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Four TikTok cleaning hacks you need to try in 2021 – and two you should avoid

While Instagram is abuzz with Mrs Hinch cleaning tips and advice from Marie Kondo, you shouldn’t sleep on another resource of seemingly limitless cleaning hacks: TikTok.

On #cleantok alone, there has been over 20 billion views as people search for TikTok cleaning tips and tricks to ease their workload. But with so many videos to sift between, how do you know which CleanToks are true and which are unreliable?

Well, we took a deep dive into TikTok cleaning videos so you don’t have to. Continue reading, below, to find out the four TikTok cleaning hacks you need to try in 2021, as well as the two which have accrued a wealth of engagement – but are actually all hype.

Four TikTok cleaning hacks to try

  • 1. TikTok toilet cleaning hack

While scrubbing the toilet is always at the bottom of everyone’s to-do list, you’ve still got to ensure that porcelain is sparkling once you’re finished.

Luckily, Carolina Mccauley’s TikTok toilet cleaner hack is there to guide you through the steps to get a pristine privy with every clean. Here’s how she does it:

  • 1. Start by spraying the toilet from top to bottom with white vinegar and then wipe the surfaces with toilet paper.
  • 2. Next, soak some toilet paper with white vinegar and place under the rim of the bowl, all the way around, letting them sit for 10 minutes.
  • 3. After the time has passed, remove the toilet paper and then scrub any remaining residue with a toothbrush.
  • 4. To finish up, pour white vinegar and baking soda into the toilet bowl and give a once over with a toilet brush.

Et voila, this TikTok toilet bowl cleaner guide leaves your throne spick and span – and all without the help of harsh chemicals

  • 2. TikTok carpet cleaner hack

Fed up with constantly vacuuming only to be left with a stale, musty smell afterwards? Mom That Loves to Clean knows your struggle – that’s why she devised an ingenious way to leave your house smelling fresh.

Her TikTok vacuum cleaner hack is a simple one, too: just add a few drops of essential oil to the filter and then vacuum as normal. It’s such a small change but your floors will thank you for this #cleantok tip with a welcoming fragrance.

If you own one of our Gtech K9 vacuum cleaners, such as our AirRam, Pro or Multi cordless cleaner, then you can use our scented cartridges to prolong this lovely aroma for longer. Perfect for cleaning up after pets!

  • 3. TikTok shower cleaner hack

With our efforts usually focussed on the mould and limescale growing on the faucets, a dirty shower screen can escape our attention – but not with Refined Living on the case.

Their TikTok shower cleaner hack guides you through the process of cleaning this often-overlooked part of your shower. See below, for a step-by-step breakdown of their simple TikTok cleaning tip.

  • 1. Simply rinse the shower screen with your shower head if it detachable. Otherwise, a spray bottle filled with water will do the trick.
  • 2. Next, fill up a refillable dishwasher brush with washing up liquid and scrub the surface from top to bottom.
  • 3. Finish off with a window cleaner squeegee, removing the soaps and suds from the glass. This way, you don’t get any unsightly streaks as you would from a cloth or toilet paper.

And there you have it, a TikTok shower cleaner hack that you can easily fold into your normal cleaning routine.

  • 4. TikTok washing up hack

Can’t bring yourself to tackle the assortment of pots, pans and trays ‘soaking’ in the sink? It might be time to turn to the freezer.

Well, that’s according to Tanya Home Inspo’s TikTok pan cleaning hack, anyway. In her video, she freezes washing up liquid into ice cubes and then uses those cubes to clean the stubborn stains off an oven grill with ease – but it’s just as effective on all kinds of dishes.

Just make sure you refill your ice tray with more washing up liquid to repeat this TikTok cleaning hack for the next round of irritating washing up.

Two TikTok cleaning hacks to avoid

  • 1. TikTok car cleaner hack

We all look for ways to speed up our car cleaning processes, especially when the unpredictable British weather could turn at a moment’s notice.

Yet, you should avoid recreating itzshauni’s TikTok car cleaner hack. In her video, she pours washing up liquid down a hose before attaching the head attachment, resulting in soapy water being sprayed directly onto the car. It’s a nifty trick, granted, but you should never use washing up liquid as it damages the paint of your car.

Instead of following this particular TikTok cleaning hack, you need to use a bespoke car soap that cleans without leaving a mark. As for your upholstery, a handheld vacuum will have your car interior clear of crumbs, dust and debris in no time.

  • 2. TikTok washing machine cleaning hack

While cleaning your washing machine might not have even crossed your mind, if it does pop up on your to-do list then don’t follow the example of this particular TikTok cleaning account.

King of the Clean’s TikTok washing machine hack shows him putting two dishwasher tablets into the machine and then setting it for a spin. However, this method can cause an excess of foam build-up in the drum, which can lead to performance issues in the future.

To get your washing machine sparkling, add half a cup of soda crystals to the appliance and run it on its highest and hottest setting. Good as new!

Unsure of which #cleantok videos are effective and which ones are fruitless? Make sure you read our blog post, ’Answer Google: Can I Clean It?’, to put any lingering doubts to bed.

Otherwise, you’re now ready to put your TikTok cleaning hacks to the test. And here at Gtech, we want to make your tidying chores even easier – that’s why we’ve developed a state-of-the-art range of cordless vacuum cleaners. Browse our full floorcare collection here.