Add Ice Cubes To Your Dirty Clothes – And 39 Other Ingenious Laundry Hacks

The average American woman spends 17 minutes a day doing laundry. Yep, 17 minutes! That’s basically two hours every week. And this time-consuming task can also be really annoying. You’ve probably asked yourself questions like, “How can I get rid of laundry wrinkles?” Or, “How can I neutralize stains in a pinch?” Well, luckily for you, we’ve got a whole bunch of hacks to help you get the job done well and quickly. All you need are some everyday household objects – such as ice cubes. Seriously, who knew ice cubes were so handy for laundry?

40. There’s a great alternative to dryer sheets

Dryer sheets have rightfully earned a less-than-stellar reputation, as they can ruin fabrics meant to be breathable, absorbent or flame-retardant. So swap them out for wool dryer balls instead. This all-natural alternative smoothes away wrinkles, improves air flow and makes clothes dry faster. Pretty cool, right?

39. Or try a ball of aluminum foil

Let’s say you’re out of dryer sheets and can’t get your hands on wool dryer balls just yet. Head to the kitchen and grab a sheet of aluminum foil. Ball up the metallic stuff and throw it into your dryer as a stand-in that will effectively fluff your clothes up to a half-year. Magic!

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38. You can DIY a wrinkle releaser

There’s nothing worse than envisioning what you want to wear, pulling it out… and realizing the garment has wrinkles. Luckily, you don’t have to pick something else or spend too long ironing. Instead, pour two cups of water, a tablespoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of hair conditioner into a spray bottle. Mist that over your creased clothes, then pull your garment until the lines release. Voilà!

37. Clean your detergent cap with your laundry

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Your detergent comes with a cap that simplifies measuring and pouring the stuff into your washer. After a few weeks of usage, though, the cap gets sticky and dirty with drips of soap. Turns out, you can clean this quite easily by popping the cap into the washer with a load of non-delicate laundry. Be sure to remove it when you throw everything else into the dryer, mind you.

36. Start gathering lint in a tissue box

You clean lint from your dryer filter after every load of laundry – and then what do you do with it? Rather than tossing it in the trash, put an empty tissue box in your laundry room and start depositing fuzz there. Once the box is full, you can toss it all into your compost bin, since all of it’s biodegradable. Or, if you really want, you can use the lint to make DIY fire starters with toilet paper rolls and wax – just search for a guide online.

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35. Hide another hamper where you need it

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Clothes aren’t the only contents of your washing machine. You also rack up rags and towels from your kitchen. But you might not have a good place to put the dirty ones until you can wash them. So Better Homes & Gardens executive editor Oma Ford shared her fix with the magazine in July 2019. She said, “I keep a basket on a shelf on my kitchen island to serve as a mini hamper for dish towels and cloth napkins so I can tote that laundry to the washer all at once.”

34. Have a do-not-dry symbol

Let’s say you share your laundry responsibilities with your partner or children, but they’re not as versed in what can tumble-dry and what can’t. If you keep finding shrunken garments, then you should adopt the system described by Karman Hotchkiss to Better Homes & Gardens. The magazine’s home editor said, “If something must be line-dried, I put it in a zippered sweater bag before it goes in the hamper, so whoever transfers the laundry knows the item can’t go in the dryer.”

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33. Check colorfastness with a cotton bud

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There’s nothing worse than opening the washing machine door, pulling out your clean clothes and realizing that they’ve gone a new shade of pink or blue. If you suspect a garment isn’t colorfast, test it before throwing it in with – and potentially ruining – everything else. Just wet a cotton bud and swab the inside of the item in question. If any color transfers then you know to hand-wash the piece separately.

32. Make your own detergent pods to save time and money

You can save about $75 a year if you make your own detergent pods. Search for a recipe online, but you can expect to need washing soda, Epsom salt, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and a laundry soap bar. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix for some pleasant post-wash fragrance. No matter what, you’ll scoop the mixture and let the mounds dry, then pop those in with your laundry – just as you would a manufactured pod.

