Scrolling on the internet or Pinterest and one often comes across the following types of articles; “The Easiest Way to…..” or “Try this method…” or “I’ll never buy traditional cleaner again…”. Well, like a lot of you, I save these and vow that I’m going to actually try that someday.
Well that day finally came.
I tried out six different cleaning hacks. The results ranged from “OMG, this really works!” to “That didn’t do shit!”.
Tub and Shower Cleaner
Let me mention before I get into this that we have fiberglass bathtubs in my apartment, and neither of these methods specified if they only work on a particular type.
Spread coarse salt and use half of a grapefruit like a sponge to scrub. Rinse afterwards.
Cut my grapefruit in half and realized I didn’t have any type of salt. Figuring that the salt was just acting as something rough to loosen up grime so the grapefruit juice could actually clean it I substituted granular sugar instead.
Results: This actually worked on some of the stains in the tub. In the pictures you can clearly see a dark ring and with minimal scrubbing effort it did remove it. Didn’t do anything for harder stains around the bottom though. Impressed this worked even a little. Worth buying a grapefruit from time to time, definitely if you are looking to switch to more natural cleaning products.
Mix in equal parts Dawn dish washing liquid and white vinegar. Put into a scrubbing wand. Scrub over the surface of tub and tiles. Let it sit for a while and then rinse off.
The instructions were simple enough and it was pretty easy to scrub using the wand. The instructions failed to mention how long you should let it sit. I left it for about 40 minutes.
Results: Waste of Time. I couldn’t see it doing anything when applying and as you can see from the pictures, there is no difference at all.
Mix 1/4 cup of dish detergent, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 1/4 cups of water into a spray bottle. Spray over entire oven surface and let sit for a while and then wipe off.
Again, it doesn’t tell you how long to let it sit. I left mine for 45 minutes.
Let me explain that in the first picture, the whitish looking smears on the side of the oven are leftover from cleaning with traditional oven cleaner. I find it very cumbersome to get it all off and the fumes are horrible.
Results: It was nice to not have to deal with the fumes and wiping it up was a breeze. I feel like it got some more of the baked on crap off the bottom of the oven as well. Will definitely use this again, but will leave it sitting for a longer period of time.
Cut a lemon in half and place it in a bowl with a cup of water. Microwave on high for three minutes and then let sit for an additional five minutes. Wipe clean.
Results: It does loosen up debris so you can wipe it all out easily, so it does work. I feel like if you stay on top of it, just wiping out with a wet rag will do the same thing. So is it worth wasting a lemon on? Not really. I’d rather squeeze it into my water or tea.
If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, one of my first posts was about getting pet hair off of furniture. I struggle with this. Our dog sheds excessively and I just adopted a cat. The best advice I got from that post was to use a squeegee to gather the hair into a pile and then use a lint brush to get ride of the pile. However, I have to run the squeegee several times over each area to get all the hair and it does take a lot of effort. It’s the chore I hate the most.
Wearing rubber gloves (like you would wear to wash dishes) run hands over furniture and wipe away the pet hair.
Results: This fricking WORKS!! I put on the glove, ran my hand over an area of the couch and seriously, all the pet hair clumped up in a bunch. This will cut in half the time I have to spend on this, maybe even more. I can then throw the clumps onto the carpet and suck them up when I’m running the vacuum. Excuse me while I go update my other post!!
Removing Grease Stains From Clothing
Not sure how big of a problem this is for others, but I must be extremely clumsy when eating because the damn stain is almost always in the same place, bottom front center of my tops. They won’t come out in the laundry. I either continue wearing and cover with a jacket, cut it off and wear it to work out in or throw it away.
Rub a piece of chalk completely over stain. Wipe off and then launder as usual.
Results: This works! Holy shit! It would work even better if you put it on the stain before laundering for the first time, but the shirt in the pictures below has been laundered at least once or twice prior and it still came out to a degree that it is barely noticeable now.
These experiments were pretty enlightening, a couple very beneficial, so I’ll probably do more posts like this. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of this, have insights as to why some of the other methods didn’t work or have a cleaning hack of your own you’d like to share.
Do they sell designer rubber gloves?