TikTok has become one of the largest social media platforms to share entertainment, but also ideas and tips on everyday living. One of the most notable subgenres under this category is everyday cleaning hacks that have been spread across the platform with innovative ways to clean more affectively. Homemakers, businesses, and regular people alike have generated thousands of new methods of getting the job done with ease. Here, we’ll share 7 TikTok cleaning hacks that are actually quite clever.
1. Use toilet paper rolls to clean door tracks
If you have any sliding doors in your home, whether it be a closet or a patio door, chances are you have door tracks along with them. For most of us, this area proves hard to clean due to those narrow nooks and crannies. You may not have vacuum attachment thin enough to reach this tough area which is where a toilet paper roll comes in handy. TikTok users show how easy it is to clean this spot by taking an empty toilet paper roll and placing it over the end of the vacuum hose. Next, squeeze the end side flat and tape over the fitted side of the vacuum hose. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to vacuum those tracks clean!
2. Clean Legos and other small toys with your dishwasher
Having kids means non-stop clean up. If you’re a parent of young kiddos save this hack for later. Cleaning toys doesn’t have to be a big hassle as shown by a few TikTok moms. A clever idea that was shared to save time cleaning Legos and other small toys is by adding them to a mesh lingerie bag or small laundry bag and placing it on the top rack of your dishwasher. The toys come out clean and undamaged without having to clean each toy one at a time.
3. Boil water with baking soda to clean tough stained pots
This cleaning hack is a game changer for anyone who likes to use stainless steel cookware. Hard burn spots and outer side browning on these pots and pans is the arguably one of the toughest stains to remove. You can make the scrubbing process a lot easier by creating a baking soda bath for your cookware. All you need to do is add very hot to boiling water in your sink with a plugged drain. You can also use a large heat safe container. Add a generous amount of baking soda to the bath and mix. Completely submerge your cookware in the bath and let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove the cookware and scrub with the abrasive side of a sponge. Depending on how old the stains are you may have to do this process a few times to clean cookware completely.
4. Make DIY toilet cleaning bombs
These homemade toilet bombs have gone viral over social media due to how easy they are to make using common kitchen items. All you need is baking soda, citric acid, water, and a sectioned baking mold or ice tray. Optional ingredients include essential oils or extracts of your preference, such as eucalyptus. Mix the ingredients together and pack the mixture into the molds and allow them to dry overnight. The next day you’ll have ready to use toilet bombs that will eliminate stains and odor. Drop one in the toilet bowl and watch it fizz! Once it’s completely dissolved make sure to give your toilet a quick scrub with a brush then flush.
5. Clean fan blades with a pillowcase
Probably the easiest hack on this list is the pillowcase trick for dusty fan blades. It’s as simple as it sounds. Simply take an old pillowcase and insert a fan blade into the opening. Constrict the opening fabric around the base of each fan blade using both hands and slowly slide the pillowcase off. That’s it! This method will completely clean off the dust and trap it all inside the pillowcase. Just make sure to go outside and flip it inside out to remove the majority of collected dust before washing.
6. Vacuum your oven
There have been many TikTok videos on using cleaning appliances in creative ways, but this hack is one of the more clever ideas. TikTok users show themselves cleaning their oven by using heavy duty vacuums as the first step. This is a great alternative for those who wish to clean without using harsh chemical oven cleaners. After vacuuming as much of the mess out of your oven as possible, you can then scrub the remainder with water and dish soap on the abrasive side of a sponge or similar scrubber.
7. Clean foggy headlight lenses with an orange
If your car’s headlight lenses are looking a bit dingy, give this hack a try. All you need is an orange and baking soda. Cut the orange in half and pour baking soda on the flat side of the orange slice until it’s completely covered. Scrub the orange slices against your headlight lens for about 5 minutes, then completely rinse the solution off your vehicle. The reveal should be a clear sparkling headlight!
And there you have it. We hope this post has given you new ideas for your next cleaning day. Try all 7 hacks or pick out the ones that stand out. Use whatever you feel will make your chore list just a little bit easier to tackle. The new era of innovative cleaning techniques has only just begun!