Have you ever read or watched a life hack video or read an article and thought, “Does that hack actually work?” In my experience sometimes they work, but sometimes they’re just epic failures. So, the question is: are the people putting out these videos and articles testing these hacks at all? One thing you can count on here at Clean My Space is that we test our hacks thoroughly—sharing only the ones that really work. So, let’s take a closer look at five cleaning life hacks and see if they actually work, or if they’re busted!
Coke Cleaning Hack!
Pouring Coke down a toilet bowl can seem a little gross, and if you’re a Coke fan… a little bit of a waste. Nevertheless, some people swear that Coke can make a toilet bowl sparkle! The idea is that Coke is acidic, which means that it should be able to break down hard water stains. But really, so can vinegar, and it’s way cheaper! Coke obviously also contains sugar, which means letting it hang out in your toilet bowl can lead to bacteria growth, which is something we definitely don’t want. The results? Guys, this popular cleaning life hack (bordering on myth) is just a fail—clean your toilet with a toilet bowl cleaner, not Coke.
DIY Chlorine Free Bleach
A couple of years back we made a video where we made a DIY chlorine-free bleach. The whole CMS team went down to the basement to film the video, we had all of the ingredients—lemon, washing soda and all kinds of other stuff. Basically, you blend everything up and end up with this disgusting looking slurry. You dump it in a bucket, add some hot water, throw in your garments and then let it sit overnight. “There is no way that this is going to work!” was the general consensus. In the morning, however, we cleaned it off, laundered the shirt and… wow! Snow white. It worked like a charm.
Hydrogen Peroxide Cleans Cookie Sheets!
We recently did a video all about uses for hydrogen peroxide, that miracle stuff in the brown bottle. One of the cleaning life hacks that we kept coming across was this magical ability for hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to remove baked on and carbonized grease from cookie sheets. This is actually a really big cleaning challenge—no question about it. So, we put it to the test. We followed all the instructions. We did all the things: apply the mixture, let it sit, scrub it a little, etc. A ton of people claimed this hack worked like magic. For us, it was nothing short of absolutely not-magical. You could get the same results using just baking soda by itself. In other words, this hack was a fail.
We came across a hack that used compressed air to clean tough to reach areas—dirt in window sills, dusty air vents, that kind of stuff. So, we gave this one a test and the thing is, does it work? Yes. It gets stuff out of cracks and crevices. The problem is, it gives you an explosion of dust and dirt that you will then just have to vacuum up anyway. So, while technically it does work, it’s not really saving you time which is what a hack is supposed to do. So, we’re going to mark this one down as “sort-of-works”, but I think there is a better way that you could accomplish these tasks.
Shower Head Cleaner
If you have a crusty shower head that’s not working properly, you’ve likely seen the hack that tells you to soak it in vinegar overnight. Does this actually work? Well, we’ve done it several times at the CMS HQ and we’ve spread the good word—this hack really works.
All you have to do is take some vinegar (if you have full strength vinegar that’s even better), fill a bag with it and tie off the bag on top of your shower head. Let it soak overnight and do its magic. Vinegar has the ability to break down hard water and mineral deposits, all of the things that are causing blockages to build up in your shower head. The next morning just give it a quick rinse and you’ll see, your shower head is running perfectly.
Is there a hack that you are just so unsure of that you would like to see us test? Let us know in the comments down below.