Cleaning hacks can save you SO much time and effort. I mean, do you ever feel like your life would be perfect if you could just wave a magic wand and instantly have a sparkly clean house? I know the feeling. Which means more time for lying on the couch and reading your favourite books on the free Kindle app or binging on your favourite TV shows.
My very first job was at 14 (cash in hand obviously) and for years I worked as a cleaner; until I was about 18. Honestly, I loved it. Does that make me a weirdo? I’m an introvert so I loved being left to it and because my Aunty is a clean freak, I learned from the very best!
I’ve been using quite a few of these cleaning hacks for years so I can attest to their genius! They work!
So grab your headphones and start streaming your favourite music while you clean.
Before The Genius Cleaning Hacks:
I wanted to share this decluttering guide with you. Queue you rolling your eyes, I get it. But I also get what it’s like to just be DONE with living with clutter. If you don’t know what to declutter first, this guide is for you. Using the The Painless Four-Pass Method of Decluttering so you can declutter in A DAY!
The Genius Cleaning Hacks!
1.Use Bounce Dryer Sheets To Dust Everything (according to me)
I learned this tip a long time ago thanks to my Aunty who is a complete cleaning maniac. Her house is ALWAYS spotless. When I say above “dust everything (according to me)” I actually mean “dust everything with dryer sheets, not just your baseboards according to my aunty” but it definitely works.
There’s an anti-static coating on those tumble dryer sheets so when you dust surfaces it means you are transferring the anti-static coating onto your furniture, skirting boards (baseboards) or even your car!
2. Vacuum Downy Unstoppables For A Fresh Smelling Hoover By The Krazy Koupon Lady
If you have a stinky vacuum (I mean…. it happens), suck a few Unstoppables up your vacuum cleaner to solve the problem.
I have also wrapped a little bundle of these blue Unstoppables in a dried out baby wipe (dried on the radiator), tied it up with bakers twine and set a few of the bundles on most of the radiators in my house to make it smell super fresh!
3. Clean Your Dishwasher With White Vinegar and Baking Soda via eHow
When I lived in a house with housemates, our dishwasher was always getting stinky. Distilled white vinegar became one of the products GUARANTEED to be in my cupboards plus about 5kg of baking soda at any given time!
One top tip to stop your dishwasher becoming stinky AT ALL:
Rinse all the food off your plates before you put it in the dishwasher. Seriously. Click to tweet this genius lil tip!
4. Clean The Drains from OneGoodThingByJillee
Again, when I lived in a house with housemates… we had a bathroom upstairs and the overflow pipe was constantly getting clogged. When that happened there was an awful smell from the drains. A lot of googling had to happen and we learned the baking soda, vinegar and boiling water trick! It worked and had to be repeated every few months.
5. Clean Blinds Without Breaking Them via Mom4Real
Horizontal blinds can be delicate and can break quite easily so this trick from Mom4Real is great! Using tongs and a cut up microfibre cloth, a little ingenuity was definitely involved here.
6. How To Clean Wax Out Of Candle Jars by Peek&Ponder
I’ve been using this trick for years! Quickly, clean out your freezer and shove those candles inside. Being in the freezer hardens the wax and makes it much easier to fall out. I sometimes need to use a sharp implement (an old metal kebab skewer or knife we keep for opening parcels etc).
Cleaning them out means that they can be repurposed, given to a charity shop or recycled in your regular recycling bin!
7. Use Fluffy Bed Socks As Swiffer Heads
Do you wear these snuggly bed socks? I have a medical condition which means I wear super thick socks and slippers to keep me toasty but I do wear delightful slipper duster things over my slipper boots which helps pick up crap from the floor.
You should definitely invest in these socks for your Swiffer or just wear them around the house.
8. Store Bed Clothes (Bed Sheets) In Their Matching Pillowcases
I remember seeing this tip on Martha Stewart years ago which is where the original photograph comes from. When I could be bothered to do this, it works a charm. I no longer have a linen closet for bedding and they get stored in a basket.
Not only that, I love mismatched bed linen to the annoyance of said Aunty from before. What can I say? I’m Quirky McQuirkerson ?
9. How To Deep Clean Your Oven Racks From eHow
Have you ordered that distilled white vinegar and baking soda? Guess what you need to clean your oven racks! You will also need some kind of scrubby tool to get the real baked on gunk off the racks.
10. Save Your Back With This Trick
Use dawn dish soap and a broom to save having to bend over the tub which is GENIUS if you suffer from any kind of back pain. Back pain is one of the most common complaints of adults so Jillee definitely deserves the title of genius.