Everyone can use a hand once in a while, especially when it comes to cleaning your home. Stuck on grease, old food, random stains, and general messes all seem to get out of control rather quickly. But with a few quick tricks you can tackle the mess, get your home into tip-top shape, and have more time for yourself as well.

You aren’t alone in not knowing the best methods, but you can be the person with the cleanest house on your block when you learn them. Making other people wonder just how you manage to keep your home in suck perfect shape. Many of these methods are perfect to use before company come over, and will keep your house ready for unexpected guests at any time of the night or day.

Sometimes the most innocent of items are the ones that we need to get our homes spic and span. But who would think that lemons are the most important cleaning product in the home, or that your fridge holds more effective products than most cleaning isles.

This is why we put together a list with 18 different tips that will forever change the way that you clean your home, and that will have you looking at the items around you in a very different way. Each tip was carefully chosen to give you an advantage over traditional methods, and to target areas of the home that we frequently struggle to clean. From the oven to clutter, this list has everything!

Most of the items on the list are already in your home, waiting for you to use and get the best results out of. Others are commonly found at the grocery store, and cost much less than most cleaning products.
Best of all, most of the methods used are completely natural, safe to use around children or pets, and will leave your home smelling amazing. Many of them are quick as well, reducing the time that you spend scrubbing and slaving over your home and increasing the amount of time that you can really enjoy your home.

So take a look at these 18 tips, tell us what works for you, and remember to clean smarter not harder. You deserve a break and to be the talk of the neighbourhood.

18. Use Lemon To Clean Your Microwave

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Noithat4mua

Cut a lemon in half and microwave it for 2 minutes to loosen crud that is stuck onto your microwave. Afterwards, wipe down the sides with warm water to restore your microwave to pristine condition. The lemon will give off a light scent, getting rid of any lasting odors and giving your kitchen a fresh smell.

17. Stop Soaking Dishes

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Flickr

Soaking dishes in water that turns gross doesn’t really help, and it creates more work for you. Instead, wet a rag with warm water, squirt soap onto the food mess, and lay the rag there for an hour. Use the rag to wipe up the mess, and repeat the process if necessary.

16. Q-Tips & Vinegar

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Get rid of the nasty grime in all crevices, like the window pane, by using Q-tips and vinegar. This is especially handy in the kitchen because white vinegar cuts oil. Not only does this work in windows but in the cracks of the walls in the shower. Use this simple hack to get into the grooves on kitchen cabinets or any other places that get sticky over time. Who knew that Q-tips weren’t just for ears?

15. Salt it Off

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fabartdiy.com

Ever look at the bottom of your iron? Well, you should. Is it lumpy? Fibers from fabric stick onto the surface of the iron over time, so this stuff is actually just fabric. However, it could be ruining your clothes every time you use your iron without cleaning your iron. To get all that weird gunk off the bottom, simply plug it in, get it warm and iron a bunch of salt. Yep, regular table salt will do. Keep ironing and checking until it looks clear. When you’re finished, let the iron cool and wipe it off with a clean cloth.

14. Designate A Place For Everything

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Pinterest

Even if you have to start bins for random bits and bobs, designate a place for everything in your home. This will make it easier to get everything off the floor and to access everything else that you need. This will also help you see when you need to get rid of or replace items, helping you have a nicer looking house overall.

13. Use Slip Covers And Blankets

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Flickr

This tip works especially well if you have young children or pets. Cover your furniture with slip covers or blankets to make sure that nothing gets onto them from normal use. Simply pop the covers in the wash every week or two to preserve your furniture and leave it looking flawless when family comes over. This tip also saves you time vacuuming, as you can shake out covers and avoid items falling into the cracks.

12. Squeegee it Away!

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Pet owners have some hairy problems keeping their world free of fur. Why make your vacuum get clogged or have the bristles tangle up in pet hair when you can just squeegee the hair away? Not only does this trick work in your car, but it works even better on the carpet in your home. For the best results, remove the hair with this car tool and then vacuum your home. This step makes a huge difference and keeps your vacuum in good shape. Warning: You’ll be horrified by how much hair your home accumulates every week.

