Make your life easier—and get your chores done faster—with these simple cleaning hacks for every room of the house
How to Make Your Own Carpet Cleaner
To get stains out your carpet, try this DIY carpet cleaner recipe from Kids Activities Blog: Use 1/3 of a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (preferably in the dark bottle, which keeps the solution active) and fill the bottle up the rest of the way with water, then add five drops of lemon essential oil. Shake, then spray on carpet. Let set for a minute or so, then scrub gently with a scrub brush. Use a clean rag to blot any extra liquid.
How to Clean Glass Lamp Shades
Put glass shades in the top rack of your dishwasher and run a normal cycle to get them sparkling clean
How to Fill Small Holes in the Wall
If you have small holes from nails in your wall, try spackling with white (not gel) toothpaste.
How to Make Your Own DIY Household Air Freshener and Linen Spray
Blogger The Lone Home Ranger uses a mix of 1 cup water, 1 tbsp vodka, and 1/4 tsp essential oil in a spray bottle to freshen up her home. You can also try on a musty mattress.
How to Dust Ceiling Fans
To quickly clean the dust from a ceiling fan, slip a spare pillowcase over the ceiling fan blade and then pull it off. You'll capture the dust from both sides of the fan—and dust won't fall all over the floor.
How to Clean Up Pet Fur
Have a furry friend at home? A rubber glove or shower squeegee will remove fur from carpets, furniture, and other surfaces. Just rub over the surface and hair will collect right onto the glove or squeegee.
How to Clean Dirty Blinds
Keep Home Simple has a great trick for cleaning blinds: just dip a sock in equal parts water and vinegar, put your hand into the sock, and run your hand over your blind slants to clean. Use another sock to wipe dry.
How to Dust a Fabric Shade
To remove dusty grime from a fabric or paper lampshade, just run a lint roller over it.
How to Get Streak Free Windows
"Use newspaper, crumpled up, instead of a rag or paper towel to clean windows and mirrors. Simply spray with cleaner and wipe away with the newspaper. No lint or streaks," says ALL YOU Reality Checker Stephanie O.