11 Floor Cleaning Hacks You Need to Try

Why work harder when you can work smarter?

Do you ever think to yourself, “there must be an easier way” while cleaning? Cleaning can sometimes be a tiring task, especially if you do everything the hard way.

Life is full of hacks waiting to be discovered and lucky for you, there are a ton of floor cleaning hacks. But which ones are truly worth it? We’ve been sorting through some of the best hacks to come up with the top 11 you need to hear about.

Floor Cleaning Hacks

1. DIY Vacuum Filter

Losing an earring or any other tiny object can be devastating, especially if it gets lost in the vacuum. But having to dig through the disposable bag or container can be a messy job. Frankly, most of us wouldn’t attempt it and when we do, we often give up too soon.

Luckily, with this super smart hack, you won’t have to say goodbye to tiny lost objects. When vacuuming the area where you lost the missing item, place a stocking over the nozzle of the vacuum. Secure the tights or stockings with an elastic band so it won’t fall off.

As you vacuum the area, dust will be sucked through the tights, but your lost earring will be caught. Simply collect the item and keep cleaning.

2. DIY Crevice Tool

A crevice tool is one of the most useful attachments we get with a vacuum. However, some areas are still out of reach.

Tiny crevices that often accumulate dust and dirt can be tricky to clean thoroughly. For this hack, though, all you need is your vacuum and a piece of cardboard.

If you have an old toilet paper roll, it will be great for this hack. Slip it over the nozzle of the vacuum and secure it with tape. If you don’t have a roll, tape a piece of cardboard around the nozzle instead.

When you’re cleaning an ultra-tight space, flatten the end of the cardboard to make a perfect fit.

3. Removing Tangled Hair from Vacuum

If you have long-haired pets in your home, you might be frustrated by all of the hair getting caught in your vacuum brush. This can make your vac less effective. Not to mention, it’s often impossible to untangle.

But, we’ve discovered that it’s much easier to remove tangled hair using a seam ripper. Most people use scissors for this. However, it can sometimes be awkward, depending on the size.

A seam ripper, on the other hand, is tiny, and can easily be slipped underneath tangled hair. It works quickly at ripping them apart so that you can easily pick the hair out.

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4. Refresh the Vac

A vacuum cleaner can sometimes develop an unpleasant odor that could be due to anything inside the bag. Unfortunately, that musky smell can spread as you vacuum.

An easy way to refresh your canister is by adding a handful of laundry crystals to the bag. Simply vacuum the crystals up and they will refresh your vac from inside.

You can also use ground cinnamon or even fresh vanilla if that’s what you like. As you vacuum your house, the fresh scent will spread throughout your home.

5. Carpet Odor Eliminator

A carpet can often develop a musky odor that won’t go away no matter how often you clean it. Your vacuum might even be the reason.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to eliminate carpet odors. All you need is baking soda and a vacuum.

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over your carpet. If you know an area that’s often a victim of spills or accidents, add a little extra there.

Then allow the baking soda to sit on the carpet for up to an hour to absorb any odors effectively. Once the time is up, use your vacuum to remove all of the powder (1).

6. The Ultimate Stain-Remover

The best way to remove a stain from a carpet is by knowing what caused it. But how do you find the cause of a mystery-stain? By interrogating everyone in the house, including the cat?

Alternatively, you could use the ultimate stain remover. This recipe is a must-have among parents and pet families. All you need is a bottle of hydrogen peroxide filled one-third of the way and lemon essential oil.

Add five drops of essential oil to the bottle and give it a good shake. Then apply the solution to the stain and allow it to sit for a minute. Scrub the area and start to blot the stain away.

The lemon will loosen grease, and the hydrogen peroxide will remove stains. It’s a gentle solution that can be used on carpets and upholstery (2).

Keep In Mind

Hydrogen peroxide might be a gentle bleach. However, you should still do a spot test to ensure it won’t damage your carpet.

7. Fill a Bucket With Ease

Having to fit a bucket underneath a tap can be tricky. It can also be nearly impossible to get a full bucket back to the ground without a few spills.

With this hack, though, you won’t have to lift a finger — or bucket for that matter. Set the bucket next to the sink, place a pool noodle over the spout and direct it into the container.

When you turn the water on, it will be directed straight into the bucket. Some people have also used a spare pipe or hose for this if a noodle isn’t accessible.

8. DIY Vinyl Floor Shiner

Vinyl floors can quickly look dull and boring, and restoring the shine often calls for expensive products.

For this DIY vinyl shiner, all you need is baby oil, apple cider vinegar, and water. Fill a bucket with a gallon of water and add one cup of vinegar. Squeeze a small amount of baby oil into the mixture and give it a quick stir.

Saturate your mop and wring out the excess until it’s damp. Then mop your floors as usual. You can also add the solution to a spray bottle — spritz as you go and mop with a microfiber pad.

9. Scuff Mark Eraser

Vinyl floors can be the victim of scuff marks way too often. These can be frustrating to deal with since they’re not the easiest to remove.

However, one great hack we’ve tried is using WD-40 lubricant to buff out the marks. Add the lubricant to a cloth or towel and rub it into the mark — watch it as it disappears.

If you can’t find WD-40, you can use an oil such as jojoba. When you’re done, use a water and vinegar solution to remove the oil from the floor.

This hack can also work on laminate flooring.

10. The Perfect Gum-Eliminator

If you’re living with a gum-lover, you might be dealing with gum on the floor far too often. New gum is relatively easy to remove, but old, dry gum is where the trouble is.

A super-easy way to remove this is by using an ice cube. Apply the ice directly to the gum and freeze it. Once it’s stiff and frozen, use a scraper to remove it quickly.

This smart hack can also be used on dried glue. If you accidentally got gum stuck in your hair, you can also use ice to remove it without cutting your locks.

11. Easiest Grout Cleaner

Cleaning the grout between your tiles is often missed. You might think it gets cleaned when you mop, but that’s not always the case.

Grout cleaning products can be pricey, but luckily, we found a solution. For this, you’ll need shaving cream and lemon juice.

Apply the lemon juice to the grout first and spray the shaving cream on top. Give it a minute and then scrub with a small brush. Rinse with water and wipe with a cloth.

This hack is especially useful if you have colored grout. Most commercial products contain bleach, which can damage colored grout.

cleaning tile grout with toothbrush

Making Life Easier

A smart person once said, “Don’t work harder, work smarter.” This is the definition of hacks — making things easier. Whether you’re tired of gum on the floor or struggling with a mystery stain, there’s a hack to discover.

We tested these hacks to make sure they’re worth trying. Remember to always do a spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying any solution. This will ensure it’s safe for the surface and you can avoid substantial damage.

Are you often searching for new hacks online? Do you have any tried and tested hacks you’d like to share?

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About the Author

Amy Anthony

Amy is a stay-at-home-mom, seasoned writer, and a home cleaning and organization aficionado. Amy enjoys having an absolutely spotless home and has worked hard to develop strategies to keep it that way, despite having 2 kids and 3 dogs!