12 Useful And Unexpected Summer Cleaning Tips

We've collected an awesome list of summer cleaning tips from fellow cleaning experts, along with some of our own.

These tips are simple and easy and won’t cost you a lot of time or money. Enjoy!

Use Half A Lemon To Clean Stainless Steel Fixtures

“If you have half a lemon leftover, use it to clean stainless steel fixtures and faucets,” says Donna Smallin, cleaning expert at unclutter.com.

“Rub it over the areas you want to clean, then wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.”

lemon

Use Baby Wipe! (Yes, baby wipes)

Baby wipes have so many uses. You can use them for cleaning hands, faces, and for many other quick clean ups. So keep them handy.

baby wipes

Clean Blinds With Socks

Use a pair of old socks to clean your blinds.

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, put a sock over one hand, dip it into the mixture and run it over the blinds.

Use the other sock to wipe away the dampness.

socks

Use Newspaper To Clean Windows

Try using newspaper print to clean windows instead of a towel to avoid streaks.It really does work.

newspaper

Prevent Shower Mold And Mildew With Exhaust Fan

Keep your bathroom exhaust fan running while you take a shower, and for 30 minutes afterward to prevent shower mold and mildew.

exhaust fan

Clean Water Rings With Mayonnaise

If someone puts a glass down on your new wood coffee table, don’t fret.

Apply full-fat mayonnaise to the water ring, let it sit for an hour, and then gently wipe it off with a cloth.

mayonnaise

Clean Microwave With A Lemon

Slice lemon into a bowl of water and put it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Let it sit in the microwave for another 3 minutes and then simply wipe the inside clean.

To get rid of  odor, place a bowl of white vinegar inside the microwave and keep the door closed for 1 hour.

lemons

Use A Portable/Collapsible Trash Can In The Car

Many stores sell collapsible trash cans. These are very handy in the car.

You can even line them with small trash bags for easy clean up.

No more tissues, wrappers, cans, juice boxes, etc. littering the floor.

Leave Shoes At The Door

Create a spot near the entrance of your home where shoes can be left and retrieved easily

shoes at the door

Eliminate Garbage Odor

Store extra liners on the bottom of your trash can to protect against spills and leaks.

Also, spray down trash cans outdoors with a hose and a little dish soap.

Another option for avoiding odors, is to sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the trash can.

This is especially helpful if you have cans in a hot garage or porch.

Using trash bags?

Wad up old newspaper and put it in the bottom of the bag.

This will not only help absorb odor, but will keep the bag from leaking due to discarded liquid products.

Extend The Life Of Your Swimsuit

To keep your suits from looking old and faded, rinse them with water right after wearing them” says Kerr.

“It will get rid of the chlorine, salt water, oils from your skin, and sunscreen.

Try your best to get as much sunscreen off the suit as possible.

There’s a chemical in sunscreen that reacts badly to many laundry detergents and can create stains,” she says.

Plus: Make sure not to wring out the suit, it’s bad for the elastic.”

swimsuits

Make Sure To Clean Pool Accessories Too

Plastic pool toys, floaties, or rafts need to be cleaned too. Use vinegar applied to a paper towel to wipe them down.

It disinfects and you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals touching you or your child’s skin,” says Kerr.

pool accessories

Use Half A Lemon To Clean Stainless Steel Fixtures

“If you have half a lemon leftover, use it to clean stainless steel fixtures and faucets,” says Donna Smallin, cleaning expert at unclutter.com.

“Rub it over the areas you want to clean, then wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.”

lemon

Use Baby Wipe! (Yes, baby wipes)

Baby wipes have so many uses. You can use them for cleaning hands, faces, and for many other quick clean ups. So keep them handy.

baby wipes

Clean Blinds With Socks

Use a pair of old socks to clean your blinds.

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, put a sock over one hand, dip it into the mixture and run it over the blinds.

Use the other sock to wipe away the dampness.

socks

Use Newspaper To Clean Windows

Try using newspaper print to clean windows instead of a towel to avoid streaks.It really does work.

newspaper

Prevent Shower Mold And Mildew With Exhaust Fan

Keep your bathroom exhaust fan running while you take a shower, and for 30 minutes afterward to prevent shower mold and mildew.

exhaust fan

Clean Water Rings With Mayonnaise

If someone puts a glass down on your new wood coffee table, don’t fret.

Apply full-fat mayonnaise to the water ring, let it sit for an hour, and then gently wipe it off with a cloth.

mayonnaise

Clean Microwave With A Lemon

Slice lemon into a bowl of water and put it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Let it sit in the microwave for another 3 minutes and then simply wipe the inside clean.

