15 viral cleaning hacks that actually work, as recommended by experts (2023)

15 viral cleaning hacks that actually work, as recommended by experts (1)

The internet is awash with cleaning hacks and viral tricks to help you tackle the weekly chores. But keeping our homes tidy is enough effort without having to test never-seen-before techniques and whacky cleaning combinations.

So, to help you cut down on both time and effort when cleaning your house, we've put together a list of the best viral cleaning hacks straight from the professionals that have been tried and tested by the woman&home team.

Whether you're cleaning the bathroom, or deep cleaning the kitchen we've got you covered. Here's our round-up of the tried and tested cleaning hacks to help you tackle your household chores big and small.

13 viral cleaning hacks that actually work

From cleaning with vinegar to utilizing the best essential oils to deodorize around the home, we've found a cleaning hack to take on any household chore with an alternative approach.

1. Cleaning heavily stained mugs using denture tablets

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Sick of scrubbing away at your mugs in hopes they’ll no longer expose your coffee addiction? Well, we’ve found a hack for the stubborn stains via TikTok that may save you some elbow grease.

This is actually recommended too by the grandparents of one of the w&h team members, so it's not a new hack by any means. Pop a denture tablet into your stained mug then simply add some hot water to the top and watch the tablet fizz into action. there's no need to even scrub, after 20-30 minutes the staining will be lifted away to leave a cup that looks as good as new.

Once you've poured the solution away rinse and wash your mugs like normal to reveal a transformed coffee-free mug. The table acts as a cleanser and lifts any stains that sponges or dishwashers haven't managed to budge.

2. Rubbing aluminum foil to remove rust

Turns out aluminum foil can do more than merely aid with cooking and preserving food, it's a great cleaning hack for beating rust. "I honestly couldn't believe how effective this simple hack was," says w&h contributor Claire Douglas.

"We had quite an accumulation of rust on our chrome heated towel rail and I was worried that it was beyond help. Thankfully, some scrunched-up aluminum foil saved the day and removed every trace of rust after a few minutes of rubbing it over the surface by hand. I've since read that dipping the scrunched foil in water makes the process even quicker, so I will try that next time."

"Initially, I planned to use Brillo pads but was worried about scratching the chrome surface. Happily, as aluminum is softer than chrome, it doesn't scratch, making the removal process stress-free.

"I found the process very satisfying to complete and couldn't believe how shiny and smooth the towel rail looked afterward, like new," Claire explains. "I'd advise testing the process on a less prominent patch first, just to be sure that your surface is definitely chrome."

3. Removing pet hair from soft furnishings

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If your home is filled with pets or long-haired loved ones then you may be getting sick of loose hairs covering every surface. Usually, a good vacuum will do the trick but it’s hard to get all the hair lifted. Luckily this hack deals with stray hairs with ease

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"Put on a pair of rubber gloves, the dishwashing kind will do" say the experts at Well Polished Cleaning Services on behalf of Kingsmead Carpets. "Rub your gloved hands over the carpet, applying a bit of pressure as you go. The rubber material creates some magical static electricity that attracts the hair like crazy."

You'll see the hair start to cling to the gloves, making it super easy to gather it all up, ready to throw it away.

"I had to try this one because it seemed so simple, and it really is," says w&h's lifestyle editor Tamara Kelly. "It works a treat on carpets, sofas, pet beds, and more. "My advice would be to wipe the glove free from hair in between wipes on the surface because otherwise, you can transfer it back onto the fabric. I personally found this most useful for smaller areas like sofas, armchairs, and rugs rather than entire carpets."

4. Cotton balls soaked in essential oil to tackle smelly trash cans

This trick is a new trend circulating on the cleaning side of TikTok. It goes without saying that garbage is not a welcoming scent. Sometimes it’s that bad you can smell it through the house even when it’s meant to be tightly contained within your trash can. You might already remedy this by using scented trash bags but here’s a way to take that one step further.

Sue Caldwell, managing director of the multi-award-winning, eco-friendly cleaning brand Clean Living International says: "A great eco-friendly solution is to soak a cotton wool ball in your favorite essential oil and place it in the bottom of bins to provide a beautiful fragrance.”

