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6 Hacks Every Clean Person Knows

Making your bed, dusting shelves, and taking out the trash: piece of cake times three. If only all household chores could be this easy. When the inside of a vase gets so muck-ridden that it’s probably a health-code violation or your air conditioner is literally blowing filth into your face, this whole adulting thing starts to become a little more than you bargained for.

That’s where magic hacks come into play. Hacks are great, because they mean you don’t have to inhale toxic fumes just to pry off caked-on stains from your oven walls or coax mildew out of your shower (mildew loves it in there). There’s a better way to clean: the green way. Here are eleven natural, clever solutions for even the foulest of funk in your house.

1. Problem: The dust caked inside the vents of your bathroom exhaust fan, ceiling grills, or air conditioner is an inch thick. Solution: Since you have more precious things to do with your time than to swipe each nook and cranny with soaked cotton swabs (guilty), turn to the same tool you use to clean your computer keyboard: canned air. Be sure to wear a dust mask before you get down to business and wipe up dust from wherever it lands.
2. Problem: Your showerhead has accumulated a filmy coating composed of hard-water minerals, soap residue, and nasty bacteria. Solution: Skip the scrubbing and give your showerhead a shower cap. Take a plastic sandwich bag, pour some white vinegar inside, then secure it around the neck of your showerhead with a rubber band or twist tie. Let it marinate for about an hour. Then, remove the bag and wipe down the showerhead with a lint-free cloth.
3. Problem: The mildew has made its way to your shower tracks. (The good news? You have a sliding-door shower. Go you!) Solution: Soak paper towels in vinegar and fit them into the tracks. After a half hour, remove and brush away the loosened mildew with a toothbrush and cotton swabs. It’ll come right up — no heavy scrubbing (or noxious fumes) required.
4. Problem: You don’t need glasses; You just need to clean all that dust off your monitor, tablet, or smartphone screen, but you don’t have one of those special microfiber cloths on hand. Solution: Coffee filters! Not only do they pick up the dust without scratching your screen, but they remove static, too. A double-duty hack!
5. Problem: Three words: toilet bowl residue. Solution: This one’s more of a preventative hack. Fill a Mason jar with white vinegar, punch a few holes into the metal lid, place the lidded jar upside-down in your toilet tank, and every time you flush, a little bit of the vinegar will pour out with the water. Plus, it won’t turn the water that creepy blue color.
6. Problem: The blades of your ceiling fan are thick with dust — and they’re blowing the dust back into the air for you to breathe. No, thank you. Solution: Wrap each blade in a used pillow case (yes, fish it out from your laundry basket) and pull off dust while keeping it contained inside in the case. Genius!


Source: Refinery 29 

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Kyle Barber

Kyle is passionate writer, independant thinker, and digital savvy lady with a deep love of marketing and all the challenges it presents.

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