Managing the household is a giant chore in itself. To do it efficiently you need a few hands-on tips and tricks or cleaning hacks that can make your everyday cleaning and maintenance more achievable and less of a pain.  

Cleaning Household Hacks: Top 10 DIYs For Tidier Home


Managing the household is a giant chore in itself. To do it efficiently you need a few hands-on tips and tricks or cleaning hacks that can make your everyday cleaning and maintenance more achievable and less of a pain.  

All the hacks that we have provided below do not need any special supplies. You will be able to achieve all hacks with your household supplies. 

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1. Cleaning the drain

Cleaning the drains requires hard work. It can get pretty stuffy at times. Sink water may get clogged. Which will make you may enjoy a very delightful sight of the dirty water chilling in your sink. 

A hack I use from time to time and suggest to all my friends is the baking soda and vinegar hack. 

Things you will need:
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Hot water

Sprinkle a lot of baking soda right in your sink drain. Once the drain opening is fully covered with baking soda, pour vinegar on top. It will begin to bubble quite fiercely. Right then, you have to pour hot water into the drain. It will clean your drain instantly. 

This hack will work almost every time. But it is also important to be proactive and keep the waste out of the drain. Whether it’s your kitchen drain or your bathroom sink. It’s better to take precautions to keep the drains clean than to go the extra mile to clean them later on. 

You can get a drain filter or a net to keep the waste from getting stuck in the drain. These filters are very cheap and very effective. 


2. Cleaning the mirror

We have all been there where nothing really works perfectly to squeaky clean the mirrors. There’s always a stubborn spot that wants to leave rent-free on your mirror. 

No more.  One supply that has never failed me in getting my mirrors sparkly and squeaky clean is toothpaste. And a little goes a long way. 

Things you will need:

Just squeeze a little toothpaste on the mirror and rub it across. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes. Now clean the mirror with a damp paper towel or a cotton cloth. Follow it with a dry wipe. You will be shocked at how easily all the spots on the mirror will come off. 


3. Picking up a broken egg

Picking up a broken egg can be an extremely messy job to pull off. You have to clean multiple times to get the surface really clean and stink-free. 

If you are like me and you tend to suddenly drop or break the raw egg somehow or the other. And the next view you have is the yolk and egg-white all over the floor. Then you need to do this. 

Things you will need
  • Salt
  • Paper towels

Just sprinkle enough salt over the egg so that it covers the entire patch completely. Wait a couple of minutes. This will allow the salt to soak all the liquids in the egg. The next thing you do is pick up the salt with a paper towel. An extra swipe and your surface will be clean. 

I have heard people using sugar too to do the job. I don’t recommend it. As it might leave traces for ants and bugs to track the sugar. Then you will have to find other hacks to get rid of the bugs.


4. Getting rid of the ants 

I think ants have some kind of superpowers. They can literally find out where food is from a mile away. Then their whole community follows. Trust me I have dealt enough with the ants to suggest you this cleaning hack too. If you are dealing with ants, there are two things that you can do. 

Things you will need:
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Water

Mix 50 50 water and vinegar solution and just add a teaspoon of salt in a liter. Spray or wipe wherever you have an ant infestation. 

This solution works if the infestation is mild. Meaning that you can 5-10 ants daily. But if you have a serious ant infestation then try this instead. 

Things you will need:
  • Borax or Boric acid
  • Sugar
  • Warm water

Borax or Boric acid solution. Borax and Boric acid are both a type of poison. They are not the same but both have been proved to kill and repel ants. So, you can choose whichever one is easily available. But, you have to keep this magical potion away from kids and pets and wear gloves when mixing and placing this potion.

      1. Stir half(½) teaspoon boric acid or borax, 8 teaspoons sugar, and 1 cup of warm water.
      2. Mix until the acid and sugar are completely dissolved. 
      3. Leave the mixture out in a container or flat surface where you think is the entrance point of ants. 

You will be disgusted and shocked to see the number of ants dead bodies around the container. Clean or discard the container. Remake and use the potion until you have completely gotten rid of the ants.


5. Fixing the salt

Salt can really make or break your recipe. Getting the seasoning right is an everyday task for most. Sometimes, even the best of master chefs can miss the spot of perfect seasoning and put a little extra salt in the food. 

Now the blunder has been done. What can you do to fix the salt and still keep the flavors intact? Some hacks you might hear of will be putting extra water in the dish and dilute it. This will destroy the flavor profile of your dish. Or add more ingredients to increase the contents of the dish as per the salt added. This will also make your dish sloppy and flavorless. Plus you will be left with so much leftover. 

