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Learn how to clean your home using everyday household items and a few clever tips and tricks.

1. Dust everything with a lint roller.

Everybody should own a lint roll.

Use a lint roll to clean your windowsills, lampshades, leather sofas, and other areas where dust can accumulate. A lint roller, unlike a feather duster which moves dust particles into the air and holds them on its super sticky surface, will hold them. This could prevent you from needing to vacuum after.

2. In no time, clean your blender.

Blend 3 cups hot water with a few drops of liquid soap in a blender for a quick and easy way to clean it. Rinse out the blender after a while. It’s no longer necessary to risk your life by sticking your hand in that jug!

3. Dishwasher safe

Are you making the most of yours?

You can wash almost any glass, cloth, or plastic with hot soapy water. Why not make the most out of this amazing cleaning tool? Twenty-one things that you can deep clean with the dishwasher.

4. To clean dishes that aren’t in good condition, use a dryer sheet.

To remove baked-on foods, soak a non-toxic, biodegradable dryer sheet in hot water. This trick is better than a scourer. Give it a try.

5. Clean an air vent with a butter knife.

Simply cover your butter knife or any other blunt tool, such as a spatula, with a cloth. Then, moisten the cloth with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe every slat with a clean towel.

6. Use newspaper to de-grease your pans.

Make homemade scourers from old newspapers by tearing up some newspapers. You can get rid of the first layer of grease and food leftovers with newspaper. It works well for removing oil. Rinse and then use liquid soap.

7. Salt is a good way to clean iron.

Keep it clean to prevent any nasty stains.

Sprinkle salt on your ironing board and run it (medium heat) a few times. You should be able to see the sparkling finish and any residue.

8. Use a rubber glove to remove pet hairs.

Use a rubber glove to pick up pet hairs faster than ever. The glove will hold hairs like a magnet.

9. Baby oil is a foolproof way to get rid of fingerprints.

Use baby oil to remove fingerprints and grubby marks from stainless steel appliances.

10. Baby oil can also be used to prevent soap from sticking in a basin or dish.

This will help prevent soap scum buildup. Simply lay your soap on a layer of oil.

11. Coffee filters ensure streak-free windows.

So spotless!

Use a mixture of one part vinegar and four parts water to clean your windows. Finally, buff the glass with coffee filter paper. These tiny fibers won’t leave streaks on your windows.

12. Use clean, fiddly-shaped bottles to hold rice.

Bottles can be difficult to clean, but it is easy if you have rice. Put a handful of rice in the bottle. If you have to, make a funnel out of paper. Next, add warm water and a little bit of washing-up liquid. Give it a good shake before you put the lid back on. Rinse to reveal a sparkling clean bottle

13. Use a sandwich bag to deep clean your shower head

Make it easy!

Make a sandwich bag by filling it with half a cup of vinegar and two teaspoons of baking soda. Then attach it to the shower head with an elastic band. Leave the bag to dry overnight. Any shower scum or debris will easily fall off the next day.

14. Use vodka to refresh your mattress.

Mix half a shot of vodka with water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Let the mattress air dry after spraying it with vodka. The alcohol will kill any bacteria that produce odours in your mattress.

15. Ammonia = Easy Oven Cleaning.

Place 1/2 cup of ammonia in a bowl and let it cool in the oven. If possible, leave the bowl in the oven for at least five hours or overnight. The ammonia will dissolve any grease or burnt areas so that you can sponge clean it the next morning. This small trick can save you a lot of money on professional oven cleaning.

You can buy ammonia online from Amazon, larger supermarkets, and DIY stores if you don’t have it at home.

16. To clean the sink drain, use an old toothbrush.

With a toothbrush, it’s easy!

You can clean a clogged sink drain with just a lemon, baking soda, and a toothbrush. 

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Jane S. King

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