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31. Vinegar will soften your bed sheets

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You don’t need any fancy store-bought formula to soften your bed sheets. Instead, throw them into the washing machine with half of a cup of distilled white vinegar. This simple combination will make your linens feel softer and look brighter, and it’ll strip away any unsavory odors as well.

30. Make extra air-drying space with a common bathroom accessory

You might not have floor space in the laundry room for a stand-up drying rack. So make use of the room you do have, say, on the walls. Hanging some towel bars – yes, the kind that hold your bath and hand towels – will give you the extra space you need for delicates that can’t tumble-dry.

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29. Use a salad spinner for hand-wash-only loads

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Hand-massaging your delicates can be a time-consuming task – not to mention the fact that your labor might not leave your garments as clean as you want them. Next time, pop your garments into a salad spinner, add a bit of your favorite soap and gently spin them clean. You can even dump out the water post-wash and use the spinner to dry everything, too.

28. Neutralize sweat stains with baby shampoo

You might think that you’d need an ultra-powerful detergent to tackle the sweatiest stains in your clothes. But it turns out that famously gentle baby shampoo can do the trick. Just dab the soap onto perspiration marks and let it sit for a half-hour. Then wash the garments as usual and watch as those sweat marks disappear.

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27. Hang sweaters wisely so they don’t stretch out

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Air-drying a sweater isn’t as intuitive as it seems. After all, leaving certain materials to dangle on hangers can stretch them out irreparably. So learn to hang yours properly so that they’ll dry and keep their form. First, fold your knitwear in half, leaving the sides long. Then grab your hanger and angle the hook so that it’s near the armpit. Finally, take the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves and fold them over your hanger. Nice!

26. Keep a piece of chalk in the kitchen

Even if you don’t have a chalkboard nearby, it’s smart to keep a stick of chalk in your kitchen. It turns out that the material is very absorbent – making it the perfect tool for tackling grease stains. So if you’re cooking with oil and it splatters, you can quickly cover it with chalk to handle the grease until you can give your outfit a proper wash.

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25. Harness the power of the sun

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Bring some brightness back to your next load of whites by laundering them on a sunny day. Rather than tossing them in the dryer, though, leave them to dry laid flat outside. Three or four hours under the sun will very effectively brighten your uncolored clothes – no bleach required.

24. Hairspray your ink stains

Don’t count ink-stained garments as a loss. Instead, grab a bottle of hairspray or hand sanitizer and get to spritzing. Let your stain remover of choice sit for ten minutes, then toss the garment into the wash for its usual cycle. The pre-treatment will make it easy for your machine to lift the tough stain. Job done!

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23. Deodorize your clothes with cheap vodka

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You might be wondering how this works because cheap vodka doesn’t have a particularly delightful smell. But if you pick up an inexpensive bottle of booze, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz your clothes, you’ll see how effective it is in neutralizing bad odors. Mist it over an outfit so that you can wear it once more before you wash it, and it’ll still smell fresh. And no, it won’t smell boozy!

22. Wield your hair straightener as a back-up iron

Your iron can get rid of big creases, but what about the finer wrinkles between buttons and hems? Turns out, you can use your hair straightener to finesse these smaller imperfections. Just make sure you clean the plates to remove any styling product residue before you use the device on freshly washed garments. That would only make a mess.

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21. Clean your iron with another laundry supply

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If you still have dryer sheets on hand, don’t throw them away just yet: use them to clean your iron. Start by setting your iron to its lowest heat level and laying a dryer sheet onto your board. When the iron’s warm, run the metal plate over the sheet, and the sheet will latch on to all of the grimy stuff stuck in your iron.

20. Erase stains on the go with this bathroom staple

Needless to say, it’s annoying to find a stain on your outfit while you’re on the go – and it’s worse when you don’t have a change of clothes. Next time that happens, though, rely on this unlikely remedy: shaving cream. This product, commonly stashed in showers and medicine cabinets, has the right ingredients and foamy consistency to lift stains quickly. Just rub some of it into the mark, let it sit and then blot until it disappears. A real time-shaver.

