14 Not-So-Obvious Cleaning Tips to Start Using ASAP

The question of how to make the process of cleaning easier, and most importantly, more effective has always been important and relevant. Fortunately, there are some little-known tricks you can do to make your clothes and other belongings stay fresher for longer.

Bright Side has collected some not-so-obvious ideas about cleaning that are surprising and very effective.

1. You can disinfect a mattress using a spray.

How do we make a mattress that we spend a significant part of our lives on fresher, you ask? Well, you can’t wash it. Of course, you could trust this task to a cleaning company, but you can easily clean the upper layer of the mattress with a spray consisting of one part alcohol mixed with two parts water.

Vacuum-clean your mattress and then sprinkle it with the alcohol solution. Let it dry. The alcohol will disinfect the upper layer and kill any bacteria that is making it smell bad.

2. Keep kitty litter in the fridge to keep it smelling fresh.

Kitty litter absorbs smells very well. If you put it in a box and put the box in the fridge, the fridge will continue to smell fresh.

Even if all the foods in the fridge are fresh, the mix of smells can lead to an unpleasant odor. Silica litters are the best choice for keeping in the fridge, while mineral litters will have no effect. Be sure to avoid wood litter since it tends to have its own smell.

3. How to ideally wash a blender

It’s simple: just pour a little water and a drop of detergent into the blender and turn it on for a little bit of time. After that, just wash the dispenser.

4. Salty grapefruit can clean calcareous deposit.

This unusual mix will help you get rid of calcareous deposit in the bathroom. Cut a grapefruit in half, put salt on one of the halves, and rub the bathtub or sink with it.

Be careful: use finer grains of salt in order not to scratch and damage any surfaces.

5. Laundry will be snow white if you use a special tablet for the washing machine.

To keep your white clothes white or keep something fresh looking, you can soak it in this mixture: mix laundry detergent and bleach in equal amounts along with a tablet for washing machines.

Soak your laundry in this mixture for a little while, and then wash it as you normally would. You can use the tablet only, but you will have to dissolve it and wash the clothes in really hot water.

6. Salt can help keep your clothes brighter for longer.

To return the bright color to your clothes, add half a glass of salt into your washing machine or you can wash the clothes manually in the mixture.

The colors will become bright again.

7. The secret to cleaning baseboards quickly

In order to wash the thin part of the skirting against the wall, use a rough broom. Wrap it in a cloth made of microfiber and wash the hardest places in your apartment. This will take only a few minutes.

8. A frying pan will work two times longer if you don’t wash it right away.

The easiest way to spoil the surface of a frying pan is by washing it while it’s still hot. This will lead to the food burning on it, and it will be harder to wash off the greasy spots.

So, wait until the frying pan is cool enough and only then begin to wash it.

9. Ice cubes can help get rid of furniture marks on the carpet.

To make the carpet’s surface flat when there are furniture marks on it, you can use ice. Put ice cubes on the perimeter of the damaged spots and leave them there for the night. The water will soon be absorbed by the surface and it will be flat again.

The secret to this method is the fact that the effect is gradual, so if you just pour a little water on the carpet, it won’t work as effectively.

10. You can clean a knife block with a vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer.

The most effective way to clean a wooden knife block is by using a vacuum cleaner. This will be very effective if you clean the holes with a thin wire. The remains of the dust can be removed by a hairdryer in its strongest mode. Do it near a sink or a bathtub as not to litter everything else around you.

11. It’s easy to clean a grill with an onion.

Grease on the grill can be easily removed with an ordinary white onion. Cut an onion in half and put it on a fork. Rub the grill with it while it’s still hot.

The onion will clean the grill faster and make new food tastier!

12. Regular chalk can clean a grease stain from clothing or wallpaper.

Chalk can remove a grease spot very easily and it doesn’t matter where it is — on wallpaper or on fabric. Rub the oily spot with a piece of chalk and wait for 5 minutes. After that, rub the spot with a wet piece of cloth.

You’ll need to do this several times with particularly badly stained spots.

13. You can easily remove stickers from new items using a hairdryer.

Price stickers on new things, even those that seem impossible to remove, can be easily peeled off if you heat them with a hairdryer for a minute or two first. You will see how easily they come off without leaving a trace.

14. Egg shell can be used to clean vases and bottles.

You can clean bottles with narrow necks using eggshells. Put eggshells inside a bottle or a vase and add a little detergent. Shake it and leave it be for a little time. Then, pour the mixture out and wash the bottle well.

Did you like these recommendations? Maybe you have some interesting ideas that you would like to share? Tell us in the comment section below!

Please note: This article was updated in June 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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