11 Best Cleaning Hacks From the Web.
We’ve scoured the Internet so you don’t have to scour your home and items in it! Check out our super-powered list below to spend less time scrubbing and more time relaxing and doing the things you love.
1. Clean a painting with a bagel? Say what? Stop. Before you put cream cheese on that thing and put it in your mouth. Slice it and rub it on a dirty painting. Wha-la. Starry night got a lot more sparkly.
2. Clean small toys in the top rack of the dishwasher. Just think of all the germs lurking in your kiddo’s toy bin! The good news is that most toys these days can be cleaned in the dishwasher. This is the perfect (fast) way to disinfect even the grimiest toys. Leave them sticky and dirty (but no clumps, please) to help activate the cleaning enzymes in the soap.
3. Some small appliances are “self-cleaning”: take blenders and George Foreman grills, for example. Cleaning a blender is as easy as adding hot water and soap. Pulse the blender a couple times to stir up some magic, and then let sit for an hour. Finish by rinsing thoroughly. For a George Foreman grill, place a wet paper towel on the cooking surface while it’s still hot. Wait an hour or so, and then come back for a final wipe down. You’re done!
4. Clean your own dryer vents. This will save you from a serious fire hazard! Go here for the full instructions. Too much work? Contact a dryer vent professional for service.
5. On that note, clean all stainless steel appliances. Some DIY sites suggest cream of tartar to get them shiny and smudge free. There are also several products on the market that are perfect for cleaning your stainless steel refrigerator, oven, and other home appliances. We recommend the 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. This stuff is great for your high-end appliances like Sub-Zero, Viking, and Wolf.
6. Clean those dirty cooktop burners. Put dirty burners in a plastic bag filled with about ¾ cup of ammonia (wear gloves, and make sure the room is well ventilated). Let sit (or go clean something else) for about 2 hours. Carefully remove the burners from the bag, and then easily scrub away stuck on food.
7. Sanitize your wet sponge in the microwave. Place a wet sponge in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Let sit for at least 2 additional minutes (or until cool enough to handle). Squeeze out water, and then wipe down the microwave! Ta-da, a two-fer.
8. Remove grease stains with chalk. We know it sounds crazy, but immediately applying chalk to a grease stain may mitigate some of the damage!
9. Shoe polish takes out scuffs on leather sofas. Just make sure you match the colors as best as you can. Before you use the polish, be sure to check with the manufacturer. While this will work in most cases, every couch is different.
10. Dirt proof your baseboards. After you clean your baseboards, go over them with a dryer sheet to ward off those dust balls, letting you sit back and stare at the walls without having to clean them!
11. Safely clean up broken glass. Clean broken glass by sticking a piece of bread over the shards! Go here for the skinny.