We’ve all become pros at the occasional (or more frequent, if we’re being honest) operation “fake clean” to make our homes look livable in just minutes. While we welcome work done quickly, seldom can it be done faster = work poorly done. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you that spending more time cleaning things properly is worth it. Oh no, we don’t.
But we will definitely share the best cleaning tricks to help you clean properly and quickly. We’ve scoured and tested many tips around the web, all in the name of finding the most amazing hacks that will definitely (most likely) work in your home. There were some weird suggestions, just so you know… However, we found some great ideas that worked for us, so please let us know if they work for you too!
Dust ceiling fans with pillowcase
Slip a pillowcase over each blade and slide it off to pick up dust. This might be our favorite tip because it’s so clean (no clumps of dust on the floor folks).
Blend soapy water on high to get your juicer/blender clean
Use baking soda to thoroughly clean your oven
Coat the grates and interior of your oven with a baking soda mix (baking soda and water mixed to create a paste-like consistency). Leave it on overnight before wiping it off with vinegar.
Wipe your lampshade with a lint roller
This also works on any surface covered with pet hair.
Spray your garlic press with cooking spray before use to prevent gunk from getting stuck
Table salt will remove burn marks from your iron
Run your hot iron over salt, which will stick to the dirty stains and wipe off when the iron cools.
Get rid of stinks in the fridge with coffee grounds
Scoop a few scoops of new or used (it doesn’t matter) coffee grounds into a bowl and place it on the top shelf of your fridge to soak up all those weird smells. Replace the bowl every 6 weeks or so.
Make your bathroom sparkle with grapefruit
Sprinkle coarse slices of grapefruit with plenty of salt and wipe down your tub.
Spray your carpets and rugs with baking soda, leave for an hour and vacuum
Neutralize odors and clean your microwave with vinegar
Fill a bowl with white vinegar, place in the center of the microwave and run for 5 minutes. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
Remove grease stains with cornstarch
Mix cornstarch with water to form a paste, apply to oil or grease stains on furniture and leave overnight. Clean up and be amazed.
Clean and polish your wooden furniture with apple cider vinegar and olive oil
Sprinkle a few drops of apple cider vinegar to pull the dirt out of the wood and wipe it off, then buff with a few drops of olive oil to condition it.
Wrap stockings around your broomstick and the static electricity will pull all the dust out of hard-to-reach places
Okay, right at the top of the title we just hinted at a cleaning trick that applies to your insurance. This tip applies to dusting off your home insurance so you can make sure you’re paying the right amount for your insurance coverage. Also, check that your policy actually covers what you want. For example, if you’ve moved and don’t tell us, your policy won’t actually cover your new home. So if you claim something, it will most likely be rejected.
Yes, it gets that real. And we absolutely don’t want that to happen, so every time you change jobs or homes, buy or sell furniture, or upgrade your home with amazing technology, please tell us. We’ll clean up your policy for you in just a few minutes.
If you don’t already have our super duper home insurance from the king, click here to get a quote on either our comprehensive coverage (all bells and whistles) or our Fire and Fury option (effective for the security conscious). You can even call us on 0860 50 50 50 and a friendly advisor will discuss your options with you.