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Cleaning Hacks To Save Time and Clear The Grime
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Most of us make cleaning a lot harder than it has to be. There is no reason to spend hours every day trying to keep your house clean. With proper plans, organization, and know-how, you can keep your home clean and presentable at all times. These Cleaning Hacks To Save Time and Clear The Grime tips will help.
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* Clean the Dirtiest Thing Last – Work top to bottom, inside toward the center, or from the right in a clockwise motion from your stove to always clean the dirtiest areas last in your home. This will help avoid spreading dirt and grease around and having to use more cleaning supplies such as sponges and cloths.
* Sanitize Sinks, Sponges, and Toilets – These things get super dirty. Believe it or not, sponges and sinks can sometimes be dirtier than your toilets. It is important to sanitize your sink each day. Use a cleaner that gets rid of bacteria such as bleach, or a commercial cleaner that gets rid of germs. I keep a container of Clorox wipes on the sink. That way my husband and I both can wipe out and disinfect the bathroom sink after we use it. In addition, sanitize your sponge by cleaning well with the cleaner, then zapping it in the microwave. ( I do not use sponges. I prefer cleaning cloths that I can bleach after each use in the washer). For the toilet, I use Clorox again and the Clorox bathroom wand to clean my toilet. However, I have also known others to use flat soft drinks to dissolve dirt and lose the worry about your dog drinking out of the pot. Just pour flat soda (or buy super cheap soda) into the bowl and let soak overnight. Then in the morning, scrub and flush away the germs.
* Use an Oven Liner – The oven gets dirty because when you bake items they often drip or splatter. If you put a non-stick liner in the bottom of your oven you can easily wipe it out as you clean up the kitchen each evening after dinner. Spending one minute right now wiping out the spills will save you hours later trying to get off burnt-on food.
* Use Rain X on Your Shower Door – Do you have glass shower doors or any glass that gets wet and spotted from water? If so you can use anything designed for automobiles to bead up rainwater to help keep the spots down. The trick though is to also wipe it down with your towel after you have dried off before the water dries in spots. If everyone in the house is taught to wipe down the tub, shower, sink and other surfaces after drying off, you will hardly ever have to do deep cleaning in the bathroom. Another way to keep that glass shower scum-free is to use vinegar. Just put it in a spray bottle and spray the glass and wipe it down after each shower. It really works.
* Wash Shower Liners with Bleach in Washer – Is your shower liner getting moldy? Instead of replacing it, you can actually throw it in the washing machine with bleach and soap. Use hot water, and then hang up while still wet. Teach everyone to fully close the curtains to avoid getting mold in the future.
* Keep Your Bedroom Comfortable – It can be very hard to sleep in a mess. If you train yourself and everyone else to make the bed first thing in the morning, the room will automatically feel cleaner and more restful. Eliminating clutter by cutting down on the stuff you have, only keeping in drawers and closets things you actually use. This will also make cleaning less work.
* Basket It – Take five minutes to circle the house with a basket, putting anything that doesn’t belong in the room inside the basket. Go through twice, so you can also put the stuff away after collecting it. This can cut down on clutter in a big way. Want to teach kids to pick up their belongings? Have a lost and found and charge for retrieval.
* Create a Home for Everything – Organization will help tremendously. If everything has a home, such as shoes, coats, umbrellas, books, toys, and so forth, there will be a lot less clutter. Create homes for things with baskets, cubbies, and shelving.
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