10 Easy Hacks to Always Keep Your House Clean
Sometimes, there are a few household tasks that we must perform on a daily basis, and because of that, they feel more tedious and complicated than they actually are. Thankfully, there are very simple tricks that you can put into practice to make these things easier and more fun at the same time. 5-Minute Crafts is showing you some of these hacks so you can use them the next time you decide to give your home a thorough cleaning.
Hack #1. Making cleaning slippers
1. Take the protective cover off of the vacuum cleaner.
2. Place a slipper on it and make a mold for it.
3. Use double-sided tape to measure the width of the sole.
4. Cut and apply the tape to both pieces (the cover and the sole).
5. Now turn them around and test the slippers and make sure that the covers are well-adhered.
6. Put them on and start using them by moving your legs in outward circles or simply taking long strides forward without taking your feet off the floor.
Hack #2. Erasing scratches from the wall
1. Take a tennis ball and run it over the scratches as if it was an eraser. Repeat as needed.
Hack #3. Cleaning your computer keyboard
1. Pour vinyl glue into a bowl.
2. Add a few drops of colorant. It’s better if it’s a light color so you can easily see the dirt that you’re removing from the keyboard.
3. Mix until the dough is smooth and elastic at the same time. Test the mix by sinking your fingers into it — if they remain marked, it means that the product is ready.
4. Stretch it with your own hands to test its resistance. The dough shouldn’t break while you do this. This will serve as the second confirmation that proves that it’s ready to be used and that it will not stick or clump to the keyboard.
5. Let the dough sit on the keyboard.
6. Press and pull until it’s completely off the keyboard and the dirt sticks to it.
Hack #4. Cleaning a blender in 30 seconds
1. Pour in a medium pitcher of hot water into the blender without rinsing or washing it.
2. Add a few drops of dishwashing detergent.
3. Blend until the mix is fully combined.
4. Discard the liquid.
Hack #5. Disinfecting and bleaching the toilet
1. Pour half a cup of baking soda into a bowl.
2. Add citric acid (about half of the portion you added of baking soda).
3. Add a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to the preparation.
4. Mix, and with your hand, turn the paste into small square molds.
5. Place the preparation in an ice cube tray to finish shaping it.
6. Let it dry for 2 hours, then check that the result is a hard and compact tablet.
7. Pour one into the toilet bowl and wait for it to fizz.
Hack #6. Vacuuming trash from hard-to-reach places
1. Insert a handful of cocktail straws into the vacuum cleaner tube (attach them with a rubber band beforehand).
2. Turn on the vacuum cleaner and pass the handful of straws through the places that you’ve not reached in a conventional way.
Hack #7. Multipurpose absorbent cloth
1. Find a roll of all-purpose absorbent paper towels.
2. Cut it in half.
3. Get a plastic container with a lid. It should be deep because it will need to hold one of the halves of the paper towel roll you cut before.
4. Pour a cup of lemon juice into the container.
5. Add one cup of water.
6. Add the same amount of vinegar.
7. Pour a dash of alcohol.
8. And a teaspoon of baking soda.
9. Add liquid soap (the amount equivalent to pressing the atomizer once).
11. Immerse half of the roll in the container and wait for it to absorb all the mixture (this will happen when the roll looks completely wet).
12. Close the container and make a slit in the lid large enough to remove part of the cloth.
13. Use it to disinfect bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
Hack #8. Peeling chewing gum from the carpet
1. Spray W40 lubricant on the chewing gum.
2. Remove with a dry cloth (and if it still doesn’t come off, try spraying more lubricant and let it act for a few minutes).
Hack #9. Cleaning the outer frame of your windows
1. Take a kitchen sponge and measure the distance from the beginning of the window opening to the frame you specifically want to clean, then mark that measurement with a Sharpie.
2. Cut with a box cutter.
3. Insert the sponge into the frame to confirm that you’ve measured correctly.
4. Move your hand horizontally to sweep away the dirt.
Hack #10. Removing rust from the faucet
1. Wrap the faucet in a dry cloth.
2. Pour vinegar on it.
3. Keep doing this until the cloth is completely soaked in the liquid; then let it act for about one hour.
4. Run an old toothbrush around the edges of the faucet.
5. Use a clean, dry cloth to clean and finish it up.