Chances are there are dozens of items in your house you don’t know how to clean properly, are cleaning incorrectly, or don’t even know you should clean. Between odd items, like weirdly shaped bottles that just defy a good interior scrub, unusual stains (acrylic paint pretty much renders a shirt useless for most people), and appliances that seem like they shouldn’t need to be cleaned (but the washing machine has soap and water in it all the time!), you don’t want to know how many dirty things you’ve overlooked in your household.
Luckily, we’ve complied a list of the proper way to clean nearly 90 items. Read on to discover what you haven’t been cleaning correctly (or at all).
1. Clothing with Acrylic Paint Stains
Rubbing alcohol is the trick here.
Vents definitely need to be cleaned so they don’t blow all that accumulated dust into the air. Learn how here.
3. Pit Stains
1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide combined with 1/8 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of Dawn does the trick.
4. Bagless Vaccum Cleaner
These vacuums usually have to be partially disassembled to clean. See how here.
5. Bath Toys
Soaking in vinegar and water is best, but check out the tips here for even more handy information.
6. Exhaust Fans
Canned air is all you need to clean exhaust fans.
Good old vinegar and water is the cleaning agent, but the real trick is to use a sock to really get those blinds easily.
Brass can be cleaned easily with a salted lemon half.
For those really burnt on stains, boil water and vinegar and then add baking soda off the heat. Scrubbing should be easier.
10. Pet Hair
Squeegees are great for getting all that pet hair out of the carpet.
11. Cast Iron
Coarse-grain salt will clean a cast iron pan without ruining the seasoning.
Graters can be easily cleaned by using half a potato.
Check out this awesome way to clean your grill with an onion!
14. Clarisonic Brushes
Rather than constantly by new heads for your brush, clean it.
16. Coffee Stains
Baking soda does wonders to eliminate these stains.
Grind some bread, baking soda, or rice through then wipe clean.
This easy oven cleaning solution will save you many uncomfortable hours scrubbing.
20. Curling Iron
The trick for curling irons is steel wool.