There are many well tested and approved cleaning hacks from the professional cleaners themselves. They use the right products to make their work easier and effortless. We could make use of some too. Cuz ain’t our homes worth it?

1. Glass Cleaning

For a streak free and shiny glass or mirror, like the ones you see in hotel rooms, is quite easy to achieve. All you need is right in your pantry, vinegar and cornflour. Mix one part of vinegar and one part of water with 1 tsp of cornflour. Spray this onto the glass and wipe with a newspaper or microfiber cloth to get a fresh looking mirror. Even if you skip the cornstarch,  vinegar is enough to do the trick. Cornstarch works as a mild abrasive to remove any buildup.

2. Faucet cleaning

Faucets look super shiny when new. But as they are used every single day, they tend to lose their shine. Water drops and splashes leave a dirty look. For cleaning the faucets, bath shower heads and even mold in your bathroom, dampen a cloth with vinegar and lay it on the faucet. After 10 minutes, remove it, rinse with water and wipe dry with a cloth. You get a brand new faucet!

3. Shine for stainless steel appliances and wood furnitures

Stainless steel appliances like fridge doors, toasters, etc. can be made to shine by using a paper towel dipped in a drop of olive oil. The same can be done to furnitures by rubbing the oil in the direction of the grain. Use one or two drops of oil only. Wipe of excess with a fresh paper towel.

4. Oil stains and spills cleanup

An oil spill in the kitchen is havoc. It’s so difficult to clean up, but not using this hack. If you notice oil spills on the floor, first sprinkle them with cornflour or even talcum powder. This will absorb the oil easily. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe away. For clothes, you can even rub the oil stain with a chalk. Let it sit then launder as usual.

5. Wood board cleaning

Wooden cutting boards are a must have for every kitchen. If you are using a plastic one, remember that the plastic ends up in your food too. So invest in a good wooden cutting board. To clean them, sprinkle salt all over the board and using a cut lemon, scrub the board with the salt. Rinse with water. This helps to deodorise and disinfect the board. You can even buff the board with some olive oil in tissue paper for that extra shine.

6. Cleaning Stove Grates

Creating a mess on stove top is unavoidable for most while cooking. And cleaning the grates, a difficult job. You can make it easier by applying baking soda paste with water on the grate stains and allowing it to sit for 10 minutes. Next, scrub with a non scratch scrubber and rinse.

7. Cleaning cast iron pan

Every home has a favorite cast iron pan. They are healthier to use but a little difficult to maintain. They are more prone to gucks of oil and grease sticking to the bottom. To clean them up, use this effective hack. Sprinkle lots of salt onto the cast iron pan and on low flame heat it and scrub the bottom with a wooden spoon. The oil and grease will come along with the salt. Throw away the salt and wipe dry with a paper towel. Dip a paper towel in little oil and buff on the pan. This will give it a longer life.

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One of the grossest place in the kitchen which gets away unnoticed is the chimney. It accumulates so much of oil over time that you may be surprised when you bend over to give it a look. For easy cleaning, make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and spray onto the chimney rails. You can even use a toothbrush dipped in the mixture and scrub. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe it clean. My favorite hack!

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9. Old sock uses

We always have that single sock in our cupboard which is lying there waiting for company.  Get them out and put it to use for cleaning. Cleaning ceiling fans and blinds are so much easier with a sock. Just spray a 1:1 mixture or vinegar and water and wipe clean with a sock. This one is guaranteed to suprise you.

10. Cleaning a Microwave

The simplest way to clean a microwave oven is to microwave a bowl of water mixed with 1 tsp vinegar for 5 minutes. You can also add lemon juice instead of vinegar. Wipe the inside of the oven with a damp cloth.

11. Rust Removal

Now this is my favorite hack. Rust is the major issue which can annoy us most. From home appliances to tools, rust can build up anywhere. There are 2 ways to deal with rust –

  • Ketchup – Yes, you read that right. Your favorite ketchup can not only accompany your fries but also remove rust. Apply a good amount of ketchup on the rust with the help of an old toothbrush and let it sit for half an hour. Scrub well with a steel scrubber and voila!  I love how it helped to clean the rust on the bottom of my ginger smasher.
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  • Vinegar and baking soda- Soak the rust product in a mixture of vinegar and baking soda for 15 minutes. Using an old toothbrush scrub it well. Apply a coat of oil with paper towel after cleaning to prevent rust.

12. Cleaning tea and coffee stains in mugs

A sight of stain in coffee mugs can be unsightly. All you need to make it white again is vinegar. Use a tablespoon of vinegar, allow it to sit for a minute and wipe away the stains.

Hope you enjoyed this article.  Go ahead and make your home shine.

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