Sometimes the only way I can really motivate myself to clean is to make it fun. Cleaning hacks can actually make cleaning fun!
It becomes a challenge, really.
Does this weird thing I found on Pinterest ACTUALLY work? So I went digging around and found some of the hacks for cleaning that I’ve always wanted to try and I hope they inspire you (and me!) to get the house clean!
DIY Cleaning Hacks that Will Make Cleaning a Little Fun
DIY’s are great because most of the time it’s stuff you’ve got around the house that you can throw together to make a good copy cat version of the original.
Have you ever said to yourself, “I would clean, but I’m all out of Windex”. Well we’re not letting that stop us anymore.
We’ll have to think of better excuses!
Garbage disposals are actually a great cleaning tool themselves.
I know because when mine broke, my kitchen was a disaster. It was harder to do dishes which means I did dishes less, it was smelly and I just hated it.
If you’ve got a smelly garbage disposal, why not try these cute DIY Garbage Disposal Deodorizers from Bitz & Giggles?
My mom swears by Spray N Wash, and it is good, but I run out of it forget to buy it all the time.
Having an option to DIY a really good stain remover like this one from My Frugal Adventures is a really good thing.
I’d keep a jug of this by the washing machine. Actually, also some in the bathroom, too. Because it is probably best to get the stain as quick as possible. And it’s easier to remember to do it when you’re changing than when you’re trekking down to the laundry.
Carpet can get seriously stinky. The shoes, the animals, the random food spills.
You ever walk into a room and your like, I smell wet dog, feet, chicken.
All at once?
You need DIY Homemade Carpet Deodorizer.
I looooove cleaning wipes. They are one of my very favorite cleaning tools because they are all in one.
You don’t have to have a paper towel AND a spray bottle. It’s all done for you.
That means you get the cleaning done quicker. So try these DIY Cleaning Wipes from Organically Frugal.
Rose Clearfield loves Baby Powder for deodorizing her kitty litter box.
If you have a cat, then you know, kitty litter stinks to high heaven.
Your house will never seem clean if you have a smelly kitty litter box. It is impossible.
This is most definitely worth a try and probably a lot cheaper than buying the stuff made for the pet box.
No one wants to clean a toilet. Just nobody. Not Martha Stewart. Not whatever other home guru you want to come up with.
So if there’s a thing called a Toilet Bowl Bomb that will make cleaning the toilet even just a little less horrendous, then I’m all for it.
Check out the tutorial at Clean Mama.
Is your car upholstery a little gross?
Eating too many tacos from Taco Bell? You should not even attempt that in the car.
Unless you have leather seats that you can just wipe off.
Trust me, I know.
OR, you can just try this DIY Upholstery cleaner from Happy Mothering.
I say yes to homemade shower cleaner. If you’ve ever used something like Scrubbing Bubbles, then you know why.
HOLY horrific smell on Scrubbing Bubbles. It just can’t be good to be breathing that. If not for your physical health than for your mental health.
So a nice homemade shower cleaner like this from One Essential Community sounds like an excellent plan to me.
Do you ever burn dinner? I do. Kind of often. Actually, while I was writing this post, the smoke alarms went off.
So this DIY burnt pan cleaner from Hometalk was quite timely for me.
Lemon is one of the best smells ever. Hands down. It’s light and fresh and smells, well, clean!
I’m definitely trying this DIY Lemon Dishwasher Detergent from Bren Did.
The smell of lemons is calling to me. Plus, lemons are natrually antibacterial. Can’t beat mother nature.
Just think of all of the things you can use this homemade glass cleaner from A Blossoming Life on.
Glass. And Mirrors. And your glasses. A Glass table.
Basically, anything that is made of glass.
I love this because it is made with all natural ingredients.
Soft Scrub is one of those things my mom always has under the sink. She uses it on anything that she doesn’t want to scratch. Certain pans with a particular finish if I remember correctly.
Here’s a great DIY version from The Turquoise Home that will do just as well for you.
I think soft scrub is a great tool for the tub, too.
Natural Oven Cleaner
Since I’m a serial dinner burner, I always need to clean the oven.
I would much rather go for a natural DIY like this natural oven cleaner from Recipes with Essentials Oils than a harsh store bought chemical-y one.
I bet this smells WAY better than the store bought.
The trash can is my arch-nemesis.
It’s always full. It always needs to be taken out. It smells. It’s disgusting.
It’s the opposite of everything I love.
I can at least take care of the smell with this really great DIY Trash Can Deodorizer Spray from One Essential Community.
Lavender is for lulling to sleep.
A little lavender linen spray on your sheets and it’s sweet dreams for you.
But that stuff can be EXPENSIVE! Why not DIY it like Artful Homemaking did?
You won’t feel bad when you are spritzing it all over the house so the children will please, pretty please, go take a nap!
Feel Like Cleaning Now?
I have to say that DIY Lavender spray kind of has me in the mood to try some DIY Cleaning Hacks.
I also love those Toilet bombs. That’s definitely going on my list of You Need To Try This.
What I love about these DIY’s is that most of them if not all are totally natural and use ingredients that I can totally understand. And there’s no horrific Scrubbing Bubbles smells going on.
That’s a win. A cleaning win, right? Beyond the fact that the house is clean, you didn’t have to smell Scrubbing Bubbles. May you go your whole life never smelling Scrubbing Bubbles. That is my wish for you, cleaning friend.
So let’s get to cleaning. Well, first let’s start making some DIY Cleaning Hacks cleaners, I suppose.
But first, maybe, a little nap. Must be the lavender.