27 Spring Cleaning Hacks, Tips and Tricks
Have you started your spring cleaning? Spring is coming and as the snow begins to melt everything inside and outside starts to look dirty and dingy. Spruce up your home with these 27 Spring Cleaning hacks, tips and tricks. You’ll thank us when everything shines like a thousand suns.
- Always Have a Clean Shower. Fill a dish wand with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and one part Method Dish Soap. Keep the wand in your shower all the time and before or after showering, scrub the walls and rinse.
- Clean Ceiling Fans without Dust in Your Eyes. Throw a pillowcase over the blade of the fan and slowly pull it off. All of the dust and dirt should stay inside the pillowcase.
- Keep Metal Faucets Clean. To keep water spots off chrome faucets, rub with a piece of waxed paper—it will keep water spots and fingerprints from sticking to the clean metal.
- Clean, Deodorize and Freshen Your Mattress. Mix a few drops of your favourite essential oil with one cup baking soda. Sprinkle on your mattress and allow to sit for one hour before vacuuming. The baking soda will absorb any dirt, moisture and odors while the essential oil will leave the mattress smelling fresh.
- Clean Between the Glass Panes in Your Oven Window. Straighten a wire hanger and attach a wet cleaning wipe to the hook on the end, securing it with a rubber band. Remove the oven drawer, lay down on the floor and look under the door of your oven where you’ll see slots between the door and the glass. Slide the cleaning contraption up through the slots and push it up between the oven window glass, cleaning from side to side as you move it up. If your glass is really dirty it might take a couple of wipes to get it clean.
- Clean Your Iron. Pour salt on your ironing board (cover it with a pillow case to make clean up easier), and then iron the salt with the steam option off. The dirt on your iron will stick to the salt, making for an easy clean.
- Use a Rubber Glove to Pick Up Pet Hair. Dampen one of your rubber gloves a tiny bit, and then use it to remove pet hair from upholstery or small rugs.
- Wash Your Pillows (and remove those nasty yellow stains!). Mix in a large bucket: 1 cup dish detergent, 3/4 cup powdered detergent booster, 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 3 tablespoons laundry detergent, 3 cups SUPER HOT water. Pour the solution into your washer (front load or top load) and put pillows in and run a hot cycle (lower water amount if a top load machine). Once the cycle is complete, put the pillows in the dryer on air dry with dryer balls.
- Clean Your Burnt Pan Bottoms. Fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of water, add 1 cup of vinegar and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda (expect fizz!). Empty mixture from the pan and scour as normal; if necessary add an extra bit of dry baking soda. If there are any super stubborn marks that don’t come off with scouring, make a paste of baking soda and a couple of drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.
- Clean Your Headlights. Rub a little toothpaste on your car headlights and wipe away to remove any stubborn dirt. This will help your headlights to do their job and light the way.
- Wipe Away Crayon. When crayon marks end up on walls and floors, use a dab of toothpaste and a soft cloth to wipe them away.
- Clean Your Microwave. Pour vinegar and water into a bowl and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam will help loosen any grime for easy clean up.
- Clean Your Lint Trap. Effortlessly pluck the lint buildup from a clothes dryer’s trap with chopsticks.
- Polish Your Silver. Wash items. Mix a cleaning solution of ¼ cup baking soda, a few teaspoons salt and 1 litre of boiling water. Place items on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot and cover with solution for a few seconds. The result is a chemical reaction that gets the stain off off the silver.
- Clean Hard-to-Reach Parts at the Bottoms of Bottles and Vases. You shouldn’t put eggshells in a garden compost…but you can use them to clean your flower vases! Drop some crushed shells in the bottle, add warm water and a drop of dishwashing liquid, and give it a good swirl; the shells will scrape off the gunk you can’t get to.
- Get Your Drain Running Again. Pour ½ cup baking soda, then ½ cup vinegar down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.
- Remove Coffee or Tea Stains from Mugs. Rub with a lightly salted citrus peel.
- Remove Grease from Upholstery or Clothing. Pour enough cornmeal onto the stain cover and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Vacuum to remove the grains.
- Deodorize Smelly Glass Jars. Wash with a mixture of one teaspoon powdered mustard and one quart warm water.
- Clear the Air in a Dank Basement. Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight. Once the initial onion-y aroma dissipates, you’ll have a fresh smelling room.
- Remove Permanent Marker from Counter Tops and Walls. Use alcohol swabs on the crayon—spot test on a hidden area first.
- Trade Frostbite Funk for a More Pleasing Freezer Scent. Wipe the inside of the icebox with a cloth with a few drops of your fave essential oil on it.
- Clean the Glass on Your Fireplace. Dip a damp paper towel in the ashes then wipe the glass with it.
- Clean Your Shower Head. Pour distilled white vinegar in a plastic baggy, secure it to the shower head with a rubber band and allow it to soak for 1 hour. Wipe clean with a wet cloth. Afterwards, I dab a rag into the bag of vinegar and shine the fixtures.
- Clean Cabinets. Mix 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda then scrub with an old toothbrush.
- Make Floors Look New Again. Spay on a mixture of 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar. Let sit for an hour then scrub off.
- Remove rust spots from kitchen knives. Soaking knives in lemon juice in the sink (will also remove rust stains from the sink and drain at the same time!
These are some really great cleaning ideas! I’d like to try cleaning with baking soda and vinegar. Thank you for sharing!
Great tips! I have been looking for a way to clean my burnt pans. Thanks for sharing!