It’s spring! That means it’s time for fresh flowers, alfresco dining, and spring cleaning. No worries; we’re here to make spring cleaning just as enjoyable as those other seasonal sureties (well, almost). We’ve rounded up five household staples you probably already have and found new ways to use them to clean your house. You’ll be amazed by what you can do with these spring cleaning hacks!
Delicious to eat and drink, beautiful to look at, and healthy as all get-out, lemons are a magic fruit. If you’ve never cleaned with lemons before, now’s the time to start. Bonus: your house will smell citrusy fresh!
To clean your microwave, cut a lemon into slices and place them in a bowl of water. Microwave the water to a boil, then turn off the microwave and let it sit for five minutes. Remove the bowl and simply wipe down your microwave.
Clean stainless steel appliances by scrubbing them with sugar and lemon.
Simmer lemon peel on the stove with cinnamon sticks to make your house smell amazing.
Use lemon peels in your fridge to absorb odors.
Sanitize cutting boards by soaking lemon peels in salt, then rubbing the salt into the boards using half a lemon.
Our second favorite use for vodka: cleaning. It’s non-toxic, super-strong, and when you’re done cleaning with it, you have the perfect reward for all your hard work ready to go!
Spray vodka onto your mattress and let it air dry to kill bacteria. Then vacuum up all the grime you didn’t know you were sleeping in.
Got a bad odor in the house? Mix one part vodka to three parts water and spritz away. Don’t worry, your house won’t smell like a distillery—this mix has a neutral scent.
Soak oil-based stains—like grass and lipstick—in vodka before you wash. You won’t believe how clean your clothes come out.
Spray vodka on mildew and soap scum to keep your bathroom sparkling clean and bacteria-free.
And you thought it was just for brushing!
Remove water stains from tables by scrubbing them with toothpaste.
Restore tarnished silver by rubbing toothpaste on it and wiping grime away.
Clean your phone or tablet screen with a dab of toothpaste.
Put a dab of toothpaste on a picture frame where it’ll hang. Hold the frame against your wall to position it and you’ll get spots from the paste—that’s where to nail!
You’re gonna want to try all these delicious hacks—just make sure to save some salt for dinner.
Wash new shower curtains in salt water to prevent them from ever getting moldy.
Fill a spray bottle with one part salt to three parts water and spray ants to kill them in their tiny tracks.
Stop overflowing suds in your washing machine by dousing them in salt.
Sprinkle salt on your ironing board and iron over it on high—steam off!—to restore your iron’s shiny surface.
Clean your cast iron pans by gently rubbing salt on them with a soft sponge.
Yea, we were surprised, too. Wax paper is so unassuming in it’s little kitchen drawer, but you’ll want to whip it out for some serious shine.
Clean and shine your chrome faucets with wax paper.
Line the shelves of your fridge and tops of your cabinets with wax paper for an easy clean later.
Dust surfaces—and even floors—with wax paper.
Place a sheet of wax paper between stacked cast iron pans to prevent rust.
Well, I think we all learned something here today. Pin these clever cleaning hacks so you can use them when you’re ready, and share your own ideas in the comments. Ready, set, clean!