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Spend less time on cleaning and more time on fun with these ten tips for the worst messes.  August 11, 2015 – 09:12 am

Frances Herrera Interior Design - tea stainsAh, the pleasures of being a grown-up. You can rent a car at will. You can stay up as late as you want. And you really can eat ice cream for dinner–or .

But being an adult comes with its responsibilities. Like cleaning. Sometimes, being a grown-up can feel like nothing but cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. And that’s no fun at all.

In order to take some of the cleaning out of your grown-up life and bring back some of the fun, we’ve compiled this list of ten brilliant cleaning hacks that every adult should know. Memorize these tricks, and you’ll never have to waste time or money on a cleaning dilemma again. Red wine stains? Stubborn soap scum? A stained sink? No problem–the quickest ways to clean them up are all right here.

Take a look, and enjoy your ice cream dinner!

Mess #1: Coffee, wine, and juice stains

It’s a mystery of science: White carpets and upholstery seem to attract dark, quick-staining liquids such as red wine, grape juice, and coffee. We don’t know why. But we do know how to fix it.

The brilliant cleaning hack: If you spill a dark-colored drink on your white carpet, don’t panic! Just blot up the excess liquid, dab the stain with a paste of baking soda and water, then blot with a warm, soaking wet cloth. The baking soda will magically lighten the stain, and the wet cloth will slowly dab it all away. Once the stain has disappeared, blot again with a dry cloth and leave to air.

Lavallee Construction - windowsMess #2: Oil spots

It might seem like there’s nothing that you can do once a garment gets stained with oil. That’s a shame, because the occasional oil spot from cooking, cleaning, or the errant french fry is hard to avoid. No worries; we’ll have that peanut butter stain out in a jiffy.

The brilliant cleaning hack: When your favorite shirt gets an oil spot, don’t despair. Just sprinkle the stain with cornstarch, let sit for 10 minutes, then shake off. Dab at any mark that remains with white vinegar, then wash or dry clean, and kiss that formerly-fatal oil stain goodbye.

Mess #3: Streaky windows

If you’ve ever tried to clean your windows with the same cleaner you use to wipe the counters, you may have noticed that it doesn’t work very well. All-purpose cleaners can make windows streaky, and washcloths that work great for other purposes cover glass with lint. What’s the secret?

The brilliant cleaning hack: Cleaners made just for glass, when used with paper towels, will leave windows and mirrors cleaner than other solutions will. But the best window cleaner is the same one your grandfather used: plain white vinegar and dry newspapers. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, grab a paper from your local coffee shop, and clean windows on both sides. You’ll be amazed at how shiny and streakless they’ll get.

Mess #4: Spilled wax

Candles are a beautiful way to create warmth around the house–until one of them spills wax everywhere. If you rub the wax with cleaners, it will only make the stain stick. So what do you do?

The brilliant cleaning hack: If you spill melted wax on upholstery or carpets, don’t rub it in or spray it with cleaning solution. Instead, place a clean paper towel over the stain, run a hot iron over the back of the towel, and lift away. The stiff, stubborn wax will re-melt, the paper towel will soak up the hot wax, and you’ll end up with a surface that looks like the stain never happened. Repeat until the paper towel comes away clean, then treat any remaining oil spot with fabric cleaner.

Mess #5: Stubborn soap scum

You can buy a hundred and one products that claim to dissolve soap scum for good. But if you’ve got scum that’s built up over time, it’s not likely that a bottled spray will actually work. Time to get crafty.

The brilliant cleaning hack: If your shower tile and doors are covered with a dull, white soap scum glaze, try this solution: warm up a cup of vinegar in the microwave. Add a cup of blue Dawn dish soap, mix, and our into a spray bottle. Spritz your scummy area with the soap-and-vinegar solution, then let it stand overnight. In the morning, wipe the solution off of the surface with warm water. You won’t believe how new your tiles and shower door will look.


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