19 Easy Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

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Who doesn’t like a clean, tidy space – but cleaning sucks! Even the ordinary cleaning tasks like sweeping or dusting can be downright difficult and tough to conquer. There are numerous areas in a home which are hard to reach and clean such as stained carpets, microfiber couches, greasy oven glass, and even car seats. At such a time, clever cleaning hacks can help you get the job done in an easier way… The best thing, these ingenious tricks can help save not only your time, but also money!

Cleaning The Air Vents

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A towel wrapped around a butter knife makes an ideal tool to clean the A/C ducts and air vents. Otherwise, an old paint brush or even a makeup brush would be good for cleaning the air vents of car. The paint brush would be able to reach to even those areas where the vacuum won’t be able to.

Make Your Carpet As Good As New With This…

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A clean carpet is not just necessary for good appearance of your home, but it also contributes to the health of people living around. But stains and spot cannot be avoided from time to time. Don’t worry! We have an easy fix for you – mix 2 cups of Hydrogen Peroxide to ¼ cup of baking soda and transfer the solution into a squeeze bottle. Voila! You have a clean carpet, minus all stains!

Sanitize Sponges To Kill Germs

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Sterilize kitchen sponges in your microwave as it is a beneficial weapon against disease-causing germs. Zapping sponges in microwave can help knock out bacteria within 2-3 minutes.

Detailing Your Car Upholstery

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Most of the people live, eat, sleep, and breathe in their cars. They spend maximum time in the car, which can leave it dirty and unclean. So, in order to clean the seat covers, you should make a mixture of vinegar, soda, and dish soap and rub it over the seat covers using a brush. Then use steam cleaner to take away remaining stains.

Eliminating Laundry Odors

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A high efficiency front load washing machine can get extremely smelly. The best advice is, to run the machine on hot cycle along with bleach once in every month as this will help keep the machine clean. And in case the washer becomes exceptionally dirty, you should mix ¼ cup baking soda in 2 cups of vinegar and add this in the washer. Add ¼ cup of water to this and run the cycle. You would see the solution doing its magic!

Make Your Old Hair Brushes New!

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Hair brushes can become really messy! But the easy way out to clean the brushes and make them tidy is by cutting the rows using scissors in a couple of days every time. Also, remove the product residue just by soaking the hair brush in hot water. You might add a little bit baking soda to clean the brush properly.

Disinfect A Shower Head

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Your shower head can get covered in nasty hard water deposits within a few days. It is, therefore, important to clean the shower head from time to time. Just add distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag and cover it tightly using a rubber band. After 1 hour use a wet cloth to wipe the shower head and you will find an unclogged shower head.

Dust Your Ceiling Fans Easily

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A dirty ceiling fan means a dirty face, dirty bed, and a dirty floor all the time. In short, it can make your home a breeding ground for germs. You can quickly clean the fans by using a pillow cover and wrapping it around the blades. This will help pull away the dirt quickly and get down the dirt without spreading it all over.

No Need To Scrub Away Your Stoves

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Use ammonia to make your stoves good as new! Instead of soaking the entire stove in ammonia, you want to seal the stove elements and rings and let the ammonia fumes do all the work. Let them sit overnight, and in the morning all you will need to do is wipe them down using a clean sponge. The stove will be greasy no more!

Erasing Permanent Marker From Wood

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There is a simple fix for clearing up permanent marker spots from wood – toothpaste! Rub a little amount of toothpaste on the marker stain and clean it away using a microfiber cloth. The stain would definitely lift out, with a little bit of effort here and there!

Cleaning The Cutting Board

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All those who use a cutting board regularly know how dirty it can get. However, the disinfection and cleaning of a cutting board is essential for one’s health. A very easy, yet natural way to clean the cutting board is by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it over the board. After that, sprinkle Koshers salt on the board and let it remain there for 15-20 minutes. Then use the other half of lemon to clean the board.

Keeping The Microwave Oven Clean

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Fortunately, microwave ovens are easy to clean, and you don’t even need chemicals to do the job. Simply pour water and lemon in a container and boil it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Now keep the door of the microwave close and let the water sit there. Steam will do its work and will make the microwave clean.

Cleaning Window Blinds Easily

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Mix vinegar and water in equal parts in a bottle and use the solution as an eco-friendly cleaner for the blinds. Open the blinds. Use an old sock by placing on your hand to clean the blinds. Wipe the top and bottom of the blinds gently.

Bringing Back Old Cookie Sheets

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Your pans look clean… but they seem burnt from outside. What to do? Just make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. After that, apply the paste on the pans and scrub off the stains after 5 minutes.

Removing Rust From Knives

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A bottle of Bar Keeper’s Friend is all you need to clean your favorite knife and make it as good as a new one. Within minutes of scrubbing with the solution, the knife will be clean.

Cleaning Awkward Glass Bottles

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The pretty decorative bottles kept in your home’s corners can get extremely dirty some times. All you need to do is – add coarse salt in warm water and a little bit of dish soap to clean the bottle properly. Shake the solution well and rinse it properly to get rid of the marks.

Cleaning Your Ice Maker

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Cleaning a refrigerator with an ice maker is quite important as a dirty ice maker can harbor bacteria. Instead of using a harsh cleaner, use a steamer to remove dirty stains. Steam will make the grime come down slowly.

Washing Your Dog’s Toys

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Dogs love to play with their toys; and over the time, they can become really gross. These toys can pick dirt, dust and all kinds of grime, which calls for cleaning of such toys. For plastic toys, just pour 50% white vinegar to 50% water, and the toys will be shining out like new.

Removing Hard Water Stains In The Faucet

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Open-style faucets can make for a visually attractive bathroom, but they can be extremely difficult to clean. So, all you need is a paste of coarse salt and vinegar to clean these beauties. Scrub away the grime with this solution and all the deposits will be gone.

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