11. Orphan Socks

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Orphan socks are not useless. They are your dusting buddies. Just slip one on and use it to clean blinds or other hard to reach areas. Keep your orphan socks with your detergents and sponges because they may not look like much but they often save the day with intricate jobs. This hack is just pure genius!

10. Shave It

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Got paint on your favorite pants while renovating your pad? Well, you shouldn’t be wearing good clothes while doing jobs like this but we’ll give you a tip that’ll save those good jeans. Just shave it off! Yes, you can actually shave paint off clothes. Try it on furniture that paint may have dripped onto as well.

9. Clean with Kool-Aid ?!

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Yeah, you probably already guessed that Kool-Aid is not the healthiest thing to put in your body. But did you know that it can do some tough cleaning? Well, it does. It can get rid of lime deposits and iron stains that are not easy to get out. Get rid of lime in your dishwasher by using it instead of detergent. Scrub the toilet with it if you have light rings around the bowl. Yep, we’re totally serious! And no, don’t give this stuff to the kids as a treat.

8. Get A Tool Kit For Your Cleaning Supplies

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PlayBuzz

A good toolkit with a bucket in the middle will make it so much easier to get around your house and make sure you never miss anything. Put everything you need to clean rooms from top to bottom in the kit, ensuring that you never leave a room half finished to go grab something you need. You can even make one of these kits with a builders pocketed apron and a sturdy mop bucket.

7. Use Toilet Cleaner On Grime

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Gulf Coast Tile And Grime

Behind the washing machine, after you move the fridge, or just in heavy traffic areas, you sometimes find grime on tiles. Cleaning this grime out can be simple if you use toilet cleaner and a stiff brush after it has had time to sit. Ensure that the cleaner does not have a blue tint as it may stain the tile.

6. Use Onions To Get Rid Of Odors

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Pexels

If you have a guest who smokes, burned dinner, or just have a bad smell coming from somewhere, onions are a great way to get rid of the smell and give yourself some room to breathe. Simply cut up a fresh onion and leave both halves in the room with the smell. Leave them out and they should absorb the smell, allowing you to throw them away and enjoy your clean smelling home.

5. Whiten Walls With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Pixabay

If you find yourself with minor stains on your walls, you can whiten them with a simple peroxide spray. Try to avoid going above a 5% concentration, and lightly mist the wall in question. Always take the time to spot test before hand, and be sure to wipe up the wall within 2 – 4 hours to ensure best best results.

4. Wash Your Socks In A Lingerie Bag

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DhGate

Everyone hates losing their socks, but it seems that you always finish laundry with fewer than you had at the start. Simply slip your socks into a lingerie bag before you start the washer to ensure that they stay together. These bags are made to go through the washer and dryer with ease, making them safe to use for your socks.

3. Use A Potato To Clean Rust

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MpouFakos

If you find that you have an area with rust stains, use a potato to remove them. While this seems like an odd choice, the starch and acid in potatoes helps break down the rust and pull it away quickly. Simply rub at the stain with a freshly cut potato and some baking soda until the stain disappears.

2. Run Vinegar Through Your Appliances

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Smartiedeer

Your washing machine and dishwasher never seem to stay clean, and after a while they seem to stop working as well. You can restore them to their previous cleaning power by running a cup of vinegar through the empty appliance. Use the hottest water possible to really get all of the smells, residue, and stains out of them.

1. Use Cardboard To Store Fabric And Sheets

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Pixabay

Everyone has wasted time re-washing sheets, thrown out fabric, or discovered that the drop cloth they had ended up falling into something and getting ruined. One of the best ways to keep your fabric organized and always neat is to wrap larger pieces of fabric around smaller pieces of fabric or you can also wrap fabric around a piece of cardboard. These stack easily and also free up space in your cabinets, making your life so much easier!

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