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Nine Cleaning Hacks To Save Time and Work 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, a good system, and know-how, you can keep your home clean and presentable at all times. Don’t believe me? Give the following tips a try. Below are 10 Cleaning Hacks To Save Time and Work The Grime.
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* Begin With A Plan – If you plan what you intend to clean every day, you can cut your cleaning time in half. Having a plan is the best way to get things done. I like zone cleaning or cleaning one area at a time because it gives you a chance to celebrate your success. For example, choose to clean the area under your kitchen on Tuesday. Once that is done, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and perhaps that will propel you to go further.
*Sanitize Sinks, Sponges, and Toilets – These things can 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 like to use a baking soda paste with vinegar or if you prefer bleach is always an option. In addition, sanitize your sponge by cleaning well with the cleaner, then zapping it in the microwave. For your toilet, some suggest you can 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. Or you can do what I do (I do not have pets) and use bleach, pine sol, and a Clorox wand to sanitize your toilet. I love the Clorox wand because it is great for touch-ups between deep cleanings.
* Use an Oven Liner – The oven gets dirty because when you bake items 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. Even if you have a self-cleaning oven you should still add some sort of liner to your oven. I use aluminum foil as my liner and that way when it gets messy, I throw it away. I do not bake that often and if you do, this may not be right for you. You could also add an old cookie sheet under whatever you are baking in the oven.
* Use Rain X on Your Shower Door – Do you have 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 your shower before the water dries in spots. If everyone in the house is taught to wipe down the tub, shower, sink, and other surfaces after taking a shower or bath, you will hardly ever have to do deep cleaning in the bathroom. Another good resource for the shower is vinegar. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in the shower. Once I shower, I use a squeegee to remove the water droplets and then spray it with the vinegar and water. I also keep a water-absorbing dishtowel on a towel rack. Once I spray it down with the vinegar and water mixture, I wipe it down and I have literally no soap scum. It may sound cumbersome, but it is not. A quick once over with the squeegee, spray it with vinegar and allow it to sit while I dry off. Once I try off, I wipe it down with the dishtowel. Bim Bam Boom! I even have my husband doing it and I do not have to scrub soap scum ever. WhooHoo!
* Wash Shower Liners with Bleach In The 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, 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 cumbersome.
* Basket It – Take five minutes to circle the house with a basket, putting anything that does not 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. The charging could be a lot of fun. 🙂
* Create a Home for Everything – Organization will help tremendously. If everything has a home, such as shoes, coats, umbrellas, books, and so forth, there will be a lot less clutter. Create homes for things with baskets, cubbies, and shelving.
* Use Phone Time Wisely – If your mom or best friend calls, use the time in a productive manner. Get a headset so that you have your hands free and keep moving during the entire call cleaning anything that’s dirty or folding laundry. Multi-tasking works in your favor in this instance.
Cleaning does not have to take that much time out of your day if you have a cleaning routine and teach your family to do the same. Having a home for each thing you own, and a logical place to store things will also help. Creating procedures and scheduling times to do deep cleaning will also make a huge difference.
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