These 40 Brilliant Tricks Will Make Even The Hardest Items To Clean Sparkle

When it comes time to spruce up your house, a feeling of dread can sometimes wash over you. After all, there are several household objects that appear to be impossible to clean properly. But fear not. If you find yourself in that situation, here are 40 incredible hacks that could change everything.

40) Clean Spills with Bread Balls

Although you try your best to avoid it, there will come a time when you’ll spill some sort of drink in the house. However, instead of fretting over a potential stain, you could remedy the issue quite quickly with a piece of bread. For you see, the slice can absorb a spillage if it’s rolled up into the shape of a ball.

39) Dust Screen Doors with Lint Rollers

It can be tricky to maintain the cleanliness of a screen door, as the mesh is often bombarded by outside elements. But if you own a lint roller, that job becomes much easier. Whether it’s spider webs or debris generated by plants and trees, the aforementioned object will clear the screen thanks to its sticky surface.

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38) Clean Pots and Pans with Olive Oil

Do you often find yourself struggling to generate a nice sheen on your cooking equipment? If so, Mat Franken from the Aunt Fannie’s company might have a solution. He told NBC News, “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.”

37) Remove Cabinet Gunk with a Simple Formula

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Whether we realize it or not, our kitchen cabinets will accumulate plenty of gunk over a period of time. Yet there is a simple way to wipe off that unwanted grime. By blending a bit of baking soda with some vegetable oil, you can use that simple formula to cleanse the cupboards.

36) Clean Your Carpet with Vodka

While bread balls can soak up spills, vodka might be the perfect tonic for removing carpet stains. To explain more, Dallas Maids chief Greg Shepard spoke with NBC News. He said, “First blot the stain. Second, pour any type of clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, vodka, white wine) onto the stain. This is better than any over the counter product.”

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35) Clear Your Gutter in Winter

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It could be argued that cleaning out the gutters is one of the toughest jobs you’ll face when maintaining your home. Incredibly, though, the task is made much simpler when the winter months roll around. That’s because all of the muck that’s been accumulating in your gutter will harden. And, at that point, it can be removed with far more easily.

34) Clean Bathtubs with Vinegar and Baking Soda

When it comes to cleaning bathtubs, Jenice Findley of Fins Property Maintenance shared an idea with NBC News. She explained, “[Mix] one cup vinegar [and] half a cup of baking soda with hot water, pour into the tub and allow to sit for five minutes. Start filling the tub with hot water until it’s approximately a quarter full, and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Then release the drain and rinse thoroughly.”

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33) Dust Ceiling Fans with Pillowcases

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Just like any other surface in your home, ceiling fans will pick up dust after a while. But due to their lofty placement, you might struggle to clean them properly. Should you find yourself in such a predicament, the challenge can be eliminated with a pillowcase. Simply drape the cover over the blades and wipe them that way.

32) Spruce Up Wooden Cutting Boards with Salt and Lemons

Unsurprisingly, cutting boards face a lot of wear and tear in the kitchen when preparing food. You can, however, spruce up those wooden slabs with a simple activity at home. By sprinkling some salt on the surface and rubbing it in using half a lemon, the utensil will appear brand new.

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31) Clear Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Over time, the drains in your house will become clogged with gunk and grime. If you want to clear it all out, call upon baking soda and vinegar once more. For this particular task, you need to send some hot water into the drain, before adding half a cup of the former. Then, dump a cup of the latter down there, too, to help eliminate the muck.

30) Clean Your Oven with Lemon Oil

From the stove to the oven itself, that area of the kitchen can become dirty very quickly. If you’re struggling to maintain it, Mr. Appliance’s Doug Rogers has a tip. “Spray a mixture of one cup water, one cup vinegar and lemon essential oil onto your stovetop and simply wipe clean,” he told NBC News. “You can use the same technique to clean your oven, which will help prevent kitchen fires.”

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29) Steam Clean Grills with Paper Towels

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While grilled food can be delicious, the utensil itself gets pretty messy while in use. And that can mean cleaning it is often daunting, but there may be a way to make the task easier. After using the tool, place two wet paper towels on its iron, which will essentially steam clean it.