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19. Soak up oil stains with baby powder

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Spilling oil on your clothes can spell disaster because these shiny stains hardly ever come out. But if you think fast and reach for a bottle of baby powder, you can save your garment. Cleaning expert Aya Bradley explained to variety website The Zoe Report in 2020, “All you have to do is sprinkle baby powder on the oil stains and let them soak overnight. It’s like magic.”

18. Take laundry notes with a dry erase marker

Let’s say someone else is throwing your wash into the dryer. Or maybe you don’t always remember what needs to be plucked from the load before it tumbles dry. Either way, you can keep track of what in the washer doesn’t go in the dryer with the help of a dry erase marker. Simply write your notes onto the machine so that you see them and know what comes out and when.

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17. Freeze away bad smells

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You don’t want to wash your jeans quite yet, but they don’t smell so fresh anymore either. Luckily, there’s a solution to this conundrum: your freezer. Stick your denim and other lightly worn garments into the cold overnight. Somehow, the frigid temperatures wick the bad smells away from your clothes. And you’ve heard that you don’t even need to wash jeans anyway, right?

16. Use salt to save colors

You can extend the life of your favorite brightly colored garment with a bit of salt. Those who throw it into the wash with their most pigmented pieces say it works because of the chloride that’s part of salt. This element is said to stall the fading process too. Intriguing.

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15. Repel odors with a smelly soak

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You might wonder how something as strongly scented as vinegar can neutralize odors, but don’t question it – just try it. Add a half-cup of white vinegar to cold water. Then soak smelly and sweat-laden clothes in the brew, which will neutralize odors and break down unpleasant buildup. After giving your clothes at least an hour in this solution, toss them in the washer to complete the job. Just don’t put them in the dryer afterward.

14. Pool noodles make great drying racks

Don’t worry: you’re not going to try and hang your clothes onto pool noodles. That’d be comical, but not practical. Instead, cut the foam tube to match the length of your drying rack’s rods. Then cut the noodle lengthwise on one side so you can slip it onto the rod. That way, you can hang laundry to dry over the pool noodle, and it won’t get creased like it would on a normal airer.

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13. Kitty litter saves you from red wine

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Red wine is a danger to your home interiors and your clothes. Let’s say you’ve splashed some on your outfit, and you need to soak up the deep-colored drink ASAP. Try sprinkling some kitty litter onto the maroon puddle, then press so that it absorbs all of the spill. It sounds crazy, but it just might work.

12. Build-your-own lint roller

Sometimes, a dinky mini lint roller just won’t cut it. If you need to pull fuzz and pet hair from, say, your bed linens or another large surface, then create this DIY, super-sized lint roller. All you have to do is wrap a paint roller with inside-out duct tape and start picking up dirt on your clothes, furniture and more. Sweet!

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11. Have a sticky stain? Use ice

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Let’s say you sit down on a park bench, stand up and realize you’ve got someone else’s gum stuck to you. Fear not: you can easily get it off of your clothes. Just place an ice cube on top of it or any other sticky stains. Let it sit for a few minutes, after which time you can quickly peel away the hardened residue. Pretty cool, no?

10. Need to iron your clothes fast? Grab an ice cube

We told you ice cubes were handy! With the help of an ice cube, you can turn your dryer into a steamer and get rid of wrinkles fast. Throw creased clothes into the basin with a couple of ice cubes before turning the dryer to its highest setting. The heat-and-ice combo will create steam and smooth out the unsightly lines in your garments.

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9. Clean dryer filter with a paint stick

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Next time you’re at the hardware store, be sure to grab a wooden paint stick or two. Turns out, these freebies can help you clean your dryer’s lint trap in a jiffy. Just wrap one of them in a dampened rag or old pillowcase. Then push it into the space and move it around to gather all of the lingering lint. Do this regularly to prevent clogs in your dryer vent, a common issue that can cause a house fire if left unfixed.

