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10 Budget-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

Using these cleaning hacks, you can have a kitchen this clean too.

We know you’re on a budget and spring is just around the corner, which is why we’ve decided to put together a list of our top 10 favorite cleaning hacks. What’s especially great about these is that most of them make use of items you already have laying around that you either don’t need anymore or can serve multiple functions. Read on below for some seriously effective cleaning techniques designed to save you time, money and even the environment.


1. Clean a toilet with regular cola 

Pour regular cola straight into your toilet and let soak to remove toilet rings.(Image credit: The Spruce)

If left for an hour (or better yet, overnight) the carbonic, citric and phosphoric acids in regular cola breaks down tough toilet stains. 



2. Make your glass stove top look new again with a magic eraser 

Make your glass stove top shine like new when you use a Magic Eraser to remove grime and residue.(Image credit: Krazy Coupon Lady)

Magic Erasers are known to be useful for a myriad of house cleaning jobs, one of which includes getting rid of cooked-on stains. Afterwards, use a glass cleaner to remove leftover eraser residue and you have a beautiful, shiny stove top! 



3. Use aluminum foil as a dryer sheet for up to six months 

Wrap three tennis balls in aluminum foil and use as dryer sheets to remove static cling for up to 6 months.(Image credit: CNET)

Depending on the size of the laundry load, you can tightly wrap up to three tennis balls with aluminum foil, toss them in and beat static cling. You can rinse and repeat once they start to come apart (around 6 months or so).



4. Make finger paint with expired Greek yogurt

You can make vibrant finger paint for your little ones using expired Greek yogurt and food coloring as long as it's not more than 3 weeks past the expiration date.(Image credit: Catch My Party)

For a non-toxic, washable finger paint you can add food coloring or Kool Aid to expired Greek yogurt. Just make sure the yogurt is less than 3 weeks past its expiration date. Finger paint also does best on thicker material like a plastic table cloth rather than paper. 



5. Use cardboard tubes to get into tiny spaces

Putting a cardboard tube on the end of your vacuum hose can help you clean those hard-to-reach places in your home.(Image credit: One Good Thing by Jillee

To vacuum tiny spaces you can add a cardboard tube to the end of your vacuum hose. This works especially well for getting between couch cushions and window tracks. 



6. Clean the baseboards in your home with a rag and a broom

Cover the bristles on your broom with a cloth and secure with a rubber band to clean baseboards and crown molding without hurting your back.(Image credit: House Tipster)

Grab a rag that you know will wrap completely around the end of your broom and then keep it in place by using a rubber band or two. Now you can clean the baseboards (and even crown molding) without risking a back injury. 



7. Glaze your car’s windows with WD-40 to prevent snow build-up

Spraying WD-40 on your car windows before an expected snow storm can protect your windows against snow and ice.(Image credit: Krazy Coupon Lady)

The WD-40 will keep the snow (and ice) from sticking to your car windows before a snow storm, saving you from having to scrape it off the next time you need to go somewhere. 



8. Easily clean leaves off your roof or out of your gutters by attaching a PVC pipe to the end of your leaf blower

This homeowner is using a PVC pipe on his leaf blower to remove leaves stuck in his home's gutters.

(Image credit: Cupbord)

Using this method, you can save yourself from a potential risk of injury by using a ladder and spend less time cleaning up the exterior of your home. 



9. Save money and make your own non-chemical floor cleaner

Borax, white vinegar, dish soap and water form a cleaner potent enough for even the toughest floors.(Image credit: Offbeat Bros)

To make the floor cleaner, mix 2 tablespoons of borax with about 4-5 tablespoons of white vinegar and a pinch of dish soap. Just add warm water and you have a potent but non-hazardous floor cleaner. Also feel free to make in advance and store for later use.



10. Deep clean your shower door tracks using white vinegar

Remove grime and residue from your shower door tracks with vinegar and paper towels as seen here.(Image credit: Centsable Momma)

Simply soak some paper towels in vinegar, leave them in the shower track for 30 minutes and scrub away with a toothbrush. The acidity in white vinegar breaks down build up like soap scum, hard water residue and other yummy stuff that routinely seems to accumulate in bathroom crevices.


We hope these pro cleaning hacks will help save you time, money and frustration (while helping the environment) next time you go to clean your home. If you’ve tried one of these hacks and have a story to share, let us know! We’d love to hear about your success.

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