Pinterest Hacks and Pinterest Fails. We all want shortcuts when it comes to household chores, and Pinterest is undoubtedly loaded with ideas. But, which hacks will actually make life easier? To save you time and hassle, we took a look at some of the most popular household cleaning hacks on Pinterest and put them to the test. Here are the ones that really work, and some that really didn’t impress us:
Microwaving Water to Clean Your… Microwave.
The dirty microwave― one thing that usually doesn’t get cleaned until you spill something in it that’s stopping you from microwaving those delicious leftover pizza slices on a napkin. You’ve probably seen a few DIY hacks to let the microwave cleaning do itself. We’ve tried everything from putting a damp sponge on high for 2 minutes to using a combo of water and vinegar in a jar to steam things up.
Does it really work? Errr, to an extent.
Heating water up in the microwave did seem to soften some of the fresher messes, but we still struggled with build-on grime. Adding in tricks with ingredients like vinegar or baking soda did help some, but they still required a lot of scrubbing. We found the most useful hack was to rub half a lemon onto greasy areas after heating the water. The acidity of the lemon seemed to work best on grease.
Although the added dampness can soften some more recent microwave crud, it still required more than a simple swipe of a “Bounty quicker-picker-upper”. We found that this cleaning tactic did not work for the usual, stickier messes that tend to build up over time with repeat microwaving. At the end of the day, we still resorted to a household cleaner.
Focus on choosing a great cleaning product rather than a one-hit-wonder trick. Messes are made of different things. Sometimes a more powerful cleaner is needed, and that mess might just require extra-elbow grease, regardless. Our USDA Certified Organic Multi-Purpose Cleaner has been shown to stand up to tough grease—and it’s non-toxic—making it the perfect solution for using on equipment coming into close contact with food.
Cleaning Your Dryer? Add it to the chore list.
You may or may not be good at cleaning off your lint trap with every load of laundry. What you might not know is further cleaning maintenance should be performed regularly to keep your dryer working like a pro. Pinterest has some ideas about creating your own vacuum attachment to suck out that extra lint slowing down your drying time, or you can simply purchase a kit.
Does it really work? YES. And, you need to try it!
Inexpensive and easy to purchase, a lint vent duct brush and lint vacuum hose attachment are the the only things you will need. The entire duct system between your dryer and the vent on the outside of your home can get clogged over time, causing drying time to increase, damaged clothes, and your dryer to get overheated or even break. Frugally Blonde has a wonderful step-by-step blog to help you trap that pesky lint.
The process of cleaning your whole system takes a little time, and vacuuming such narrow components can be a bit tedious. Overall, it’s totally worth it! Some makeshift attachments don’t work as well as the kit— coming loose, getting stuck, or not trapping enough lint at one time making the process even slower. We recommend just buying a kit to keep things simple.
The Unusual Art of Cleaning Burnt Pots with Dryer Sheets
Of course we are a little biased and use Greenshield Dish Soap to clean our dishes at home, but we have to admit― there are some things it just doesn't fix all by itself― and burnt up pots are one of them. After seeing a hack on Pinterest that claimed to salvage our burnt pots and pans, we decided to try using dryer sheets.
Does it really work? Surprisingly, yes!
Simply sticking a dryer sheet into your dirty pot, along with hot water and soap, allows you to return within a few minutes and spend far fewer actually scrubbing. It works well for cleaning things like burnt on rice or pasta, but try to remove as much of the left-over food as possible with a spatula before cleaning.
It doesn’t get some underlying burn marks out of the metal finish. We have stainless steel cookware at home so it may be different depending, but we are still looking for cleaning ideas to get them back into brand-new condition. Have an idea of your own? Leave us a comment below!
3 Ingredients to Unclog Your Drain
Pipe problems? We tested out one Pinterest idea to see if it would save a call to the plumber. The recipe called for sprinkling salt and baking soda down your drain, flushing with ample vinegar and following it up with boiling hot water.
Does it really work? Maybe.
Since we had everything on hand, this simple trick didn’t cost much. Although it did clean up the sink, and seemed to help speed up drainage slightly, it didn’t solve our entire problem.
For us, we can’t say this hack really worked as the drain was still running slowly. Plumbing problems can be unique, and every clogged drain is different.
This trick would be good for minor drainage upkeep, especially once you address any core issues. Clean your kitchen or bathroom drain regularly, including removing any trapped hair or food particles. But, if you are experiencing issues you can’t see, it might be best to turn to a professional before those problems back up further into your pipeline.
Baking Soda & Vinegar Carpet Solution
We can’t deny, we love anything that uses natural or simple ingredient solutions. With endless uses for vinegar and baking, it’s no wonder everyone is mixing these two powerhouse ingredients into everything from skin care to pet care. Pinterest hackers claim the duo can combat tough carpet stains all by themselves.
Does it really work? Yes, but with limitations.
Cost effective, readily available, and a little goes a long way. Baking soda is a great deodorizer, slightly abrasive to help you scrub, and reacts with vinegar (in this case white vinegar) to help clean. This simple solution works best for fresher stains that aren’t ground in and can use just a little boost to tackle tougher carpet messes like pet stains and odors.
Tougher stains didn’t budge, and depending upon how much you use, raw vinegar on its own can leave a temporary odor you may not like.
We hate to toot our own horn, but in the world of cleaners organic is hard to come by and natural can sometimes be “not-so-natural”. Our USDA Certified Pet Stain & Odor Remover and Carpet Spot Cleaner are great for both pet and non-pet related messes. Each one actually has baking soda in it, among other great and vital ingredients like organic acetic acid, dead sea salt, and organic essential oil blends to get your carpets looking and smelling fresh again.
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