Over my nearly 9 years of blogging at this point, I’ve realized that not all cleaning tips are created equal. While any two cleaning tips may be equally effective, one may ultimately be more useful just because it comes in handy more often!
That got me thinking about which home cleaning hacks I use most often, the tried-and-true favorites that I return to time and again. So I decided to take that thought experiment and turn it into a blog post, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today!
I’ve come up with a Top 7 list of my best home cleaning hacks. I personally rely on all of these tips and tricks to the point where I’m not sure how I ever lived without them! And I’m positive that you’ll find them just as useful too. :-)
My 7 Best Home Cleaning Hacks
1. Clean Your Fan With A Pillowcase
Dusting your ceiling fan can be an arduous chore, and it can feel impossible to do without making a mess! But I figured out a way to make dusting your ceiling fan quicker and easier than you ever thought possible.
Just slide a pillowcase over one fan blade at a time, sandwich the blade between your hands, and pull the pillowcase towards you. The dust will slide off and stay neatly contained in the pillowcase!
For a more detailed explanation with photos, check out my post about this cleaning hack here.
2. Freshen Up Your Mattress
Keeping your mattress fresh and clean isn’t nearly as complicated as you’d think! You can make a simple mattress freshening powder by stirring a few drops of essential oils into some baking soda.
Just sprinkle the powder over your mattress and leave it there for an hour or so. The powder will absorb odor and moisture from the surface of the mattress, and then all you have to do is vacuum it up!
For more details, check out my post about cleaning and freshening your mattress here.
3. Two-Ingredient Tub & Shower Cleaner
After discovering this simple two-ingredient tub and shower cleaner, I’ve never once been tempted to go back to the store-bought stuff! Just spray the simple mixture of white vinegar and Dawn dish soap liberally around your tub or shower and let it sit, and it will cut through grime, soap scum, and even tough mineral deposits with minimal scrubbing on your part.
There’s only one slight drawback to using this cleaner, which is that the vinegar fumes can be pretty potent! The results are more than worth the vinegar fumes, so just turn on your bathroom fan and open any windows while you use it!
Check out this post for before-and-after pictures and more information about how it works!
4. How To Clean Your Dishwasher
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, it could be in need of a good cleaning! As redundant as it might sound, cleaning your dishwasher can help clear out stubborn food residues that may have built up over time.
Cleaning your dishwasher is as easy as running a couple of different wash cycles using different cleaning agents. By the time you’re done, your dishwasher will be working much more effectively!
Read my post about how to clean your dishwasher for complete step-by-step instructions!
5. Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover
I discovered this useful cleaner several years back, after discovering that my kitchen cabinets were coated in a distressingly thick layer of greasy gunk. None of the store-bought cleaners I tried had done much to degrease my cabinets, so I did some research to find a better solution!
The cleaner that solved my greasy cabinet woes operates on the principle that “like dissolves like.” It’s just a mixture of vegetable oil and baking soda, where the oil helps dissolve the stubborn outer grime layer and the baking soda helps scrub it all away.
Learn more about my kitchen cabinet gunk remover by reading this post!
6. Steam Clean Your Microwave
Baked-on spills and splatters in your microwave? Don’t waste your time and effort scrubbing them! Instead, use my steam method to clean your microwave quickly and easily!
Simply saturate a sponge with water, add a few drops of lemon essential oil, and microwave it for about two minutes. The steam coming off the sponge will help loosen up the food splatters, making it so much easier to wipe your microwave clean afterward!
Learn more about this microwave cleaning method, as well as a simple alternative, in this post.
7. Kitchen & Bathroom “Miracle Cleaner”
If you’re interested in versatility, it’s hard to beat my two-ingredient “miracle cleaner!” To make it, add a handful of baking soda to a small bowl, then add enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.
You can use this paste to scrub away messes in the kitchen, bathroom, and more. One of best uses I’ve discovered for this cleaner is for cleaning up old cookie sheets! Just scrub, let it sit for a while, then rinse it clean and admire the sparkling clean results!
Check out ten amazing uses for my miracle cleaner right here!
Do you have any home cleaning hacks that you use all the time?