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9 Genius Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

These nine tips might make you hate cleaning a little less.

By
Amanda Thomas,
Episode #190

4.) Use Citrus to Clean Water Stains

If your bathroom and kitchen fixtures have been collecting hard water build-up, there’s an easy way to clean them. Simply grab a piece of citrus, cut it in half, and rub it on the hard water stains. Lemons work well for most jobs, but limes can add a little extra punch if you have stubborn stains. When using citrus to clean, just be sure to test an inconspicuous area first, and always keep the acidity away from natural stone.

5.) Use a Vacuum and Pantyhose to Find Small Items

If you’ve lost small items in your carpet or under furniture, it can be difficult to get them out. If you have an idea of where the item is, or just have a hunch that your little ones have been stashing small toys in hard to reach areas, there is a fairly simple way to find them.

Using your vacuum hose, the foot of a pair of old pantyhose or knee highs, and a rubber band, you can make a trap to suck out the tiny items. Put the foot over the end of the vacuum hose, secure it with a strong rubber band, turn on the vacuum, and run the end of the hose over the floor where you suspect the little things can be found. The suction from the vacuum will grab all the small stuff, and the pantyhose will hold the items in place until you can grab them with your fingers.

6.) Steam Your Microwave Clean

This is one of my all time favorite cleaning hacks. I HATE to scrub the inside of my microwave, especially if someone exploded something and conveniently forgot to clean it off. If you have a bunch of baked food in your microwave, you don’t have to waste time and effort trying to scrape and scrub it clean. You can easily remove the gunk by steaming it first.

Fill a small glass bowl or microwavable cup with water and a little lemon juice and place it in your microwave. Set the microwave to run for 3-5 minutes, enough to get the water bubbly and steaming. The steam will moisten the dried on food which means you’ll be able to easily wipe it clean with a paper towel or rag.

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