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8 Great Cleaning Shortcuts (Slideshow)

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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.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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10:25AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

I do a lot of these, but could do some of them better

1:11AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks for the tip with the Lint roller. We've always used it for cat hair, but I didn't think about using it to clean out the inside of my purse.

And thanks to Bryna P. for the tip with the dish rags!

7:32AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

That's an amazing post for cleaning shortcuts, I'll definitely try them! And the other day a friend of mine from http://www.melbournecleaningservices.net.au/carpet-cleaning/ told me that I could use some of the products I have at home to make my own natural cleaning products, like baking soda and vinegar for example. They sure do save some time and money, when it comes to fast quality cleaning.

8:03PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thank You for Sharing :)

6:47PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

noted

4:26PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

thanks

2:17PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thank you! I discovered that microwaves can remove the sour smell from dish rags that still smell sour after being laundered. I just get the clean cloth wet and microwave it for one and a half minutes. Before discovering this trick, I just threw the sour dish rags away.

11:19AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

thanks for sharing

11:14AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

thanks...I especially find the lint roller helpful.

10:27AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

very helpful!

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