When I first discovered TikTok had become a hub for learning and sharing cleaning tips, I admit I was a little surprised! Most of the time when I hear TikTok mentioned online or on the news, it’s because of some trend that’s gotten popular with the younger generation, which to me doesn’t immediately scream “a place you can go for cleaning advice.”
But when I think back on it, when Facebook and Instagram were first becoming popular, they were also populated early on by a younger crowd. But it wasn’t long before I not only had personal accounts on both, but had started accounts for One Good Thing by Jillee on Facebook and Instagram too so I could share my posts with readers that way. Today, social media has become an indispensable channels of communication between me and my readers, and one that I am grateful for every day.
Because in reality, even if social media starts as one thing, it rarely stays that way for long. So really I shouldn’t be surprised that TikTok has become a useful source for finding cleaning tips from people of all ages from all over the world.
It’s reassuring to realize that everyone struggles with similar household cleaning conundrums, and that so many people are willing to share their solutions and tips with others. So I thought I’d share some of the best cleaning hacks from TikTok recently, so let’s get to it!
7 Clever And Effective Cleaning Hacks From TikTok
1. Use Toilet Bowl Cleaner To Clean Grout
There are a number of videos where people use a gel-type toilet bowl cleaner to revitalize grimy grout. Not only does the cleaner come out of the bottle in a tidy line, but it seems to work well too.
Apply the gel to dirty grout, let sit for about 5 minutes, and then start scrubbing with an old toothbrush or a scrub brush. It doesn’t take much scrubbing, and the grout looks SO clean afterward. How’s that for a double-duty cleaner?
2. Remove Your Toilet Seat To Clean Underneath It
Some toilet seats have a quick removal feature you can use to remove the entire seat in about two seconds. Once it’s off, you can clean those previously inaccessible areas underneath the toilet seat for a more thorough clean. Not all toilet seats have this feature, but it’s worth checking to see if yours does.
Look at the very back edge of the toilet seat closest to the tank. If you have an easy-to-remove toilet seat, the covers over the screws will either flip up, rotate, or slide to the side, at which point you can pull the toilet seat up and off the toilet to clean underneath it.
3. Buff Shaving Cream Onto Mirrors To Prevent Fogging
It may sound counterintuitive, but a small dab of shaving cream rubbed across your bathroom mirror can help prevent it from fogging up after a hot shower. You don’t need to use very much, and be sure to buff the cream until it is no longer visible.
Related: 11 Unusual (But Useful) Things You Can Do With Shaving Cream
4. Use Diluted Fabric Softener To Clean Walls
Another thing I’ve seen people doing is using a diluted fabric softener solution (usually a spray bottle full of water with a splash of fabric softener added) to clean their walls, baseboards, and doors. These areas don’t tend to get “dirty” as much as dusty, so using a bit of dust-repelling fabric softener to clean them actually makes a lot of sense!
Some other benefits of this method are that it’s gentle on painted surfaces and it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to do.
5. Erase Black Marks From Nonstick Pans With Bar Keeper’s Friend
I haven’t noticed this as much with my Teflon nonstick pans, but a few of my ceramic-coated pans have developed black scorch marks at the bottom after being used for a while. These black marks can be really stubborn and hard to get rid of, but one TikTok user discovered that Bar Keeper’s Friend, a splash of dish soap, and a good scrub with a brush made the black marks on her ceramic nonstick pan disappear.
6. Soak Sink Nozzles In Hot Water And Vinegar
Because you use your sink nozzle to help clean your dishes, it can be easy to forget that it needs to be cleaned as well, particularly the screen behind the nozzle that aerates the water. But ideally, you should be cleaning that little screen and the rest of the sprayer every 6 months to remove mineral buildup.
An easy way to do this is to carefully remove the nozzle from the sprayer, soak the parts in hot water and vinegar for a few minutes, then give them a good scrub to dislodge all the crusty mineral gunk. Afterward, just put the pieces back where you found them and replace the nozzle.
7. Stamp Your Toilet Paper For An Extra Fancy Touch
This one is just for fun, but it’s a thoughtful little touch you can add for the benefit of your guests. Stamping the toilet paper in your guest bathroom only takes a second, and all you have to do is fold the loose end of the roll into a neat triangle, then gently press the roll against your sink’s faucet to “seal” the roll with a water “stamp.”
You should make sure the nozzle on your sink is just barely wet, otherwise you’ll end up with soggy toilet paper instead of a neat stamp!
Curious to see how tips and tricks like this translate to fun and informative videos? Check out my Instagram account (specifically the Reels section) as well as my YouTube channel!
Have you picked up any good cleaning hacks from TikTok or other social media apps recently?