6 Sneaky Cleaning Hacks to Prepare Your House for Sale

Home Stager with Freshairguide

Don’t have enough time to spend hours cleaning every week? Don't worry, most people are in the same boat. Our fast paced environment and dynamic routines have made it increasingly more difficult for us to manage all the tasks our homes require. We can't prioritize cleaning and end up with a giant mess as a result.

There are times when cleaning is essential. One of these times is when you're getting ready to sell your home.

Thankfully there's always a shortcut for most routine tasks that most people are simply unaware of. If this is you, it might very well mean you're spending hours of your precious time doing some monotonous cleaning when you don't have to.

There are countless cleaning hacks out there designed to save your time. Just a quick google search will throw up several ideas. So for this post, I thought I'd try and come up with a few original ideas you might not have seen before.

So without further ado, I present to you my top 5 original cleaning hacks:

1. Bathroom Cleaning:

By the time we wake up, the very first place most of us visit is our bathroom to splash a handful of water at our face. So, without any doubt our bathroom needs to be clean enough to leave a great impression on our mind in the early morning. Although a bathroom can’t energize us quite as much as that morning tea or coffee, if it is clean and pleasant to smell, it will leave you feeling slightly better than when you first walked in.

Baking soda here can work wonders for de-odorizing as well as cleaning the bathroom tiles and toilet bowl in your bathroom. Take a table spoon of baking soda and throw it the toilet bowl. Mix baking soda with lemon and spread it all around the tiles of your bathroom. Rinse both of them after few hours and you will be left with a very clean and odorless bathroom.

 2. Clean your Toothbrush:

This is actually more of a general life hack. Many of us are completely unaware of just how unhygienic leaving your toothbrush lying around actually is. For numerous reasons, your toothbrush is highly effective at breeding and trapping harmful bacteria and germs. Those bristles we rely on to clean our teeth are fantastic at locking in those toxic germs too. Quite often we place all of our family's toothbrushes in close proximity to one another. Whether it be in a cup on the bathroom counter, or just plonked side by side. If someone in the family is sick – This is a surefire way to ensure the whole family gets sick too.

Keep a bowl full of hydrogen peroxide near your toothbrushes and toothbrush holders. Straight after you've finished brushing, dip your toothbrush in the solution of 3% Hydrogen peroxide and it will help to eliminate any remaining germs left on your brush and make a very inhospitable environment for any bacteria thinking of making their home on your toothbrushes.


3.De-scale the Kettle & Coffee Maker:

The inner lining of kettles and coffee makers tend to accumulate scaling, typically related to hard deposits in our water supply.

A small amount of vinegar along with an equal amount of boiling water can remove all the scaling easily. Just pour the mixture in the kettle, close the lid and shake it well for few minutes. After few minutes rinse it gently and all the scaling will have disappeared as if by magic!

4. Washing the Dishes:

Most of the dish washing liquids available in the market today are fantastic at dealing with the typical dirt and grime on our dishes. However when it comes to those stubborn cooking stains on pans and baking trays, most purpose built liquids come up short.

Boil up about 2 cups of water in the kettle. Pour the water into a large beaker or glass and add a decent amount of salt and vinegar. You can now use this solution to scrub away those stubborn stains. The added grit provided by the salt, make short work of any tough spots. If you're still having problems with a particular item, leave the solution inside the pan for about 20 minutes, so that the vinigar has time to soak in and dislodge that stubborn grime left behind.

5. Install an Air Purifier:

Dust is everywhere in most homes. It's impossible to get rid of completely, but through regular dusting and changing of sheets, we can limit the amount. But that takes a lot of time. What if there were some way to cut down on the frequency that we have to dust?

Getting an air purifier is a very sneaky hack that will cut down on the amount of dusting and vaccuming you must perform every week. This handy little device will literally suck up dust from the air around it, reducing the amount of the stuff that settles on the floor and surfaces of your room. There are many different types of air purifier around that cater to specific types of air cleaning, so make sure you choose wisely and buy one that's appropriate for your needs.

6. Removing oil stains:

Cleaning oil stains can be a difficult task. Even after hours of washing, you can be left with residue left behind.

Put baby powder over the stained area an leave it for a day or night now try washing it with any of the regular detergents and you'll be amazed at how easily the residue is lifted from the surface.

Comments (11)

Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
Blogger at Chirpy Home

Putting some of these tips on a sticky note, they sure are pretty useful!

Nov 06, 2018 06:59 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

while all good ideas I'm not selling my house furnished with a coffee pot, toothbrush or dishes.

Nov 06, 2018 07:20 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Welcome to ActiveRain, I hope that your participation here helps your business to grow.
Btw, I followed your blog, and would be honored if you followed mine.
Thank You!

Nov 06, 2018 07:42 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Nov 06, 2018 07:51 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Fin,

Welcome! Sounds great. For your next post, tell us more about fresh air. Do you use exchangers & make up air systems? Ozone? Inquiring minds want to know.

Nov 06, 2018 08:13 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

These are all good ideas as the Seller must prepare their property for the BUYER's eyes !!!

Nov 07, 2018 06:40 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Fin Tatello welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Nov 07, 2018 07:42 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals 

Nov 07, 2018 08:33 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Welcome to Active Rain!  I'm printing this list out, good to keep. Wishing you the best here in the Rain.

Nov 07, 2018 10:13 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Welcome to ActiveRain! This is a great place to learn about real estate and get support for you as an agent or broker. 


Make sure to become a Rainmaker if you are not one yet because that is how you will get a strong link back to your website. 


The public, consumers consisting of buyers and sellers of real estate will only see your posts if you have a Rainmaker account. 


I wish you luck on your online journey of marketing! 

Nov 09, 2018 12:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Dec 12, 2018 10:40 PM