8. Toss a clean towel into the dryer with your wet clothes

You can turn up the heat and hope your clothes dry faster – or you can try this proven hack. Throw a clean towel in with your wet clothes, then press start on the machine. Somehow, this combination helps your garments to dry faster, and you just have to refold the towel and put it away afterward.

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7. Raid your pantry to darken darks – or lighten whites

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Black clothes will fade over time – that is, unless you have the grinds to brew a pot of coffee. Add a cup of it – or a cup of tea – to your wash cycle and watch as it revives the color of your darkest wardrobe pieces. Meanwhile, you can brighten your whites with another kitchen must-have: lemons. Slice them, boil them and let the water cool. Then let your whites soak in the mixture for an hour before throwing them into the machine for a regular wash cycle.

6. Never separate a sock pair again, thanks to this hack

You’ve probably seen those small mesh laundry bags meant to keep delicates safe in the washing machine. Grab one – but don’t fill it with your most precious pieces. Instead, hang it on your hamper and fill it with your socks. Then, on laundry day, zip up the container and throw it right into the wash. It’ll keep all of your footwear together – no more searching for pairs of socks.

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5. Unshrink your clothes with baby shampoo

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We’ve mentioned baby shampoo a few times on this list. But that’s because this is a must-have in your laundry cabinet. If you haven’t stocked up yet, then perhaps this hack will sway you. Pour two tablespoons of baby shampoo into a bucket of tepid water. In that mixture, you can soak shrunken clothes, such as sweaters, for 20 minutes. After that, you can flatten and lay the garment as taut as possible to restore it to its original shape and size.

4. Soak up stains with white bread

If you’re out to eat and can’t quickly treat a stain on your clothes, reach for that free basket of bread on the table. A white slice can soak up what you spill: just blot it over the affected area. You can even use this method to get rid of a lipstick stain on your clothes. You know, should you ever need to do that…

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3. Roll up and dry sweaters like burritos

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It can take sweaters a while to dry – unless you know a fun hack like this one. Lay your sweater onto a dry towel. Then grab both pieces and roll them together as you would a yoga mat. Once your garment’s wrapped up in the towel, press lightly to remove as much moisture as you can.

2. DIY a dryer sheet if you can’t give up the smell of them

We’ve already touched on the fact that dryer sheets aren’t great for your clothes. But no one can deny that they smell good – and perhaps you miss the scent they left behind. If so, try this hack: soak a towel in fabric softener, then let it air-dry completely. You can then throw the towel into the dryer with each load of laundry, and it’ll last for 40 to 50 cycles before it’s time to re-douse it in softener.

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1. Don’t forget to clean your washing machine

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The dirt that’s washing out of your clothes can sometimes get stuck in the machine. So restore the basin to a grime-free shine by washing the washer itself with two washes: first with a quart of vinegar, then a second with a cup of baking soda. The vinegar loosens up any stuck-on residue, and the baking soda whisks it away.

Can’t get enough of cleaning-the-house hacks? We didn’t think so! So now that you’ve got your laundry sorted, all that’s left is the rest of the house… It’s not a fancy job, but someone’s got to do it. And when it absolutely, positively has to be done – when your toilet’s looking a little grubby, for instance – we’re here to help. These 40 incredible hacks will make sprucing up your home an absolute breeze.

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40. Smarten up hairbrushes in the dishwasher

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When’s the last time you cleaned your hairbrush? Yeah, it’s not exactly a must-do task. But – without wanting to be gross – think of all the grease and dirt that accumulates on your head. That’s being transferred onto your brushes. Eww! Luckily, there’s a super-quick way to sanitize your hair tools. Just pop them into the dishwasher. That way, they’ll come out fresh and looking almost as good as new.

39. Spruce up your cooking vent with boiling baking soda

You know you need to clean up spills and splatters from your stovetop, but have you ever looked up at your cleaning vent? That can get pretty dirty, too. And if your vent seems a little on the grubby side, then listen up: a quick dip into a bowl of hot water and baking soda should remove any caked-on grease.

