Who doesn’t love to save time, or more importantly, get the job done and move onto the next task at hand? Whether you’re a constant cleaner or a last-minute tidy-upper, knowing a few quick and easy tricks can make the process a whole lot easier.
To help save you some time and frustration — along with a lot of wasted money on cleaning products — here’s a list of some cheap and easy hacks that will transform some of your at-home routines.
How to remove permanent marker from EVERYTHING
From clothes- use hand sanitizer
From walls- use toothpaste or hairspray
Wood- use rubbing alcohol
Carpet- use white vinegar
Furniture- use milk
White board- use dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
Ceramic or glass- use 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda
Remove Common Household Stains
Most of these will work on both furniture and carpet (however, check first on small area of fabric or carpet!)
- Juice: Blot with solution of one teaspoon dishwashing liquid (like Ivory) in one cup warm water.
- Mustard: Apply repeated applications of detergent solution to remove solids. When stain is reduced, rinse and dry in bright sunlight.
- Lipstick: Blot with acetone-based nail-polish remover, followed by the detergent solution, and rinse.
- Wine: Blot with water. If stain remains, try the detergent solution. Three-percent hydrogen peroxide is effective on red wine.
Repurpose Dryer Sheets
Even after they’ve been used, dryer sheets can work magic around your house. Here are some things they can do:
- Buff water spots from mirrors, bathroom/kitchen fixtures and shower doors
- Remove the ring inside the toilet
- Wipe baseboards clean
Tackle a Stinky Garbage Disposal With Lemon
Add a fresh scent to your kitchen by cutting up a lemon and running a couple of small slices through the garbage disposal. (This is also a great trick to use just before guests arrive!)
Clean the Blender
Fill your blender with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Turn it on and let it go for a few seconds. Then rinse it out with warm water.
Clean Your Couch with Baking Soda
Baking soda can help remove any lingering smells (like pet odors) and break up any stains on the fabric. First, brush off the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Just let it sit for about 20 minutes, then vacuum it up using the brush attachment.
Clean the Microwave
Microwaves can get pretty messy, but there’s an easy way to make yours shine again.
Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a small wooden object, such as a toothpick, to prevent boiling. Then set it on high for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait a couple minutes to let it cool, then when you open it up, all you have to do is wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. Voila! Clean microwave without the hassle of expensive (and often non-effective) cleaners. You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent!