12 Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

Foolproof hacks to save you time, money, and a hassle!

You have a crazy schedule and a million things on your mind, and sometimes your hectic life has you leaving the thought of cleaning in the dust–no pun intended. Cleaning up your room, apartment, or house is a necessary evil- and we totally get it, but consistently “forgetting” to clean will eventually come back to bite you, and hard. Not to mention your living space serves as a reflection of your mindset; a tidy atmosphere lends to a rational, balanced, stress-free mentality whereas a cluttered room triggers scattered thoughts.

That said, cleaning doesn’t have to suck away every ounce of energy you might have remaining after a long week. Here at Skinny Ms., we’re hooking you up with some handy dandy shortcuts to make cleaning those tricky spots around your house a cinch! Think of tips as a cheat sheet, only by “cheating” we actually just mean saving a boatload of money and time! These brilliant hacks utilize household items you probably have lying around already. So what are you waiting for? Make life easier for yourself with these incredible cleaning hacks!

1. Eliminate garbage stink with lemon.

Citrus works wonders for de-stinking that lingering garbage smell. Toss half a lemon, or some rough lemon peels into your disposal. The acid from the fruit and peels breaks up garbage build-up while leaving a fresh scent.

2. Use vinegar for hard water spots.

Why empty your wallet on expensive cleaning products when this ordinary household item does the trick? White vinegar acts as a miracle cleaning fluid when it comes to hard water spots. Simply whip up a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, pour the solution in a spray bottle, and voila–an uber-affordable answer to that stubborn hard water crust!

And if pet stains are causing you trouble, allow vinegar to swoop to your rescue. Check out this DIY Natural Pet Stain Remover, and whip up your own vinegar-based stain remover in no time!

3. Use baking soda as a natural deodorizer.

This cheap and versatile household staple offers countless of uses, but it’s especially efficient as a natural deodorizer! Where most air fresheners contain a boatload of chemicals that come with their own set of dangers, baking soda acts as an eco-friendly, safe, and affordable alternative. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of essential oil, dilute with water, and pour the solution into a spray bottle.

For more ways to take advantage of this super resourceful item, check out 45 Uses for Baking Soda.

4. Freshen up a room with dryer sheets.

If you have an air conditioner, keep your room smelling lovely by simply placing a few dryer sheets over the base of your air filter. This simple trick freshens up a room like none other. This works as a safer, cheaper, and longer lasting alternative to candles or plugin air fresheners!

5. Clean your toilet with cola.

Sure-we definitely don’t advocate drinking the stuff, but the ever-popular beverage works wonders when it comes to cleaning toilets. Why? Coke contains carbonic and phosphoric acid that makes it an uber-powerful cleaning agent! Pour a cup or two of coke around the rim of your toilet bowl and let the mixture sit for at least an hour, flush, and step back to observe a sparkling clean bowl!

6. Pick up dust with a lint roller.

When you don’t have time to bust the vacuum out, lint rollers have got you covered. You can use them on anything- wood, glass, carpet, you name it! And the best part? These handy appliances can fit just about everywhere, ensuring that you cover every nook and cranny possible, without having to move big pieces of furniture around. Lint rollers also prove themselves efficient in cleaning out dust and other junk from drawers or handbags.

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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