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38. Revitalize your mattress with baking soda

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Pretty much no other piece of furniture gets more use than your bed. We do spend a third of our lives sleeping, after all! And even when there are sheets over your mattress, it needs to be cleaned every so often to keep it fresh. All you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda and essential oil onto the surface of the mattress before sucking the odor-neutralizing mix up with a vacuum. Simple!

37. Clean keyboards with Post-it notes

Be honest: how often do you eat over your keyboard? That’s okay, we won’t tell… The crumbs between the keys kinda give the game away, though, and they look pretty nasty to boot. But, yet again, there’s a simple solution – and it may even be within arm’s reach! Thanks to their sticky strips, Post-it notes are able to pick up any unwanted dirt, fluff and, yes, crumbs from the cracks.

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36. Dust ceiling fans with pillowcases

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If there’s anything we’ve learned in life, it’s this: dust is everywhere. And, yes, that includes on ceiling fans. But if you’ve ever found yourself teetering on a ladder with a cloth that seems to disperse the dirt rather than pick it up, turn to a trusty pillowcase instead. You heard us! Simply drape the cover over the blades and wipe them that way.

35. Clean your carpet with vodka

While bread balls can soak up spills, vodka could be the perfect tonic for removing carpet stains. To explain more, Dallas Maids chief Greg Shepard spoke with NBC News. He said, “First blot the stain. Second, pour any type of clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, vodka, white wine) onto the stain. This is better than any over the counter product.”

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34. Remove pet hair with a squeegee

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Pets, such as cats and dogs, shed plenty of hair when they’re mooching around the house, leaving you in a tough spot. As any pet owner will attest, those follicles are very hard to get rid of. With that in mind, a squeegee could be just the thing you’re looking for, as the rubber tool will lift the fluff from sofas and carpets.

33. Clean your coffee grinder with stale bread

If you love your hot beverages, there’s a good chance that a coffee grinder is nestled somewhere in your kitchen. These utensils, though, are incredibly hard to clean with normal equipment. But there is another way to get the job done. By grinding a piece of stale bread, you can clear any residual dirt from the tool.

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32. Clear your gutter in winter

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It could be argued that cleaning out the gutters is one of the toughest jobs you’ll face when maintaining your home. Incredibly, though, the task is made much simpler when the winter months roll around. That’s because all of the muck that’s been accumulating in your gutter will harden. And, at that point, it can be removed far more easily.

31. Clean bathtubs with vinegar and baking soda

When it comes to cleaning bathtubs, Jenice Findley of Fins Property Maintenance shared an idea with NBC News. She explained, “[Mix] one cup vinegar [and] half a cup of baking soda with hot water, pour into the tub and allow to sit for five minutes. Start filling the tub with hot water until it’s approximately a quarter full, and let it sit for an additional five minutes. Then release the drain and rinse thoroughly.”

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30. Sanitize wooden cutting board with salt and lemon

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Unsurprisingly, cutting boards face a lot of wear and tear in the kitchen when preparing food. You can, however, spruce up those wooden slabs with a simple activity at home. By sprinkling some salt on the surface and rubbing it in using half a lemon, the utensil will appear brand new.

29. Clear drains with baking soda and vinegar

Over time, the drains in your house will become clogged with gunk and grime. If you want to clear it all out, call upon baking soda and vinegar once more. For this particular task, you need to send some hot water into the drain, before adding half a cup of the former. Then, dump a cup of the latter down there, too, to help eliminate the muck.

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28. Clean your oven with lemon oil

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From the stove to the oven itself, that area of the kitchen can become dirty very quickly. If you’re struggling to maintain it, Mr. Appliance’s Doug Rogers has a tip. “Spray a mixture of one cup water, one cup vinegar and lemon essential oil onto your stovetop and simply wipe clean,” he told NBC News. “You can use the same technique to clean your oven, which will help prevent kitchen fires.”

27. Steam-clean grills with paper towels

While grilled food can be delicious, the utensil itself gets pretty messy while in use. And that can mean cleaning it is often daunting, but there may be a way to make the task easier. After using the tool, place two wet paper towels on its iron, which will essentially steam clean it.

