Lint Roller Hack
Use a lint roller to clean up small shards of broken glass. After picking up the large pieces by hand, roll the tacky tape of the lint roller around to pick up the smaller ones. It just might save you from a painful glass splinter in the bottom of your foot. It’s one clever way to solve the problem of how to clean up broken glass.
Whiten Piano Keys
Garden Sprayer Cleans Hard-to-Reach SpotsA garden sprayer can be a mini power washer for cleaning windowsills and other hard-to-reach spots. Before you fill the tank with water, be sure to rinse it repeatedly to flush out any chemical residue.
Clear Up Coffee Rings
Make Your Appliances Smudge-FreeIf you own stainless steel kitchen appliances, you may want to consider using car wax to clean them rather than a surface cleaner. Simply apply a light coat of car wax to the appliance, allow time to dry and buff clean to resist fingerprints and smudges. No more kiddy fingerprints on the fridge!
Zip-It Clean!The space between your fridge and the floor is a magnet for pet hair, dust, food crumbs and other small trinkets. And if gone too long without cleaning, it can attract ants and other pests. To make this cleaning task less difficult, use a hair trap cleaner (also called a drain cleaning zip tool), which sells at home improvement stores for under $5. This hair trap won’t leave scratches on the floor and can reach further than a vacuum cleaner attachment. This tool will also help you when your bathroom sinks inevitably clog with hair. Here’s how to unclog a sink.
Activated CharcoalActivated charcoal is an even better adsorbent and odor-killer than baking soda, and can deal with a wider variety of particles. However, this highly purified charcoal dust isn't the best thing to put on your furniture, where it can stain. Instead, consider getting freshener bags of activated charcoal, like these, and hide them in the corners of your furniture to help reduce odors.
The Baking Soda and Vacuum TrickBaking soda is a natural adsorbent, which means it has the ability to absorb odors when used correctly. If you have fabric-covered furniture, then put some baking soda in a salt shaker or similar dispenser and sprinkle it liberally on the furniture you want to freshen up. Baking soda doesn't do its work all at once, so give it time to neutralize as many odor-causing particles as possible. An hour or so is ideal, and for bad situations you may just want to leave the baking soda on overnight (as long as it won't get tracked everywhere by pets). When the time has elapsed, get out the vacuum cleaner and thoroughly vacuum up all the baking soda. This should freshen up most fabrics. Note: Baking soda may have varying effects based on what is causing the odor or general "staleness" of your furniture. It neutralizes acidic compounds very easily, but may not be effective for all problems.
Purchase a PaintbrushLeslie Reichert, founder of The Green Cleaning Coach and author of The Joy Of Green Cleaning uses a stiff paintbrush around her furniture to pull the dirt out without having to move all the furniture around. "You are brushing it out away from the furniture so the vacuum can suck it up," she says. See how setting a vacuum at the right height can ensure a long-lasting carpet.
Floor Swiffer for Walls
Baking Soda + Vinegar = Magic
Remove Hard-Water Buildup with a Lemon
Coffee Filters for Dusting
Dust with Your Dryer
Duster for the Vertically Challenged
Make Your Own Greener Cleaning Solution
Vacuum First, Then Scrub
Protect Your Shower Doors from Mineral Buildup
Clean Your Bagless Vacuum Filter
Renew Wood with Mineral Spirits
Countertop Gap Filler
Remove Tough Grime with Less Scrubbing
Capture Dust - Don't Just Spread It Around
Keep Closets Clear for Easy Cleaning
- Box or bag items on closet shelves. Clear plastic containers are best—they lock fibers in and dust out and let you see what's inside. When you dust, they're easy to pull off the shelves and wipe clean.
- Enclose the clothes you rarely wear. Those coats you wear only in winter shed fibers year-round. Slip garment bags or large garbage bags over them. They help to contain fibers and keep the clothes themselves from becoming coated with dust.
- Keep closet floors clear. If the floor is cluttered, chances are you'll just bypass it while vacuuming. But a wide-open floor adds only a few seconds to the vacuuming chore. And a wire shelf lets you clear all those shoes off the floor without losing storage space.
Remove Tree Sap from Vinyl Siding
A Scrub and a Wax
Remove Tough Stains from Vinyl Flooring
Purify the Air
- Place air purifiers in your most-used rooms to help suck up dust before it settles. Choose air purifier units with True HEPA filters rather than ionic cleaners, which release ozone, a respiratory irritant.
- Add a plant to every room. Plants naturally absorb common indoor pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde. NASA studies have shown that many plants, including aloes, palms and ferns, can absorb as much as 80 percent of the formaldehyde in a room in 24 hours.
- Keep the humidity in your house between 40 and 50 percent to help lower static electricity, which can cause dust to stick to surfaces and make them harder to clean. A humidifier (cleaned regularly) and leafy indoor plants will both increase humidity levels. Just don't increase the level to more than 50 percent. This will promote the growth of mold, a far more dangerous condition than dust. You can monitor humidity levels with a cheap hydrometer from a gardening store.
- Keep your windows closed on windy days. Dust enters through doors and windows in the form of pollen, mold spores and airborne pollutants.