10 Household Hacks to Brighten Your Home (and Day!)

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Spring is the perfect time for inviting friends and family over for food, fun and laughter. Whether you find yourself cleaning every day, once a week or even once a month, it’s easy to panic when you have company coming.

Sometimes when you’re in a flash, you don’t have time for a full housecleaning — and that’s alright. With these ten household hacks from our Maid OK team, they’ll never suspect you cleaned it yourself!

1. Stainless Steel

Struggling with endless fingerprints? What about smudges and swipes from the kiddos? All you need to give stainless steel a good, clear shine is a microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol. Not a fan of the smell? Swap olive oil for a similar effect.

2. Shower Glass

Do you notice grime building up in your shower doors? If you’re working with glass, our Oklahoma City maids suggest using a squeegee every time you shower is a quick way to zap any build-up.

3. Tile Flooring

Sometimes, a good sweep simply isn’t enough. When this happens, it’s time to take out the scrubber. Take a small bucket of water, light detergent, a rag or scrubber and go to town. This will pick up those pesky bits stuck between grooves and grout.

4. Baseboards

Turns out, dryer sheets are great for more than just laundry. Rather than a traditional rag, run a dryer sheet along your baseboard and they’ll stay cleaner for much longer!

5. Chrome Fixtures

Dealing with hard water spots in your bathroom? Our Norman maids passed along this handy tip. Cut a lemon in half, rub the cut side over the fixture, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth. You won’t believe the difference it makes!

6. Microwave

Whether you’re at home or work, a microwave coated in food and spilled liquid is a terrifying sight. Rather than taking a scraper to the appliance, pour equal amounts of water and vinegar into a microwave bowl. Place a toothpick or wooden spot into the bowl (this will prevent it from boiling over) and set it on high for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool slightly, open the doors and all you’ll have to do is wipe!

7. Grimy Cabinets

You may not see it at first, but most likely some grime has built up around the handles of your kitchen cabinets. To clear it away, mix one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. Next, you’ll take a toothbrush and scrub the mixture in circular motions. 

8. Garage Stains

Oil stains making your garage space an eye sore? Simply pour a few cans of room-temperature Coca-Cola onto the stain. Let sit overnight and on the next day, blot with old towels and rinse away the remains.

9. Pet Stains

Did Fluffy or Spike make a mess? Our Edmond maids recommend taking a glass of water, dish soap, towel and blotting until it takes away the odor. For more serious cases, opt for vinegar and baking soda. Click here for the full instructions.

10. Grease Stains

Dealing with grease stains from spilled food? Mix four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt and rub the mixture into the stain. Let the surface dry and then vacuum the remains!

We hope you enjoyed our favorite housecleaning hacks! What are some of your favorite go-to’s? Share your ideas and stories with us in the comments below and stay tuned for our next Maid OK blog!

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