Looking for simple cleaning tips for the house? Save time and clean in half the time with these clever cleaning short-cuts.
disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rejuvenate.
Have you ever wondered what happens when you give a mouse a cookie?
Suffice it to say, it’s a slippery slope.
Kind of like a discussion on all things cleaning.
Like when we talked about cleaning hardwood floors and that turned into how to clean baseboards which turned into how to get scratches out of floors and that turned into where did I get the rug in my front living room.
Just between us? I’m all about the cleaning tips.
To show off how we clean our house, I asked one of the twins to help me make a video. Spoiler alert: I was the director and she was the cleaner.
(total aside: if you want your kids to help you clean the house, just make it into a reality show.)
Here’s our cleaning video premier and 9 of our favorite cleaning tips for the house.
Tip 1: How to clean hardwood floors
We’ve already discussed so many of the details on this here.
But I got so many comments about water and when to use it and when not to use it.
(total aside: I want to stress that a slightly damp mop is best when using water on wood floors and make sure to dry them off with a towel after you are done.)
This is my other solution that I mentioned in that post.
It’s my go-to whenever I’m in a hurry and I just got the call that I’ve got company coming over in a hot minute.
This mop is AMAZING. I love it because you don’t have to change out the pads on the bottom of every room or so. It’s so much more eco-friendly because it has a washable pad that can just be tossed into the washer when you are done. The cleaner bottle just fits into it (we show this more in the video) and you just squirt and go. You don’t have to pause when cleaning the hardwood floors. We use this Rejuvenate Hardwood Floor Cleaner with it. It’s professional strength, designed specifically for hardwood and streak-free.
Quick tip: how to get scratches out of hardwood:
- For light scuff marks, I just use a new tennis ball to remove them. Just rub the tennis ball on the scuff and the traction between the ball and the floor brings the scuff right up.
- If the floor gets scratched and it’s deeper than a scuff? I use stain pens to fill in the scratches and buff it out with a flour sack.
Tip 2: How to clean paint off of hardwood floors
This is one of my very favorite best cleaning tips EVER. I discovered it by accident—but it works like NO TOMORROW.
When you have a paint spill, just wipe it up with a baby wipe.
It will clean everything up and take away the haze that paint can leave behind.
It even works on dried paint, too (if it’s been less than a month since the paint dried). Just scrub with a little elbow grease and watch the dried paint come up.
Tip 3: How to clean slipcovers
I get a lot of questions about how to keep these slipcovers clean.
Here’s my answer.
Water and a microfiber cloth.
Those microfiber cloths are GENIUS. To get rid of small stains on the slipcovers (you want to make sure to catch them as early as you can), just wipe them off with a damp microfiber cloth. I try and wipe the same direction to get the dirt out of the fibers. When you’re done with the cloth, you can just toss it into the washer for the next stain emergency.
Tip 4: How to clean pet hair
I have a lint roller under every sink where I keep my cleaning supplies.
I run that lint roller over pillows and blankets and slipcovers to get rid of pet hair (and people hair, too).
It’s such an easy way to clean.
Just swipe and go.
If you have leather or vinyl chairs, Rejuvenate has an amazing leather and vinyl cleaner that eliminates stains and removes any greasy grimy feel from the surface.
Tip 5: How to clean soap scum in the shower
I can’t stand to scrub the shower.
Generally, I try to get in and get out.
This soap scum remover removes soap scum without ANY scrubbing. There’s also an amazing tile and grout deep cleaner that works on grime and dirt.
Tip 6: How to clean ring around the toilet
One of the simplest cleaning tips for the house is how to remove the ring around the toilet. We have hard water here and even after you clean it, it leaves a faint ring.
I use a dryer sheet.
Just wipe the ring area with a dryer sheet and the friction in the dryer sheet helps clean the porcelain.
They also work on water stains on your shower door.
Tip 7: Kitchen cabinet tips
First, remove everything from the kitchen cabinets.
Next, vacuum out the inside of the cabinets to remove dirt and dust.
Then spray Rejuvenate cabinet and furniture cleaner. It’s specifically designed to remove grease, grime and dirt.
Let cabinets dry and then put everything back in the cabinet.
Spray the outside of the cabinets, too, and wipe and clean the doors and hardware. Use a toothbrush to get the dirt out from around the hardware.
Tip 8: How to clean a vase with a small opening
I have TONS of vases here at the house. Have you ever looked inside a vase once you’ve gotten rid of the flowers?
No. Just no.
Some of my vases have too narrow a neck to get my hands down in there to clean. So instead, I fill the vase about half with water, add a drop of dishwashing liquid and add in a handful of rice. Swirl the rice and the soap around in the vase and it will get all the flower scum off the bottom. Then dump the rice out, rinse the vase off and your vase is clean in minutes.
Tip 9: Tile floor tips
I just showed you the new butler’s pantry and laundry room.
I love the floor in the room, but the grout is hard to keep clean because there’s so much of it. Someone is always spilling coffee on the floor or trash will spill out of the can.
The simple, easy answer? This mop and this floor cleaner.
You just add the cleaner to the mop and squirt and go.
A clean tile floor in minutes.
Rejuvenate also has a great bio enzymatic tile and grout cleaner, too. It has an advanced formula that keeps cleaning the floors and uses natural enzymes to break down dirt and grime.
Here’s to a clean 2020.
I hope you enjoy my best cleaning tips and this post inspired you and helps cut your cleaning time and makes you (and your house) so much happier.
If you have a cleaning tip?
I’d love to hear it.
We amazing cleaners have to stick together. 🙂
disclosure: this post is sponsored by Rejuvenate.
All opinions are my own.
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