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.

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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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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.

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Christine Jones
Christine J3 years ago

Great handbag lint roller tip; thanks for sharing.
Another tip that helps me is I have a cardboard box on the kitchen bench with all the non-perishable foods that are close to their best before date. When it's time to rustle up a meal, I have a look in there first. As I hate wasting food and money, and dislike having a cluttered kitchen, it inspires me to empty it asap and shop carefully to keep the box as small as possible.
As for cleaning behind the fridge a few times a year, forget that. My fridge is so old it actually has a picture on the freezer door of the His Master's Voice dog listening to the gramophone. It's full of character but is incredibly heavy and would need three strong people to move it. I love my fridge but whatever is behind it is staying there!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

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

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

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!

Joanna J.
Joanna J.4 years ago

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.

Helen Wu
Helen Wu4 years ago

Thank You for Sharing :)

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Maria Barbosa
María Barbosa4 years ago


Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

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.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Connie O.
Connie O4 years ago

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