9 TikTok Cleaning Hacks to Spruce Up Your Space This Spring
Once the sun comes out of winter hibernation, the temperature finally rises above 50 degrees, and you no longer feel the need to hunker down under a pile of worn-down blankets, there's a good chance you feel an innate urge to give your humble abode a deep clean.
And you're not the only one: More than 80 percent of American homeowners regularly spring clean, according to a new survey of 2,000 people conducted by OnePoll on behalf of TruGreen. Getting your home in shipshape could have some mental health benefits, too, and 78 percent of survey respondents said there's a direct link between their home's tidiness and their well-being.
Most of the time, though, this serious spring cleaning requires some blood, sweat, and tears. But thanks to these TikTok cleaning hacks, you don't have to become a clean freak like Danny Tanner to thoroughly dust and de-gunk your space. Whether you're looking to get your bathroom back into tip-top shape or remove all the unpleasant smells your pets have created, these cleaning tricks and tips will help you get the job done in record time — no elbow grease required. (Related: 10 TikTok Food Hacks That Actually Work)
Deodorize Your Furniture with a Simple Solution
If the self-described "queen of cleaning" swears by this homemade deodorizing spray, you know it's gotta be good. To remove potent smells from her couch, Tiktoker @vanesamaro91 pours 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, and fabric softener (use as much or as little as you please, depending on how strong of a scent you like) into a spray bottle and mists it on her furniture. After a few spritzes, the lingering smell of your dog and the popcorn you ate last night are sure to disappear.
Clean Your Shower While Showering
You don't have to give up your precious free time to create a sparkling-clean bathroom. To remove built-up grime from your shower walls and floor, steal this cleaning hack from @jessmapes. Simply fill a brush that's equipped with a soap dispenser with dish soap, then use it to scrub away dirt while you shower. Talk about efficiency.
Dust Your Toilet with a Dryer Sheet
The random dust bunnies that build up between your toilet seat and water tank are notoriously difficult to reach, but this TikTok cleaning hack from @serenaajoyce_ will help you whisk them away in a flash. Just wipe a fresh dryer sheet in the area to pick up dust, hair, and more without having to break out the vacuum. (P.S. you can also use a dryer sheet to pick up dust on your baseboards, blinds, and window sills.)
Clean Your Pans with Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
When you can't be bothered to run to Target for cleaning supplies, turn to essentials you already have in your kitchen and medicine cabinet to de-gunk your pans. In this TikTok cleaning hack, @isuckatcleaning sprays hydrogen peroxide onto the bottom of a stained skillet, pours baking soda on top, then gives it another spritz of peroxide. After letting it sit for 10 minutes, the TikToker sprays a dry sponge with peroxide and scrubs all the built-up grime into oblivion. As Ina Garten would say, how easy is that? (Related: The 9 Best Natural Cleaning Products, According to Experts)
Organize Your Medicine Cabinet with Bins
It may be called "spring cleaning," but you shouldn't pass up opportunities to get organized. To tidy up your medicine cabinet, steal @tidycademypro's hack. Start by sorting all your products into categories and tossing out anything that's expired. Then, place your medications in bins, organizing them by category (think: pain relief, kids, adult, topical, etc.). In a separate bin, categorize and stash your first aid items, and voilà — you've got a medicine cabinet worthy of a #sheflie.
Refresh Your Carpet with Baking Soda
When your rug is smelling musty AF, give it a refresh with this TikTok cleaning hack from @ohitsjustpeachy. Just fill a mason jar with baking soda, add in about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil, and shake well to combine. Then, sprinkle the mixture on your carpet, let sit for 10 minutes, and vacuum it all up. Your home will smell like you just lit a relaxing candle — no flames required.
Dust Your Fan with a Pillowcase
To prevent any lingering dust on your ceiling fan from falling onto your freshly washed sheets or just-vacuumed carpet, skip the traditional duster and instead grab a pillowcase. As demonstrated by @cleanthatup, tightly wrap the pillowcase around the entire fan blade, then slowly pull it toward you to sweep up and collect the dust.
Clean Your Mirrors with a Swiffer Sweeper
Too short to reach the top of your bathroom mirror? Use @maizimmy's TikTok cleaning hack to wipe away any dust and watermarks without having to stand on the countertop. Simply spray your mirror with your go-to glass cleaner, attach a microfiber polishing cloth to a Swiffer Sweeper, and use the mop to wipe the mirror as if you were a professional window cleaner.
Make DIY Disinfecting Wipes
Instead of buying single-use, disposable disinfectant wipes, make your own reusable ones with washcloths. For this TikTok cleaning hack, @carolina.mccauley pours 2 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of essential oil into a sealable glass jar, stuffs small towels inside, and shakes it until the towels are soaked. You'll never have to make a last-minute trip to the store for cleansing wipes again.