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26. Clear couch stains with alcohol

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As we learned earlier, alcohol can be very useful in cleaning up carpet stains. That also extends to unwanted marks on microfiber couches which seem impossible to remove. To fix up a dirty sofa, all you need to do is apply some rubbing alcohol to the cushions and massage it in with a bristle brush.

25. Dust blinds with socks

If you shudder at the thought of cleaning your window blinds, Leanne Stapf from The Cleaning Authority has some advice. “Take [a] 50/50 vinegar and water mixture with an old clean sock,” she explained to NBC News. “Swipe the sock over each section and the embedded dust and dirt will come right off your blinds.”

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24. Clean your garbage disposal with a toothbrush

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Unsurprisingly, the garbage disposal can become pretty filthy through constant use. The rubber flaps are particularly vulnerable in that regard, with bits of trash often sticking to them. A trusty toothbrush is a perfect tool to clean that area up, as the sturdy bristles can scrub the waste away.

23. Clear air vents with butter knives

Air vents are arguably some of the most annoying things to clean for a very simple reason. The narrow slats accumulate lots of dust, and it’s almost impossible to clear with a lone cloth. However, if you bring a butter knife into the mix, you can wrap a duster around it before pushing it into the vent.

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22. Dust electronics with coffee filters

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Whether it’s your television or laptop, electronic devices aren’t immune to dust, so Stapf put forward an interesting idea. She said, “Coffee filters are useful items to keep around your living room and office. They are perfect for clearing dust from TV screens, computer monitors and any other screens around the home, without leaving behind any fibers like towels do.”

21. Clear your vacuum head with a seam ripper

A vacuum cleaner is a valuable tool for any homeowner, as it clears the dirt from floors and carpets. Due to that, though, the head can become clogged up with debris, including tangled hair. Should you find yourself in that position, a seam ripper could solve the problem and tear away the collected garbage.

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20. Spruce up your shoes with nail polish remover

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In most cases, shoe polish will help spruce up your footwear ahead of a night out on the town. Yet for trainers, you may need to call upon an entirely different product to get rid of any unwanted marks. As it turns out, nail polish remover will do just that, making stains disappear.

19. Clear lint with a T-shirt

When you put clothes in the dryer, a lot of lint gets left behind. Normally, this fluff makes its way down to the machine’s filter, which also needs to be cleared out regularly. But after removing the trap, you can also get rid of any remaining lint with an old T-shirt, pushing it into the narrow gap.

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18. Get shiny oven racks with a simple concoction

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As you may have guessed by now, vinegar and baking soda are an ideal tag-team when it comes to cleaning awkward household objects. On that note, you can also add oven racks to that list. By mixing the substances together, you’ll be able to clear the baked-in gunk from the trays, producing an impressive sheen.

17. Clean spills with bread balls

Although you try your best to avoid it, there will come a time when you’ll spill some sort of drink in the house. However, instead of fretting over a potential stain, you could remedy the issue quite quickly with a piece of bread. For you see, the slice can absorb a spillage if it’s rolled up into the shape of a ball.

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16. Dust screen doors with lint rollers

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It can be tricky to maintain the cleanliness of a screen door, as the mesh is often bombarded by outside elements. But if you own a lint roller, that job becomes much easier. Whether it’s spider webs or debris generated by plants and trees, the aforementioned object will clear the screen thanks to its sticky surface.

15. Clean pots and pans with olive oil

Do you often find yourself struggling to generate a nice sheen on your cooking equipment? If so, Mat Franken from Aunt Fannie’s may have a solution. He told NBC News, “Olive oil is a great option for cleaning stainless steel, such as pots, pans and appliances. Put olive oil on a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion to buff out any dirty spots.”

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14. Remove cabinet gunk with a simple formula

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Whether we realize it or not, our kitchen cabinets will accumulate plenty of gunk over a period of time. Yet there is a simple way to wipe off that unwanted grime. By blending a bit of baking soda with some vegetable oil, you can use that simple formula to cleanse the cupboards.

