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Let’s be honest: cleaning isn’t fun, especially if it’s your own home. And paying your hard-earned money to a professional to clean your house for you isn’t always the best financial option either. (Annie Barker, Deseret News)

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WASHINGTON — Let’s be honest, cleaning isn’t fun, especially if it’s your own home. And paying your hard-earned money to a professional to clean your house for you isn’t always the best financial option either.

Luckily, we here at Wealth of Geeks have compiled some of the best cleaning tips, practices and hacks that the pros don’t want you to know about because we’re all about saving time and money when it comes to keeping your home clean. your home.

Here are 20 of the most common household chores and hacks to make cleaning easier:

smelly drains

This is inevitable: over time, an unpleasant smell will begin to appear from your sewer, especially if you often use the garbage chute. Fortunately, this is easy to fix. To neutralize the smell and smell clean again, simply sprinkle some baking soda down the drain, then squeeze a generous amount of lemon. Let soak for half an hour. Then rinse everything with hot water and rub with a toothbrush.

Painted shower heads

One of our favorite cleaning hacks is this especially original tip. If your shower head has seen better days (watermarks, half-blocked holes), just wrap a plastic bag filled with vinegar around it, let it soak for an hour, and your shower head will work and look like new!

Faucets with water stains

Cleaning stubborn water stains around faucets and other plumbing may seem like a tedious task best done by hiring a professional, but it’s not. We recommend cutting the lemon in half and carefully inspecting all surfaces. Then rub liberally with wax paper to see instant results!

Dirty shower walls

Here’s a tip: A dishwashing stick (and vinegar!) is your best friend when it comes to keeping your house clean. To clean shower walls, add an equal part of vinegar to the dish soap you already used in the rod. After that, just apply a little lube to your elbow and you’ll be staring at clean shower walls in no time.

dusty baseboards

Skirting boards are one of those parts of the house that are easiest to ignore when actively cleaning. A few weeks of neglect and you see a buildup of dust that takes precious time and energy to clean properly. That’s why we recommend wiping down your baseboards with dryer sheets weekly – this quick process will eliminate dust buildup and you’ll be using the product you already have at home. You can even recycle the ones you’ve already used in the dryer.

Dirty blinds

Speaking about the parts of the house that are not paid attention to, blinds can become catastrophically dirty over time. Not only do they look unpleasant, but they can also harbor bacteria. We recommend soaking in a water/vinegar solution for a really hands-on approach to this cleaning. Come to think of it, that sounds like a great little chore for your sock-loving toddler!

striped windows

This particular hack might seem especially ridiculous, but trust us, it works! Use newspaper to clean windows and mirrors and make sure they stay clean and streak free.

dusty lampshades

If your lampshades seem to attract dust better than anything else, there’s a solution: a lint roller is the perfect tool to keep dust off the tops of lampshades throughout your home.

Dirty rugs

Besides being one of the nicest parts of your home, your rug is often overlooked as one of the dirtiest! One of the best tips we can give is to give your rug the same amount of attention you would give dirty dishes in the kitchen. Not only is it used countless times a day, it is also an all-purpose remedy for all types of dirt and bacteria that enter the home.

Dirty toilets

Do you hate deep cleaning toilets? Of course you do. That’s why a quick (10 second!) swirl of the toilet brush every day is one of the best tips we can give. Just a few minutes a day will save you the unenviable task of endlessly cleaning a dirty toilet due to negligence. Your knees will thank you, trust me.

shabby floor

If you have vinyl floors in your home, you will inevitably end up with fresh scuffs from the heels of your shoes on the floor. Unless you have a strict “no shoes in the house” policy for your friends and family. You might think scuff marks are something that only a professional can fix. It is not true! A new tennis ball can remove vinyl marks with just a few seconds of friction. Now how is it for hacking?

Furniture covered in pet hair

It’s common knowledge that pet hair lives in two places: right on your furry friend and right on all your furniture. Luckily, pet hair doesn’t have to live permanently on your furniture, as now you know this great hack: Wrap a clean paint roller with a layer of duct tape facing back and start rolling the fur right away! Think of it like an industrial lint roller that is pet friendly.

Dusty monitors and screens

Have you noticed that a thin layer of dust has formed on your screens over time? A little rubbing with a coffee filter goes a long way.

Dirty microwave

You may have heard of this cleaning hack before, but that’s only because it’s one of the best. If the inside of your microwave is covered in dried sauce and food particles and is clearly dirty, there is an easy way to clean it. Simply fill a coffee cup with boiling water along with a slice of lemon and leave it in the microwave for 10 minutes. The rest of the food will dissolve, and after a few napkins it will be clean again.

We vacuum correctly

Here’s the secret: You’re probably not vacuuming your carpets correctly—or at least half the time. One of our best tips is to not only vacuum vertically, but also horizontally! Dust and debris get stuck in carpets and rugs at different angles, and a single vacuum sweep may not help. That’s why after the first pass, we recommend going through it all over again – this time vacuuming perpendicularly.

Use the dishwasher

Your dishwasher can be used for more than just washing dishes! Many household items made from dishwasher safe materials, such as ceramic and glass, can be washed in the dishwasher. Just be sure to remove fusible plastic and try not to mix dirty household items with a pile of dirty dishes.

Dirty stove

When your stove needs a thorough thorough cleaning, simply sprinkle baking soda on its surface and spritz everything with water – this activates the baking soda’s cleaning power. Leave everything for an hour and then wipe. Yes, it’s that simple!

Dusty ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are usually expensive to clean – a nasty rain of dust falls on you and the floor. But it shouldn’t be like that. Just use a pillowcase. Completely cover each individual ceiling fan blade with a pillowcase. Then slowly wipe and remove the pillowcase. This ensures that all the dust is trapped inside the pillowcase and not all over the place… that’s it!

Dirty stainless steel

If your technique has seen better days, olive oil can help a lot. You’ll be amazed at how effectively a little olive oil and a clean rag can make stainless steel surfaces shine – from your toaster to your refrigerator and everything in between.

Skip paper towels

Speaking of rags, we’ve saved one of our favorite cleaning methods for last. If you do any cleaning in your home, use rags instead of paper towels. After all, rags can be cleaned and reused. There’s a reason professional cleaners don’t use paper towels – it saves money.

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