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Everyone loves hacks that help make life a little easier. We all know different hacks for saving us time in the kitchen, at work, and even fixing things. But saving time on cleaning is the ultimate goal. Nobody wants to spend their day cooped up in the house scrubbing the bathroom! But let’s face it these are things that need to get done and I set out to find the most efficient and eco-friendly way to do so for my home. Here are 8 hacks that worked best for me!  

Use a cleaner that cleans everything

All-purpose cleaners are a homeowners best friends when it comes to cleaning. They are an amazing time saver because they clean just about everything. There are many DIY recipes that you can make, and you will save a ton of money not buying those name brand cleaners that are bad for your health. However, the most simple solution I found effective was vinegar and lemons.

One of my favorite DIY all-purpose cleaners is:

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar

Directions:

  1. Simply fill a spray bottle with solution
  2. Get cleaning

You will have a fantastic disinfectant that cleans and is safe to use.

Keeping tile clean

Tile is notorious for getting slippery and greasy especially on our backsplash which is exposed to oils and water. These are areas that we are constantly wiping down to ensure that not only they look great, but don’t collect a build up. Tile cleaners that we purchase are full of harmful chemicals that we don’t want around our loved ones. I love to use this hard-to-beat DIY solution for my tiles that I learned from my friends at Think Maids Cleaning Service!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • enough liquid dish soap to form a paste
  • Two or three drops of your favorite essential oils for an amazing scent!

Directions:

  1. Add liquid soap to the baking soda stirring until bubbles form
  2. Then add essential oils
  3. Apply the paste to a sponge or brush and clean away!

Stoves and Ovens

This is one of my worst nightmares to clean.I will avoid it at all cost, but eventually it has to be my turn! I refuse to use those breathtaking store bought products that cause us to inhale harsh chemicals. Believe it or not there is a safe way to remove grease, grime, and stains from your stove and oven.

Ingredients:

  • Liquid Soap
  • Borax
  • Hot Water

Directions:

  1. Combine these three ingredients
  2. Spread the mixture in the area to loosen the particles
  3. Then wipe clean with a rag or towel

Cleaning the sink

The kitchen and bathroom sink can turn into a dirty, slimy mess over time, especially if you don’t clean it daily(which I’m sure many of us don’t). I again have a simple homemade solution for you! Say bye, bye to nasty chemicals!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • A couple drops of water
  • 3 drops of Lemon essential oil

Directions:

  1. Simply mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle
  2. Spray the solution and wipe with rag

This will not only clean the sink, but deodorize them as well! TIP: Use a sponge or brush to get those tough to reach places.

Cleaning Windows

Forget those expensive window cleaners! You can create your own brand at home that works even better! This solution will be good for mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces. I honestly believe that this works better than the store bought ones.

Ingredients:

  • Vinegar
  • Couple drops of liquid soap
  • Couple drops of water

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly
  2. Pour the contents into a spray bottle
  3. Get cleaning (for less money)!

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew in the home are some of the most severe allergy triggers for you and your family. You want to deal with this immediately if you run across this issue. This is the best DIY solution you will find.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons of tree-oil (known for its antibiotic properties)

Directions:

  1. Mix the tree-oil and water
  2. Spray the area where the mold and mildew exist
  3. Allow to soak for 24 hours
  4. Next, add the baking powder until paste forms
  5. Clean the area

Cleaning chrome

Again, there is no need to purchase expensive cleaner for the steel and chrome in your home! I love my appliances, but boy to they pick up on everything. I can tell every time my 3 year old has touched the refrigerator. Make this DIY solution and say bye-bye to those marks!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • Few drops of vinegar
  • Few drops of dish soap

Directions:

  1. Mix solution in a clean spray bottle
  2. Apply the solution
  3. Let sit for a couple minutes then wipe clean

*Your steel and chrome surfaces will look as new in no time!*

Use a Caddy for your tools

Don’t run back and forth across the house to keep grabbing a different solution or tool that you need! Keep them all together in one place. It’s simple… get yourself a caddy! This is a great place to store all of your solutions, rags, paper towels, and whatever else you may need! It’s a simple grab and go tool that I believe you will love as much as I do!

Well, what are you waiting for! Go try these 8 hacks for yourself! Believe me you will save time and money with these great tips!