Are you in the midst of a self-isolation cleaning spree? Then don’t miss these 13 brilliant cleaning hacks for tricky-to-clean spaces, like under appliances, window tracks, and more!
Like many others, I’ve been spending a good deal of time cleaning the house lately. With 7 people and 2 dogs currently at home, it’s not exactly a vacation per se, but I have managed to find enough time and energy to cross a few long overdue cleaning projects off my to-do list!
Since I doubt that I’m alone in channeling my energy into cleaning, I thought that today I would share some helpful cleaning tips with all of you! More specifically, today we’ll be exploring some useful tips for cleaning hard-to-reach spaces around the house.
As you work your way around the house in the coming weeks, this list is sure to save you time, energy, and frustration as you clean these tricky locations and items! 🙂
1. Keyboard Cracks
The nooks and crannies beneath the keys of your computer’s keyboard can be tricky to clean, but this cleaning gel can help! Tap the back of your keyboard to dislodge any loose crumbs and dirt, then turn it back over and spread the gel over the keys to pick up any leftover debris.
2. Car Vents
Are the vents in your car looking a bit dusty? Use a cheap sponge paintbrush to swipe any dust or dirt away. The handle on the brush will help you reach inside the vents to brush away dust and dirt, no problem!
3. Window Blinds
Dusting your blinds can be a real pain, but using your kitchen tongs can make it much easier! Just grab your kitchen tongs, a couple of microfiber cleaning cloths, and some rubber bands.
Wrap the cloths around the ends of your tongs and secure them in place with rubber bands. Use the cloth-covered tongs to quickly clean both the top and bottom of each slat of your window blinds.
The faucets in your kitchen and bathroom can get grimy with deposits, mildew, and bacteria over time. An old toothbrush makes a great tool for scrubbing them clean!
The scrubbing action of the toothbrush and a little bit of soapy water will help you clear out all the nooks and crannies.
5. Underneath The Rim Of Your Toilet
The area underneath the rim of your toilet bowl is a hot spot for all kinds of nastiness! Sometimes even a good scrubbing can’t get it completely clean.
The best way to clean this hard-to-reach area is to soak a few paper towels in white vinegar, and stick them up under the rim. Let the vinegar work its magic for about 30 minutes, then discard the paper towels and use your toilet brush to scrub away any remaining gunk. (You can also use this approach to clean grimy shower door tracks!)
6. Window Tracks
Your vacuum probably has attachments for cleaning crevices, but they may not be useful in every situation. For instance, your crevice tool may not be narrow enough to fit into the tracks of your windows to vacuum them out!
A great DIY solution for this problem is to use the cardboard tube from the center of a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Tape one end to your vacuum hose, then flatten the other end until it can fit into your window tracks and other narrow spaces.
7. Dishwasher Filter
In order to keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape, it’s important to keep the inside clean and free of food residues. Use an old toothbrush to clean the screens, filters, and other small removable parts in your dishwasher.
8. Car Crevices
Some of the nooks and crannies around your car’s interior can seem impossible to clean! But using a few cotton swabs makes it fast and easy to to clean them out.
Use a cotton swab to brush away loose dust and dirt, or dampen it with a bit of rubbing alcohol to wipe away stubborn gunk.