Wax Paper

Who doesn’t love a cleaning tip that makes your life easier, so you can spend less time performing drudgery, especially in the kitchen? Wax paper is the solution. It’s not just for the kitchen; in fact, you can use it in many areas of the home that are hard to reach, such as closet shelves, the bathroom, utility room, pantry, or laundry room. You can even use it in bedrooms and guest rooms.

In this article, we will share wax paper hacks that will make your daily cleaning chores a breeze.

10. Keep Shelves Clean with Wax Paper

Wax Paper Shelf

Place a piece of waxed paper on top of a hard-to-reach shelf or hard-to-see area of the kitchen. Lay down a sheet of wax paper and dirt or other particles will not stick to the surface. If you need to clean the area, all you need to do is fold up the wax paper, toss it, and lay down a new sheet.

If you have a kitchen fan that is blowing the wax paper that you have laid down, then you’ll need to adhere it to the shelf. Use a few strips of double-sided tape to hold the paper in place and make sure no dirt gets under the paper’s surface.

9. When to Replace or Reuse Waxed Paper

Used Wax Paper

Replace the sheets of waxed paper every three to four months as needed. You can swap them based on the seasons. Try to change the paper at Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, and Halloween.

If you’re looking for a way to save money and be more environmentally friendly, why not reuse the waxed paper? If it’s not too dirty, you can simply take a moist cloth and wipe the surface to clean it and not need to replace the sheet with a new one. Simply removing the dust is usually enough. If the sheet is too high to comfortably reach and wipe, then take the sheet down to clean. Once clean, you can put it back up on the shelf.

8. Keep the Microwave Clean

Microwave

Any time you heat up a bowl of soup or beans, the juice can splatter in the microwave. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the bowl and then heat as normal. The wax paper will prevent splatter buildup in the microwave and make cleaning the appliance easier.

7. Protect Your Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards

Cut a piece of wax paper and rub it across the surface of your cutting board. The wax from the paper will transfer to the clean surface of your cutting board. It helps to protect the cutting board and keeps it looking new.

6. Clean the Iron

Clean Your Iron

Your iron needs regular cleaning. It can build up sludge and oils from the clothing. Running wax paper across the surface of the iron breaks away dirt, food and other buildup that can clog the gears. Simply run the iron across the wax paper and pretend you are ironing the wax and it will effectively clean the hot metal surface.

You can also put some table salt on the surface of the wax paper to create a rough base to break apart stuck-on substances.

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5. Clean the Can Opener

Can Opener

Manual can openers start to get clogged with dirt and grime and no longer function correctly. You can run wax paper through it to remove the dirty buildup and help lube the gears so the can opener functions easier.

4. Zipper Cleaner

Stuck Zipper

Does your zipper keep snagging? Grab a small piece of wax paper and rub it along the teeth of the zipper. It will no longer snag, and you don’t have to worry about damage. This can be done on jeans, coats, and purses with ease.

3. Stop the Drafts

Open Window

If your window is drafty, then you might want to determine where the air is coming in around the window frame. Take a piece of wax paper and wad it into a roll. Use the wax paper to plug the hole and stop the draft. In addition, the wax paper effectively combats precipitation. You’ll automatically start feeling warmer on a cold winter’s day.

2. Remove Water Spots

The Faucet

Some sinks and tub faucets start to show spotting from water. The unpleasant appearance is difficult to overcome. However, wax paper not only cleans away the wax spots but also prevents new ones from forming. Just rub the wax across the surface of the faucet and handles to remove water spots and prevent them. It can keep spotting at bay for several weeks.

1. Prevent Refrigerator Spills

Refrigerate Overnight

Your fridge is at the mercy of spills. The shelves can become sticky and messy. However, you can line the shelves with wax paper to protect them and for easy cleaning. When the paper becomes dirty, simply lift it away and apply fresh paper. The wax paper is especially useful at preventing rings from jars that often develop on the surface of shelves.

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