Simply cover a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil, just make sure if you have pets that the brand or scent isn’t harmful to them first. Then place the balls, we think two is enough, in the bottom of your can underneath the bag. That way every time you open or remove your bags there'll be nicer smells coming out than moldy food – one small step to make your house smell good.

It’s always a good idea to keep your cans clean too, although it’s not the most welcoming task, a quick wipe down between bag changes can keep the odors away.

5. Lemon and salt to clean wooden cutting boards

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We’ve all been there, chopping away and suddenly realizing that the red peppers or marinated chicken we’re cutting is starting to stain our wooden boards. Of course, a quick scrub with some dish soap can seemingly do an okay job but due to the wood grain, some stains and bacteria stick around.

Lynsey Crombie (aka @lynsey_queenofclean), a cleaning entrepreneur and published author, has a hack that makes use of the magic cleaning qualities of lemons and salt. After clearing and rinsing your cutting board she suggests taking half a lemon with salt to scrub your board.

She says, “It will naturally disinfect and remove ground-in debris and dirt.” The lemon acts as a deodorizing cleaning agent and the salt has gentle abrasive and disinfecting qualities great for lifting up stains as well as removing any nasty bacteria. Lynsey also suggests to then use some coconut oil on the board with a cloth, this will not only shine but also protect the wood – also handy when cleaning wooden spoons.

6. Dampening a cloth for dusting success

Any viral 'cleanfluencer' worth their salt will know the effectiveness of dampening a cloth for better results when trying to get rid of dust.

"The most important facet of dusting is having a damp cloth over a dry one. A dry one just disperses dust particles into the air, whereas a damp cloth collects all the dust with ease," explains Ivan Ivanov from End of Tenancy Cleaning.

It's important not to soak the cloth, just ensure it's slightly damp to the touch so it reduces the friction and catches the dust rather than causing it to disperse.

7. Removing calcium from shower doors using vinegar

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There's no denying that white vinegar is a cleaning superhero when it comes to most tasks in our homes. Its versatility knows no bounds. "I'm completely converted to using white vinegar for cleaning a shower after trying this hack," says Tamara.

Ryan Knoll, owner of Arizona-based cleaning company Tidy Casa, cannot recommend the product enough with all his employees using it to tackle calcium stains on shower glass doors. He says, "As much as we'd like them to, showers don't wash themselves. With most homes in Arizona where we clean, hard water leads to a lot of calcium buildup."

Our tried and tested technique starts with "Soaking some paper towels in the vinegar and adhering them to the glass door like big stickers," explains Ryan "Allowing them to sit for 20–30 mins, the vinegar will then begin to break down the calcium."


Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the paper towels and take a damp cloth to remove all traces of the vinegar. You can then buff the glass with a microfibre cloth.

8. Cleaning drains with dishwasher tablets

No matter how much you clean your kitchen sink there is always the danger that the drains may start to smell unpleasant if left.

“To clean drains, put a dishwasher tablet over the top of the plug and run boiling water so it dissolves," suggests Ivan. "This should unblock some of the grime and leave it smelling fresh. If it doesn’t work for your situation, try using a store-bought drain unblocker to get rid of any excess grime.”

"I've been doing this hack since Ivan shared it with us and it works a treat for preventing unpleasant smells from uncleaned drains," Tamara explains. "It's a far more eco-friendly solution to try before resorting to pouring far more toxic chemicals down the sink to tackle the problem."

9. Descaling a shower head using white vinegar

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You may have heard of this one, It’s a very popular hack and there’s a big reason why. It works. "I won't use anything else now to descale and clean my shower head because the results are so impressive," says Tamara.

To try this, simply fill a zip-loc bag with white vinegar, around a cup will do. Then remove your shower head from its holder and submerge it into the bag with the vinegar. (You can do this in the sink if your shower head is detachable). Tie an elastic band around the bag and the elongated part of the shower head to make sure it keeps it tight and in place. Leave it like that for around 30 minutes.

