I’m willing to be that if we found someone somewhere who has never had to clean anything in her entire life she wouldn’t have cleaning on her bucket list. It’s not the kind of thing people skip going to a movie to do. So anything that makes cleaning a little easier or faster is high on my list of must tries. These 10 Cleaning Tricks You Should Try may just make your life a little easier.
Did you know your cell phone is dirtier than your toilet seat? Every phone tested in a recent study had more bacteria, including e coli than the average toilet seat. It’s like pressing a gas station toilet seat to your face when you use your phone. *gag* Try using an alcohol wipe every few days to keep your phone clean and avoid getting sick just by calling your mom! You can pick up a box of individually packaged alcohol wipes and keep some at home and some in your purse.
And your computer keyboard is also something that harbors bacteria not to mention those crumbs and other stuff that get between the keys. To clean it turn the keyboard over and gently tap it to get rid of the larger crumbs, etc. Then fold a sticky note with the sticky side out and run it between the keys. It will pick up anything left behind.
If you notice your glasses are foggy and look like they need to be run through another cycle in the dishwasher you may have hard water. Soak the glasses in white vinegar for five minutes then rinse. If the stubborn spots are still there, try rubbing them gently with baking soda. Rinse and hand dry with a lint-free towel. If they’re spotty after these treatments they may have been etched in the dishwasher. It happens to some types of glassware. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can do for this. Your best bet is to hand wash your best glassware in the future.
For a gentle cleaner that will make all your surfaces, especially kitchen counters, appliances, and the inside of your refrigerator absolutely gleam try mixing your own. Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda with 1 quart of warm water and use a sponge to wipe away dirt and leave a great shine.
Get rid of greasy stains on clothing by rubbing a little Dawn dish detergent on the stain. Rinse it and wash as usual. This is even safe enough to spot treat washable wool and silk.
And speaking of clothing have you ever started to get dressed and found the shirt you want to wear is wrinkled? Don’t pull out the ironing board! Throw the wrinkled garment into the dryer with three or four ice cubes. The ice will melt and create a steam-like effect that will remove the wrinkles and leave the clothing looking great. If you don’t have ice cubes use a wet washcloth instead.
If your towels have become fuzzy and not very soft hard water mineral buildup is likely to blame. Wash the towels in the hottest water possible with 1 cup of ammonia and nothing else. This will remove the minerals and leave your towels soft again.
Did your kids get their artistic on all over your woodwork? Just use toothpaste to remove the marker stains! But don’t use the gel toothpaste. Since toothpaste can be used for so many cleaning purposes and brushing teeth I buy it in 5 packs and keep one in my cleaning caddy and put a couple away for guests and still have two for me!
To clean window and sliding door tracks slip an empty paper towel roll over the end of your vacuum hose. You can squish the roll to fit your tracks. If you have stubborn, stuck on dirt in the tracks wet paper towels with white vinegar and lay them tucked into the tracks for 30 minutes or so. The vinegar will loosen the stuck on gunk so you can wipe it out.
This isn’t a cleaning tip but it can save you a lot of frustration and broken necklace chains. If you have a knot in the chain of a necklace, don’t waste time tugging and possibly breaking the chain. Sprinkle a little baby powder on the chain and use a pin to gently pull the knot apart.