Cleaning hacks are some of the most popular shareable tips on the Internet, with news sites, forums and social media overflowing with tricks and timesavers to try out.
Whether it’s ultimate cleaning inspiration Mrs Hinch amassing 4 million followers on Instagram or TikTok videos with the hashtag “#cleaning” generating almost 8bn views, society is more houseproud than ever before!
Some jobs around the house are more difficult than others and this is evident in how many people are looking for the right way to clean. We’ve used Google search data to identify the top 10 most-searched cleaning jobs and the most popular TikTok hacks to help you out.
The most popular cleaning searches are focused on how to clean shoes. Although ‘how to clean suede shoes’ was the most popular singular search term, searches for variations of ‘how to clean white shoes’ total 25,900 monthly searches globally.
TikTokers have been using a variety of hacks to clean their shoes, including baking soda to whiten dirty trainers.
This works because baking soda is a mild abrasive that rubs away at deeply-ingrained stains For this same reason, it’s used to whiten teeth, too.
For this hack, you’ll need to make a paste with baking soda and water before scrubbing the dirty areas with a toothbrush.
A smelly washing machine is one of the most common cleaning complaints around as many don’t fully understand how to keep clean the machine that washes your clothes. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to keep your machine at its best.
This TikTok hack uses baking soda (I smell a trend here…) and white vinegar to clean out the rubber seal around the door to the washing machine, as well as adding baking soda and white vinegar to the drum and running it empty on a hot wash.
To do this at home, make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub the rubber seal and external areas before adding 500g of baking soda and 250ml of white vinegar to the drum and running it on a hot wash. This can be done as often as you like but is best done once a month.
Standard glass cleaners and furniture polish should be avoided when cleaning your TV screen.
This is because the strong chemicals can damage the protective layer on modern LED, LCD and plasma screen TVs.
All you need to do to keep your TV or laptop screen clean is dust the surface with a dry microfiber cloth and use a very diluted solution of water and dish soap to buff out spots.
Make sure to apply the soap and water to the cloth first to keep residue being left on the screen to a minimum.
Over 70,000 people search for oven cleaning tips monthly around the world, with many looking for ways to keep their oven spotless without the need for harsh chemicals.
There are many ways people scrub their ovens, including with dishwasher tablets, steel wool and the Pink Stuff.
This particular hack uses around 125ml dish soap, 75ml white vinegar and 64g baking soda to form a paste that is scrubbed over the oven and left for 6-8 hours.
The acidity of the white vinegar breaks down baked-on stains while the baking soda helps neutralise odours.
Dish soap is also an excellent degreaser, which is essential for cleaning up spilled food and oils.
The key thing to remember when cleaning out the dishwasher is making sure the filter is cleaned out. This is a small trap that can be found in the base of the dishwasher that catches all the large debris that gets washed off your dishes.
It’s the filter’s job to stop debris from recirculating during the cycle so it’s essential it remains clean.
In this video, the filter is rinsed and cleaned off before 65g of baking soda is added to the bottom and 125g of apple cider vinegar is added to the top and a cycle is run on high. This can also be done with white vinegar.
The vinegar helps break down grease and descales the water as limescale is alkali and is quickly broken down by the acid of the vinegar. Both vinegar and baking soda are used to kill bad smells in the machine.
Tarnished silver is a common sight on old jewellery, cutlery and other items.
Fortunately, it can be returned to its former glory quite easily.
For this hack, place your jewellery in a dish covered with tin-foil and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every cup of water then simply place your items in the bowl and leave them to sit for a while.
This works because the baking soda causes the silver to go through a reverse chemical reaction to the one that causes the tarnish in the first place.
The silver needs to be touching the aluminium as the reaction transfers the tarnish from the silver to the tin-foil.
Many of us are guilty of neglecting our keyboards. The speed at which a keyboard can collect dirt and dust is a gruesome reminder of the disturbingly unsanitary lives we lived before the pandemic.
For this hack, you’ll need some rubbing alcohol and cotton buds, the video features 91% alcohol but anything above 70% will be strong enough to kill bacteria on your keyboard. You can also use hand sanitiser if this is more readily available.
Start by dipping the cotton buds into the alcohol and rubbing off the excess before running the bud along the horizontal lines of the keyboard. Start with a quick wipe before going back and giving any visible dirt extra attention.
Then, rub the cotton bud along the vertical lines between the keys for a complete clean.
Follow this up by dousing a microfibre cloth in alcohol or sanitiser and rubbing the entire keyboard to make sure every key is cleaned properly.
Cast iron cookware can be risky to clean as the metal doesn’t respond well to traditional cleaning products and soap can drastically reduce their lifespan.
The porous surface of the metal absorbs oils that give it a natural non-stick quality, called the ‘seasoning’ but destroying these oils with cleaning products can irreversibly damage the seasoning so you need to be careful.
Start by adding kosher salt to the pan and using a wet paper towel to scrub the surface and remove any food residue.
Rinse the pan with warm water to remove all the salt before drying with a towel. Then, place the pan upside down on the hob using a low heat for a couple of minutes to dry out the rest of the water.
Finally, re-season your pan with oil and wipe the excess off with another paper towel ready to be used again next time you cook.
Your mattress goes through a lot.
As we sleep, we sweat and shed skin and create an environment that bacteria and dust mites love.
To keep your mattress at it’s best, you should vacuum it every time you change your sheets (at least once a week).
In addition, you should cover your mattress in baking soda every few weeks, leaving it to sit for at least an hour before vacuuming off.
This helps to neutralise odours and kill bacteria.
The top TikTok hack also suggests using fabric conditioner spray to give the mattress a clean scent and opening a window to allow the mattress to air dry after it’s been vacuumed.
When cleaning your shower head, the most common challenge is limescale build up. Limescale is typically a chalky white build-up but can also be green or reddish-brown depending on your water.
Because it’s a mineral build-up, an excess of limescale can affect water pressure in addition to looking unsightly.
For this hack, you’ll need some trusty white vinegar and a sandwich bag or freezer bag and an elastic band. White vinegar is perfect for this job because the acidity quickly breaks down the alkali of limescale.
Fill the bag with white vinegar and place the shower head inside, ensuring the water spouts are covered by the vinegar. Seal the bag around the shower head with the band and leave to soak for two hours.
Do you spend your spare time thinking of the best way to clean your oven? Or an easy way to freshen your car interior?
If you’ve looked up any of the top 25 most searched cleaning jobs, count up your points and see if you’re the next cleanfluencer extraordinaire.
You either know the answer to every one of these questions or you’re not interested. There’s probably a couple of areas of your home you never even thought needed cleaning.
Check out cleaning TikTok and get yourself some white vinegar – it’ll change your life.
You’ve started getting into the nitty gritty of home cleaning.
You might have just got your own place or decided it’s time to start seriously scrubbing up your home. You know some of the tricks but there’s still plenty of cleaning spots left untouched.
You have wondered what the proper way to clean every last thing in your house is. You love a bargain or a natural alternative cleaning method and your home is never without white vinegar and baking soda.
Take advantage of the spring cleaning period to get those last few points and master the remaining hygiene challenges of your home.
You are the next cleanfluencer on the block. Your knowledge of alternative cleaning methods is second to none and everything in your house is spotless in just the right way.
Whether it’s using dishwasher tablets to clean the oven or keeping cast iron spotless, you’ve tried all the hacks and know which ones work best.