How To Unshrink Clothes and Other Cool Cleaning Hacks You'll Love

Spring cleaning time has arrived, and I am excited to get my house back to a shinier, cleaner-smelling and happier place to be.

Before you gather your mop and broom, check out these cleaning hacks to see if you find one that helps you tackle your chores. I promise, there is one laundry saving tip that will knock your socks off.

While this does not really fall into the category of spring cleaning tips and tricks, it is something that can save your sanity (and maybe even in your marriage!) when something goes wrong in the laundry room.

1. How To Unshrink Clothes That Shrunk in the Dryer

Egads! So a shrunken shirt just came out of the dryer. A new shirt that you had just bought your son.

While naming names or pointing fingers doesn't help, this awesome tip on how you can fix clothes that have been shrunk in the laundry will!

This clothes saving trick will save your marriage budget when you don't have to go shopping to buy a new shirt for your son that your husband just shrunk when he decided to do the laundry to help you out but did not listen to you when you told him not to use hot water or high heat because he. knows. better.

(sheesh, that felt good)

2. Use Bread To Clean Surface Stains

Apparently, you can live (and clean) without Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Just for the record, those things are sacred to me. So while I may try this unique cleaning hack, I won't be giving up my Magic Erasers anytime soon.

But if you happen to spot a stain and have nothing handy to clean it with, a slice of white bread just may do the trick. Roll a crustless slice of bread into a ball, and you have a natural eraser.

The trick is to use bread to dab gently at a surface stain, as opposed to scrubbing frantically at it.

You can also use sliced bread to soak up kitchen counter spills in a flash.

Find even more ways to clean your house using bread!

3. Use Vinegar to Remove Gunk From Shower Door Tracks

Forget the chemical bathroom cleaners. Centsable Momma has an awesome cleaning tip for getting rid of nasty gunk that gets stuck on shower door tracks.

Pour distilled white vinegar on some paper towels. Next, lay the paper towels on the door tracks, and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Voila! All that nasty gunk should come off easily using a toothbrush or cotton swab and water.

4. Easiest Way To Clean Walls and Baseboards Fast

I am the first to admit I never gave much thought to cleaning walls. I might get a Mr. Clean Eraser (I am telling you, I have those things stashed everywhere) and spot clean marks and scuffs, but never really gave the entire walls a good cleaning.

This tutorial on how to easily clean your walls made me realize just how much difference clean walls can make in your home. Who knows, after you are done cleaning the walls using this tip, you may decide painting those walls can wait after all.

5. How to Clean Grout Naturally

Grout is my nemesis. We have tile floors throughout the house, which look pretty, but the grout causes me endless grief. I have tried many ways to clean the grout between tiles, and usually, I am disappointed with the results.

Luckily I came across this all natural grout cleaner, and it has been awesome. And cheap. You'll only need 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to make this homemade grout cleaner.

Other Helpful Cleaning Tips 

DIY Furniture Polish: Mix one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour about 3 cups white vinegar into the toilet bowl and about once a week add some vinegar to the tank to help keep it clean.

DIY Dryer Sheets:  Use white vinegar, about 1/2 cup to 1 cup, in the rinse cycle instead of store bought fabric softener sheets.

All Natural Window Cleaner: Combine 1 cup clear ammonia and 3 cups water in a spray bottle to get sparkly clean, streak-free windows.

Happy Cleaning!

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