28) Revitalize Your Mattress with Baking Soda

Aside from the sofa, you could argue that no other piece of furniture gets more use than your bed. Due to that, the mattress will need to be cleaned every so often to keep it fresh. To pull that off, all you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda and essential oil on to the surface, before hoovering it with a vacuum.

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27) Clean Your Coffee Grinder with Stale Bread

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If you love your hot beverages, there’s a good chance that a coffee grinder is nestled somewhere in your kitchen. These utensils, though, are incredibly hard to clean with normal equipment. But there is another way to get the job done. By grinding a piece of stale bread, you can clear any residual dirt from the tool.

26) Remove Pet Hair with a Squeegee

Pets, such as cats and dogs, shed plenty of hair when they’re mulling around the house, leaving you in a tough spot. As any pet owner will attest, those follicles are very hard to get rid of. With that in mind, a squeegee could be just the thing you’re looking for, because the rubber tool will lift the fluff from sofas and carpets.

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25) Clear Couch Stains with Alcohol

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As we learned earlier, alcohol can be very useful in cleaning up carpet stains. That also extends to unwanted marks on microfiber couches which seem impossible to remove. To fix up a dirty sofa, all you need to do is apply some rubbing alcohol to the cushions and massage it in with a bristle brush.

24) Dust Blinds with Socks

If you shudder at the thought of cleaning your window blinds, Leanne Stapf from The Cleaning Authority has some advice. “Take [a] 50/50 vinegar and water mixture with an old clean sock,” she explained to NBC News. “Swipe the sock over each section and the embedded dust and dirt will come right off your blinds.”

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23) Clean Your Garbage Disposal with a Toothbrush

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Unsurprisingly, the garbage disposal can become pretty filthy through constant use. The rubber flaps are particularly vulnerable in that regard, with bits of trash often sticking to them. A trusty toothbrush is the perfect tool to clean that area up, as the sturdy bristles can scrub the waste away.

22) Clean Hair Brushes in the Dishwasher

This is an interesting, and incredibly useful, tip. Like most objects around the house, hair brushes need to be cleaned after a certain amount of time. But how do you spruce up a dirty comb? As it turns out, a spell in the dishwasher might do the trick, making the tool look as good as new.

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21) Clear Air Vents with Butter Knives

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Air vents are arguably some of the most annoying things to clean for a very simple reason. The narrow slats accumulate lots of dust, and it’s almost impossible to clear with a lone cloth. However, if you bring a butter knife into the mix, you can wrap a duster around it before pushing it into the vent.

20) Dust Electronics with Coffee Filters

Whether it’s your television or laptop, electronic devices aren’t immune to dust, so Stapf put forward an interesting idea. She said, “Coffee filters are useful items to keep around your living room and office. They are perfect for clearing dust from TV screens, computer monitors and any other screens around the home, without leaving behind any fibers like towels do.”

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19) Clear Your Vacuum Head with a Seam Ripper

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The vacuum cleaner is a valuable tool for any homeowner, as it clears the dirt from floors and carpets. Due to that, though, the head can become clogged up with debris, including tangled hair. Should you find yourself in that position, a seam ripper could solve the problem and tear away the collected garbage.

18) Spruce Up Your Shoes with Nail Polish Remover

In most cases, shoe polish will help spruce up your footwear ahead of a night out on the town. Yet for trainers, you might need to call upon an entirely different product to get rid of any unwanted marks. As it turns out, nail polish remover will do just that, making stains disappear.

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17) Clear Lint with a T-Shirt

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When you put clothes in the dryer, a lot of lint gets left behind. Normally, this fluff makes its way down to the machine’s filter, which also needs to be cleared out regularly. But after removing the trap, you can also get rid of any remaining lint with an old T-shirt, pushing it into the narrow gap.

16) Get Shiny Oven Racks with a Simple Concoction

As you might’ve guessed by now, vinegar and baking soda are an ideal tag-team when it comes to cleaning awkward household objects. On that note, you can also add oven racks to that list. By mixing the substances together, you’ll be able to clear the baked-in gunk from the trays, producing an impressive sheen.

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15) Clean Your Cooking Vent with Boiling Baking Soda

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Cooking vents help to air out your kitchen while you’re preparing food. But as a result of that, these metal trays can become incredibly filthy. When the time comes to finally clean them, a quick dip into a bowl of hot water and baking soda should remove any caked-on grease.