Once that time has passed, remove the shower head from the bag and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away any leftover limescale. Finally, run your shower and allow all the vinegar and limescale to wash off, making sure to rinse the head and put it back up. The white vinegar is great at breaking down the hard water residue that commonly blocks the openings in your shower head. You should notice an immediate difference!

Toby Schulz, CEO of Australia’s leading house cleaning service Maid2Match, has worked as a professional cleaner for several years and loves using white vinegar. He says, "White vinegar is a cleaning powerhouse. Try to get the 6% vinegar, which has a higher concentration of acetic acid that helps with breaking down dirt and grime."

10. Removing stains with salt

Spills are inevitable, whether it's coffee, wine, or pasta sauce there's no avoiding it! But what's a quick and simple way of tackling spill stains before they set into your fabrics? Toby recommends salt.

He says, "Salt is a drying agent, so it’s very handy for tackling stains from liquids like red wine, blood, coffee, and even oil. The salt absorbs moisture and oils from most surfaces, while its abrasive nature also works if you use it as a scrub. However, it’s not as effective for dye-based stains or dried stains, and it could damage more delicate fabrics."

Toby does however stress the importance of time, he suggests acting quickly when using salt to remove a stain. He says, "For clothing and items like table runners, you can dissolve salt in hot water and soak the fabric for a few hours to “leech” out the stain. Thoroughly rinse the fabric afterward to remove any residue, then launder as normal."

This hack is especially useful as salt is something most if not all of us have close to hand, especially when eating.

When it comes to stained upholstery or carpets, whether cleaning a carpet stain or spill on the couch Toby recommends sprinkling a healthy amount of salt, kosher if you have it, on the affected area and leaving it for around 10 minutes. Once the time has elapsed he says to vacuum up the salt and rinse it by wiping it with a damp cloth.

11. Restoring graying whites with denture tablets

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There’s nothing worse than when you once loved crisp white t-shirts, socks, and towels begin to go that dull murky-looking gray color. It can seem like an expensive or big task having to revive a huge batch of once-white garments, but thanks to this TikTok trick it’s never been easier and cheaper.

Simply fill your sink with around two liters of warm to hot water and drop in two whitening denture tablets, even the cheapest ones will do. Then leave the tablets to dissolve fully within the water, and carefully submerge your graying clothes or towels into the water. Leave them in there for around 30 minutes so the tablets have time to really do their thing.

Once half an hour has passed removed the clothes, squeeze out the excess water, and put them straight in the washing machine. When they come out they will look good as new and as white as a set of fresh dentures.


"I was hesitant to try this hack at first because it's a risky business when cleaning whites," says Tamara. "But I can confirm that my best white t-shirts were fine in the solution (even the one with a black logo on the front) and washed up brilliantly white after treating them." Next, we might try this when cleaning our white trainers.

12. Using a microfibre mop to clean shower floors and walls

Microfibre mops aren’t just for cleaning your hardwood floors. Instead, they can be repurposed to make cleaning areas such as showers and hard-to-reach ceilings so much easier.

Giving showers a good clean can be really difficult, with such tight spaces it can be hard to maneuver yourself to be able to reach those corners both on the floor and up on the ceiling. This is where your trusty mop can come in.

Spray the areas you're aiming to clean with either a white vinegar solution or your favorite bathroom spray and use the mop either wet or dry to scrub. If you’re on the shorter side it’s perfect for tall shower walls too. You can also take this hack elsewhere around the house too.

With a clean and dry mop head, tackle spider webs and dust on your ceilings and when cleaning walls. It’s a good idea to have two separate mop heads so you can interchange them depending on where in the house you’re cleaning – avoid the common cleaning mistake of mopping all areas with the same head.

13. Shaving foam to prevent mirrors fogging

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It can get annoying, stepping out of the shower to start your skincare routine only to be met with a fogged-up mirror.There's a TikTok shower hack to stop your clean mirrors from fogging up.

Start off by cleaning your bathroom mirror with a simple mixture of soap and water. Once dried, cover the mirror with a small dollop of shaving foam. Take a clean microfiber cloth and begin buffing the foam into the mirror.

