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10 Cleaning Hacks Everyone Should Know

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.


Cleaning doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore. With a little planning and a few tricks, you can quickly tackle those annoying tasks you've been putting off. Below I've compiled my top ten tricks to make the process more productive and easily handle unexpected or pesky messes with items you probably have in your cupboards.

A Weekly Schedule

When I was younger, I didn't put much stock into cleaning. It was always a task that fell low on my priority list. As I got older, I realized the joy and value of keeping a clean, tidy home. Having things organized helps me focus and allows me to devote more time to the activities I enjoy most. Through the years, I've found that keeping a weekly cleaning schedule ensures that everything gets done and nothing ever piles up to an overwhelming point. For me, this is the most important hack.

Developing a weekly schedule doesn't need to be a complicated affair. Think about the cleaning tasks that need completed and how you can best incorporate them into your schedule. What makes the most sense?

Here are a few examples:

  • Our trash day is Wednesday. Every Tuesday I clean the bathroom and empty the trash. My son and I gather up all our trash and recycling into the appropriate bins and push them out to the curb on Tuesday evening.
  • Our "weekend" falls on Wednesday and Thursday. Because I love the feeling of crawling into fresh blankets and it makes me want to sleep in, I wash all the bedding on Tuesday as well.
  • All the other laundry gets done as needed. When I see the baskets are getting full, I do the laundry.
  • Dishes get washed each evening after dinner. The kitchen gets tidied up immediately afterward.
  • On the first of each month, I clean out my coffee pot and our diffusers. I also run the self-clean cycle on the washer.

Having a cleaning schedule will keep your household running efficiently and prevent tasks from getting to a point where it feels like it's too much to handle.

Canned Air for Computers and Beyond

Canned air keeps keyboards clean, but works great for many other things! Every month, we use it dust out our computer towers. We just spray it over the ventilation holes to get rid of dust particles. Additionally, it works great to keep device ports and jacks clean.

Use compressed air to:

  • quickly tackle window tracks and screens.
  • blast dust and dirt from car vents and cup holders.
  • remove crumbs from the tiny space between the stove and the kitchen counter.

Murphy's Oil Soap for Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are one of those things that you don't think about until one day you look up and realize how gross the blades have gotten. Turning the fan on helps you forget that you need to clean it for a while, but eventually it's a task you're going to have to tackle.

This was recently the case for me. My brother-in-law and his girlfriend were due for an impromptu visit and I realized that our ceiling fans needed some dire attention. Luckily it was warm that day, so I was able to turn them on and no one noticed. However, in the back of my mind, I was dreading the task.

Our bedroom fans are relatively simple. The blades come off with a screwdriver making them easy to clean. That's not the situation with the rest of the household fans, though. To make this task a little easier on me, I utilized my Shark steam cleaner. It worked like a charm to remove the majority of the dirt. I took a clean, dry rag over each blade when I was finished. The real hack comes next.

Use Murphy's Oil Soap on the blades to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. I took a rag soaked generously with Murphy's to each blade. Not only did it make the fans look shiny and polished, but it will help keep them looking that way for a while.

White Vinegar to The Rescue

Remove stains, mold, and mildew from unfinished wood

We have a beautiful patio door that allows my numerous houseplants to receive a lot of natural light. However, it's a light, unfinished wooden frame that easily collects stains and likes to soak up the humidity. To combat this, as well as kill mildew and mold that collects, I simply pour some distilled white vinegar in a bowl with hot water and scrub it clean with a sponge. It works like a charm!

Get blood out of light-colored upholstery

My son tends to get nose bleeds anytime the weather makes a drastic change. On one such occasion, he was sitting on the couch and a little blood dripped down onto the cushion. We have a beige couch and at the time, I didn't have a blanket covering it. To get it out, I simply took a dry rag dipped in white vinegar and blotted the stains. After a minute or two of blotting, the blood came right out!

Before and After. White Vinegar to the rescue!

Before and After. White Vinegar to the rescue!

Hand Sanitizer for More Than Hands

You can easily clean up your phone or tablet with a little hand sanitizer and a paper towel. Be sure to turn your device off first. This is perfect when you get that pesky notification that a "clean lens will take a better photo" in your camera app. I also use the same method to clean up my laptop keyboard.

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Beyond that, use hand sanitizer to shine up your stainless steel appliances. A while back, we purchased a large bottle of hand sanitizer with vitamin E. It smelled weird and left our hands feeling grimy. Instead of wasting it, I keep it under my kitchen sink to polish my toaster and fryer. It cuts through grease and leaves the appliances looking like new! I also use it to quickly remove fingerprints from our refrigerator door.


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 09, 2021:

Thank you!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 09, 2021:

Thank you Pamela! Happy weekend!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 09, 2021:

Honestly, I don't enjoy cleansing much. But yeah, I enjoy cooking. I will try white vinegar to remove strains from the wood. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 09, 2021:

This a terrific article, Alyssa. I love all your suggestions and a few are new to me. Thanks!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 08, 2021:

Awesome! I'm glad you learned something new Niks!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 08, 2021:

Thank you Denise! I hope you can create a schedule that fits your needs. Have a lovely weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 08, 2021:

I like those titles Bill!

Niks from India on July 08, 2021:

Helpful Hacks, I must say. An informative article because I didn't know the use of hand sanitizer besides cleaning hands.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 08, 2021:

Very helpful advice. Thanks. I tend to be haphazard in my approach to cleaning and it shows. A schedule will help me.



Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2021:

I had to read the article to find out what a cleaning hack is. I don't think I'm familiar with that term, but now I know, and these are all good recommendations. In our household I'm the Chief Cook and Cleaner, Bev still working a full-time job, so any suggestion is appreciated.

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