Cleaning can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, especially when it involves residues that don't come off so easily. They're like that gunk left over after peeling away a sticky label off the surface of a smooth surface. Here are 10 household lifehacks to make cleaning a little bit easier for almost anyone.
1. Cleaning a Glass Baking Dish
When food dries and sticks to glassware, it can get tricky to clean off. Enter aluminum foil. Yes, aluminum foil. Form it into a ball, apply some soap, and start scrubbing that residue off your glass baking dish, and it will leave it looking good as new!
2. How to Get Rid of Showerhead Stains
Stains are the epitome of all evil that is against all that is clean and just. Just when we have to deal with stains on our clothing, now we have to deal with them on the showerhead. Vinegar to the rescue!
Simply grab a plastic bag and fill it with vinegar. Once you do that, submerge the showerhead into the bag of vinegar, and wrap it up tightly. Leave it on for a good amount of time, and the stain will go away.
3. Burned Pan, anyone?
Black spots on the sun, burn spots on the food from the grill, now burn spots on the pan! Simply fill your pan with water along with 2 cups of vinegar. Bring it to a boil. Once done, take it off the stovetop, and throw in 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and let the magic happen!
4. How to Clean Dirty Silverware
There are several ways to approach cleaning dirty silverware. Here are a few of them that you should be able to do with existing items in the household:
Baking soda does wonders when it comes to cleaning things, especially silverware. Simply lay your dirty silverware on a flat surface. Cover it with some dry baking soda. Then let it sit for 30 minutes. Once a considerable amount of time has passed, wipe off the baking soda with a damp cloth, and dry it with a dry cloth. After all of this is done, your silverware should be clean again!
I bet you didn't see this one coming, but yes! Toothpaste is not only great for cleaning our teeth, but our dirty silverware too!
Simply squeeze a bit of toothpaste on a piece of cloth, then start using that to give your silverware a good rub. You might have to rub vigorously if your silverware is tarnished. Once that is all done, feel free to let it sit for a bit or you can start rinsing the toothpaste off with water, and that's basically it.
5. Window Streaks
Doesn't it bother you when you clean windows, it almost always comes with a semi-transparent streak or two across the place you wiped? It's like replacing one problem with another, except it's less noticeable unless faced up close or at the right angle.
Hey, people are always talking about going green, so let's provide a green solution. Recycling! Use newspaper instead of your usual towels to wipe the glass window. It will leave little to no streaks after cleaning.
6. War on Clogged Drains and Piping
Dealing with clogging is probably one of the most annoying chores. Well, to prevent something like that from happening again, consider purchasing a hair catcher for your sink and shower. This way, the hair catcher will stop hair from going into the pipes. Goodbye clogging!
7. How to Clean Dirty Sneakers
Toothpaste. Not just for teeth, but also for other cleaning purposes too. Start scrubbing away that dirt, and keep your sneakers nice and clean! Not only that, if you have one of those minty toothpastes, maybe it will get rid of some of the odor from your sneakers.
8. Garage Floor Stains, Begone!
Yet another stain lifehack. Soda is bad for your health, but it sure is great for cleaning! Got a can of Coca-Cola lying around? Use it to clean the stains off your garage floor with ease. Crazy? Try it out and see the magic happen.
9. Automatic Microwave Cleaner
Okay, maybe it's not that automatic, but it is sort of. Grab a microwave safe glass container, fill it with water, halved lemons, and start microwaving until it starts boiling! Once it begins to boil, stop the microwave. Let it sit inside for a minute so it can steam clean your microwave.
Here is where the automatic part ends. Once that minute is up, take out that glass container, and start wiping away the stains in your microwave with a towel, and that takes care of that!
10. How to Make Worn Out Leather Furniture Look Better Again
Is your leather-based furniture starting to look bad? Shoe polish is the solution for you. Using shoe polish on the leather will make it look almost new again. Goodbye scrapes and scuffs.