Work smarter, not harder, with these professional home cleaning hacks. They’ll save you time and money, so you’re working smart, not hard. If you can’t quite get your stainless steel to shine or your windows to be streak-free, you’ve come to the right place.
These ten professional home cleaning hacks are easy to do and will save you from the emotional stress associated with cleaning a 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. (See also, 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. (Try this Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner.)
3. Try This to Clean Your Iron
Use salt to get rid of scorch 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, too. If this happens to you, throw the towels back into the wash with a cup of vinegar. Run a cycle on hot water and the smell will disappear. (Here’s more on how to get rid of mildew smells.)
5. Dusty Air Vents
Often overlooked, air 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 well. (For the gunk in floor registers, here is how to clean your own air ducts.)
6. Stale Mattresses
Over the course of a few months, dust and skin cells can build up in your mattress. To freshen it, strip the mattress and sprinkle it lightly with baking soda. Wait a few minutes, then vacuum it slowly with the upholstery attachment. (Here’s 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. (For stronger cleaning power, try this homemade bathroom disinfectant spray.)
8. Remove Labels to Reuse Containers
Reusing containers is a great way to cut down on landfill waste, but you’ll want to remove the old label. To do this easily, fill your kitchen sink with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach. (Oxiclean is one brand.)
Soak the containers for 30 minutes and the labels should slide right off. Use olive oil and a paper towel to scrub away any sticky label residue, and you’re done.
9. Give your 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 well before use.
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. (Here’s how to spring clean your refrigerator, too.)