80+ Amazing Cleaning Tricks!

I love the look and feel of a clean home.

I’m addicted to reading and sharing cleaning tricks, like the ones I’ve collected on Hometalk.

 80+ Amazing Cleaning Tips! Mrs. Hines' Class

But, cleaning is the number one thing that I “put off ’til tomorrow.”

I even made a cleaning schedulethat I never follow.  I’m more of a go with the flow person.  Trouble with that is, that the flow never seems to land.

Every time I open my fridge I think, ” I need to clean the refrigerator this week.”


Homemade Dishwasher Detergent by Making Lemonade is one of OVER 80 Amazing Cleaing Tricks featured on Mrs. Hines' Classplease click on photo for original source before pinning 


Or when I see recipes for homemade cleaners like this one from The Seasoned Homemaker,  I add it to my to-do list.

I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret.  I have not cleaned the grout on my tile floors,


This DIY Grout Cleaner by Making Lemonade is one OVER 80 Amazing Cleaning Tricks featured by Mrs. Hines' Classplease click on photo for original source before pinning 


nor washed our windows in the six years we’ve lived in this house.


This Streak Free Window Cleaner by Mom 4 Real is one of OVER 80 Amazing Cleaning Tricks featured by Mrs. Hines' Classplease click on photo for original source before pinning 


Now, it’s not all horror and shame.  I have tried several of the cleaning tips that I’ve discovered, like using a pillowcase for dusting ceiling fans 




and DIY carpet stain removal.




Knowing my house isn’t clean is burdensome.  So this week for my 31 Days to Finished series, I will be trying some new cleaning tips, and using tried and true ones as I give my home a deep cleaning for the Fall.




After all, I really believe that a clean home is the basis for a beautiful home.


For the rest of the posts in the 31 Days to Finished series, click here


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  1. Sweet collection!!! Thanks for getting it all in one place for us 🙂 Happy weekend Sharon – Shannon

  2. I’ll be looking forward to some cleaning tips – and if you know an easy way to wash windows, let us know about that, too! I’m with you in not having washed my windows in years!

  3. I’m glad to know that I’m in good company. There are a couple of washing windows tips in the collection and I plan to try them both. I’ll let you know which one works best.

  4. Sharon, I definitely need to read ALL of these because I need all the help I can get! Cleaning is one thing that always seems to get pushed to the back burner because there is never enough time. 🙂 Thanks so much for all of the great tips – pinning and sharing on Twitter! Have a happy Monday!

  5. Great clipboard! It’s so good to have these all in one place. Thank you for curating!

  6. I am a cleaning expert, I do this for a living and I am considered sought after because I know everything about surfaces if I don’t I go directly to the manufactor. Being educated about one of expensive surfaces is the only way to protect them. On newer windows they now such as Pella they. Only want you to use vinegar. Anything else will leave a film. That means no dish soap or ammonia. Never use vinegar on Granite or marble, nor ever use lemon or anomina, nor any cleaners. A drop or two of dish soap, rinse and buff dry. Using vinegar on wood floors is a Huge no no. Again a drop or two of dish soap, micro fiber mop, dry. If you don’t have to don’t mop wood floors. If your grandmother used vinegar and it worked for hers it’s because hers were waxed. Which they have since learned destroys them. It will etch and cloud your floors. Cleaning stainless steel is easy if you use a drop or two of dish soap. Wash, rinse dry. Stainless steel is ify cleaning it. Some you can use vinegar, bleach ect. It depends on the quality. If you use vinegar on some it can make white marks. Which will lead to rust.
    Simple rule to remember you can always clean with dish soap. If it says its good for your hands, it’s usually alkaline balanced. Dish soap can be used to clean everything dry everything and it shines. Natural doesn’t have to mean fancy recipes, that could and many will damage your surfaces. A lot will damage surfaces. Manufactors will give you easy alternative green cleaning methods. They know their surfaces better then you or I. They problem I have had isn’t because I don’t want people to save money, I do. But reading many of these including in your list and I cringe, did you know vinegar on certain kinds if tiles destroys it? Travertine for instance. So before you mix any of these recipes up. Google your manufactors cleaning guidelines. It is better to take a few minutes to see if these recipes are safe for your surface. If this is something you need to delete feel free to do so. I never want to step on toes or create any harm. I wanted to point this out because I have seen many damaged surfaces from using products wrong. That includes store bought items. Sincerely Sherrie

  7. So good to know about dish soap…I will definitely try it on my stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

    I did know not to use vinegar on granite.

    Looking forward to using vinegar on my windows, too!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  8. Thanks for all the great tips in one place! I’m just like you too, clean as I go – no schedule and if it doesn’t get done, well they can fire me.

  9. I like all easy house cleaning tips but what I need is how to clean carpet without the struggle I tried all cleaning solutions and how do you get the musty old odors out of dish towels.

  10. Norma, I would wash your dish towels in vinegar to try and remove the musty smell. For carpet, I use a homemade cleaner made of hydrogen peroxide, water and a few drops of Dawn dish liquid. It works well for stain removal.

  11. My beauty shop has shared 2 cleaning tips with me that I want to share with you: 1.) Use alcohol to clean mirrors without streaks; 2.)Use table sugar to remove polish nail polish from a hard-surface floor. My shop not only makes me look better but my home too! ♥

  12. Great tips, Denise. Thank you!

  13. What can I use on my tile flooring to clean the grout?

  14. I am still searching for a good product (store bought or DIY) that will do a good job. I’m planning to try Bio Green Clean since I already use it for other cleaning jobs around the house…it works really well and is a natural product.

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