Once completely coated, leave it on there for around 20 minutes before wiping it off with a cloth or good-quality paper towel. The next time you shower your mirror should have repelled any mist and steam thanks to the film the foam leaves on the glass. But don’t worry the residue will completely go and you will be left with a streak-free sparkling mirror.

We can confirm, having tried it ourselves it does actually work at minimizing foggy mirrors.

14. Steam cleaning a microwave with lemons

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Not only does this hack help you clean your microwave it also helps with neutralizing any lingering odors from past dinners too.

First, give your microwave a quick wipe to get rid of any large bits of loose food. Then, simply fill a microwaveable bowl with water and place around ten slices of lemon into it. Place into the microwave and start it on full for around three to five minutes until the water boils.

Don’t open the door when it’s done, instead leave it for around five minutes so the steam made by the bowl of water can keep contained within the microwave and do its thing. When you open it, the steam will have worked in breaking down stubborn food stains and splatters. Take a damp cloth and wipe away all remaining stains to leave your microwave looking as good as new.

15. Cleaning up glass shards using bread

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Hopefully, you won’t have to use this hack every week when cleaning the house but it’s a useful trick to know the next time you break a glass and have to clean it up.

Schulz recommends this hack. He says, “When glass shatters, there are always tiny shards that break off which the broom or vacuum can’t get. But they can still cause harm to people and pets, so it’s essential to thoroughly clean any area around where the glass broke.”

Start with carefully sweeping up all the large pieces with a dustpan and brush. Then take a piece of white bread and pat it on the area where the glass shattered. This will lift all the micro glass particles which can’t easily be seen.

The doughy consistency of the bread acts like glue that the glass shards cling onto. Just make sure you immediately throw out the slice and don’t leave it hanging around for any unsuspecting pets or children.

The viral cleaning hacks to avoid

Our team of experts also pointed out that some of the cleaning advice online from inexperienced 'cleaners' can leave you disappointed or even in some cases can be quite dangerous. Here are some of the hacks and tricks to avoid when starting on your next clean.

1. Mixing chemical cleaning products

Although many combinations are completely safe and great to use around your home, there are certain chemicals that shouldn't be put together. Lynsey Crombie, warns that "Although it may look pretty, mixing cleaning products down the toilet is actually really dangerous as you are mixing strong chemicals."

A recent TikTok trend, named the 'Overloading' trend, saw users making potion-like concoctions of cleaning products all within their toilet bowls.

The trend involved filling a toilet bowl with multiple colorful cleaning products which leads to certain rainbow effects as well as bubbles. Although perhaps nice to look at, the mixture of chemicals can release toxic gases and become very dangerous in badly ventilated areas. Especially stay clear of mixing bleach with any type of vinegar as it can create chlorine gas which is particularly dangerous.

It's best to keep it simple and stick to just one toilet cleaning product at a time as well as always check the ingredients of the products you're using.

2. Using soda to clean your toilet bowl

You may have seen the videos of people pouring cola in their toilet bowls and labeling it a cleaning hack. Luckily this won't pose any dangers other than perhaps some disappointing results.

A soft drink is not nearly as potent or effective as a conventional cleaning product such as bleach or branded toilet cleaner. So it's best to avoid spending extra money on soda to only pour it down the drain. Instead, drink the soda and leave the toilet cleaning products to the professionals.

3. Lemons in your dishwasher

Unlike its effectiveness in our microwaves, using lemons in the hopes of it both cleaning and deodorizing your dishwasher won't achieve the same results.

Unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of water that goes through your machine even adding several lemon slices won't make much of a difference.

Instead, stick to using our white vinegar hack or perhaps some of these useful steps to clean your dishwasher easily and quickly.

4. Using power tools to do your cleaning

It may seem like using a power drill to clean and scrub your shower, as seen on TikTok, for you is a great way of cutting down on the elbow grease needed. However, fixing a scrubbing brush to your drill can actually damage surfaces, scratch tiles, and lift grout.

