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10 Cleaning Tips That'll Actually Save You So Much Time

Written by Grace & Silas
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There are plenty of tips and lists on cleaning different parts of your home, but it’s the new year, so why not create another list of cleaning tips and tricks that are more organized?

The holidays are over but cleaning your house is just getting started. So to help you cut out time and effort when cleaning the different rooms, here are tips and tricks that’ll help make your life easier. So read through them and make sure let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

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Clean Fan Blades With A Pillow Case

Instead of keeping your spare pillow case in a cabinet, why not put them to good use and clean your fan blades? Just make sure the fan is off and lightly dampen the inside of your pillow case with a cleaning solution. Then, carefully stand on a ladder or chair and slip the pillowcase onto each blade, wiping it clean by trapping the dust in the case. No more spreading the dust around when cleaning.

Warning: If you feel unsafe doing this or have any sort of disability that could hurt you during this process, then have someone else try this tip for you.

Disinfect the Disposal

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen’s garbage disposal will help keep bad odors away. And a homemade drain cleaner made from baking soda and vinegar can be used to clean the garbage disposal. Just put 1/2 a cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal, then slowly pour 1/2 a cup of vinegar down. Let it sit and then run water and your disposal for a few seconds.

Get Stains Out of a Cutting Board

Here’s an easy way to clean and get the stains out of your cutting board. Run a half sliced lemon over the board to remove the food stains and smell. If you want extra cleaning power, sprinkle your board with salt or baking soda first.

Wear a Rubber Glove To Remove Pet Hair

If you have pets at home, then you know how frustrating pet hair can be. But thankfully, using a damp rubber glove will easily catch animal hair. How simple is that?

Clean Your Exhaust Fan

Probably one of the least fun things to clean in your home is your exhaust fan. But this tip will definitely cup down your cleaning time. After removing the filters from the hood, fill your sink in with hot water and pour in baking soda and dish soap. Soak, scrub thoroughly, rinse, and dry. And that’s it!

Remove Hard Water Stains in Your Bathroom

An awesome way to have your bathroom free from hard water stains is by applying vinegar to your faucets, showers, sinks and glass door. Soak some paper towels in vinegar and placed them on the areas with hard water. Fill a spray bottled with vinegar and spray on your glass door. You can also use vinegar on shower heads to unclog all of the holes.

Homemade Grout Cleaner

Instead of buying grout cleaner with toxic chemicals, why not make your own? There are plenty of homemade cleaner recipes that you can find on the internet, but I think this is the easiest one to make.

All you need is a mixture of 3/4 baking soda and 1/4 bleach. Mix together until it forms a paste, apply to the grout, and let it sit for five minutes before scrubbing. Rinse off after and you’ll have cleaner tiles!

Sanitize Your Sponge

You clean with your kitchen sponge almost everywhere, so it makes sense that it would accumulate some pretty gross bacteria. So to make it clean and sanitized, consider putting your sponge into the wash with your clothes.

Others have suggested putting it in the microwave for a minute while damp, but this has proven to make things worse. And that’s why I decided to suggest this alternative idea!

Fix Scratches On Wood

Got a piece of wood furniture that’s full of scratched? Give it a new life again and apply a mixture of 3/4 oil (olive oil or vegetable oil) with 1/4 part white vinegar. Use a soft or microfiber cloth to rub the mixture into the scratches on your furniture or cabinets. In just a few minutes, your older furniture will look so much better!


There are so many hacks out there to help you clean your home and I hope I was able to provide you with some tips that will help with cut down on your cleaning time and effort. So give them a try and let me know what you think!

Now, if you have questions about this post, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to help you out!

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Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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