To get rid of  odor, place a bowl of white vinegar inside the microwave and keep the door closed for 1 hour.

lemons

Use A Portable/Collapsible Trash Can In The Car

Many stores sell collapsible trash cans. These are very handy in the car.

You can even line them with small trash bags for easy clean up.

No more tissues, wrappers, cans, juice boxes, etc. littering the floor.

Leave Shoes At The Door

Create a spot near the entrance of your home where shoes can be left and retrieved easily

shoes at the door

Eliminate Garbage Odor

Store extra liners on the bottom of your trash can to protect against spills and leaks.

Also, spray down trash cans outdoors with a hose and a little dish soap.

Another option for avoiding odors, is to sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the trash can.

This is especially helpful if you have cans in a hot garage or porch.

Using trash bags?

Wad up old newspaper and put it in the bottom of the bag.

This will not only help absorb odor, but will keep the bag from leaking due to discarded liquid products.

Extend The Life Of Your Swimsuit

To keep your suits from looking old and faded, rinse them with water right after wearing them” says Kerr.

“It will get rid of the chlorine, salt water, oils from your skin, and sunscreen.

Try your best to get as much sunscreen off the suit as possible.

There’s a chemical in sunscreen that reacts badly to many laundry detergents and can create stains,” she says.

Plus: Make sure not to wring out the suit, it’s bad for the elastic.”

swimsuits

Make Sure To Clean Pool Accessories Too

Plastic pool toys, floaties, or rafts need to be cleaned too. Use vinegar applied to a paper towel to wipe them down.

It disinfects and you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals touching you or your child’s skin,” says Kerr.

pool accessories

Use Half A Lemon To Clean Stainless Steel Fixtures

“If you have half a lemon leftover, use it to clean stainless steel fixtures and faucets,” says Donna Smallin, cleaning expert at unclutter.com.

“Rub it over the areas you want to clean, then wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.”

lemon

Use Baby Wipe! (Yes, baby wipes)

Baby wipes have so many uses. You can use them for cleaning hands, faces, and for many other quick clean ups. So keep them handy.

baby wipes

Clean Blinds With Socks

Use a pair of old socks to clean your blinds.

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, put a sock over one hand, dip it into the mixture and run it over the blinds.

Use the other sock to wipe away the dampness.

socks

Use Newspaper To Clean Windows

Try using newspaper print to clean windows instead of a towel to avoid streaks.It really does work.

newspaper

Prevent Shower Mold And Mildew With Exhaust Fan

Keep your bathroom exhaust fan running while you take a shower, and for 30 minutes afterward to prevent shower mold and mildew.

exhaust fan

Clean Water Rings With Mayonnaise

If someone puts a glass down on your new wood coffee table, don’t fret.

Apply full-fat mayonnaise to the water ring, let it sit for an hour, and then gently wipe it off with a cloth.

mayonnaise

Clean Microwave With A Lemon

Slice lemon into a bowl of water and put it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Let it sit in the microwave for another 3 minutes and then simply wipe the inside clean.

To get rid of  odor, place a bowl of white vinegar inside the microwave and keep the door closed for 1 hour.

lemons

Use A Portable/Collapsible Trash Can In The Car

Many stores sell collapsible trash cans. These are very handy in the car.

You can even line them with small trash bags for easy clean up.

No more tissues, wrappers, cans, juice boxes, etc. littering the floor.

Leave Shoes At The Door

Create a spot near the entrance of your home where shoes can be left and retrieved easily

shoes at the door

Eliminate Garbage Odor

Store extra liners on the bottom of your trash can to protect against spills and leaks.

Also, spray down trash cans outdoors with a hose and a little dish soap.

Another option for avoiding odors, is to sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the trash can.

This is especially helpful if you have cans in a hot garage or porch.

Using trash bags?

Wad up old newspaper and put it in the bottom of the bag.

This will not only help absorb odor, but will keep the bag from leaking due to discarded liquid products.

Extend The Life Of Your Swimsuit

To keep your suits from looking old and faded, rinse them with water right after wearing them” says Kerr.

“It will get rid of the chlorine, salt water, oils from your skin, and sunscreen.

Try your best to get as much sunscreen off the suit as possible.

There’s a chemical in sunscreen that reacts badly to many laundry detergents and can create stains,” she says.

Plus: Make sure not to wring out the suit, it’s bad for the elastic.”

swimsuits

Make Sure To Clean Pool Accessories Too

Plastic pool toys, floaties, or rafts need to be cleaned too. Use vinegar applied to a paper towel to wipe them down.

It disinfects and you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals touching you or your child’s skin,” says Kerr.

pool accessories

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