13 Housecleaning Hacks That Save You Time and Money

You probably spend at least some of your day wiping down counters, scrubbing the grill and cleaning the coffee grinder. If those chores feel like a pain, we have a slew of cleaning hacks to make your life easier.

They will save you time — and money to boot.

Use a caddy for your supplies

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It may not necessarily be a hack, but having a cleaning caddy is a smart move. When all your bottles, rags and other supplies are in one place, it makes it quick and easy to get the work done.

For more on making your own cleaning supplies, check out: “9 Expensive Cleaning Supplies You Could Easily Make for Pennies.”

Discover the many, amazing uses for vinegar

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This isn’t just one cleaning hack. It’s six cleaning hacks, most of them very hands-off. Here are all the miraculous things a little vinegar can do.

  1. Microwave a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar for five minutes as a disinfectant for the microwave. Be very careful opening your microwave when the five minutes are up. Crack the door, and let it cool before using a rag to wipe down the inside.
  2. Soak the exhaust filters from above your stove in a mixture of vinegar and water to remove the cooked-on gunk. After soaking, rinse and return.
  3. Use a paper towel to rub vinegar on cloudy glasses to make them shine.
  4. Put vinegar in a baggie, and put it on your shower head. Use a rubber band to secure the bag and let it soak to remove buildup.
  5. Cover the bottom of a burned pan with vinegar and water. Heat to boiling, and then turn off and let it cool so you don’t burn yourself. Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, and scrub to make the pot shine again.
  6. Pull an old sock over your hand, spritz with vinegar and use it to wipe down dirty blinds.

The product is simply a miracle. Check out: “82 Amazing and Environmentally Friendly Uses for Vinegar.”

Clean your grill with an onion

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Rather than using a wire bristle brush, use a long fork to spear half an onion. Rub the cut side on your grill grates as an alternate way to clean them.

Use a potato on your cheese grater

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If you still use a hand cheese grater, you know what a pain they are to clean. Depending on the cheese you’ve used, there’s a good chance it’s been mashed down in between the grates and is mocking your attempts to remove it.

Rather than losing your sanity trying to clean all the crevices, pull out a potato and grate that. Its flesh is stiff enough that it should slough away the cheese, and then you can easily rinse the potato off the grater.

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