Keeping your home clean and tidy can feel like an impossible task no matter the size of your home. Whether you’ve run out of cleaning solution, want to reduce clutter, or just want a faster/easier way to clean odd spaces, here are some handy hacks to try.

DIY Window CleanerCreate Your Own Window Washing Solution
Cut through the grease and grime on your windows with three simple ingredients. Grab an empty spray bottle and add 2 1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Optional: add a couple drops of essential oil for scent. Shake well. Spray your fast-acting cleaning solution on any glass surface, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaks – a coffee filter works as a lint-free wipe too.

Use Mouthwash to Clean Your Toilet Bowl
Out of toilet bowl cleaner? Skip the store trip and extra cost and consider using mouthwash instead. Simply pour 1/4 cup of basic mouthwash into your toilet bowl. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub the bowl to get rid of any grime.

Use a Pillowcase to Clean Your Ceiling Fan Blades
Ever switch off your ceiling fan after months of running non-stop and find yourself astonished by the pile of dust and grime on the blades? Fortunately, there’s an easy hack for cleaning them without knocking that grime all over yourself and your furniture. Make sure your fan is off, then grab an old pillowcase, slip it all the way onto a blade, and press the fabric against the blade while you slide the case off. The case catches all the dust! Repeat with each blade, then empty your case into the trash and toss it in the washer.

Keep Spices Organized with a Magnetic Rack
If you store your spices in a cabinet, there’s a good chance that it takes you more time than it should to find the right spice when you need it. Installing a magnetic spice rack in your kitchen saves space and organizes your spices. These racks can be installed in a variety of places – inside pantries, on refrigerators, on the side of cabinets, etc. Displaying your spices in a fun/organized way can add to the aesthetic of your kitchen as well.

Remove Small Scratches on Furniture with Toothpaste
Furniture gets scratched – that’s life. Instead of having your furniture refinished for hundreds of dollars, just grab a pea-sized amount of any non-gel toothpaste. Rub it onto the scratch until it disappears. Wipe the area with a damp towel and your unsightly scratches should be less visible.

With these creative tips in hand, you can keep your home tidy and save yourself some time and effort in the process. Less time cleaning means more time to relax and enjoy your tidy home!