What can you really do to keep the flavor intact and fix the salt? 

Things you will need:
  • A potato

A potato will come to your rescue. Potatoes can absorb a lot of salt. Just add a peeled potato to the dish. Let it boil and simmer for a little while. You will notice that your dish will become less and less salty. Keep a close eye on the seasoning though. 


6. Shiny wooden furniture

Wooden furniture can lose their shine and beauty over time. With marks and scratches, it can make your furniture look dull, dirty, and old. 

With simple ingredients, you can make your furniture look better and even increase its longevity. All you need is olive oil. Or any other fine refined oil.

Things you will need:

Clean your furniture before using any kind of oils on it. Dust on the furniture can clump on the oils which will make the furniture worst. So first and foremost, clean the furniture well. Then take a few drops of oil on a cleaning (preferably cotton or microfibre) cloth. Keep buffing until the oil gets completely absorbed in the wood. 

Tip: The more you buff, the better will be the shine. Also, it is important to let the wood absorb the oil completely. Otherwise, dust can clump on your furniture due to the oily surface. Run a buff test by swiping your hand over the furniture to see if you still have leftover oil on the furniture surface.


7. Cleaning the microwave

Microwaves have become one of the household staples. Every home has them and uses them daily. Splatters or spills from your food can make your microwave filthy and full of bacteria. 

Sure, there are plenty of microwave cleaners and sprays. But all that comes with an extra cost. I have been using this hack for years now. It has never disappointed me. 

Things you will need:
  • A lemon
  • Water
  • Cloth

Mix water and lemon juice and drench the cloth in the solution. Nuke the cloth in the microwave for a minute and let it sit in the microwave for the next 3-4 minutes. This will allow the lemon to diffuse in the microwave, kill the bacteria, and soften the stains. Open the microwave later and simply wipe it nicely with the same cloth. The stains will come super easy and you have will a clean microwave in a matter of minutes.


8. Scrubbing a burnt pot

Burnt pots are the hardest to clean. It can literally make your hands hurt. All that scrubbing can also damage your nails. Try this hack to clean the burnt pot. I promise it will be cleaner than before. 

Things you will need:
  • Water
  • Bigger pot
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar

Just put your burnt pot, water, baking soda, and vinegar into the bigger pot. Let it boil for a couple of minutes. Let it sit for a few more minutes. Take the burnt pot out and scrub to get the stains off. The stains will come off 500 times easily. In no time, your pot will be cleaner than ever. 

This hack does not work well with non-stick pans and pots.

For non-stick pans, just boil water, salt, and dish-wash in the pan. Let it simmer for some time and then wash as usual. This simple trick will do the job. Trust me!


9. Cleaning your hairbrush

Everybody uses a hairbrush or a comb. It’s one of the things that you use daily yet, it never prioritizes for a clean-up. I am sure you haven’t thought about cleaning your hairbrush since you bought it. You are not alone. Most people don’t really think about their hairbrushes and combs when cleaning comes to mind. 

The truth is that hairbrushes and such personal items should be cleaned every month if not weekly. Your hairbrush is a pile of micro bacteria, dust, dead skin, product buildup, and whatnot. All that nasty stuff goes back in your hair the moment you brush your hair. 

This cleaning hack is simple and easy to do. 

Things you will need:
  • Hot water
  • Liquid Soap or dish-wash
  • A spare toothbrush
  • Baking soda

Mix all the ingredients (of course except the toothbrush). Soak your hairbrushes and combs in this soapy water for 15-20 minutes. Take them out and gently clean your hairbrush with the toothbrush. You will not only clean your filthy hairbrushes but also find great use of the extra or used toothbrush lying in the side rack for centuries now.


10. Cleaning the digital screens

It’s so difficult to clean the digital screens perfectly. Whether it’s your tv, laptop, phones, tablets, or gaming screens. Most people will still clean their laptops and TVs but forget about properly cleaning their phones and tablets. The devices they touch and use daily. 

I think it’s so important to keep the items you use, daily, to be clean. You cannot even imagine the amount of gunk and bacteria that they accumulate over time. 

Things you will need:
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth

Just make some 50-50 water and vinegar mixture. Keep in the small bottle so you can make new every week or so. Spritz it over the screen and wipe it off with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. 

This will not only clean the screen but will also kill the bacteria. 

I hope that you will find these hacks helpful and will use them to make your life easier. If there is a special hack that you use to make your life easier. Let us know. We may update our article and link to you on our other social platforms. 

Best of Luck!

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