Curing Hacks is a series of articles on how To Fix All Those Hacks in Your Kitchen! Hacks are those small but annoying and dangerous things that sneak into our homes with us. They can be in the form of tiny rodents, cockroaches, or moths, and we become so frustrated that we try to get rid of them by scrubbing, or boiling, or freezing. But the worst is when they get inside the oven and cause a fire. In this series of articles, we’ll finally learn the true secrets to fixing hacks.
Cleaning Hacks That Really Works want to save money, right? So, and so have rounded up 35 of the best, smartest, and easiest cleaning hacks there are from the gunk proof canisters to the vacuum cleaner snake guide. We’ll also discuss how to avoid spending money on hacks in the first place!
Gunk and Grime like a low oxygen environment. So any dirt, grease, and debris that sits around in a kitchen, bathroom, garage, basement, etc. is going to end up as gunk and grime in your sink, counter, floors, etc. (especially on tiles and countertops). Gunk and grime is hard to get out unless you know how to clear it away properly.
If you don’t use commercial cleaning products, then you need to get smart about cleaning. For starters, use only water and non-alkaline cleaning products to clean your counters, tables, windows, and appliances. Commercial cleaning products leave chemicals residue behind which attracts more grime and gunk. (In fact, if you read some of the cleaning product labels, they’re not actually cleaning hacks at all!)
One great way to get out gunk and grime is to simply scrub it clean! But how do you do this? With the right diy cleaning hacks for the job, that’s easy. Some diy hacks for cleaning counters and appliances involve spraying the area with a solution and then working it into the grooves and recesses. Others involve using a steel wool pads to gently scrub the surface – again, gently working the solution into the grooves until the problem is gone.
Let’s take a look at a couple cleaning hacks for the kitchen and bathroom that involve your dishwasher. First up, what if you don’t have a dishwasher? Well, your cleaning tasks in these areas include: rinsing dishes with vinegar, using baking soda to gently scrub the tops of pots and pans, running the dishwasher without running water, scrubbing the interior of the dishwasher, etc. For the dishes alone, what you want to do is spray the tops of dishes with vinegar and then work the baking soda into the crevices and recesses.
Now, you can either use regular dish soap or something special formulated for cleaning garbage. For the garbage cans, I like to run some hot, soapy water over it before filling it with water and then let it soak. Then I run a stiff bristle brush on the edges to gently scrub it clean. Then, rinse with warm water and I use the same tactic for the rest of my garbage cans – but I let the rest of the cans soak in hot, soapy water before rinsing them out with warm water.
Another hack for getting rid of build-up on stainless steel sinks and countertops involves mixing a vinegar and baking soda solution. The end result? Stainless steel surfaces are cleaner than they’ve ever been before. You’ll need to mix the two solutions together according to the manufacturer’s directions, but once that’s done, you can wipe your counter with the solution and have a clean and sanitary sink again.