15 Cleaning Hacks You Wish You Knew Sooner

Whether you’re a neat freak or someone who dreads cleaning chores, we all could use a few tricks to make cleaning quicker and easier. In today’s fast-paced world, time is short, and dedicating hours to cleaning isn’t always feasible. How can you do it easier and faster?

We all love a good hack that works and makes cleaning less of a chore. Here are 15 cleaning hacks that will help you get things done quicker so you can enjoy the clean spaces faster and longer.

1. Get Rid of Spider Webs

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Using your vacuum is the quickest and easiest way to rid your home of pesky spider webs, but we have the solution if your attachment doesn’t reach high enough! Place an old pillowcase over your broom, then reach up and wipe them away.

2. Give Your Crockpot a Deep Clean

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The insert of your crockpot holds odors that can be hard to eliminate. It’s no wonder, that after cooking for hours, odors from the food would stay. Fill it with water and a mix of equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Heat on low for an hour, then rinse it out. The baking soda and vinegar will help eliminate those lingering odors. Rub lemon juice all around the inside for additional odor elimination, then clean with dish soap and water.

3. Baby Oil for Polishing Stainless Steel

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Fingerprints on stainless steel stick out like a sore thumb. Get rid of them with baby oil. Use a small dab of baby oil on a clean cloth and polish your stainless steel to the perfect shine.

4. Boil Dirty Skillets

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Baked-on food can be hard to clean from your skillet. Leaving it to soak in the sink overnight isn’t ideal. Here’s how to clean it quickly! Remove excess oil from the skillet, then fill it halfway with water. Place it on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Allow it to boil for five to ten minutes, then easily remove all that baked-on mess. Finish up by washing with soap and water.

5. Removing Oven Stains

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Your oven’s self-cleaning feature is a great way to eliminate burnt food and grease, but what about the stains it leaves behind? Use a cleaning pumice stone for an oven that will look brand new. A cleaning pumice stone differs from the type you use on your feet, so be sure to get the right kind for cleaning your oven. You can find them on Amazon for less than $10. Get more tips for cleaning your oven here.

6. Cleaning Tile Grout in the Bathroom

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Toilet bowl cleaner isn’t just for toilets. You can also use it to clean the grout in your bathtub or shower. The specialized nozzle makes it easy to apply to your shower wall, and then you can scrub it clean with an old toothbrush. See more bathroom cleaning hacks here.

7. Remove Hardwater Stains from Your Faucet

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Battling hard water stains is a never-ending job. Vinegar to the rescue! Vinegar is a natural way to get rid of mineral buildup. Soak a cloth or paper towel with vinegar, lay it on your faucet, and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Wipe away the hard water with ease.

8. Showerhead Cleaning Hack

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Fill a plastic bag or baggie with vinegar and attach it to your shower head with a rubber band. Leave it overnight to remove hard water deposits that prevent the spray from spraying evenly. You can also unscrew the shower head and soak it in a bowl of vinegar, then put it back on in the morning. Whichever way you choose, flush the shower and surrounding areas well with water to remove the vinegar smell before you shower. See more tips for cleaning a showerhead here.

9. Use a Razor Blade for Stains on Glass Cooktops

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If you have stubborn burned-on rings on your glass cooktop, apply a baking soda and water paste and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, use a razor blade at a 45-degree angle to remove any leftover residue carefully. The blade will get under the stain and lift it away without scratching the surface. See more tips for cleaning your glass-top stove here.

10. Removing Rust from Cast Iron

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Cast iron can rust when not seasoned properly. There’s no need to throw your cast iron skillet away; you can remove the rust with this easy hack. Sprinkle salt into the skillet, cut a potato in half, and use the flat cut side to rub the salt into the skillet. Rinse and dry completely. Once the rust is removed, season your skillet properly. Learn how to clean your cast iron skillet here.

11. Use Ice to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

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Odors from your garbage disposal can be caused by food trapped under or around your blades. To dislodge the stuck gunk, put a handful of ice down the sink, turn on the water, and run the garbage disposal. Learn how to clean your garbage disposal here.

12. Use a Lemon to Clean Your Cutting Board

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Remove odors from your cutting board with salt and lemons. Sprinkle on a bit of salt, then scrub the board using a lemon. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Your cutting board will be odor-free and ready to use.

13. Clean a Casserole Dish with a Dryer Sheet

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Baked-on food and grease can be difficult to remove from a casserole dish. A dryer sheet can make it easier. Fill the baking dish with hot water and add a dryer sheet. Let it sit for 20 minutes, pour the water out, and remove the dryer sheet. Finish by washing with soap and water.

14. Clean from Top to Bottom

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but cleaning in the right order is important. Dust from top to bottom to avoid dust resettling on surfaces. Dust before vacuuming to ensure no dust is on the floor when you’re done.

15. Clean Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar

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Coffee makers get clogged with minerals and hard water buildup. While the manufacturer may recommend using a specific cleaner to clean your coffee maker, vinegar will do the same for less money. Pour it into the water reservoir and run it through the machine. Once done, run several cycles of water through the reservoir to remove the taste and smell of the vinegar.

12 Genius Uses of Dawn Dish Soap That Have Nothing to Do With Dishes

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Dawn dish soap is excellent at tackling grease on your cookware, but there must be other ways to use this amazing product, right? You bet! Here are 12 genius uses for Dawn dish soap that you need to know.

15 Genius Uses for a Magic Eraser

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That little white sponge is truly magic. There are many uses beyond cleaning up everyday spills. Here are 15 uses for a magic eraser sponge to take note of.

12 Uses for Shaving Cream You Wouldn’t Have Guessed!

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We all love a good life hack—a way to do something easier, quicker, or cheaper. Taking something meant for one task and using it for multiple other uses is a win for your wallet and your life. Shaving cream is one of those products. Here are twelve uses for shaving cream you may not know.

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