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10 Clever Cleaning Hacks To Help Get Those Annoying Chores Over And Done With

Originally contributed by • last updated 4/23/2021

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Cleaning isn’t the most exciting part of our days, but it’s still very important.

Sometimes, though, it can seem like a never-ending cycle. You scrub as hard as you can, but a surface still ends up with grime, residue, or streaks that don’t seem to want to go away.

If only there were some way to clean more efficiently, get rid of stubborn stains, and speed the process up overall.

Of course, there are plenty of tips and hacks that make getting through your chore list a little more bearable. You may even enjoy cleaning if you take some of these tips to heart!


Clean Pots With Coffee Grounds

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Sometimes, in order to clean tough stains on your pots and pans, you have to scrub for a bit. But what happens if you don’t have an abrasive pad to grind the dirt away?

Well, here's a great way to improvise with something you definitely have on hand: used coffee grounds.

As unbelievable as it sounds, coffee grounds tend to be pretty grainy, so they really come in handy when you have something that needs scrubbing. 


Get The Wax Out From The Bottom Of A Candle Holder

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Candle jars are generally made out of glass, which is a really handy material to reuse.

Sure, you could recycle it, but you could also upcycle it for different projects like gifts and homemade candles.

But before you dream about what you could do with a used candle jar, you’ll want to get all of the wax out of it first.

No matter how long you burn a candle, there's always going to be that bit of leftover wax that’s too small to burn. This wax is actually pretty easy to get rid of so long as you have access to hot water.

Simply place some boiling water into the jar and let it cool. The heat from the water will melt the wax, causing it to float to the top. How cool is that?


Clean Annoying Water Stains

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Though you wouldn't think they would, water stains on stainless steel sometimes get the better of us.

On the other hand, cleaning them doesn't have to be as hard as it sometimes feels, you just have to know what you’re doing.

Mix baking soda with some vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil, and use that to scrub those stubborn water stains.

You’ll be left with shiny appliances with zero stains in sight!


Olive Oil Leather Polish

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Olive oil is actually good for a lot of things. For instance, did you know you could use it to polish your leather? It’s true.

When you think about it, it kind of makes sense. Olive oil does have a tendency to make things look moisturized and clean, so it isn’t too far of a stretch to think of it as a natural polisher as well.

And a little goes a long way, so you’ll have your leather looking like new in no time.


Clean Water Bottles More Effectively

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Though we all try our best, we’re probably not as good at washing our water bottles as we should be.

The big ones are especially annoying to clean, especially if you’ve left it alone for a little too long. Trying to get your hands in there to scrub every corner doesn’t always work out as well as it should.

One way to make it easier is to fill your bottle with water and drop a denture-cleaning tablet in there.

It’ll get rid of all the germs without the added effort of trying to scrub them away. Just rinse it out and you’re good to go!


Make Sure You Clean Your Pillows

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This may come as a surprise, but you should be cleaning your pillows every once in a while. Not just your pillowcases or pillow covers, but the pillows themselves.

Even using a pillowcase, when we sleep, our drool, hair, and face oil can seep through and dirty them up over time.

If you have a down pillow, pop it in the washing machine with some detergent and vinegar. Run it on a delicate setting, then air-dry it or machine-dry it the same way you would the rest of your laundry.

If you have a memory foam pillow the cleaning process is a bit more delicate, you'll need to wash it gently by hand and allow it to air-dry.


Learn How To Clean Permanent Marker

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After you’ve done all your chores, the last thing you want to find is permanent marker drawings on your walls. But if you have kids, that’s a risk you face every day.

Don’t be discouraged, though; there's a way to get marker drawings off your walls without having to paint over them!

With a bit of water and a Magic Eraser, you can scrub the marker off easily.


Cleaner Carpet Cleaner

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Sometimes when you've had a carpet long enough you'll start to realize it has some funky smells and doesn’t look as fresh as it used to.

You could buy a carpet cleaner, or you could make something a little more natural using Borax, baking soda, and essential oils.

The borax and baking soda will act as deodorizers, while the essential oils do the opposite, filling your rug with a much nicer scent.

It’s much more natural than cleaner from the store, so if you have small kids or pets, you won’t have to worry about them coming into contact with it!


Get The Gunk Off Your Faucet

When you clean your sink, are you making sure to get the end of the faucet? If you aren't, you might want to start.

Tap water is full of minerals that build up on your tap over time, leaving them dirty and slightly clogged.

A really easy way to get rid of the buildup is to put some lemon juice in a balloon and stick it around the end of your tap for a bit.

The balloon keeps the lemon juice in place so that the tap can soak in it, which helps the stains come right off!


Clean Your Toilet With Mouthwash

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The toilet is probably the last thing in your house you ever want to clean, but it's also the one thing you should be cleaning regularly.

It can be hard to get dirt and stains out of the bowl, but not impossible.

All you need is some mouthwash! Yes, while mouthwash is great for cleaning the gross, bad-breath-causing bacteria in our mouths, it’s also great for cleaning toilet bowls!

If you add a cup of mouthwash to a toilet, let it sit for half an hour, then scrub it with a brush, you’ll be able to remove even the most stubborn stains.