The 10 most annoying cleaning hassles: Solved


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Reprinted from BrightNest.com

No cleaning job is fun, but let’s face it: Some are more tortuous than others. And it’s these cream-of-the-painful-crop chores that give cleaning a bad name. In the interest of helping out cleaning’s reputation, we’ve gathered the top 10 hassles and provided a quick, easy solution for each one.


1. Oven burners

Rather than scrubbing your burner grates by hand, let chemistry do the heavy lifting. Mix equal parts baking soda, water and vinegar in a large bowl. Then pour the solution into four plastic bags (or more, if you have more burners). Place each grate in a bag and seal. Let them soak for five hours and you should have clean burners.


2. Blender

Simplify smoothie cleanup by filling the blender’s pitcher half full of hot water and adding a squirt of liquid dish soap. Blend for 20 seconds and rinse. Tip: If stubborn food particles remain, refill with hot water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda and blend for another 20 seconds.


3. Shower curtain liner

You’ll know that your plastic shower curtain liner is due for a cleaning if you see mold and mildew stains adorning its bottom edge. Rather than involving the backyard, buckets and bleach, simply throw it in the washing machine! It can withstand a normal wash — just throw in a few pairs of socks or washcloths to help absorb the force of the spin cycle. When complete, allow it to drip-dry over the tub.


4. Ceiling fan

Dusting the ceiling fan only seems awful until you’ve learned the amazing pillow case trick. Simply slide an old pillow case onto each blade of the fan, one by one, carefully rubbing away dust into the pillow case (instead of your eyes) as you remove it.


5. Water rings

All it takes is one careless drinker to forgo a coaster and BAM! There’s a drink ring on your wooden table. Before you defriend the offender, try this easy fix: Mix equal parts white toothpaste and baking soda, applying the paste onto the ring in a circular motion using a cloth. Wipe clean with regular surface cleaner. Tip: Keep drink coasters close at hand in the future. 

6. Narrow-necked glassware

To clean long, narrow glassware like Champagne flutes and flower vases, use dish soap and — wait for it — rice! First, fill the glass with hot water and mild dish soap and let it soak for five to 10 minutes. Then, dump 1/3 of the water out and add a few grains of rice and a pinch of baking soda. Cover the top of the glass with the palm of your hand and shake vigorously for hands-free scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.


7. Stainless-steel smudges

Stainless-steel appliances make for a sleek-looking kitchen … until fingerprints arrive. Rather than scrubbing around the clock, tackle them in one fell swoop with olive oil. Dampen a rag with two to three drops of the oil and rub gently. Olive oil removes the smudges quickly, leaving a smooth, shiny surface.


8. Microwave

Before you face a reheated lasagna crime scene head-on, let the best microwave cleaning trick ever do the heavy lifting. Boiling water and lemon slices will not only loosen food particles, but also infuse your nuker with a lovely citrus scent.


9. Shower head

When grit and grime get the best of your shower head, the cleaning process doesn’t need to be complicated. Simply soak it overnight in a plastic bag filled with baking soda and white vinegar.


10. Crown moldings

Rather than resorting to a ladder, dust your crown moldings using a broom. Place a microfiber cloth over the broom’s bristles and secure it with a rubber band. Unless you have crazy-high ceilings, you’ll be able to reach the molding with your feet firmly planted on the ground.


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