Work smarter, not harder, with these professional home cleaning hacks and shortcuts that save time and protect the beauty of your home.
From getting rid of mineral buildup to freshening your home’s air, professional cleaners know the fastest, least expensive ways to do it all. These tips from the owner of a cleaning company are all great shortcuts that work in any home.
10 Professional Home Cleaning Hacks
1. Remove Hard Water Stains
For stainless steel sinks, faucets, and other appliances, rub the surfaces with a lemon half to erase hard water stains. Let the lemon juice sit a few minutes, then rinse with warm water, and the surface will shine like new. (Related: How to Remove Hard Water Spots.)
2. Remove Greasy Buildup
Grease and cooking buildup on your kitchen cabinets will disappear when you use a mixture of 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda. Scrub the buildup with an old toothbrush, and be sure to get to any wood and cabinet handles. (Related: Homemade Soft Scrub.)
3. Clean Your Iron
Use salt to get rid of scorched messes and other buildups on your iron. Place a pillowcase on your ironing board and pour salt on the pillowcase. Iron the salt with the steam option off, and the metal on your iron will end up clean.
4. Get Rid of Mildew Smells on Towels
Mildew smells from accidentally leaving towels in the wash for too long will make your body smell, also. If this happens to you, throw the towels back into the machine with a cup of vinegar. Run a cycle with hot water, and the smell will disappear. (Related: How to Get rid of Mildew Smells.)
5. Clean Dusty Air Returns
Often overlooked, cold air return vents get pretty dusty. Dust air vent covers by wrapping a rag over a butter knife and sliding it through each of the crevices. For more stubborn dirt, wash them in a sink of hot, soapy water, then rinse and dry them thoroughly. (Related: How to Clean Your Air Ducts.)
6. Stale Mattresses
Over a few months, dust and skin cells can build up in your mattress. To freshen it, strip the bed and sprinkle it lightly with baking soda. Wait a few minutes, then vacuum it slowly with the upholstery attachment. (Related: How to Get Rid of Mattress Stains.)
7. Make a General Cleaning Spray
Make a quick, non-toxic cleaner with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water, then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. This solution works great on appliances and kitchen counters with a sponge or rag. (Related: Homemade Disinfectant Spray.)
8. Always Use a Cleaning Checklist
To make sure you’ve cleaned a room thoroughly, always follow a cleaning checklist. A good list guides you in the right order through every step required, so you don’t overlook any task. Cross things off as you go rather than relying on memory, and you’ll know you’ve done the job right. (Related: Printable Cleaning Checklists for Every Room.)
9. Give Baking Sheets a Shine
Cookie sheets and baking pans can look brand new with a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture over the baking sheet and let it sit for about 2 hours, then wipe it clean. Rinse and dry it thoroughly before use. (Related: How to Get Burnt Food off Pots and Pans.)
10. Eliminate Odors in Fridge
Placing a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge will absorb foul odors. Replace the coffee grounds every two months, and your fridge will remain smelling fresh. (Related: How to Spring Clean Your Refrigerator.)