When looking for cleaning tools it's always best to stick to products that are specifically marketed for the use of cleaning. Otherwise, you may end up with some permanent damage that no amount of scrubbing can fix.

5. Applying undiluted essential oils to fabrics

We all want a house that smells amazing but some essential oils can not only be damaging to certain materials but also major irritators for our skin. Whether you've seen a hack on scenting your mattress or even adding essential oil on the inside of your toilet rolls, we advise staying clear.

Essential oils are very potent, with some even being poisonous to pets. So applying them undiluted to fabrics and other soft absorbent materials can cause more harm than good. It's always best to dilute the oils, check which scents are appropriate for the potential pets in your house, and leave your toilet rolls as they are.

6. Cleaning an oven with dishwasher tablets

TikTok 'Cleanfluencers' have begun using dishwashing tablets to tackle the messiest and arguably one of the toughest cleaning jobs in the kitchen: cleaning the inside of the oven.

We wouldn't recommend this method as the results were not particularly effective, not even comparable to cleaning with some soapy water and a microfibre cloth. That's not to mention there can be some skin-irritating chemicals within the tablets and depending on the brand you're using, it’ll be easier to hold the tablet with the flat side facing down towards the surface you're cleaning. In conclusion, it's too much effort for not a great gain.

7. A tennis ball to remove scuff marks on floors

This one may seem a little wacky but there was word that it works like magic for rubber scuffs on tile or wood flooring.

The advice is to simply get a fresh tennis ball and rub it over the scuff mark. It's claimed that the tennis ball’s friction works against the rubber mark and lifts it off the wood or tile. We really wanted this to work to tackle those annoying black scuffs and sneaker marks, but alas it didn't deliver.

Despite giving a tennis ball a good rub on a wooden floor with scuffs the marks remained. It's far more beneficial to get on your hands and knees and gently scrub the stain with a splash of vinegar on a microfibre cloth.


15 viral cleaning hacks that actually work, as recommended by experts? ›

Salt, Vinegar, and Ice to Clean Your Kettle

TikTok user @carilina. mccauley created a two-ingredient hack that takes basically zero effort on your part. Simply combine about one or two cups of ice with one cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of iodized salt, then let the mixture set for 30 minutes.

How do you clean kettle ice cubes? ›

Salt, Vinegar, and Ice to Clean Your Kettle

TikTok user @carilina. mccauley created a two-ingredient hack that takes basically zero effort on your part. Simply combine about one or two cups of ice with one cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of iodized salt, then let the mixture set for 30 minutes.

How can I make cleaning easier? ›

Follow this step-by-step guide to make the most of your time and clean your house fast.
  1. Clean the whole house, not one room at time. ...
  2. Gather all your cleaning tools in a caddy. ...
  3. Clear the clutter. ...
  4. Dust and vacuum. ...
  5. Wipe mirrors and glass. ...
  6. Disinfect countertops and surface areas. ...
  7. Focus on tubs, sinks and toilets. ...
  8. Sweep, then mop.

What is the 5 things cleaning method? ›

The Five Things method breaks down the mess into five categories: trash, laundry, dishes, things that have a place and things that don't have a place. This makes it easier to focus on one task at a time and get organized quickly. Start by doing the bare minimum in each category.

How do you clean your house like a professional? ›

How to Deep Clean Your House
  1. Declutter Before Deep Cleaning. Find a new place for (or better yet, get rid of) any visible clutter that does not belong in the room. ...
  2. Start High, Go Low. ...
  3. Deep Clean Windows. ...
  4. Spruce Up Window Treatments. ...
  5. Remove Dust from Surfaces. ...
  6. Deep Clean the Floors.
Dec 20, 2022

How do you clean the dirtiest room ever? ›

How To Clean a Messy Room
  1. Throw away any trash. ...
  2. Put away items that obviously do not belong in the room. ...
  3. Put away anything that can be take care of quickly. ...
  4. Moving around the room, clean small sections at a time. ...
  5. Clean up at the end of cleaning up.

