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I Tried 5 Old-Fashioned Cleaning Hacks To See If They Still Work In The Modern Day

by Kate Taylor
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Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

I really don’t think anyone would ever describe me as a “neat freak.” However, I would like to think that although I may not necessarily be a tidy person, I am at least hygienic.

I shower daily, but certain corners of my apartment are not exactly clean enough to lick.

Instead of using the usual antiseptic wipes and dish soap to do some tidying up, I decided to try some old-fashioned cleaning hacks that I have stumbled across throughout my life but have never tried.

For the experiment, I purchased a duster, some baking soda, vinegar, shaving cream, and toothpaste to see how they could be used around the house.

I was about to learn not only that these cleaning hacks (for the most part) actually work, but also that I should probably pay a little more attention to certain problem areas in my living space that have, until this point, been easier to ignore.

Cleaning Hack #1: Wetting The Duster

Cleaning Hack #1: Wetting The Duster
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A damp duster will pick up more dust than a dry duster — or so the theory goes.

I put my pretty pink duster under some running water, and patted it down so as not to cause even more of a mess.

 

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The problem area I decided to address is that black hole behind the toilet. I am fairly certain that I am the only person who has touched this area in over a year.

 

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To address the magnitude of the problem, I did decide to drench the the pretty pink duster and really have it go to work.

The result was a sad and retired duster, but it did pick up most of the dust. I lost a duster, but that black hole has a new lease on life.

Cleaning Hack #2: Showerhead Vinegar Soap

Cleaning Hack #2: Showerhead Vinegar Soap
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Next, I decided to cleanse my showerhead. Again, this is not typically an area that I would think to clean.

However, when you think about the fact that this is where the water that is supposed to clean you comes out of, it all makes a little more sense.

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I fashioned this little contraption and filled the bag with vinegar, which has known germ-killing and erosive qualities.

I left it on for a Netflix episode and did enjoy how squeaky clean I assumed it was after. It didn’t look much cleaner, but the knowledge that it was will be enough for me until the next round of cleaning.

Cleaning Hack #3: Baking Soda To Clean Dirty Pans

Cleaning Hack #3: Baking Soda To Clean Dirty Pans
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Washing dishes is one of my least favorite activities. Without a dishwasher, my hatred of scrubbing dishes becomes even more serious.

My grandma always told me that baking soda works to remove grime, which, as you can see, this pan had plenty of.

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It felt a little weird to use powder on my dishes, but then it reminded me of my childhood and the days that detergent came as powder.

I’m sure it still does, but I would just go with baking soda if I were you. The way it bubbled just a little bit was satisfying — and it left me with a smooth, clean pan.

Cleaning Hack #4: Toothpaste To Shine Silverware

Cleaning Hack #4: Toothpaste To Shine Silverware
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While I’m fairly certain this hack is meant for silverware made out of real silver, I am always curious whether toothpaste has multiple polishing qualities.

I squeezed a little out onto a paper towel and got to scrubbing.

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Of all the hacks, this onedefinitely had the most noticeable impact. I can literally see my phone’s reflection in the knife. That was not the case prior to polishing.

#5: Cleaning/Defogging A Mirror With Shaving Cream

#5: Cleaning/Defogging A Mirror With Shaving Cream
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I decided to save the most fun hack for last. We all remember playing with shaving cream in preschool, and I was more than ready to relive the fun.

Only this time, I was cleaning while I was having fun. Crazy!

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The instructions here are pretty simple. Smear some shaving cream onto the mirror to clean and defog it.

I will admit that the mirror was fairly clean to begin with, but it definitely fogs up whenever anyone’s taking a shower.

However, after the shaving cream treatment, it was a little less foggy when I got out of the shower.

The rest of my bathroom was, however, still very foggy, hence the lack of usable photographic evidence.

Conclusions:

Conclusions:
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Not only is my mirror clean, so are a few other parts of my apartment that hadn’t gotten any TLC in a while.

Granted, I did essentially murder a feather duster, but it was worth the elbow grease.

While I still don’t like to clean, it’s good to know that there are multipurpose products around the house that I can use instead of buying another batch of supplies.

I’m definitely polishing my mom’s silverware with some toothpaste as a good deed (and because it was fun).

Be sure to SHARE my experience with someone you know who loves (or hates) to clean!