12 SPRING CLEANING HACKS to Save Money and Save Time!
1. REMOVE ANY STAINS WITH TWO INGREDIENTS
If you have stains on clothes, carpets, or cloth furniture that won’t come off – no matter what you try – there are two ingredients you can use to remove almost any stain.
What are they?
Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.
Mix together 1 part dawn dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and spread the solution over the stain. Let it sit for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours (depending on the color of the clothing/furniture and the age of the stain), then dab off (or throw the clothes in the wash).
Generally, this stain remover works best on lighter colored fabrics, but you can use it on darker colors – you will just want to shorten the amount of time it sits on the fabric.
Some people prefer to switch the hydrogen peroxide out for white vinegar when using this homemade stain remover on darker clothing and furniture (hydrogen peroxide can sometimes lighten fabric, so if you are only applying it to one area on a dark piece of clothing it might lighten that area).
2. SHINE STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES WITH BABY OIL
I picked this trick up years ago and have been using it ever since – if you want your stainless steel appliances to look nice and shiny (…without small people fingerprints all over them), rub baby oil into them.
I use a soft rag (they don’t leave streaks) to rub the baby oil into the appliances.
3. GET RID OF ODORS
You can get rid of odors in your house with the help of two things – depending on where the odors are.
If the odors are in a larger area of your house, I recommend using baking soda to soak up the smells. (Really – baking soda absorbs smells, so it’s not just masking the smells as these things do.)
Put a bowl of baking soda where the bad smell is and let it sit there for a couple days, switching it out for fresh stuff if the smell is really bad.
4. DUST YOUR HOUSE WITH DRYER SHEETS
Dryer sheets can be used for a lot more than just softening your clothes (like keeping mice away, freshening up a smelly room, and getting rid of soap scum). One of my favorite uses for dryer sheets is dusting our house.
I do have my favorite dusting rags that I usually use, but I like to use dryer sheets to dust every once in a while, too. Dryer sheets collect dust and leave behind a residue that actually repels dust, which means dust won’t settle back onto the surface you just cleaned with a dryer sheet for a couple days.
(you can get dryer sheets from Dollar Tree!)
5. CLEAN LAMPSHADES WITH A LINT ROLLER
Did you know you can clean your lamp shades with a lint roller? Have you ever tried to dust your lamp shades, only to realize you’re putting more dust onto the lamp than you’re taking off?
Take a lint roller to your lampshades, like this, and it will pick up any dirt, dust, hair, or other particles that are otherwise impossible to get off.
6. USE TOOTHPASTE TO REMOVE CARPET STAINS
If you have stubborn stains on your carpet that won’t come out, grab an old toothbrush and some toothpaste and start scrubbing. Rinse the area with water, and if the stain is still there scrub it another time or two. (If the stain is old you will have to scrub a fair bit.)
7. WASH PLASTIC SHOWER CURTAINS IN THE WASHING MACHINE
If you’ve been spending hours of your life scrubbing away at the slime that collects at the bottom of your plastic shower curtains, you’ll be happy to learn this tip.
(I always thought you could only put cloth shower curtains in the washing machine… it turns out I was mistaken.)
Your plastic shower curtains can be washed in the washing machine just like cloth shower curtains. The only catch is that you’ll want to wash the shower curtain with a couple bath towels to keep it untangled and to help it get washed evenly.
8. CLEAN CLOTH FURNITURE WITH BAKING SODA
Baking soda removes odors and absorbs moisture, so it’s the perfect cleaner for cloth furniture – and it’s easy to use.
All you have to do to get your cloth furniture smelling fresh again is sprinkle some baking soda evenly over all surfaces of the furniture (this is what I use) and let it sit. The longer it sits the better of a job it will do.
Once it has been sitting for a couple hours, take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum away all the baking soda. Make sure you get it out of all the cracks and crevices.
9. CLEAN SHOWER HEADS WITH VINEGAR
If the shower heads in your home have hard water stains on them, put white vinegar in a plastic baggie and tie it around the shower head.
Let it sit for about half an hour, remove the bag of vinegar, and wipe the shower head. The hard water stains should come right off and your shower heads will shine like they’re brand new.
(Vinegar is AMAZING for cleaning.)
10. CLEAN GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH LEMONS, ICE, AND SALT
If you have a garbage disposal in your sink you can easily clean it by sprinkling some salt in it, throwing in a few pieces of cut lemon and a couple ice cubes in and then turning the garbage disposal on.
These three ingredients together will help clean any grime that has collected in the garbage disposal and will give it a nice, fresh scent.
11. FRESHEN UP YOUR MATTRESS WITH BAKING SODA
Use baking soda to freshen up, deodorize, and wick moisture out of your mattress. Just like you can use baking soda to clean your cloth furniture, it can also be used to clean your mattress.
It’s a good idea to clean your mattress with baking soda at least twice a year. Doing this will help prolong the life of your mattress since you won’t have to worry about moisture collecting and turning into mold.
Again, the longer you can let the baking soda sit on the mattress, the better. Once it has been sitting with baking soda on it for a couple hours, take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum up all the baking soda.
12. CLEAN SPONGES IN THE MICROWAVE
If your sponges are getting a funky smell to them you can quickly clean and disinfect them by zapping them in the microwave.
Soak the sponge in water first, then put it in the microwave on high for one to two minutes – and it’s as easy as that.
I’d love to know – what are some of your favorite spring cleaning ideas? Do you have any spring cleaning tips to share?