What is the fastest way to clean a dirty room? ›

Here's a basic speed cleaning roadmap to kick your routine in high gear:
  1. First, bring in a garbage bag and pick up trash around the room. ...
  2. Next, take care of the bed. ...
  3. Put clutter in its place. ...
  4. Wipe down the furniture with microfiber dust wipes. ...
  5. Vacuum or sweep the floor.

How do I disinfect my bedroom? ›

To disinfect, use an EPA-registered disinfecting product or a stronger bleach solution. Clean the surface with soap and water first. Always read the label of disinfecting products to make sure the products can be used on the type of surface you are disinfecting (such as a hard or soft surface).

Does vinegar clean an ice machine? ›

If you don't have affresh® ice machine cleaner at home, cleaning your ice machine with vinegar is another option. Make a mix of 10 parts water to one part distilled white vinegar and pour this into the water reservoir.

How do you get brown stains out of the bottom of a kettle? ›

Fill the kettle with a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent of either distilled white vinegar, cleaning vinegar, or lemon juice. Turn on the kettle and bring the solution to a full boil, then turn it off. Let the kettle sit for at least 20 minutes (longer is fine) before pouring out the solution.

Why is the bottom of my kettle Brown? ›

What are those brown-coloured stains inside an electric kettle that looks like rust? They are called "limescale" and is formed as a result of boiling water. Limescale is mainly comprised of calcium carbonate and the amount is ultra-little and harmless to the body.

How do professionals clean so fast? ›

Professional cleaners don't circle a room more than once. Taking their place before the bathroom sink, they'll spray and wipe the mirror, scrub the sink, wipe down counters and polish fixtures before they move one inch to the right or left. Don't get physical with your cleaning sessions—make every movement count.

What is the one hour cleaning method? ›

What is the one-hour cleaning method? Belle's one-hour cleaning method involves dedicating a single hour of your time to nothing else but cleaning. At the end of that hour, you can reward yourself with a timed break: Scroll away on socials, binge your favorite Netflix show, or whip up a snack.

What room should I clean first? ›

Most experts agree that the kitchen and bathroom are the most important rooms to clean first, because they get the most use and are considered to be “wet” areas.

What is the basic rule of cleaning? ›

Physically removing contaminates (bacteria and soil) from surfaces, should be the goal of any cleaning procedure. In order to physically remove contaminates from a surface, it is often necessary to alter their chemical state. This is the pH principle of cleaning.

What is the 7 step cleaning process? ›

To fill this void, the industry relies on NSF's registration program for nonfood compounds which includes cleaning and sanitizing products.
  • Step 1: Remove Debris. ...
  • Step 2: Rinse. ...
  • Step 3: Apply Detergent. ...
  • Step 4: Give a Thorough Rinse. ...
  • Step 5: Take a Closer Look. ...
  • Step 6: Sanitize or Disinfect. ...
  • Step 7: Dry.
Jan 19, 2023

What is the 6 10 cleaning method? ›

The six daily tasks include making the bed, washing dishes, scrubbing the sink, wiping down counters, vacuuming floors and doing a load of laundry. On top of those are 10 weekly tasks, which the Tiktoker says she does on one day of the week.

Should you dust first or vacuum first? ›

We recommend dusting before vacuuming, this is because dust particles usually get moved around the room when you dust, meaning all your hard work will go to waste. A top tip is to wait at least 2 hours after dusting to get the vacuum out.

How do people keep their house so clean all the time? ›

9 Habits of People Who Always Have a Clean Home
  1. Make the Bed.
  2. Tidy Up as You Go.
  3. Wipe Down Surfaces.
  4. Tackle Laundry Each Day.
  5. Categorize Paper.
  6. Donate Regularly.
  7. Clean Your Fridge Weekly.
  8. Clean Up After Cooking.
Jul 25, 2022

How do you start cleaning a house that is overwhelming? ›

With that being said, we have some tips to help you overcome the overwhelmed feeling that can come from not knowing where to start.
  1. Don't Sit Down. ...
  2. Have the Right Tools for the Task on Hand. ...
  3. Race the Clock Cleaning. ...
  4. Choose Somewhere to Start. ...
  5. Figure Out Your Priorities & Make a List. ...
  6. Create a Cleaning Playlist.
Oct 29, 2020

What is the dirtiest item in a hotel room and how should it be cleaned? ›

Thankfully, once you make a reservation in a hotel, motel, or any other type of accommodation, the hotel staff make sure to clean your room and change the sheets of bedding, including the pillowcases before you arrive. However, pillowcases are still the dirtiest thing you can ever touch in a hotel room.

