Over the years I’ve collected tons of amazing cleaning tips and tricks, but some are too small to make a video about. You know, a video takes time to create and edit, and these tips while worth it, would take up too much of our precious time.
So today, we’ve compiled 5 of our favorite little cleaning tips, or cleaning hacks, as we are going to call them, and will show you how they’re done. If you like this idea, we can get some more hacks together for you!
Newspaper in trash
I love this for two reasons. Firstly, I hate, with a capital R, smelly, leaky garbage. I mean, nothing grosses me out more. So, if you are not a fan of those green garbage fumes and crusty drips and drops of garbage juice, all you need to do is crumple up some newspaper and place it in the bottom of a fresh garbage bag – you can do this for the kitchen and even for your bigger garbage bags. The newspaper helps absorb odours and leaks. Amazing!
Hanger tag trick
I did this in one of our recent videos, and some of you caught onto it. For those that didn’t, here’s the best way to hang your clothing so that it doesn’t fall down. Slip the garment tag through the top of the hanger hook and then place the shoulders on your hanger as usual. Now, your clothing will stay put! If your clothing comes with a ribbon you can use that as a hanging aide, and you can also criss-cross ribbon straps to help avoid items from falling off the hangers.
Clean a blender
I love my blender to bits and pieces, and use it every single morning for my smoothie – which involves kale, spinach, berries, chia, flax, coconut milk and a bunch of other colorful, sticky and seedy ingredients. Anyway, it gets messy every single morning and can be quite the clean up task, especially where time is limited. So, to clean it up, just fill it with warm water and a drop of dish soap, then turn it on and blend for a few seconds and voila! Be sure to rinse well and leave to dry. I leave my belnder parts in order but i never close the lid in order to allow everything to dry properly and that avoids mildew growth.
Razor to remove pilling
If you get those tiny fabric balls on your clothing, you are a victim of pilling. The good news is, there is an easy way to get rid of them. You can use a dull razor blade to ‘shave’ off the tiny clusters and have a wad of tape handy to easily clean the razor. By using an old razor, it’s dull enough that it won’t ruin the clothing but even with that in mind, be careful to not ruin your clothing! If you don’t have one available, you can use a cheap pumice stone to quickly buff off the tiny balls using short strokes and then grabbing the pile of pills.
Corn starch, chalk or baby powder absorbs grease stains
And finally, should you get a grease stain – you know the rule is to act super fast. Blot up as much oil as you can with a paper towel by pressing down on the stain several times and then, colour over the stain with plain white chalk or sprinkle some baby powder or corn starch on the stain. The powder will absorb the oil on contact and you’ll see it start to form a crust after a few moments. Gently brush off the crust (being careful not to re-sent the stain) and then pre-treat with laundry detergent and launder the item. Done.
so, there are 5 great cleaning hacks – but now it’s your turn, this is a call to the clean my space community – Do you have any that you want to share? Maybe I’ll feature your tip in another video!