Cleaning Tricks That Made Our Homes Sparkle in 2024

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In the perpetual quest for more efficient and effective cleaning methods, we have stumbled upon some innovative approaches, both new and rediscovered classics. If you missed them the first time around, make a resolution to incorporate these cleaning hacks into your routine in 2022:

Eliminate Deodorant Stains with Dry Cleaner Hangers:

Those cushy hangers from the dry cleaner can do more than just hold your clothes. The Accidental Housewife revealed their secret power in erasing white marks from clothing. Alternatively, Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, suggests using a well-wrung wet washcloth.

Revitalize Grimy Grout with a DIY Solution:

Heloise, our homecare expert, brings us a simple solution for unsightly grout. Mix 3/4 cup of household chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water, don rubber gloves and eye protection, and apply the mixture with a stiff brush. Let it sit, scrub, and rinse for lovely-looking grout.

Fix Carpet Dents with Ice:

A timeless tip from Heloise resurfaced as bloggers marveled at its effectiveness. If furniture rearranging leaves dents in your carpet, place ice cubes on the marks, let them melt, and run a vacuum over the area. The water encourages the carpet fibers to swell, restoring their original shape.

Clean Your Knife Block’s Crevices:

Often overlooked, the knife block is surprisingly easy to clean. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to suck out crumbs or dirt. If needed, employ a hair dryer to blow away any stubborn debris, or use a 12-inch pipe cleaner to gently collect dust and grime from each slot.

Run a Dishwasher Cycle with Vinegar:

To keep your dishwasher in top shape, perform a simple de-gunking process. Place a large glass measuring cup filled with two cups of vinegar on the top rack and run the machine without adding detergent. This quick trick will keep your dishwasher running smoothly.

Use Pantyhose to Retrieve Small Items:

For those tiny, elusive items that seem to disappear, turn to pantyhose. Cover the nozzle with pantyhose secured by a rubber band, and use your vacuum without the fear of losing small pieces in your bag. This ingenious trick is a game-changer for finding and retrieving tiny items.

Banish Cat Pee Stains and Stink:

Heloise provides targeted solutions depending on the surface your cat has chosen to target. Whether it’s carpet, ceramic tile, wood, or upholstery, follow the recommended plan of attack to keep your home smelling fresh and looking pristine.

Clean a French Press the Right Way:

After brewing, rinse your French press with hot water, discard the liquid, and repeat the process four times. If you notice brown residue, it’s time for a deep clean. Scrub the metal parts with a mixture of baking soda and water, rinse, and dry carefully with paper towels to maintain a fresh and clean French press.

Incorporate these cleaning gems into your routine for a sparkling and refreshed home in the coming year.

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