13. Remove upholstery smells with vinegar and oil

Upholstery gives all of our furniture a unique look, yet it isn’t immune to picking up unwanted smells after a while. So to freshen things up, call on vinegar once again, alongside essential oils and water. When those three liquids are brought together, troublesome scents are quickly eliminated from chairs and couches.

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12. Clean up your plastic cutting boards with a mystery paste

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While lemons and salt will clean wooden cutting boards, their plastic counterparts are a little different. If you want to spruce up the latter, you could create a puree of sorts using washing up liquid, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. From there, you spread the substance over the board, before removing it after a short period.

11. Cleanse your stove burners with ammonia

Stoves have the potential to become very dirty, especially if you don’t wipe them down after cooking. You can rid the burners of grease, however, thanks to a fairly simple method. To begin with, you need to place them inside a self-sealing bag. Add a touch of ammonia after that. The utensils need to be left in there until the next day, by which point the dirt will be gone.

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10. Spruce up your toilet brush with Pine-Sol

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For the most part, we all have a good idea about how to clean certain household objects. But what of the toilet brush? How do you go about freshening up that particular tool? As it turns out, a simple squirt of Pine-Sol may just do the trick, allowing you to focus on less grimy tasks.

9. Clean toys in a washing machine

Now for something a little more unorthodox. If you’re a parent, your house will no doubt be filled with all manner of different toys. After a time, those playthings will eventually become dirty, but you can still clean them. In fact, you should be able to stick them in the washing machine, providing you have a laundry bag handy.

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8. Clear out crevices with toilet paper rolls

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During a spring clean, crevices can be very tricky to access, even with the aid of a vacuum cleaner. With that in mind, discarded toilet paper rolls could make things a lot easier. All you need to do is stick the cardboard tube on the end of your vacuum, and then position it into the gap.

7. Wash your pillows with tennis balls

Just as you would with normal bed linen, pillows should be washed after a period of time. However, once you’ve taken them out of the machine, there’s something else you can do to freshen them up. Believe it or not, if you want your pillows really fluffy, add some tennis balls to the dryer.

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6. Clear out your toaster with a toothbrush

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Alongside cleaning your teeth, toothbrushes can also be used for some other intriguing tasks. As we highlighted earlier, you could spruce up part of your garbage disposal with one. But away from the sink, these handy little bristled tools can aid you in clearing out your toaster as well, specifically the metal wiring.

5. Clean your toilet with essential oils

While we now know what to do with the toilet brush, what about the toilet itself? On that front, Doyle James of Mr. Rooter Plumbing shared a tip. He told NBC News, “Mix one cup of baking soda with 15 drops of tea tree essential oil, and 15 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for 30 minutes and scrub with a bowl brush before flushing.”

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4. Revitalize your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

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Dishwashers are very helpful tools to have in the kitchen, as they make washing up a lot easier. Unsurprisingly, though, the interior still needs to be cleaned every now and again. To get the best results, put a jug of vinegar in there prior to a wash. You then need to dust the bottom with baking soda and run the appliance a second time.

3. Refresh your microwave with lemon and vinegar

Much like the oven and stove, microwaves can also get really grubby after cooking. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, there is something you can do about it. Fill a glass container with a little bit of vinegar and some lemons, and put it in the microwave. Once it’s finished, don’t open the door right away. Leave it for a few minutes and you’ll notice that any baked-in splatters have been softened by the vapor, ready to be wiped away.

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2. Remove greasy wall stains with chalk

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When a greasy mark appears on your walls, your first instinct may be to try and rub it off. Surprisingly, though, that’s not the best approach. We’re advised, in fact, to run some chalk over the stain, before removing it with a cloth. For you see, the rock is able to soak up grease.

1. Remove water stains with shaving cream

On clear surfaces, water stains are highly noticeable. From mirrors to shower doors, the marks can appear anywhere near a water source. Surprisingly, though, you may already have the perfect tool to tackle these stains in your bathroom. Shepard explained, “Apply shaving cream [to the area] and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off.”

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