12 deep cleaning hacks that you need in your life

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Few people enjoy deep cleaning their house. That’s why spring cleaning became so popular; so people would only have to give their house a thorough clean once a year. But for some of us, we have to clean certain areas a little more often.
It doesn’t have to be a terrible ordeal, though. There are plenty of ways to clean every inch of your house without wasting precious time and energy doing it. Check out the tips below for the simpler cleaning solutions you didn’t know you needed.
1. Hardwood floors (h/t My Cleaning Solutions)
For those of you with hardwood floors, you’re always looking for a better, easier way to clean your floors, right? Well, here’s a new solution for you to try: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon castile spoon, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Spray this combination over your floors and then let it dry.
2. Screen windows (h/t Handyman)
While glass windows collect fingerprints and smudges, screen windows gather up pet hair, cobwebs and just general dust. You can use the vacuum hose to remove some of this, but a faster and more effective way to get rid of it is to take a lint roller across the screen.
3. Clear faucet handles (h/t What’s Up Fagans?)
There’s a good chance you didn’t even realize you could clean your faucet handles, other than just running a damp washcloth over them every once in awhile. But you can actually remove them from your sink and soak them in warm, soapy water. You might need a toothbrush or a q-tip to scrub the nook and crannies, but this whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
4. Stove burners (h/t One Good Thing)
Cleaning your stove burners is way easier than people assume and requires almost no effort on your part. Just fill a Ziploc bag with ammonia, put a stove burner in the bag, seal it shut and walk away for at least 12 hours. When you remove the burner from the bag, it should look as good as new.
5. Glass cooktop(h/t Happy Mama Tales)
If you have a glass cooktop, you don’t have to deal with cleaning individual burners, because you can clean the whole thing in one shot. The best way to do this is to squirt dish soap onto the cooktop, sprinkle baking soda over that, pour on a little hydrogen peroxide and then scrub. After you’ve worked the three ingredients over the cooktop, let everything sit for about 3 minutes before wiping it clean.
6. Air vents (h/t Home Sweet Homebodies)
If you don’t keep your vents clean, then the dirt that builds up in there is eventually going to blow out into your house. A quick way to get a great clean is to wrap a rag around a butter knife, spray the vent with whatever cleaner you prefer and then insert the knife between the slats of the vent. Move it side to side and watch as the dirt disappears.

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