How Many of These 9 Cleaning Hacks Did You Already Know About?

 

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How Many of These 9 Cleaning Hacks Did You Already Know About?

 

Because a clean home is a happy home…

With spring right around the corner, cleaning is on everyone’s mind. Between washing your siding and deep cleaning your oven, you could spend every day of the next few months up to your elbows in soap suds. Instead, knock a few items off your list quickly and easily, with these brilliant cleaning tricks that really work! Thanks to these Hometalk ideas, you’ll be taking a relaxing stroll in the sun in no time.

Soak the grime off stove burners with ammonia

Soak the grime off stove burners with ammonia

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Before you begin battling with burnt on grease and grime, give your stove burners an overnight soak with ammonia. Just pour some into a gallon sized Ziploc bag, add a stove burner, and seal the whole thing up for the night. (Tutorial here)

Get windows crystal clear with dishwashing soap

Get windows crystal clear with dishwashing soap

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Get rid of window smudges and make them sparkle instead, using regular dish soap. This gentle wash is a time and money saver, and it helps knock-out marks in a flash. Bring along a squeegee and a microfiber cloth to leave a clear pane when you’re done. (Here’s how)

Steam clean your microwave

Steam clean your microwave

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Mix up a few easy ingredients, add them to a microwave-safe container, and heat them up. The grease and built-up gunk will be steam cleaned clear, so that all you need is a simple washcloth to wipe away the leftover unstuck gunk. (This is how)

Disappear silver tarnish with aluminum foil

Disappear silver tarnish with aluminum foil

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This is another one of those ‘start it and walk away’ cleaning ideas. Line a deep sink with aluminum foil and then fill it with your tarnished silver cups, candle sticks, and platters. Then, just let the baking soda and boiling water do its magic! (Instructions here)

Put the shine back in stainless steel with salt

Put the shine back in stainless steel with salt

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Make your stainless steel pieces shine by scrubbing them with salt and half a lime. It’s really that simple and budget-friendly. When you’re done, toss the lime half down the garbage disposal, add ice cubes, and grind it away — two-in-one cleaning hack! (Get the how-to here)

Scrub rust away with crumpled up foil

Scrub rust away with crumpled up foil

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It sounds crazy, but you can lift the rust from metal pieces by scrubbing them with water and crumpled up aluminum foil. Tear off a piece and start cleaning – you’ll love the shining result and the low budget. (Here’s how)

Shine metal appliances and hardware with used cling sheets

Shine metal appliances and hardware with used cling sheets

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Make dull door knobs and faucets bright and shimmery, with this surprising item from your laundry room. After you’ve run a load through the dryer, dig out the bent, used cling sheet, and give your metal pieces a good buffing. (This is the simple tutorial)

Break down hard water build-up with vinegar soaked paper towels

Break down hard water build-up with vinegar soaked paper towels

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There’s no way you don’t have vinegar in your pantry – just pull it out, soak some paper towels, and try this clever trick. There’s no scrubbing or brushing involved, but your sinks will sparkle like you’ve been working on them for hours. (Tutorial here)

Keep your toilet cleaner for longer with fizzing tablets

Keep your toilet cleaner for longer with fizzing tablets

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There’s no need to constantly scrub and scour your toilet bowl. Just mix up a batch of these brilliant cleaning tablets that fizz and dissolve in your toilet, and you’ll have an instant, brush free way to clean it every day. Plus, this will help you keep your toilet cleaner longer! (Get the recipe here)

For more amazing cleaning tips and ideas, check out the cleaning tips page on Hometalk!

Lindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent. She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory. She enjoys binging on Netflix, cooking and Zumba.

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