8 Great Cleaning Shortcuts (Slideshow)
Though we all like having a nice, clean home, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to devote to housekeeping. There are ways around that, however — click through for some clever tricks on speeding up your cleaning, and having less of it to do in the first place! Have your own favorite tip? Let us know in the comments.
1. Lint Rollers are Your Friend.
Lint brushes can make so many frustrating dusting jobs a heck of a lot easier. Use a lint roller to quickly clean up pet hair on the furniture, dust lampshades, clean up glitter, and even the inside of your handbag.
2. Stop Dirt in its Tracks.
Most of the dirt in our homes is brought in from outside. Always have a doormat both inside and outside of your home to remedy that.
3. Let Cleaning Products Sit for Longer.
Many cleaning products will actually work better if you let them rest before you wipe up. Let bathroom cleaners and kitchen appliance cleaners sit overnight and wipe them up in the morning. It makes a huge difference!
4. Clean Up While You’re Cooking.
My mom’s favorite tip! Don’t leave that huge mess in the kitchen for after dinner– clean it up while you go. Wipe up spills when they happen. Hand wash those dishes while your food is baking. You get the idea.
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5. Microwave Cleaning Made Easy.
The power of steam will help make your microwave a cinch to clean up. Bring a cup of water to a boil and wipe away.
6. Take Control of Your Fridge.
Throwing out too much food? Don’t waste time cleaning it out — get smarter about what you buy, and what you do with food that’s on its last legs. Try starting a list of what’s getting tossed out and going from there. If you never make it through a loaf of bread before it starts to mold, try freezing the rest of it. There are many fresh herbs that can be chopped and frozen in ice cube trays. Same with onions. Some items you might want to stop buying all together. You can also create a special spot in your fridge for things that are about to go bad, so you remember to use them up.
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7. Have a Place for Everything.
Implementing an organization system — and actually using it — will cut down on your cleaning time considerably. Have a hamper in your bedroom and your bathroom. Keep a shoe rack in the hallway. Organize your craft supplies with ice cube trays. Always put your dirty dishes away if you’re not washing them immediately. Etcetera. Don’t have a place for something? Consider getting rid of it.
8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
We’re all busy, and there are plenty of other things we want to — and should — be doing with our time. There are plenty of cleaning tasks – like, say, washing the drapes or cleaning behind the fridge, that only need to be done a few times a year.