13 Smart Hacks To Cut Your House-Cleaning Time In Half


Use newspaper to get rid of lint

Another useful tip to have squeaky clean windows is to use newspapers instead of paper towels. “Newspaper is a great towel alternative because its dense fiber won’t leave behind the tiny strands that towels do,” says Kvarnlov.

Old newspapers are highly absorbent, meaning that they absorb the liquid (water, cleaning solution) instead of spreading it around, leaving a trail of lint across the glass. Not to mention they are an eco-friendly option to paper towels.

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Use coffee filters to remove lint off surfaces

Paper towels are not doing more harm than good when it comes to windows but they also leave a fine film of lint on other surfaces in your house such as glass-topped furniture or mirrors. It’s time you solved this problem as well with a surprising but highly popular kitchen staple: coffee filters.

According to Brad Roberson, president of Glass Doctor, a Neighborly company, coffee filters are lint-free and extremely efficient in removing all the residue on any surface. They’re also quite cheap, sometimes cheaper than paper towels, and can be easily bought in bulk.

If using coffee filters is a smart trick, these 10 cleaning habits, on the other hand, are ruining your home.


Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of sticky residue

Do you know that annoying gluey-gummy dirt left behind after you peel off a sticker or label from a surface? Don’t you just hate it? Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of that sticky residue without paying a fortune on cleaning products and ruin your furniture in the process. One efficient way to get sticker residue off plastic, wood, or glass is using rubbing alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol is one of the most efficient solvents and it is quite safe to use on most surfaces in your home. “A little rubbing alcohol and a bit of elbow grease cuts sticker crud on home windows,” says Roberson. Just soak a rug in rubbing alcohol, let it sit on the residue area and then rub it off.

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