Jun 22, 2016

30 Housekeeping Tips & Tricks For A Clean House


Prevention is the name of the game, when it comes to housekeeping!  A clean house doesn’t have to take an entire weekend or tons of elbow grease to achieve. The more mess, damage and build-up you can prevent, the easier it will be to keep your home clean.  Your house will be more comfortable, and feel more like home when you can keep it cleaner, longer.

  • Place doormats on the inside and outside of your exit/entry doors to your home.  This simple trick will not only encourage double-wiping of the feet before entering the home, you have a better chance of less dirt and grime inside.  Your floors will thank you!

  • If your freezer tends to accumulate ice build-up, just use cooking spray!  A thick layer sprayed over those icy spots will keep the areas free of ice.  Just spray, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  Wipe it up with paper towels, and you’ll immediately notice a difference.

  • Indoor plants can get dusty and dried out (especially if you have your heating system running). Give them some new life, by placing them in the shower and rinsing them off.  They will appreciate the extra water and one-on-one attention, plus, they will be fresher, greener and more lively!  Shine them up even more by applying a teaspoon of mayonnaise to their leaves, and rubbing it in, after their bath.

  • Tennis balls are a great way to get a quick cleaning of your pool.  Toss a new ball into the water, and it will help soak up all of that sunscreen, suntan lotion and natural body oils that swimmers leave behind.

  • Decorative rugs and runners will help maintain the life of high-traffic carpeted areas in your home. You’ll find that you’ll only need to deep clean your carpet every season, instead of every month.  This is an easy way to achieve the look of a clean house, even when deep cleaning needs to be done.

  • Baking soda offers a ton of  great benefits, outside of cooking and baking.  Sprinkle a tablespoon inside gym bags and workout shoes to freshen them up.  Leave an open box in your freezer to keep that musty stench a bay.  Mix 4 tablespoons with a quart of warm water in a spray bottle for quick wipe downs of your bathroom and kitchen counters.  Sprinkle on couches and other places pets spend time.  Let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up to refreshen those areas.  1/2 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup vinegar can help to unclog kitchen and bathroom drains, too.

  • Dryer sheets are a great way to clean your baseboards!  Attach them to a handle (Swiffer, duster, etc.) and run them along the entire length of the boards.  This will repel dust and offer a nice, clean scent.

  • If you have porcelain fixtures in your home, rub them with vodka and a moist cloth.  After rubbing for a while, sit back and admire that shine!

  • Save some time and get the most out of your dishwasher.  Plastic toys, water bottles, pet dishes and toothbrush holders can all be washed in there with your dishes!

  • Avoid soap scum buildup on your glass shower doors with automotive rain repellent windshield sealant. Just apply it to clean doors, and you’ll be scrubbing far less often.

  • Never put orange or lemon rinds in the garbage disposal!  Just throw in a handful of ice cubes every couple of weeks, and turn it on.  This will help keep the blades sharp and ready to grind.

  • Use a lint roller over couches, bed spreads, lamp shades and small areas for a quick clean, when company drops by.

  • If you have copper pots and pans, rub some ketchup on them, then wipe it off and clean with dish soap and water.  That ketchup will surprise you with the shine it brings out in the copper!

  • Make those windows shine!  Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to a gallon of water, and put it in a spray bottle.  You just made a DIY window cleaner!

  • Cutting boards in the kitchen can retain a lot of stains and smells.  Sprinkle baking soda over the surface, then use 1/2 of a lemon to scrub the stains out.

  • Dish soap is a great way to get dust, dirt and grime off of patio and outdoor furniture.  Use a drop of soap with some warm water, scrub down the furniture, then rinse off with your garden hose.

  • Walnuts can be used to cover up scratches and scuffs from wooden furniture!  Just rub the nut over the surface, and voila!

  • Get that nasty burnt-in food out of your oven with this simple tip:  First, chip off pieces and remove them.  Spray down with ammonia, then throw some baking soda on top.  Add a little white vinegar and let it bubble for a few minutes.  After that, you’ll easily be able to wipe away the food!

  • Make the microwave easier to wipe down, by placing a cup of water and cut up lemon in the center of the microwave.  Turn it on high, and leave it in there until the window starts to get steamy.  Leave the bowl for 15 minutes before opening the door.  Remove it, and watch how easily grime is wiped off the walls!

  • When the kids and animals are tracking mud into your home, don’t worry about cleaning those hardwood floors immediately!  Wait until the mud dries and hardens, so it’s easier to wipe up.  A little vinegar and hot water should do the trick.

  • Nasty stain on the carpet?  Just dissolve 1 tablespoon of dish soap into a cup of warm water.  BLOT (do not rub!) the stain with a soaked white cloth, rinse it out, then continue to blot.  The stain will lift off the carpet and onto your cloth!  Continue to blot with plain, cold water and then a dry cloth to finish.

  • Extra pillow cases are a quick and easy way to clean the blades of your ceiling fans.  Say good-bye to dust by putting each blade inside, then sliding it off.

  • If you clean with sponges, you know that they can get super stinky super quickly.  Rinse out your sponges after use, and dry them in the microwave until dry.  Once they start to fall apart, it’s time to replace them.

  • Combine equal parts dish soap and vinegar, and place it in a dollar store dish wand.  These are scrubber sponges attached to a hollow wand that can be filled with dish soap for easy cleaning.  Leave this on a hook in your shower, and every few days, while you’re already in there cleaning yourself, grab the wand and wipe down your shower!  Ta-da!

  • Use 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda to make into a paste.  Dip a toothbrush in it, and get your kitchen cabinets super clean by scrubbing them down.

  • Those rubber gloves you wear when you do dishes and clean don’t need to come off right away!  Leave them on, and run your hands over your couches and fabric-covered furniture. The pet hair, human hair and crumbs will cling to the gloves and save you tons of time with spot cleaning.

  • Those burner plates on your stovetop can get pretty gross.  The easiest way to clean them, without scrubbing is to put a few tablespoons of ammonia in a large Ziploc bag, with each burner.  Leave the bags outside overnight, remove the burners and wash off with warm water.  The fumes from simple ammonia are powerful enough to break through that burnt food!

  • Lemons are a great natural cleaner.  Cut a lemon in half, and rub it on kitchen and bathroom areas where hard water leaves those pesky stains.  Rinse with warm water and you’ll have a super shine!

  • Your bathroom fan/exhaust needs attention, too.  Don’t let it build-up with dust!  Just use the canned air normally used for computer keyboards to get it clean and dust-free.

  • Clean your blinds quickly and easily by combining 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water.  Use an old sock, and place your hand inside like a puppet.  Dip the sock in the mixture, and run your hand over each blind to get rid of dust and dirt!


A clean house makes a comfortable and livable home.  Housekeeping doesn’t have to be a chore, when you have tips and tricks to make it easier and much more fun!  Continue to use these ideas to keep your home sparkling and fresh, and save the deep cleaning marathon to twice a year, instead of once a month.


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