14) Remove Upholstery Smells with Vinegar and Oil

Upholstery gives all of our furniture a unique look, yet it isn’t immune to picking up unwanted smells after a while. So to freshen things up, call on vinegar once again, alongside essential oils and water. When those three liquids are brought together, troublesome scents are quickly eliminated from chairs and couches.

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13) Clean Up Your Plastic Cutting Boards with a Mystery Paste

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While lemons and salt will clean wooden cutting boards, their plastic counterparts are a little different. If you want to spruce up the latter, you could create a puree of sorts using washing up liquid, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. From there, you spread the substance over the board, before removing it after a short period.

12) Cleanse Your Stove Burners with Ammonia

Stoves have the potential to become very dirty, especially if you don’t wipe them down after cooking. You can rid the burners of grease, however, thanks to a fairly simple method. To begin with, you need to place them inside a self-sealing bag. Add a touch of ammonia after that. The utensils need to be left in there until the next day, by which point the dirt will be gone.

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11) Remove Water Stains with Shaving Cream

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On clear surfaces, water stains are highly noticeable. From mirrors to shower doors, the marks can appear anywhere near a water source. Surprisingly, though, you may already have the perfect tool to tackle these stains in your bathroom. Shepard explained, “Apply shaving cream [to the area] and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off.”

10) Spruce Up Your Toilet Brush with Pine-Sol

For the most part, we all have a good idea about how to clean certain household objects. But what of the toilet brush? How do you go about freshening up that particular tool? As it turns out, a simple squirt of Pine-Sol might just do the trick, allowing you to focus on less grimy tasks.

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9) Clean Toys in a Washing Machine

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Now for something a little more unorthodox. If you’re a parent, your house will no doubt be filled with an all manner of different toys. After a time, those playthings will eventually become dirty, but you can still clean them. In fact, you should be able to stick them in the washing machine, providing you have a laundry bag handy.

8) Clear Out Crevices with Toilet Paper Rolls

During a spring clean, crevices can be very tricky to access, even with the aid of a vacuum cleaner. With that in mind, discarded toilet paper rolls could make things a lot easier. All you need to do is stick the cardboard tube on the end of your vacuum, and then position it into the gap.

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7) Wash Your Pillows with Tennis Balls

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Just as you would with normal bed linen, pillows should be washed after a period of time. However, once you’ve taken them out of the machine, there’s something else you can do to freshen them up. Believe it or not, if you want your pillows really fluffy, add some tennis balls to the dryer.

6) Clear Out Your Toaster with a Toothbrush

Alongside cleaning your teeth, toothbrushes can also be used for some other intriguing tasks. Indeed, as we highlighted earlier, you could spruce up part of your garbage disposal with one. But away from the sink, these handy little bristled tools might aid you in clearing out your toaster as well, specifically the metal wiring.

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5) Clean Your Toilet with Essential Oils

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While we now know what to do with the toilet brush, what about the toilet itself? On that front, Doyle James of Mr. Rooter Plumbing shared a tip. He told NBC News, “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.”

4) Revitalize Your Dishwasher with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Dishwashers are very helpful tools to have in the kitchen, as they make washing up a lot easier. Unsurprisingly, though, the interior still needs to be cleaned every now and again. To get the best results, put a jug of vinegar in there prior to a wash. You then need to dust the bottom with baking soda and run the appliance a second time.

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3) Refresh Your Microwave with Lemons and Vinegar

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Much like the oven and stove, microwaves can also get really grubby after cooking. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, there is something you can do about it. Fill a glass container with a little bit of vinegar and some lemons, and put it in the microwave. Once it’s finished, don’t open the door right away. Leave it for a few minutes and you’ll notice that any baked-in splatters have been softened by the vapor, ready to be wiped away.

2) Clean Keyboards with Post-It Notes

Maintaining the cleanliness of a computer keyboard might seem like a thankless task. However, we can prevent the tool from becoming too grubby with a simple method. Post-it notes are able to pick up any unwanted dirt between the keys, due to the sticky strip on the back of them.

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1) Remove Greasy Wall Stains with Chalk

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When a greasy mark appears on your walls, your first instinct might be to try and rub it off. Surprisingly, though, that’s not the best approach. We’re advised, in fact, to run some chalk over the stain, before removing it with a cloth. For you see, the rock is able to soak up grease.

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