— DIY Dammit

11 spring cleaning hacks from Pinterest that are legit super useful

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Pinterest is our first stop when looking for anything and everything trendy and inventive. Street style advice, beauty tips, wedding inspiration, cool nail polish colors, DIY baking inspo; it’s all there! Although a few (read: many, *many*) hours spent on Pinterest may translate as “procrastination” to much of the outside world, ~we~ know just how useful a good Pinterest board can be.

Case in point: turning to Pinterest to learn a few ~out-of-this-world~ spring cleaning hacks.

This being the prime of spring cleaning season, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to consult the Pinterest pros on a few tidiness tips. And in addition to just cleaning up, we also found a few around-the-house hacks that are going to make our lives infinitely easier.

Prepare for spring cleaning to never be the same again!

1Make your cookie sheet look brand spanking new

All you’ve got to do is mix a dash of hydrogen peroxide with a pinch of baking soda, cover your cookie sheet, and let it sit for an hour or two. When you come back, simply wipe the concoction off to reveal your good-as-new-pan.

Side note: Why does something like this not exist for skin care?!

2No-scrub stove burner cleaning

No elbow grease necessary! Just take the burners off and plop them individually into oversized plastic bags, and enough ammonia to cover the burner. Let sit for 24 hours, then remove the burner from the bag and rinse off with water to gid rid of any residue, and voila!

3Polish the kitchen sink

This is a simple, three-step process.

First: clean the sink by creating a paste from warm water and baking soda, gently scrubbing to cover the sink. Allow the paste to dry, then wipe off with a wet cloth. Second: Polish the sink by rubbing a tablespoon of flour into the dry sink, then wiping to remove. Third: Use a few drops of baby oil to shine the surface, and your job is done.

Oh, and FYI: remove any rust or water spots by rubbing a splash of vinegar on them.

4Make your mattress smell like new

Vanquish any nastiness in your mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, adding a few drops of essential oil here and there (like lavender), then vacuuming after 10 minutes. Easy, and smells like new!

5Effectively clean your dishwasher

Nope, this is not an oxymoron. Your dishwasher does, in fact, need its own bath from time to time.

To do this, place a dishwasher-safe cup full of vinegar right-side-up on the top rack, and turn on the dishwasher to the hottest setting (don’t add soap). After the cycle runs, sprinkle baking soda across the bottom on the drain, and run for another short, hot cycle, to further deodorize and remove any stains.

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