors. Hand-sanitizer and highlighters both have similar properties, and are easy to use if you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand or want something slightly less harsh/concentrated.
Clean Smarter, Not Harder
This idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids is brilliant… Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it!
Are you trying to vacuum in tiny crevices? Use Fooyoh‘s method of utilizing a ketchup or glue lid to help direct the suction.
No more musty washer! De-gunk your washing machine with vinegar in one empty cycle, bleach in another, from Somewhat Simple – Check the link for more specific instructions.
Use a makeup brush to clean debris from the crevices of keys on the keyboard. Design Mom has many other tips on how to clean tech devices.
Wax vents to keep dust from piling up on them, with this idea from Ask Anna. It takes awhile, but the dust won’t stick in the future, and will make dusting a breeze!
Potty-training your kiddos? You have to check out these potty-training tips from The Spohrs are Multiplying! Use puppy pads underneath a set of sheets to help protect mattresses and make clean-up easier in the middle of the night. Have the bed made below the puppy pad – if they have an accident remove the top sheet, and the pad, and go back to bed.
Collect the bits of eye shadow and other powdery substances from your bathroom drawers using play dough. Perk to this drawer cleaning method: The shiny dough is fun to play with after you are done cleaning!
If you’re a fan of our cleaning hacks, you have to check out our collection of Hacks for the Home.
Keep The Cleaning Party Going!
We have tons of cleaning tips and inspiration to take your spring cleaning to the next level this year! Also, if you’re ready to organize the entire house, you have to try this declutter course, from Your Modern Family! It’s perfect for busy families.
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Comment below with your favorite cleaning hacks!