I’ve owned and operated a professional cleaning company for over 13 years, and have used some of these spring cleaning hacks I’m going to share with you today!
I’ve seen and read some pretty outrageous cleaning tips on the web and have even tried a few myself. Some have worked, but most have not. The one I remembered trying, and was thoroughly disappointed at the results, was the tip to remove water marks from stainless steel. Rubbing alcohol was supposed to do the trick, but nothing, and I mean nothing, changed. The watermark remained, and I never did find a solution.
Some of these cleaning hacks are interesting, and some are downright weird. But all have been tried and tested to work.
Here’re 9 crazy spring cleaning hacks you’ve got to try:
1. Clean Your Microwave with Lemons
I’ve personally tried this, and it does work. If you’re the type who doesn’t cover your food in the microwave and then overcooks it, so it explodes all over the inside, you’re going to love this hack. Put lemon slices into a cup of water and heat until the water starts to boil. Once the water starts boiling, turn off the microwave and let it sit for a few minutes, filling the inside with steam. Remove the hot water and you’ll be able to wipe the inside of the unit without difficulty.
Read: 19 Lemon Cleaning Hacks To Rescue Your Messy Home
2. Clean Your Mattress with Vodka
Put some vodka in a spray bottle and lightly spritz your mattress. Leave the spritzed vodka solution to air dry. While the solution dries, it will kill any odor causing bacteria and will disinfect the mattress.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but you can kill two birds with one stone. Bring your martini supplies and make yourself a martini while you spritz!
3. Clean Your Air Vents With A Butter Knife
Those air vents can be tricky to clean, but not if you use this cleaning hack. Take a clean towel and soak it in your favorite cleaning solution. Wrap the towel around the butter knife and use it to wipe down the slats in your air vents. The butter knife is the perfect size for getting this spring cleaning job done.
4. Remove Burn Marks From Pans
I once almost ruined my sauce pan by forgetting it on the stove and burning a whole pot of spaghetti sauce. I thought I would have to throw the pan away until I tried this cleaning hack. It works.
Fill the bottom of the pan with water and add one cup of white vinegar. Let the pot simmer on the stove for 15 – 30 minutes. Remove from the stop and add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let stand for a few minutes. Empty the pan and scrub lightly to remove the burn marks.
5. Clean Your Shower Head
I hate to see hard water deposits that build up around the shower head. The simplest solution to clean it is to pour distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag, cover the shower head with the solution and secure it with a rubber band. Let the shower head soak in the vinegar solution for an hour or up to overnight. Remove the bag and wipe away all those hard water deposits.
6. Deep Clean The Dishwasher
Believe it or not, the inside of your dishwasher should regularly be cleaned. Here’s how: Fill a container with white vinegar and place on the top rack. Run your dishwasher on its hottest cycle. After the cycle is complete, sprinkle some baking soda inside the bottom and run it again on a short, but hot, cycle.
7. Fix That Slow Drain in Your Bathroom Sink
There is nothing worse than a slow drain but this cleaning hack does the trick. Drop four Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain, followed by one cup of distilled vinegar. Wait ten minutes, and then rinse the sink with hot, hot water.
8. Remove Carpet Stains
Spray your carpet stain with a mixture of 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar. Cover the spot with a damp rag, press on it with a hot iron set on the steam setting for roughly 30 seconds. Repeat until the stain disappears.
9. Sanitize your sponge
Wet your sponge and place the microwave on high for 2 minutes. The sponge will be super hot. Let it cool before removing from microwave.
If you didn’t notice, the one item that was used over and over was vinegar. You’d better head to the store and buy the gallon container to make sure you have enough for all these spring cleaning hacks.