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Use these unusual tricks to keep your home spotless.

Although how often you clean depends on your schedule and whether you can afford housekeeping services, cleaning is a chore most people dread.

Cleaning your home can eat up hours of your time when done traditionally. But with some out-of-the-box thinking, you can clean your home quickly and save hours in your day.

If you’d like to learn some innovative cleaning tricks you might not have thought of before, read on below.

Mind the Doormat

Doormats are your home’s first line of defense when it comes to keeping dirt out. So, make sure you have a doormat inside and outside your home.

This trick is particularly useful in the winter. You’ll have snowy boots going in and out of the home. So you’ll need doormats on both sides of the door. Remember to clean both doormats regularly.

Ditch the Bucket

Dragging a mop bucket around can make a mess thanks to the dirty water splashing about. You might want to consider a mopping technique that works without a bucket. Consider using a spray bottle filled with a diluted cleaning solution and a microfiber mop.

Remove Carpet Stains With Vodka

You can use rubbing alcohol, clear vodka, or white wine for this trick.

Start by blotting the stain. Then, pour your chosen alcohol onto the stain. You’ll find that vodka will work better than any over-the-counter stain remover.

Clean the Tub With Baking Soda & Vinegar

You can make baking soda and vinegar clean the tub for you.

Mix a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda with hot water into your tub. Be sure to allow the solution to sit for five minutes. Then, start filling the tub with hot water until it’s about a quarter of the way full. Let it sit for another five minutes.

Finally, release the drain and rinse thoroughly. Voila! You now have a spotless bathtub.

Use a Pillowcase as a Cleaner

It would be best if you didn’t use the pillowcase you sleep on every night. But using a pillowcase to clean a ceiling fan is a trick worth trying.

Use the pillowcase to hold the dust from the ceiling fan, so the dust doesn’t fall on the bed or a table.

Cook a Damp Sponge

Another unusual (but safe) way to clean your microwave is by putting a clean damp sponge in the tray and leaving it on high for a couple of minutes.

Nuking your microwave with a sponge will kill all the bacteria in your microwave. Once a couple of minutes is up, use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the interior.

Final Thoughts

Traditional cleaning takes time. But cleaning with a little creativity can speed up the process and allow you to have fun while you’re at it. Give these innovative tricks a shot and see how much time you can save in your next cleaning session.

Find out how to clean your shower using an innovative cleaning trick, here.

Source: rd, lifehack, nbcnews | picture: pikist

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