31 insanely clever cleaning hacks for your messy home

Have lots of vinegar and lemons on hand.

Combine 1 tablespoon of Cream of Tartar with a few drops of water and rub the paste onto stainless steel appliances for a polished surface you could eat off of.

cleaning hacksPhotos: areal-lifehousewife

With a little dish soap, vinegar, baking soda and lemon, you can deep-clean your oven in no time.

kitchen cleaning hacksPhoto: Pinterest

Detailed step-by-step guide here.

And Windex wipes on a wire hanger will allow you to clean in between the glass on the oven door.

home cleaning tipsPhoto: askannamoseley

Here’s how it’s done.

Seal your stove burners in a bag with a 1/4 cup of ammonia overnight to remove all the gunk and grease.

how to clean stove burnerPhoto: thevspotblog

Step-by-step is here.

Put sponges in the microwave for two minutes and let cool to get rid of built-up bacteria.

how to disinfect a spongePhoto: thenaturalpenguin

And then clean your microwave with vinegar and lemon.

how to clean microwavePhoto: simplystacie

Boil the mixture so it steams the inside of the microwave and then wipe it down.

Clean your gross hood fan filter by soaking it in a pot of boiling water with a half cup of baking soda for five minutes.

how to clean hood fan ventPhoto: themanlyhousekeeper

Use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your unplugged (safety first!) toaster.

how to clean toaster with toothbrushPhoto: marthastewart

A combination of baking soda, lemons and a toothbrush will clean your drains while getting rid of bad smells.

how to clean deodorize drainPhoto: domesticserenity

Instructions here.

Tie a bag filled with vinegar around your shower head and let it soak for an hour to make it look and work like new again.

how to clean shower headPhoto: Reddit

Cut a lemon in half and scrub away hard water stains on any fixture or faucet.

how to clean faucetPhoto: thenaturalpenguin

Then rub the faucets with waxed paper to prevent future water spots and finger prints.

cleaning tricks faucetPhoto: homehacks

How it works.

A dish wand filled with one-part vinegar and one-part dish soap works great on shower walls.

shower cleaning trickPhoto: popsugar

Pour a little bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of your toilet brush holder to fend of odors.

bathroom cleaning hackPhoto: cleaningexec

Remove stains from your microfiber couch with rubbing alcohol and a white sponge (so colors don’t bleed into the couch).

how to remove couch stainsPhoto: onegoodthingbyjillee

The detailed how-to guide is here.

A hair dryer will erase water rings from your wood furniture.

how to remove water rings from woodPhotos: homemademamas

Yes, it’s that easy.

Use an iron to remove dents in your hardwood floor.

hardwood floor ironPhotos: littlehouseonthecorner

This trick also requires sandpaper, a tea towel, and varnish or paint. Instructions here.

Make some DIY cleaning slime to remove all the grime from your keyboard.

diy cleaning slimePhotos: afloralfix/blogspot

Recipe here.

If you’re gentle, a bagel is the best way to remove dust from a vintage painting.

how to clean vintage paintingPhotos: the-brick-house

Seriously. Instructions here.

And a coffee filter makes a great screen duster.

coffee filter screen cleanerPhoto: samsill

After washing your AC vent, apply a coat of wax and you’ll have to do this disgusting chore less often.

how to clean vents with waxPhotos: somewhatsimple

Full cleaning and prep instructions here.

Have your vacuum working like new again by using a seam ripper to remove tangles from the rollers.

how to clean vacuum rollersPhoto: realsimple

And then clean the filters in the dishwasher.

how to clean vacuum filterPhotos: agirlandherneedle

Rub dryer sheets on baseboards to repel dust.

fabric sheetsPhoto: ApartmentTherapy

Baking soda, lavender oil, a kitchen strainer and vacuum is what you’ll need to deep-clean your mattress.

mattress cleaningPhoto: make-it-do

How-to guide here.

A sock puppet soaked in a water/vinegar mixture is the best way to clean those dirty blinds.

how to clean blindsPhoto: keephomesimple

And ironing a cloth soaked in a similar solution is an easy way to remove carpet stains.

ironing carpet stainsPhoto: Pinterest

Guide via LifeHacker.

Use a lint roller to remove dust from your lampshades.

how to clean lamp shadePhoto: popsugar

WD-40 will get scuff marks off floors.

wd40 scuff marksPhoto: RD

No. 6 on this Reader’s Digest list.

And finally, use newspaper on your windows and mirrors for a streak-free clean.

how to clean windows without streaksPhoto: ApartmentTherapy

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