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

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

Well, as clean smelling as it can be with three dogs living in our house.

Before you gather your mops and brooms and prepare to battle those winter dust bunnies, check out these quick and easy house cleaning secrets that can help you clean your house faster, and save money too.

1. How To Unshrink Clothes That Shrunk in the Dryer

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

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

Not only can this idea can save your clothes, it might just save your marriage budget because you won'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.

Okay, rant over. Moving on.

2. Use Bread To Clean Surface Stains

Apparently, you can live and clean without using magic erasers.

Just for the record, those things are sacred to me. So while I may try this clever way to remove marks and on walls, I won't be giving up my magic erasers anytime soon.

But this cleaning hack is really awesome.

You can use a slice of bread to clean spots. If you happen to spot a stain and have nothing handy to clean it with, get a  slice of white bread to do the trick.

Simply roll a crustless slice of bread into a ball, and just like that, you have a natural stain 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.


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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 (Without Scrubbing All Day!)

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 the best homemade grout cleaner, ever, and it has been awesome.

And it is much cheaper to make your own grout at home versus buying a grout-cleaner at the store.

You just need a little baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap to make this homemade grout cleaner. I definitely recommend trying this one.

More DIY Tips and Tricks For Cleaning Your Home

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 Fabric Softener Trick:  Use white vinegar, about 1/2 cup to 1 cup, in the rinse cycle instead of store-bought fabric softener sheets.

Homemade 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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