Crafts & DIY
12 DIY Deep Cleaning Hacks That Are Borderline Genius
No one likes cleaning, but these handy tips make it so much easier!
Ashley Brewer
04.10.18

No matter how you cut it, cleaning the house is a chore – literally. Unless you’re a ‘neat freak,’ deep cleaning your home probably isn’t very high on your list of favorite things to do. Luckily – there are awesome DIY hacks that will make this dreaded chore much less daunting.

Here are 12 deep cleaning hacks that you definitely need in your life.

DIY, craft, and cleaning professionals shared their favorite tips, and now – cleaning your house will never be the same.

1. ‘De-fuzz’ your screen windows

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Handyman Magazine

Our screen doors on windows and doors can become covered in dust, cobwebs, and other yucky things. Thankfully, all you need is a lint roller to have a clean mesh screen again. Using a new sticky sheet, swipe the roller over the screen on both sides. Having trouble reaching? Tape the lint roller to a pole or broomstick.

2. Soak stove burners overnight

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One Good Thing by Jillee

Popular DIY blogger, One Good Thing by Jillee, absolutely swears by this cleaning hack and says it’s one of the best tips she’s found on Pinterest – EVER. It must be amazing, right? It is! Remove your grimy, dirty stove burners and other parts, place them in a ziplock bag, seal them with ammonia and let soak overnight. All you need to do is wipe and rinse in the morning! Head to her blog for the full tutorial.

3. Keep air vents dust-free

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Home Sweet Homebodies

Once your air vents become dusty, all of that dust and dirt blows into your home and into your lungs. Keep them dirt and dust-free with this awesome hack from Home Sweet Homebodies. Using a rag, a butter knife, and a bit of all-purpose cleaner, you’ll have clean vents in no time! Just spritz some cleaner on the rag and use the butter knife to guide it through the slots of the grate.

4. Disinfect your toilet bowl brush

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Smart School House

Many of us might not think about cleaning our toilet bowl brush, but think about how much bacteria is on it after giving our toilets a scrub – eww! Keep them clean and disinfected by pouring a little bit of Pine Sol or other cleaner into the toilet brush holder. Plus, it will help keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

5. Magically clean baseboards

The Country Chic Cottage
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The Country Chic Cottage

If you haven’t used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser yet, you’re missing out. This fun product truly lives up to its name and is quite magical. Dampen a Magic Eraser (generic brands work just fine) and use it to scrub off dirt, dust, and grime that has gathered on your baseboards. Works great for removing smudges and scuffs from walls too.

6. Remove soap scum from shower doors

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Wonder How To

“Dryer sheets, unlike traditional cleaners, contain ingredients that are known to help soften fabrics and absorb things like static and hair—and the same goes for scum. It softens what’s hanging onto your shower door, and gently eases it off the glass by sucking it into its own fabric,” Wonder How To says.

7. Shine your hardwood floors

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Thrifty Fun

Hardwood floors are absolutely stunning, but they can become scuffed and dirty over time. My Cleaning Solutions has a super easy way to get them shiny and sparkling like new by using just 4 simple ingredients. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon castile soap, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz, mop, and your floors will be gleaming.

8. Super clear faucet handles

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What's Up Fagans

Have you ever cleaned your sink or tub and realized that your clear faucet handles were still filthy? Yuck! Get out that dirt and grime with a Q-tip, a washcloth, and a few other supplies. What’s Up Fagans has the full step-by-step tutorial for extra clear faucet handles.

9. Shine up your glass cooktop

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Happy Mama Tales

Happy Mama Tales has a super easy hack on how to clean glass cooktops in a flash. The best part is that you probably already have all of the supplies you’ll need already! Using Dawn dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and a bit of baking soda, your glass cooktop will be so shiny you’ll be able to see your reflection. The full tutorial is here.

10. Deep clean your garbage disposal

Family Handyman
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Family Handyman

Lots of people throw chunks of citrus or ice into their garbage disposal to help get rid of nasty smells, but really, it’s just masking the problem. In order to truly have an odor-free kitchen, you’ll need to make sure your garbage disposal is hiding grease and food. The Family Handyman will show you how to accomplish this with an old toothbrush and a couple steps.

11. Fix a stinky vacuum

The Krazy Coupon Lady
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The Krazy Coupon Lady

The Krazy Coupon Lady suggests to vacuum up a couple dozen laundry scent balls like Downy Unstopables or some cinnamon if you find that your vacuum is emitting a funky smell. This should help freshen the scent for a few weeks.

12. Super clean your stainless steel sink

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For a super sparkling stainless steel sink, “start by making a paste of water and baking soda. Scrub this around with a sponge, let it dry and then wipe it away with a damp cloth. When your sink is dry, sprinkle in a little flour and with a cloth, polish the steel. Rinse out the flour and let it dry. Finally, put a few drops of olive oil on a clean cloth and use that to shine the steel in your sink.”

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By Ashley Brewer
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Ashley Brewer is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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