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10 Unexpected Cleaning Hacks for Your Home

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
June 10, 2016 · 1.8k Views

Your home is probably filled with beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that you love. You may have even spent quite a bit of cash on these items and had them for many years, which is all the more reason why you have worked so hard to keep them in good condition. You don't want to let go of them, but you have realized it has become difficult to care for them and that you just can't seem to get them to sparkle, shine or even feel the way they did when you first purchased them.

For those who are tired of constantly cleaning or just can't seem to get their furniture to look how they want, here are 10 items to clean your different parts of your home. 


1. Baking Soda

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Chairs and couches are not always easy to clean. It is very common for them to be made with microfiber or other soft fabric, which means they absorb odor fairly easy. To draw out and eliminate odors from these pieces of furniture, you can use baking soda. Sprinkle a little on the couch and let it sit for an hour or two, then vacuum it all up. Your couch should smell clean and fresh afterward. You can repeat this as often as you needed.

2. Hair Dryer

Rings on a wooden table are a nightmare. Coasters are ideal when you have a wooden table and are trying to prevent it from being ruined, but when you are not constantly watching what people are doing, someone may forget and place their cold drink on the table, leaving a nice, big ring for all to see. With a blow dryer, you can remove these rings and restore your table's beauty. Just hold the blow dryer over the water rings until they start to fade.

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3. Olive Oil

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Wooden tables don't shine as much as they originally did after a few years of owning them, but that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do about it. Head to the kitchen and grab some olive oil and a towel or polishing cloth and use it to add a little shine. Remember to move in a circular motion.

4. Squeegee

Both people and animals shed, and this hair and fur will end up being embedded in the carpets around your home. Simply vacuuming your floors won't get all of the hair and fur out of your carpet, so you will need to have a tool dedicated to getting this job done. Squeegees are used to clean windows, but they also work great at cleaning carpets. By running the squeegee over the carpets, you will be able to pull out the hair and fur that is deep down in there.

5. Lint Roller

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Lampshades are often made of thin fabric that collects dust, hair and other debris that is floating around in the air. This has probably made them appear dirty and as if the color has worn away. To clean them, you can use a lint roller. Gently run the roller over the lampshade and watch as everything sticks to it.

6. Shoe Polish

Leather couches tend to come in beautiful colors, but they often fade over time. One way to address this issue and improve the color is to use shoe polish. Just as you use shoe polish to restore the color of your shoes, you can use it for your couch. Simply purchase shoe polish that is the same color for your couch and apply it to the area where the color is fading.

7. Vaccum

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Every now and then, your mattress could stand to be freshened up a bit. To freshen up the mattress, you can apply baking soda and let it sit just long enough to absorb any unpleasant odors. When it is time to remove the baking soda, you can vacuum it up, which will also remove any dirt and debris.

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8. Vinegar and Peppermint Oil

You may have carpets in your home, but there is a good chance you had hardwood floors, too. You don't want to neglect them, so maybe once a week, you can clean them with a water, vinegar and peppermint oil mixture. This particular mixture works great to get the floors clean and leave the room smelling pleasant.

9. Baby Oil

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Not only should you clean the inside of your fridge, but you should also clean the outside. Depending on what your fridge is made out of, it may appear to be old and dull. Even if it is, there is a way you can fix this problem: baby oil. For stainless steel refrigerators, you can use baby oil and a towel to add a little shine.

10. Beer

Beer is just as good for cleaning as it is for drinking. If you find that you have a stubborn stain in your carpet, you can pour a little beer on it. If it works properly, the stain should be lifted out of the carpet within minutes. Don't hesitate to rub the beer in a little bit to aid in the removal process.

Your home is your castle, and you will want it to look clean and presentable at all times. Of course, this will require you to put in a bit of work daily, weekly and even monthly. Whether you have to clean, freshen up or restore every week, it will be worth it if your house looks beautiful and spotless.


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

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