What does a clean room say about you? ›

If having a perfectly neat and tidy room is what inspires you and helps you feel productive and creative, it might mean that you have what is known as a Type A personality. People with this personality type tend to be perfectionists. Having everything in its place helps fulfill their need for order and control.

What is the hardest room to clean in house? ›

It's not a secret that the dirtiest and most difficult place to clean is a toilet. There will always be many harmful microorganisms in the bathroom and toilet, even if you wash them systematically. Therefore, the health and hygiene of the family will be heavily dependant on how often you clean this room.

How do you deep clean a room in 30 minutes? ›

  1. Get organized: 6 minutes. Collect stray items in a basket to redistribute later (1 minute collecting per room; 5 minutes to put away).
  2. Dust: 5 minutes. Wipe eye-level surfaces with a microfibre cloth.
  3. Open windows: 1 minute. ...
  4. Straighten up: 2 minutes. ...
  5. Do the floors: 2 minutes. ...
  6. Related:
Sep 1, 2013

Should you spray Lysol on your bed? ›

Our Lysol® Disinfectant Spray kills 99.9% of the germs that are hanging around on your homes' soft furnishings. Its unique cap completely covers large areas without over wetting, making it great for soft surfaces such as your decorative cushions, mattress, sofa etc. To use, simply spray and then allow to air dry!

What kills monkeypox virus on surfaces? ›

Key Takeaways. Mpox can survive on clothing, surfaces, and linens for weeks, but it's easy to kill using common household disinfectants and cleaning products. Using hot water and regular detergent is enough to kill the virus on linens and clothing.

Can I spray alcohol on my bed to disinfect? ›

Mix an equal part of isopropyl alcohol (70% to 90%) with water. Spray it generously on the mattress, scrub it with a washcloth and leave for 15 minutes. Your mattress is sanitized; cover it with a mattress topper or any bed sheet.

What can you run through a ice machine to clean it? ›

If mold is present, you can add 3 cups of vinegar to the water line with a funnel and turn on the ice maker so that the vinegar runs through the dispenser. Use a cup to catch the vinegar and use a toothbrush and rag to scrub the dispenser clean of any residue.

Does ice sink in vinegar? ›

Explain that the ice cubes floated in the water and vinegar because they are both denser in comparison to ice. The ice cube sank in the rubbing alcohol, because rubbing alcohol is less dense compared to ice.

Why is there black stuff coming out of my kettle? ›

Some kettles actually get black deposits instead of white powdery ones on the inside. This comes from calcium deposits being heated in an empty kettle and leaving behind traces that carbonizes. Again, not dangerous but certainly unsightly.

What is the best thing to use to descale a kettle? ›

For a hassle-free and cheap way to descale a kettle, fill it with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, and leave to soak overnight. (Make sure the kettle is unplugged and there's a note on it so nobody uses it accidentally!) In the morning, the limescale will come off easily.

What are the white flakes at the bottom of my kettle? ›

Have you ever noticed a white residue on the inside of your kettle after boiling water? If you have, there's nothing to worry about. That white substance is calcium, which exists as a dissolved mineral in water.

What is the white stuff in the bottom of my tea kettle? ›

What is limescale? The science behind limescale (also known as hard water buildup) is simple: when water is boiled in an electric kettle, minerals such as magnesium and calcium don't evaporate; they remain in the kettle as a white powdery deposit.

What must be cleaned every 4 hours? ›

Any food-contact surface, such as a knife or cutting board, constantly used with time/temperature control for safety (TCS) foods should be cleaned at least every four hours.

