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Maids Reveal 11 Cleaning Hacks To Make Your Life So Much Easier

by Jess Catcher
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Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the easiest way to keep your house spotless by using clever cleaning hacks. That’s exactly why I decided to go straight to the source and investigate what professional maids and housekeepers recommend for making the dreaded chores a total breeze.

After all, who would know better than those who made their career out of cleaning up other people’s messes? Usually, that just means asking my aunt (who earns her living as a housekeeper) for some helpful tips that have really come in handy. Now, however, I wanted to see what else I could find by casting a wider net.

I have a feeling even my aunt doesn’t know all of these genius cleaning hacks that others in her industry have shared over the years. Not only do they make each task much less frustrating, they also use plenty of natural and budget-friendly products.

Take a look and let us know if we missed any hacks you’ve heard maids and housekeepers swear by.

And be sure to SHARE with your friends!

[H/T: Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Merry Maids]

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1. Vacuum Your Cabinets

Cleaning hacks: kitchen cabinets

Debra Johnson from Merry Maids admits to using the brush attachment to suck up any crumbs or dust gathering on shelves and inside kitchen cabinets.

2. Spray With What's In Your Kitchen

Cleaning hacks: vinegar spray

Agustin Canongo, the Director of Housekeeping at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, reveals that many pros use a simple (and inexpensive) combination of one part white vinegar and three parts water to make things sparkle.

3. Clean Windows And Mirrors With Black Tea

Cleaning hacks: black tea

Housekeepers know that the tannic acid in tea will give you a totally streak-free clean. Just be sure to use a microfiber cloth (or old t-shirt) rather than paper towels that leave behind fibers.

4. Toss Light Fixtures In The Dishwasher

Cleaning hacks: light fixtures

Not the actual bulbs, of course, but many professional housekeepers suggest putting the glassware surrounding them right into the dishwasher — just make sure to run through a dry cycle to avoid spots.

5. Use Denture Tablets In Toilets

Cleaning hacks: denture tabs

The president of housekeeping company Molly Maid shared this simple trick with Glamour: Drop in one fizzing tablet and let sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for dingier bowls. Then flush and watch all the stains disappear!

6. Let Your Kids Jump On The Bed

Cleaning hacks: kids jumping on bed

Your housekeeper isn’t going to jump on your bed for you, but they still stand by this hack. Mary Findley, founder of GoClean and Mary Moppins, explains how kids’ little feet will help bring out the dust that has settled inside the mattress so you can vacuum it up when their playtime is over.

7. Clean In The Right Order

Cleaning hacks: plan

Merry Maids recommends starting with the bathroom first since it is the most intensive, then dusting and organizing, mopping and vacuuming, and ending with the kitchen.

8. Run Lemon Peels Through The Garbage Disposal

Cleaning hacks: lemon peels

To get rid of the icky smells, housekeepers recommend dropping lemon or orange peels down the drain and running your disposal for about 15 seconds with medium-pressure water. Add in some ice cubes and let it run for a few more seconds.

Put a stopper over the drain and fill the sink halfway with warm water, then pull the stopper and let it flush through the drain to rinse everything out.

9. Retrace Your Steps While Vacuuming

Cleaning hacks: vacuum

You might have been told to plan a path with your exit in mind so you won’t stomp all over what you’ve already cleaned, but Maria Stickney, the Housekeeping Manager at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, suggests the exact opposite.

She explains that by vacuuming into the room and back out again, you’ll hit the high-traffic zones twice for a better clean.

10. Dust Blinds With Dryer Sheets

Cleaning hacks: blinds

Swiping the sheets over closed blinds will help create an anti-static barrier as they clean and prevent more dust from gathering again. This brilliant housekeeper tip is easy and effective!

11. Grab A Yardstick To Clean Ceilings

Cleaning hacks: yardstick

Or any long stick you have handy. Experienced maids know to secure a dust rag or spare sock over one end to get rid of cobwebs and dust clinging above your head. It also comes in handy for getting under the fridge and stove.

Did we miss any hacks you’ve heard from professionals? Let us know below, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!