Even if you had all day to clean your home, would you want to? Cleaning the house is considered a “chore” because it’s usually not fun to do. Might as well save time and money while you’re doing it. You’ll be done with the housework long enough to enjoy it for a minute before it’s time to do it all over again.
Double Duty Showers
Taking a real shower is nothing like the commercials show us it is, we all know it. Nobody is luxuriating in a perfumed cloud of fragrant lather. Most of the time, you get in and get out. Might as well knock a chore off the list while you’re in there.
Keep a basket of cleaning supplies in the bathroom. Grab it when you get in the shower. After you bathe, switch your shampoo bottles and body washes for cleaners and scrubbers.
Get Rid of Your Sponge
Cellulose sponges are probably one of the dirtiest things in your kitchen. That swamp creature smell? It’s bacteria. And you’re wiping your counters with it. Running it under hot water is not enough. Replace it with a silicone sponge. They’re durable, scrub thoroughly, and last a long time.
If you MUST keep your sponge, then pop it in the microwave for thirty seconds every day, or throw it in the dishwasher with the next load. The extreme heat kills bacteria.
Stock Up on Dryer Sheets
One of the cool things about dryer sheets is that you can still use them after they’ve already been through the dryer! They make dusting easier because dirt clings to it instead of spreading it around. It removes water spots and hard water stains and if placed strategically, can work as an air freshener.
If you’ve got a dirty, greasy pan, fill it with water and add a dryer sheet. Leave it for an hour, and when you come back, it will be easy to clean without an oily feeling to it.
Spoof Up Your Stainless Steel
Don’t spend a ton of money and waste time trying to get all the fingerprints off the refrigerator or dishwasher. The most you can do is make it easier to clean. The struggle is real. You need a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol (the other kind might help in a lot of other places, but not your appliances). That’s it. For extra shine, add a couple of drops of olive oil.
Two Problems and One Solution
Money doesn’t grow on trees, so if you end up with a burnt pan, it’s not practical to throw it away. Instead, fill the pot with water and add some vinegar. Bring to a boil and add some baking soda. Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then take it to the sink to clean. The bonus here is that the hot vinegar and baking soda also work to keep drains flowing freely. No clogs!
Steam Clean Your Microwave
You don’t need a fancy appliance or gimmick to get the microwave clean. Use a large dish, as you want to prevent boil-overs, add water and vinegar and set it on high for 8 minutes. Once it cools down, it’s just a quick wipe away to being spotless.
OK. I’m going to say it. Vinegar is a magic ingredient. Combined with various other every-day household things, like baking soda, salt, and lemon, it can clean nearly anything. It’s so good at cleaning there is actually “cleaning vinegar” (it has 1% more acidity than white vinegar and boosts cleaning capabilities).
- Wipe some vinegar onto the stovetop to remove film and grease.
- Use vinegar and baking soda to wipe out bathtub scum and toilet rings.
- Throw some in the washing machine to remove soap buildup.
Whole House Fresh
Another magic ingredient? Baking Soda. Mixed with water or vinegar, it can help clean nearly anything. It’s dynamic on its own though as it’s a natural deodorizer. Clean off your couch, cover the fabric with baking soda and let it sit for half an hour, then vacuum again.
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
Some people might think that this is going overboard to keep your house clean, but they’re not the ones cleaning it, are they? Shoes track in so many germs and bacteria. Whatever they were walking on is now getting spread all over your floor where the kids play. Cut down on the trash by putting up a sign telling people to take their shoes off at the door.
Time for Yourself
Yes, it seems like some days you need to pencil yourself into your schedule. You’re working hard for a clean home, but when do you get to enjoy it? A tip for getting the cleaning done faster is to time yourself. Decide on a set amount of time you will spend on each task and set an actual timer. You will work more quickly knowing your time is limited. It also helps motivate you because you know you don’t have to spend too much time on that chore you wish you could skip.
About Joanne Aubuchon
Joanne is a resident writer for SERVIZ, an on-demand home services company offering everything from Plumbing repairs to Carpet Cleaning across the US. Joanne is a writer by day and reader by night. Joanne loves writing about saving money, raising kids and improving the quality of our lives. When she is not writing, you can find her trying out new salad recipes, playing ball with her kids, or cheering in the stands at her son’s soccer games.