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12 Simple Cleaning Hacks That Will Get That To-Do List Done Faster

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/31/2021

Jan Kopřiva

Home hacks that make cleaning every part of your dwelling a satisfying experience are always great to have in your back pocket.

That’s why we’ve once again rounded up some more tips and tricks promising to keep your place looking spick and span. 

Toilet cleaning bombs and squeegeeing methods for your area rug are just scratching the surface.

Read on to explore all these fantastic cleaning hacks!


Cardboard Tube Vacuum Extension

The Krazy Coupon Lady

Attach a long cardboard tube to your vacuum cleaner to get into all sorts of crevices you wouldn't have been able to reach without it.

It's so simple, inexpensive, and extremely clever!


Use A Squeegee To Get Pet Hair Out Of Your Rug


This TikTok user realized that her vacuum cleaner wasn’t picking up all the pet hair trapped in her carpet, so she came up with a DIY solution — using a squeegee.

Brushing the squeegee over her area rug revealed to the homeowner’s surprise just how much pet hair her vacuum was failing to pick up.

Check out the TikTok video here.


Homemade Cleaning Wipes

The Merry Thought

Ditch the retail disinfectant wipes that typically come with harsh chemicals for a homemade, all-natural alternative.

Using a roll of paper towels (cut in half) combined with a mixture of distilled water, natural household cleaner, and essential oils, Manda of The Merry Thought shows how to DIY your own cleaning wipes.

For a more eco-friendly option, substitute the disposable paper towels for cotton cloths (or even an old cut-up t-shirt) that you can wash when dirty and reuse.


Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Jessica Kielman
Mom 4 Real

Bath bombs are more popular than ever, so why not making a cleaning bomb for your toilet!

By packing a mixture of baking soda, citric acid, and liquid dish soap into ice cube trays and freezing them, you'll be able to create nifty cleansing squares that, when dropped into your toilet bowl, fizzles in the water.

This action simultaneously cleans and deodorizes your toilet. How clever!


The Secret To Streak-Free Mirrors


No matter how many times you wipe clean a mirror, it never seems to be completely spotless.

Frustrating streaks remain regardless of how gentle (or intense, we don't judge!) your mirror scrubbing tactics may be.

According to one TikToker, the reason for the streaky reside is due to homeowners cleaning their mirrors with the lights on.

Confused? So were we until the user explains in the comments that "The warmth of the lights starts to evaporate the product before you clean it and it gets [sticker] and causes streaks."

You really do learn something new every day!


DIY Granite Cleaner

Homemade Ginger

When it comes to cleaning granite, there's a massive list of dos and don'ts that can sometimes make your head spin.

Luckily, Megan of Homemade Ginger simplified the headache with a simple DIY solution of rubbing alcohol, natural soap, water, and essential oils.

It's safe for your countertop, and sure to make the granite sparkle!


Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

The Merry Thought

Much like her natural cleansing wipes, Manda of The Merry Thought also shares a simple yet luxurious homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe.

With only three ingredients, water, vinegar, and your choice of essential oils, you'll be able to wipe away dirt, dust, and grime from every part of your home.


Toilet Mask Hack


Here’s another clever toilet cleaning hack that puts those worn-out surgical masks to good use.

TikToker Arpita Chawla begins her trick by cutting off one side of her mask. She then opens it, creating a pocket, and inserts a cube of soap into the gap. Then it's tied up with the mask's string.

The user then places the mask on the inside of her toilet tank (the part at the back) so that whenever the toilet is flushed, the water is soapy, leaving the toilet bowl sparkling clean with every flush!


Clean Copperware With Baking Soda And Lemon


With only two ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry — baking soda and lemons — you'll be able to keep all your copper pots, pans, and flatware looking as good as the day you bought them!

Simply mix the ingredients together, apply it to your pots and pans with a cotton cloth, and wash it off.

It's so simple, yet so effective.


Grout Cleaning Trick


Are your tile grout lines looking a little grimy? This nifty TikTok video offers a solution.

Mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together creates the holy grail of grout-cleaning pastes that effortlessly restores grout to its original state.

Just take a look at the difference!


Baking Soda Sponge

The Krazy Coupon Lady

Let’s be honest; sometimes, our fridges can smell a little funky from time to time. That’s when this clever hack comes in handy.

Sprinkling baking soda on a sponge and placing it in your refrigerator can help absorb the smells in the confined cooling space. How genius!


DIY Carpet Deodorizer

Jessica Kielman
Mom 4 Real

Much like the concept above, sprinkling baking soda onto a rug in your home can help deodorize and clean the area.

Leave the powder on any carpet, big or small, for at least 10 minutes, then simply vacuum it up.

For even more freshness, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the baking soda before spreading it on your carpets. So smart!