5 Home Cleaning Hacks: From Vacuum Cleaners to Sofas

Even though most of us dread them, there’s something satisfying about house chores. Perhaps it’s an area of life where your efforts show immediate results – or maybe it’s just more pleasant to live in a clean home.

With that said, the sooner your cleaning chores are finished the better! In this article, I’ve put together four tips for cleaning your home in less time.

Always Use Your Vacuum Cleaner’s Attachments

Let’s start with a simple tip – making use of the attachments that come with your vacuum. All vacuum cleaners have them, although basic models often only have a crevice tool and dusting brush. Advanced vacuums may include motorised upholstery tools and extension hoses.

As Spotless Vacuum notes, you should use your vacuum’s attachments every time you clean. They are especially important for getting rid of dust and dirt above the floor. Here’s a quick overview of when to use each type:

  • Crevice tool – use this anywhere the standard hose can’t fit. It’s particularly useful for cleaning behind radiators, refrigerator coils and in corners.
  • Dusting brush – this is the perfect tool for cleaning lampshades, blinds and bookshelves. It’s also great for delicate items.
  • Extension wand – this is one of the most obvious tools, but there are a few neat tricks you can use it for. If you’ve dropped an earring down a crack, for example, try stretching a pair of tights over the end of the hose. You’ll be able to suck up the jewellery without it disappearing into the vacuum.
  • Mattress tool – as the name suggests, this is a handy tool for getting rid of dust on mattresses. It’s not as common as other tools on this list, but it’s great if you often suffer from allergies at night.
  • Turbo tool – this is one of the most useful vacuum attachments, especially if you own pets. Unlike a standard upholstery tool, it has rotating bristles to remove more dirt.

5 Home Cleaning Hacks: From Vacuum Cleaners to Sofas

Clean Your Sponge With a Microwave

Sponges are an essential cleaning item – but they can become covered in bacteria. This is especially common for sponges left in the sink. If that happens, there’s an easy way to clean them using nothing more than a microwave.

Simply put the sponge in the microwave and “cook” it for 30-60 seconds on full power. The sponge should be slightly wet before it goes in. Leave it to cool for a few minutes before taking it out, as it’ll become very hot during the process. By the end, nearly all the bacteria will have been killed.

A word of warning though – never use this tip for sponges that contain metal.

5 Home Cleaning Hacks: From Vacuum Cleaners to Sofas

Remove Sofa Odours with Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning substances. But did you know it can be used to remove odours too?

Start by using your vacuum cleaner to remove any loose debris on the sofa. Then sprinkle the baking soda over any area of your sofa that doesn’t smell fresh. Leave it for around 30 minutes to absorb the odour, before using your vacuum to suck it up. This process can also help loosen stains so they are easier to remove.

You can use the same technique to remove odours from carpets too.

5 Home Cleaning Hacks: From Vacuum Cleaners to Sofas

Unblock Your Drain Without Expensive Products

You don’t need expensive cleaning products to unblock your drain. There’s an easy way to unclog it using nothing more than 1 gallon of boiling water, ½ a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Here are the steps:

  1. Pour all the baking soda into the clogged drain.
  2. Follow it up with the cup of vinegar and cover the drain. This starts the chemical reaction that clears the blockage.
  3. Allow the mixture to sit for around 15 minutes.
  4. Clear out the vinegar, baking soda and blockage by pouring boiling water down the drain.

If only part of the blockage is removed, you can repeat this process several times. It may not dislodge the worst blockages, but the process is often as effective as store products.

5 Home Cleaning Hacks: From Vacuum Cleaners to Sofas

Quickly Clean Your Microwave’s Interior

It doesn’t take long for a brand new microwave to become covered in splattered food. Fortunately, there’s a quick method you can use to clean it without spending hours scrubbing.

Start by making a mixture of vinegar, lemon and water (make sure you do this in a microwavable bowl). Add a wooden item, such as a toothpick, as this prevents the water boiling. Then microwave on full power for around five minutes.

After a few minutes to cool, open up the microwave and gently wipe the sides. You’ll be amazed at how easily dried food comes off.


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