17 Cleaning Tricks for Hard-to-Clean Household Objects
Looking for some hassle-free ways to clean objects and places in your home that can be tricky? These easy tricks eliminate and prevent messes in the most inconvenient, "uncleanable" places.
The inside of your purse
Push a lint roller along the bottom of an empty purse to pick up dirt, loose change, and more. Here’s how to downsize a heavy handbag.
Place a grimy candle inside a stocking and roll it around. The nonabrasive nylon will clean the wax surface without sticking to it. Here’s how to remove candle wax from pretty much any surface.
Grungy window blinds
Dip a sock into a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Put it on your hand inside out and use it to clean both sides of window blinds at the same time.
Dingy TV screens
Swipe a coffee filter across dusty and staticky computer monitors and plasma TV screens to remove buildup.
A stinky kitchen
Toss orange and lemon peels into the garbage disposal and grind them up for a few minutes to give your kitchen an amazing fresh citrus smell with no work at all. Here are 7 surprisingly germy things in your kitchen that you probably forget to clean.
Kitchen sink clutter
Clamp a binder clip onto the short end of your sponge. Stand the clip upright on its side to keep the sponge clean, dry, and mold-free.
Pet hair horrors
Drag a window squeegee (you can find one at any home-goods store) across a carpet to remove pet hair. The rubberized blade will quickly lift fur from rug fibers. Learn the 50 things your pet would tell you if they could.
Cut a hole in the center of a cloth napkin and place it over a hanger to keep dust from settling on nice dresses and leather jackets.
That ring around your toilet
Let an Alka-Seltzer tablet sit in the bowl for 20 minutes, and then flush. The citric acid will eliminate rings and stains. Here are some ways you’re cleaning your bathroom wrong.
Prevent glasses from breaking in the dishwasher
Stretch a rubber band around a wineglass and over the spokes of the dishwasher rack to keep the glass from moving around and breaking during the wash cycle. Here are some more common dishwasher loading mistakes.
Fill buckets or watering can without making a mess
If you have a bucket or a large watering can that won’t fit under the faucet, place a dustpan with a hollow handle beneath the stream of water to redirect it into the larger vessel on the floor in front of the sink.
A soiled coffee grinder
If you use this tool to crush spices as well as coffee beans, process a handful of Cheerios in the appliance for 30 seconds. This will remove any smells from the machine before you brew your next cup. We’ll bet you didn’t know these 10 weird facts about coffee.
Try vertical stacking: Place folded shirts vertically into drawers to make it easy to see and reach what you need.
Want to clean the blades of your ceiling fan without raining dust down on your furniture? Take a pillowcase and slide it over each blade. Press down and slide the pillowcase back off; it’ll take all the dust with it.