“Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” they say. Although it may sound cliché, it still holds true up to this day. Whether you’re a homemaker or a busy bee, you need to tidy up your home nevertheless. More so, there are a lot of benefits you can get from a clean home that will make you want to start cleaning – such as savings, better health, and a sense of accomplishment.
To help you get started, we have gathered easy, effective, and inexpensive DIY cleaning hacks to make your appliances, electronics, and furniture at home squeaky clean:
#1 Use ammonia to clean stove burners in a breeze.
Want to remove grease from your stove burners? You don’t need to spend bucks on expensive cleaners. With just ammonia, extra-large zipper bags, and 12 hours of waiting time, you can make your burners look brand new again.
Seal your burners in a zipper bag with a ¼ cup of ammonia in it and wait. While letting the ammonia do the cleaning for your stove burners, you can do other productive things.
Note:Never try to mix ammonia with anything that contains bleach.
#2 Remove the gunk and grime in an oven with baking soda.
Wonder if you are doing oven cleaning right? To effectively and easily remove the gunk and grime accumulated in your oven, you only need baking soda, water, and vinegar.
Create a baking soda paste by adding some water to the baking soda. Spread the paste on the inside of the oven then let sit overnight. The next day, wipe off the baking soda paste with a wet rag. After that, spray vinegar on spots where residues of baking soda are still left. Wipe clean with the wet rag. Repeat the process for the oven window and wait for just 30 minutes to sit.
#3 Clean anything stainless steel with lemons.
Wonder what cleaning agent can remove hard water stains from your stainless steel fixtures such as sinks, faucets, shower caddies, and kitchen counter tops?
The secret is already in your kitchen. Lemons. Cut the lemon in half and gently scrub away your stainless steel fixtures. After making sure that you got all the parts rubbed with lemon, rinse them off with warm water. Dry it off with a smooth and dry cloth right after.
You can also wipe it with waxed paper to keep its shine last longer
#4 Use a coffee filter to clean electronic screens.
Do you find specialized cloths for cleaning electronic screens a bit expensive?
There’s a cheap way to clean your screens. You just need to repurpose a coffee filter. Use it to wipe down dust and lint off of your desktop computer or laptop monitors, and TV screens.
The coffee filter catches the dust while cutting the static on your electronic screen. More than that, it won’t leave fibers like other cleaners would.
#5 Deep-clean your mattress with baking soda.
Want to refresh your bed for a better sleep at night without the need to buy expensive mattress cleaners? At least every six months, you need to deep clean your mattress to prevent sagging and extend its mattress life.
In an opened 16-ounce box of baking soda, add 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Close the box and shake the box to make sure the contents mix well. Sprinkle and rub the mixture all over your mattress. After an hour, vacuum the mattress and make sure all the baking soda has been removed.
#6 Get rid of water stains on wood with a blow dryer.
Do your children or visitors always forget to use coasters for their drinks and stain your most-prized wooden table? Do you think those water rings or stains are impossible to get rid of? There is hope for your wooden table. You can make it look brand new again.
Just to head to your dresser and look for a blow dryer. Put it on high temperature and hold it close to the water stains on your wooden table or furniture. After about twenty minutes, the stain will come off. Finish it off by wiping in a little amount of olive oil or wood polish to moisturize the wood.
#7 Fix wooden furniture or wooden floor dents with an iron.
Do you feel like throwing out your slightly damaged wood furniture? Don’t throw it just yet. Dents in wood can be preserved with an iron, some water, a paper towel or a rag, and sandpaper.
Pour a little amount of water on the dent and then cover with the paper towel or rag. Set your iron to its highest setting and keep ironing over the cloth until it is completely dry. The fibers on the towel will absorb the water while helping the wood dent expand.
Sand it down and see how it can look as good as new.
#8 Use shoe polish to hide scratches in leather furniture.
Can’t seem to hide the stubborn marks of wear and tear on your leather furniture?
Hide the scratches on your leather sofa or furniture with a shoe polish. Just make sure that the shoe polish matches the color of the leather furniture to make the trick work.
Wipe away dust on your leather furniture first. Then, gently and evenly wipe your leather furniture with a good-quality shoe polish using old rags or soft cloth.
#9 Remove carpet stains with vinegar, water, and an iron.
Can’t seem to remove the stubborn stains on your carpet? You just need white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, a damp rag, and an iron
Mix two parts water with 1 part white vinegar in the spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the spot of the carpet where the stain is. Lay the damp rag over the stain and iron on a low steam setting for up to 30 seconds.
You can’t repeat the process over until the carpet stain is completely removed. This hack works best on organic stains such as dirt, drinks, and food spills.
#10 Erase microfiber couch stains with a sponge and alcohol.
Is your microfiber couch or sofa a pain to look at because of its accumulated dirt and dust, and you can’t seem to fix it?
If your microfiber furniture has an “S” tag on it, it means that you can follow this cleaning hack. You just need a rubbing alcohol or vodka and a cloth to wipe the dirt off of your microfiber couch. “S” tags mean that you must use solvent-based cleaners to clean it.
After cleaning with alcohol, gently brush it off with a soft scrub to make the surface of the microfiber fabric soft again.
You don’t need to spend bucks of money on expensive and unnatural cleaning agents to have a squeaky clean home. Try the DIY cleaning hacks above and make every corner of your home a beautiful sight to look at!