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5 Cleaning Hacks

Updated on October 28, 2014

I love finding quick ways to do things. Cleaning is no exception. We have have other things we would rather do then dust, mop etc.

These are 5 of my favorite cleaning hacks to help hurry along the list of chores. I hope this helps!


Clean Microwave

There are days when I probably wouldn't eat if it weren't for my microwave. I use it a lot. That being said, it gets pretty dirty pretty quickly.

Everything from pizza sauce to soup gets sloshed in my microwave. It was a real job to clean. Then one day I saw this amazing article on how to steam clean the microwave! It seemed to easy but I tried it and I was so impressed! I was just as simple as the articled said it would be. This is FOR SURE a cleaning hack I will use for life.

You simply fill a microwavable bowl with 1 1/2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar. Place it in your microwave for 5 min. I always let t=it set for 2-3 minutes after the timer goes off.

Now, be careful when you get the bowl out of the microwave because it will be extremely HOT! Next, simply take a soapy sponge and wipe down the microwave! You will be amazed how all the nasty, sticky, caked on goo just glides off with the rag/sponge.

You can take out the turn table and wash it in the sink or wipe it off as well.

Deodorize the Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a great thing. It can also become a stinky thin. I didn't think there was much of anything I could do about that. I would try squirting dish liquid down the drain but that only lasted for a few minutes then the odor came back.

Then I discovered this nifty little trick!

Simply take an ice tray and fill it with vinegar. Then drop some lemon slices into the molds. Then freeze them. When you are ready, drop or 1 or 2 down the garbage disposal. As it churns up the deodorizing cubes, you will get a whiff of fresh lemons!

I toss a couple cubes down the drain every 2-3 days to keep the sink smelling fresh. They are quick, easy and economical. I recommend keeping the on hand.

Deep Clean the Dishwasher

The dishwasher has a hard job in my house. I use at least once a day and some times more. I have to admit that I hardly ever take the time to deep clean my dishwasher. It just seems like a lot of time that I don't have. On occasion I will run it through an empty cycle to try and clean it. That doesn't do much good.

A friend of mine told me that she used lemonade flavored Kool-Aid to deep clean her dishwasher. I was kind of surprised because I assumed it would be sticky and make my dishwasher yellow but it didn't! It was so bright and shiny and smelled amazing!

Simply pour a packet of the lemonade flavored Kool-Aid into the compartment where you usually place your dishwashing detergent. Run a cycle (empty) as usual. That's it!


Squeaky Clean Toilet

This is one chore that I don't like. I hate scrubbing off lime scale and all the other nastiness that seems to flock to the toilets. I have some cleaners that work pretty well but the chemicals get to me. They are very strong and give me a head ache every time I use them.

I was online looking for natural products when I discovered this alternative. Coke! Yep good old soda pop. So I bought a cheap off brand cola a the store for about .70 and gave it a try. I poured about 2 cups into the toilet and let it set for 5 min.

Then I simply flushed it! No scrubbing. No anything. I just flushed it and all the yucky residue went right down the drain! This is my most favorite cleaning hack to date! And it's a huge time saver.

Grease Stains

Everyone has that one shirt that they love and then ........ it gets a grease stain. I had more than a few of those. I had bout products that advertised the got grease stains but I never had any real luck.

Once I found out about this cleaning hack, I got out all of my shirts that had grease stains and it worked on all of them! I use this tip all the time now.

All you have to do is rub chalk (white) all over the grease stain. Let it set for about 10 minutes and then just rub off the chalk with a dry rag. The grease just magically disappears.

So these are my top 5 cleaning hacks. I hope they make cleaning a little bit easier for you!


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