TikTok may be best known for its viral dance challenges, but recently, it’s the clever cleaning hacks shared on the popular social media platform that have caught our attention. Users of the app have been sharing ingenious cleaning tricks, from how to quickly disinfect all of your kids’ LEGOs to the most effective way to clean white sneakers. Even this spring’s laundry stripping trend got a boost in popularity from millions of TikTok views. Here are a handful of the TikTok cleaning tutorials we’re most likely to add to our regular cleaning routines.
Cleaning LEGOs in the Dishwasher
If your children have amassed an enormous collection of LEGOs, attempting to keep them clean and disinfected can be a time-consuming chore.
That is, until we spotted this smart cleaning hack from TikTok user @hollyvlogsofficial: Fill a mesh laundry bag with LEGOs, then place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. The heat and steam will not only clean gunk and crumbs off the blocks, but it will also disinfect them. Watch the entire process in action here.
Laundry stripping—or the process of deep-cleaning sheets and towels to remove all of the dirt and residue hiding in the fibers—went viral this spring. TikTok user @mrslaurenelms put the laundry hack to the test, and the results are satisfyingly gross. After a five-hour soak in the tub, the supposedly “clean” bath towels turn the water a murky brown color.
Since the video was posted on April 24, it has collected more than 800,000 likes and thousands of comments. Want to test it out on your own towels? Grab some borax, washing soda, and detergent, then follow the steps here.
The Ultimate Oven Cleaner
If all the home cooking you’ve been doing the past few months has left your oven covered in grease and grime, TikTok has the solution.
According to @gia_gabrielle, the secret to a spotless oven is a mixture of three ingredients you probably already have at home: baking soda, white vinegar, and dishwashing liquid. When combined, the ingredients create a chemical reaction that results in a cleansing foam. Watch the step-by-step instructions here.
The Right Way to Clean a Toilet
Most of us clean the toilet by scrubbing the inside of the bowl and wiping down the exterior—but how often do you think to clean the toilet tank itself? TikTok user @imagineitdone stopped us in our tracks with her video reminding us to clean the inside of the tank as well. Turns out, most of us have been cleaning our toilets wrong for years!
First, she opens up the lid of the tank, flushes the toilet to lower the water level, then scrubs the tank with a bristled brush. Follow along with the video here.
A Stain Remover for White Sneakers
Have a pair of white sneakers that are starting to look a little dingy? TikTok user @lillianbabaian shared her secret trick for spotless shoes: a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. We’ve tried this technique ourselves and can vouch that it works on leather sneakers!
Once all of the major stains are gone, follow up with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, scrubbed onto the shoe with a toothbrush. Viola—your shoes will look brand new.