10 quick and safe DIY cleaning hacks
Here’s a list of cleaning hacks for those of us looking to save time, money and of course, sanity.
1. BUFF SURFACES WITH OLIVE OIL
Olive oil has many nutritional benefits (and can possibly increase longevity). Turns out it can also help you clean the house.
“Olive oil is a great option for cleaning stainless steel, such as pots, pans and appliances. Put olive oil on a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion to buff out any dirty spots,” says Mat Franken, CEO and Founder of Aunt Fannie’s, a manufacturer of whole ingredient, food-based cleaning and pest solutions for the home.
2. DETOX THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH LEMONS OR LIMES
The garbage disposal does a lot of dirty work on a regular basis, so it’s important to keep it clean and clog-free.
“To clean and deodorize garbage disposals, use a fresh lemon or lime,” says Franken. “Cut the citrus fruit into quarters, and while you have the water running put the lemon pieces one by one into the disposal.”
4. REMOVE CARPET STAINS WITH VODKA
Rubbing alcohol, clear vodka (which has a lot of cleaning benefits!) and even white wine can be used for this cleaning hack.
“First blot the stain. Second, pour any type of clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, vodka, white wine) onto the stain,” says Greg Shepard, owner of the housecleaning service Dallas Maids. “This is better than any over the counter product.”
4. ELIMINATE WATER STAINS WITH SHAVING CREAM
Who’d have thought that shaving cream could be used to clean? Shepard vouches for it as a great way to remove water stains from shower glass.
“Apply the shaving cream and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe off,” Shepard says.
5. BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR WILL BASICALLY CLEAN THE TUB FOR YOU
Jenice Findley, director of marketing at the newly launched Fins Property Maintenance, which offers various commercial cleaning services, recommends the following 10-minute plan of attack for tubs.
“[Mix] one cup vinegar, half a cup of baking soda with hot water and pour into [an empty] tub and allow to sit for five minutes,” says Findley. “Start filling the tub with hot water until it is approximately one-quarter filled, and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Then release drain and rinse thoroughly.”
6. USE THE SAME SOLUTION TO CLEAN TOILETS
You can use the same concoction to freshen up your toilet, Findley notes. Just let it soak for a bit, then flush and wipe the seat.
7. ESSENTIAL OILS FOR A SPARKLING TOILET
Doyle James, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighborly company, recommends using essential oils in a DIY toilet cleaner.
“Mix one cup of baking soda with 15 drops of tea tree essential oil and 15 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for 30 minutes and scrub with a bowl brush before flushing.”
8. A DIY AROMATHERAPY CLEANING SOLUTION FOR SHINING SINKS AND TUBS
James also recommends getting your sink or tub to shine by mixing baking soda, drops of lemon and basil essential oils and dish soap. “Sponge the mixture on the surface of your bathtub and bathroom sink for 10 minutes. After rising off with water, [they] will be glistening.”
9. STEAM THE MICROWAVE WITH LEMON OIL
You can also use essential oils to clean the microwave.
“Add 15 drops of lemon essential oil into one and a half cups water to a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for five to 10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on inside walls/ceilings of your machine,” says Doug Rogers, president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company. “Once complete, simply wipe away the softened food with a sponge.”
10. NUKE A DAMP SPONGE
Another way to clean your microwave is by putting a clean, dampened sponge or cloth on the tray and setting it on high for two minutes.
“This will kill bacteria,” says Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers. “Then use sponge or cloth to wipe down the microwave.”