What is the 5 minute cleaning rule? ›

I call this the 5-5-5 rule: Pick 3 rooms where you hang out the most, set a timer for 5 minutes, and straighten up one room. Repeat twice, and you're done.

What is the 2 minute rule in cleaning? ›

The rule is simple; if you're confronted with a task that takes less than two minutes, do it right away. Put your lunch plate in the dishwasher instead of on the counter. Hang up your jeans instead of leaving them on the floor.

What is the smart way to clean a house? ›

Fast House Cleaning Tips
  1. Clean the whole house, not one room at time. ...
  2. Gather all your cleaning tools in a caddy. ...
  3. Clear the clutter. ...
  4. Dust and vacuum. ...
  5. Wipe mirrors and glass. ...
  6. Disinfect countertops and surface areas. ...
  7. Focus on tubs, sinks and toilets. ...
  8. Sweep, then mop.

What are 3 ways to stay clean? ›

washing your hands with soap after going to the toilet. brushing your teeth twice a day. covering your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your sleeve) when sneezing or coughing. washing your hands after handling pets and other animals.

How do 11 year olds make cleaning fun? ›

9 Ways to Make Household Chores Fun
  1. Hide treats, stickers, or pennies in, on, or under knickknacks, then ask your child to dust. ...
  2. Post individual lists of chores kids can do (one for each child in your family). ...
  3. Play "Go Fish" with a basket of clean socks. ...
  4. Turn any socks that stay single into child-friendly dust mitts.

How do you make a messy person clean? ›

How to live with a messy person
  1. Know they're not doing it on purpose. ...
  2. Work out your non-negotiables. ...
  3. Compromise a little. ...
  4. Draw up a cleaning chart/schedule. ...
  5. Go shopping together for home organisational things. ...
  6. Purchase items that make cleaning easier/more entertaining. ...
  7. Ask them to keep their mess to their corner.

What are the 7 ways in keeping the house clean and hygienic? ›

How to keep your house clean and organized?
  • Make your Bed.
  • Wipe your bedside table every morning.
  • Organize your room and cupboard.
  • Identify the rooms which really require cleaning.
  • Vacuum clean the rooms.
  • Mop the floor with disinfectant.
  • Organize your dining table.
  • Clean the utensils or use a dishwasher.
May 26, 2021

How do I get my 13 year old to clean his room? ›

If cleaning their room is a battle you choose to fight, here are four strategies to help you succeed.
  1. Help Your Child Get Started. Your child may genuinely need you to help them get started. ...
  2. Have Your Child Focus on One Part of Their Room at a Time. ...
  3. Don't Clean Your Your Child's Room for Them. ...
  4. Use Effective Consequences.

How do you make cleaning fun for ADHD? ›

Competition and Urgency
  1. Use a timer to play “beat the clock,” or race another person to be the first one done. ...
  2. Use a timer to create a sense of urgency. ...
  3. Create a playlist. ...
  4. Get in costume. ...
  5. Doing tasks in a novel setting also makes organization more fun. ...
  6. Friends make tasks more fun! ...
  7. Take any task and turn it into a party.
May 5, 2022

How do you clean mentally? ›

8 Ways to Give Your Mind a Deep Cleaning
  1. Be mindful.
  2. Start writing.
  3. Put on music.
  4. Get some sleep.
  5. Take a walk.
  6. Tidy up.
  7. Unfocus.
  8. Talk about it.
Nov 11, 2020

How can I look like a clean person? ›

7 ways to have a neat, clean-cut appearance
  1. Take a shower or bath daily. It's important to wash at least once a day. ...
  2. Take care of your hair. ...
  3. Make use of dental hygiene tools. ...
  4. Be aware of your body odour. ...
  5. Keep your facial hair under control. ...
  6. Present yourself in a flattering way. ...
  7. Develop a good posture.
Sep 8, 2017

What is the psychology behind being a messy person? ›

Indeed, according to psychological research, sloppiness might be an indicator of emotional distress. Like someone with OCD who feels they need to micromanage every aspect of their life, someone who is chronically disorganized may suffer from depression or another mental health condition.


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