Cleaning Hacks

Do you ever feel like your home is just too messy for you to ignore it? Or does it seem like the house is getting dirtier the more time you spend in it? If so, these cleaning hacks will amaze you. Instead of leaving your house and going to the store to purchase cleaning supplies, these cleaning ideas will leave you wondering why you never tried them before.

The EPA emphasizes the need for greening your cleaning supplies to maintain healthy conditions and home and work. Cleaning products are often released to the environment during normal use through evaporation and rinsing down the drain of left over product from cleaned surfaces, sponges, etc. This can lead to pollution concerns and other environmental issues.

One way you can make a difference is to make informed purchases. In a way, your purchase is your voice; you are telling companies that you support their products.

Alternatively, you can try these do-it-yourself projects at home. Many of these recipes require minimal, if any, chemicals and are surprisingly effective.

Scented All-Purpose Cleaner:

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

Combine the ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and let infuse for a week before using. This natural solution will help remove water stains, clean trash cans, wipe away smudges, and more.

Glass Cleaner:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white or cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
  • Optional: 2 drops of essential oil for smell

Combine the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Avoid cleaning windows on a hot, sunny day since the solution will dry and leave streaks.

Toilet Cleaner:

  • Cola

Simply pour cola into the toilet bowl and let it sit before scrubbing. The acids in the soda will break down stains.

Lime/Calcium Buildup Remover:

  • Towel
  • Vinegar

Soak the towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit overnight and watch the buildup disappear in the morning.


Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022.

Photo Credit: NBC


6 Replies to “Cleaning Hacks”

  1. This blog on cleaning hacks is a great resource for anyone looking to keep their home or office spotless. However, it’s important to remember that professional cleaning services can also be a valuable asset in maintaining a clean space. They have the expertise and equipment necessary to tackle tough stains and deep cleaning tasks that may be difficult to do on your own.

  2. A very well-written article. Never thought of pouring cola into the toilet bowl. What a great hack 😉

  3. Super article! We only have 1 mother earth. Everyone can play their part by making eco-friendly solutions. Actually, for bathroom tiles, you can consider using baking soda with a bit of vinegar mix them into a solution and apply it on the bathroom tiles.

    Using cider vinegar as a glass cleaner. I might want to try it next Monday.

  4. Nice article. I always tell my friends to make their own eco friendly cleaning solution especially during the covid lockdown in my country. Cleaniness is so important. Using coke on bowl is something i will try the next time round.

  5. Interesting article, it is good to know how to clean without strong chemicals. I have to admit that I feel bad every time I see cola suggested for cleaning. I love to consume this drink!

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