There is no need to spend so much time keeping your home sparkling clean. With these life hacks, cleaning is simple, inexpensive, effective, and environmentally safe. These resourceful methods will take the chore out of your chore list with minimal effort, and with items you may already have in your home.

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) has more uses than cooking! Baking soda with enough water to make a paste is a great scouring powder for cleaning. The paste can remove surface rust, remove the tarnish from silver when you use a piece of aluminum foil to scour, is an effective coffee and tea stain remover from cups when diluted with warm water. Read these easy home cleaning life hacks using baking soda:

  • Grease Remover - a greasy stove or oven can be gross. There is a quick, simple way of cleaning to get them back to shiny condition. Get a large pan, big enough for your vent filter to fit in, and fill with enough water to cover filter. Bring the water to a rolling boil, and gradually add in a ½ cup of baking soda (the water will fizzle when you add the soda). The grease and grime will melt right off. When finished, use tongs to remove the filter, and rise with hot water. Let your filters air dry before you put them back in the vent. Shake baking soda in your oven adding enough white vinegar to create a past. Rub on areas that need cleaning and let sit for a couple of hours. Then wipe up with a warm, damp cloth for a spotless oven.Easy Home Cleaning Life Hacks
  • Soap scum is unsightly, hard to scrub out of the bathtub or shower. Here is an effortless way to get rid of soap scum. Cleaning the showerhead can be tedious to get rid of soap scum and hard water deposits. Fill a sandwich baggie (depending on the size of your showerhead) with white vinegar and a couple of teaspoons of baking soda. Tie the baggie around the showerhead, making sure it is tight and the water holes submerged in the vinegar mixture. Leave over night for a clean, build-up free showerhead.
  • Ring-around-the-tub - is effortlessly removed with one cup of white vinegar, once cup of dishwashing detergent (one that cuts grease), and one cup of water mixed gently in a spray bottle. Spray on to bathtub or shower surface. Allow mixture to sit for several minutes, and rinse with hot water. Use a soft bristle brush for hard to remove spots.
  • Odor Remover - sodium bicarbonate is also an effective odor remover. Adding a cup to your laundry with a cup of white vinegar, will eliminate smells from clothing and the musty smell from the washing machine. Sprinkle over your carpet and vacuum up 20 minutes later for a fresh smell. You can also use the powder on your fabric furniture as you do for your carpet to get rid of annoying pet smells.

The lemon is known throughout the world for its use in culinary dishes. The juice is acidic and works wonders for cleaning. Lemon is a powerful, natural disinfectant, and can kill most of the bacteria in the home due to having a high level of acidity. The juice smells refreshing and is not likely to damage materials nearby that you are cleaning. Read these easy home cleaning life hacks using lemons:

  • Clean and Brighten
    Use a half lemon dipped in salt or baking soda to brighten copper cookware or copper bathroom fixtures. The acid dissolves tarnish and the abrasiveness helps clean the surface. Always test a small area first, and then rinse with warm soapy water.
  • Kitchen Deodorizer
    Lemons are hygienic kitchen deodorizers, the juice can make your garbage disposal smell fresh by adding a few wedges when you turn on disposal. Mixing lemon juice with baking soda removes grease, removes stains from plastic containers, and disinfects the surface of cutting boards.
  • Grout Cleaning
    Use lemon juice and an old (clean) toothbrush to cleanse grout on tiles.
  • Grills
    Scrub BBQ grills with lemon juice and salt to remove build-up.
  • Insect Repellent
    Using lemon and peppermint oil with vinegar as a bio-pesticide is an trouble free way to keep out cockroaches, ants, and spiders.

The acidity of vinegar is what makes it such a great natural cleaner. Vinegar’s acidity can thwart some sticky build-up as well. There is a lot to love about cleaning with vinegar. Read these easy home cleaning life hacks using vinegar:

  • Windows
    Make a vinegar solution with water and a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to clean windows and mirrors. This smells more refreshing than ammonia based products.
  • Wine StainsEasy Home Cleaning Life Hacks
    Ever get red wine on clothing or carpet? It can be a real pain to get out. A paste of vinegar and baking soda can dissolve set red wine stains.
  • Applicances/Counters/Floors
    Clean the surface of your refrigerator with a 50-50 white vinegar and water mix to skip using harsh chemicals. To disinfect counter tops, spray white vinegar onto surfaces, then wipe away with a warm, wet rag. Be sure to avoid cleaning granite or marble surfaces with vinegar to avoid damage. Use a ½ cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water to clean wood and laminate flooring without using harsh chemicals, and it is safer for your pets.
  • Disinfectant
    Vinegar works fantastic in the bathroom to scrub away bacteria. Use your 50-50 diluted mix to clean around the toilet to control urine stains and odor.
  • Mattress
    Create a mix of distilled vinegar, a small amount of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Lightly spray on your mattress to help prevent mites, mildew, and odors. To clean deeper just sprinkle baking soda, let dry, and then vacuum.
  • Laundry
    Adding vinegar to your load of laundry helps remove stains and static instead of using expensive softeners.

Some things only a professional should do such as treating bug infestations, rats, and ventilation cleaning. These are easy home cleaning life hacks that will help free up your time, and give you a fresh, clean house in the process.

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