10 house cleaning hacks that will change your life, like vodka as a mattress cleaner!

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  • Sarah Stone
  • June 24, 2015

If you don’t have a live-in domestic helper, chances are you do the cleaning yourself. Hate cleaning? You’re not alone – most of us lack the motivation to do housework. The next time you invite guests over, try out these easy breezy house cleaning hacks!

Dry wet shoes quickly

dry shoes

How many pairs of shoes have been ruined by crazy Hong Kong rain? To combat the rainy weather, try putting crumpled newspaper or small bags of uncooked rice in your shoes to soak up the moisture.

Easy air vent cleaner

aircon air vent

Is the dirt in the air vents blocking out all the cool air? Instead of taking out the entire air vent, avoid the unnecessary hassle by putting cleaner on a clean towel and wrapping it around a butter knife. Now you can enjoy cool breezy air in the hot summer!

Clean your mattress with vodka

mattress vodka

Ever wondered how people clean mattresses? If you want to stop lying in your own filth, pour vodka into a spray bottle, spray it lightly and let your mattress air-dry. Since the alcohol kills bacteria and disinfects the mattress, it’ll be as good as new!

Use vacuum as a vomit/urine cleaner

vacuum vomit

If you have a drunk hurling roommate, a sick kid or a naughty pet, fear not – your vacuum can make both vomit and urine disappear. Simply create a mixture of baking soda and water, then use a spoon to spread the paste evenly across the area. Once it dries overnight, you can suck it all up with the vacuum!

Grease stain remover

grease stain chalk

Got grease stains? No problem – simply cover the stains with white chalk, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe them away with a damp cloth.

Clean up tiny broken glass pieces

broken glass bread

Small broken glass pieces are the worst – don’t you hate it when you step on one of them, even after clearing the area from broken glass? To avoid unnecessary injuries, use a piece of white bread to pick up the microscopic pieces.

Simple microwave cleaner

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Instead of scrubbing your microwave furiously to get rid of the dirt and stains, a glass dish full of water and halved lemons will do the trick. Simple put this glass dish in the microwave, heat it until it’s boiling, then let it steam in the microwave for a while. Now you can wipe off the dirt with zero effort!

Clean burnt pots and pans

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You may think burnt pots and pans are the end of the world, but you can easily revive them by filling the bottom with water and a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture simmer, then let the pan cool down and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Once you empty the pan, you can easily scrub off the burn marks!

Make your glasses sparkle

glass cleaner

Don’t you hate it when glasses have that spotty cloudy look? Now you can make them sparkle by spraying white vinegar on a paper towel and wipe the spottiness away.

Lipstick remover

lipstick remover

Got lipstick residue on your clothes? The easiest way to get rid of it is to spray it with hairspray, wait 10 minutes, then dab it with a damp cloth.

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