We love learning how to clean better, quicker, and more naturally! Whether it’s finally figuring out how to remove certain stains from the carpet or the best way to wipe off dirty fingerprints on the fridge, we’ll take all the advice we can get. Below we have some of our favorite cleaning tips from the professionals! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Oil To Remove Fingerprints On Stainless Steel
Do you have stainless steel kitchen appliances? Sure, they look amazing when everything is clean, but it only takes about 10 seconds for little hands to leave fingerprints on every surface! Melissa Maker from the blog & YouTube channel, “Clean My Space,” gives an awesome tip to tidy up that stainless steel and keep it cleaner longer. She says to use a drop of oil – either olive oil or baby oil – on a clean paper towel to buff away any lingering spots. Wipe away excess oil with a clean paper towel.
2. The Quickest Way To Clean Your Dirty Pillows
Does this look familiar? I washed my sheets and pillow cases the other day and was horrified to see the condition of my pillows. They were so gross! I almost threw them away, but I found this awesome hack for cleaning your pillows and making them last as long as possible.
Did you know you should be changing out your pillow every 4-6 months? If you have a high-quality memory foam pillow, they can last up to two years. One way to get the most out of your pillows is to wash them. No, I don’t mean, “spray them with Fabreeze,” I mean actually wash them. See how it’s done in the video below!
There are a few reasons our pillows turn yellow or even brown. First of all, we all sweat in our sleep. This is the biggest cause of discoloration in pillows and sheets as well. There are also some skin products or makeup products that tend to stain pillows. Plus, when you consider all of the natural oils our skin produces, it’s no wonder our pillows need replacing every few months!
This easy method for cleaning pillows involves tossing them in the wash and adding a few simple ingredients you already have on hand. Grab some hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, and white vinegar, and get to sanitizing those pillows!
3. White Chalk For Grease Stains
If you’ve had kids, you’ve probably removed your fair share of interesting stains from clothes. From dirt and grass stains to food and other undesirable messes. One stain that is often the hardest to remove is grease stains. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard we try to coax this stain out of the clothing, it resists! There is an easy solution, however. Becky from cleanmama.net gives a great tip… use chalk! That’s right, by rubbing a little bit of white chalk into the grease stain and laundering as normal, you should be able to completely remove the grease stain. What a relief!
4. Vacuum Slowly
Vacuuming can’t be that hard, right? There’s already a machine doing most of the work for you. However, professional cleaner and author, Donna Smallin Kuper, tells us that it’s all about the movement. Most people probably think pushing the vacuum is what cleans up most of the carpet, but in reality, pushing the vacuum is about getting it into position. It’s when you pull the vacuum backward that the machine is working the hardest. Therefore, in order to clean your carpet well, focus on pulling your vacuum slowly!
5. Steam Cleaning Is The Gold Standard
Debra Johnson, a training manager at the professional cleaning company Merry Maids, says her company prefers steam cleaning over using harsh chemicals and cleaning products. Not only is this an environmentally conscious choice, but it actually is more effective in most cases. Just like a few body soaps leaves a residue behind even after you’ve rinsed it off in the shower, cleaning products also leave a residue of sorts behind. The residue tends to be sticky or gummy and it will actually attract more dirt and dust, therefore making a never end cycle! Instead, steam cleaners only use hot water to clean and disinfect surfaces. You can use a steam cleaner on hard surfaces as well as your carpets.
6. Cornstarch To Clean Windows
Have you ever cleaned your windows with cornstarch? This is part of an all-natural recipe that blogger Melissa Maker swears by. Combine one cup of water, one cup of white vinegar, and one teaspoon of cornstarch for the cleanest windows ever! Cornstarch is a very gentle cleanser and it helps leave glass tops and windows streak-free. This same mixture is great to use on greasy or smelly stuffed animals.
7. White Vinegar Removes Hard Water Stains
Does this look familiar? Hard water stains are common in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. Sometimes it can look like brown or red rust in the bottom of a sink, or a crusty green calcium buildup on the faucet. No matter what kind of water stains you have, one sure fire way to get rid of them all is by using white vinegar! For those tough to remove stains, just soak a cloth in white vinegar and leave it on the stain for 15 minutes. Wipe away to reveal a clean sink and a shiny faucet. You can do the same for your shower head – fill a ziplock back with white vinegar and leave your shower head in the bag (or attach the bag to your shower if the shower head cannot be removed).
8. Brillo Pad Shower Cleaner
Another helpful cleaning tip from Donna Smallin Kuper is to use a brillow pad to clean your glass shower. No, it doesn’t scratch the glass, in fact, the brillo pad is very effective in removing layered on soap scum – more so than using a plain sponge. You can follow up with your favorite weekly shower cleaner to keep things nice and fresh!
9. Clean Top To Bottom (Literally)
Remember when mom told you to clean your room from top to bottom (or was that just us)? It turns out that’s not just an arbitrary saying, it’s actually some great cleaning advice! When you’re getting ready to clean a room, Debra Johnson says to start at the top (dusting the ceiling fan, clearing out the dust and cobwebs in the corner of the ceiling, etc.) and work your way down. This way, the dust will fall on the lower surfaces, and you can just wipe it up as you move to that section of the room. Brilliant!
10.Toilet Cleaning Hack
Cleaning the toiled might be one of the least favorite household chores of all time. When you think about scrubbing down the toilet, what is the worst part? It’s figuring out what to do with the toilet brush afterwords, right? It’s this gross, dripping wet wand that you don’t want to have to deal with. This hack from Melissa Maker is a legitimate game-changer. When you’re done scrubbing the toilet bowl, close the lid over the handle, leaving the brush to drip-dry in the bowl. Then, when you’re done wiping down the rest of toilet (from the top down, of course), your brush will be dry and you won’t have to worry about dripping the toilet water all over the bathroom.
11. Stinky Sports Equipment Hack
Do any of your family members participate in sports activities? Sure, you can wash the jerseys, shorts, and socks, but what about the stinky football helmet? Or the baseball smelly baseball glove? This hack is amazing for deodorizing those pieces of equipment we can’t just throw in the wash! Place the item in a large ziplock bag and stick it in the freezer. According to cleaning blogger, Becky, the smell comes from bacteria. By sticking the item in the freezer, the bacteria will die, thus ridding the item of further smell. There might be some residual smell that you can get rid of using air freshener or a spray of vinegar, but the main culprit will be long gone!