Sometimes the house gets dirty before we knew it.
And it won’t get clean itself, right?
Somebody’s gotta do the cleaning chores.
And it can be exhausting.
If you hate cleaning, or you don’t want to spend too much on cleaning products, or you just don’t have too much time for cleaning, well, you should try these hacks!
Set A Timer
Challenge yourself to accomplish 1 cleaning duty in a limited time.
- I must finish dusting the living room in 4 minutes
- I must finish making my bed in 3 minutes
- I must finish moping the kitchen floor in 5 minutes
By doing this, you push yourself to work quicker and your brain will automatically think of any possible ways to make the cleaning steps done faster.
NOTE: If during that limited time you find something unexpected, DO NOT LET IT DISTRACT YOU.
For example, when dusting the living room you might find a super dirty throw blanket. You might want to bring it to the laundry room right away, but that could distract you from finishing your dusting chore.
So, finish the dusting chore first (if it finishes before that allowed time, that’s great!) and then start doing the other chores.
Use your dishwasher to clean more than just plates
Who says a dishwasher is only for cleaning plates and glasses?
You could clean other small things there such as plastic toys, makeup brushes, and toothbrushes. This is definitely a time-and-sanity saver.
Clean Any Spill Using Flour
Yes. Flour. When you have a sticky or wet spill on your floor or table, just sprinkle some flour on it so the flour absorbs the wetness. You might want to sprinkle a little bit more flour so you don’t get your hand sticky too.
After that, use a sheet of paper towel to collect them and throw it away.
Clean the showerhead using vinegar
When the water contains high amount of calcium, you might see there is a bothering thing built up around your shower head or water faucet.
You can clean calcium deposit using a bag of vinegar.
Put a vinegar inside a plastic bag and use it to soak the showerhead or faucet overnight.
Fill your toilet’s water tank with a jar of vinegar
Vinegar is actually so useful for cleaning.
Prepare a white vinegar inside a jar [that has a hole in the lid]. Put this awesome weapon in your toilet’s water tank.
When you flush, a bit part of the vinegar should come out with the water so technically you are flushing using a solution of vinegar+water (though the vinegar is in a little percentage).
That being said, flushing with vinegar should help you reduce your frequency of toilet scrubbing.
P.S. If you hate the smell of vinegar don’t forget to put a fragrant candle or another source of fragrant in your bathroom!
Clean your microwave by heating a bowl of lemon and water inside of it
You’ve probably heard so many times the amazing function of lemon. But did you know that you can use it to save your time when cleaning the microwave too?
Just slice a lemon into two halves and put it in a bowl. Pour some water into the bowl and microwave that natural cleaner for 1 minute.
The interior wall of your microwave should be automatically soaked by the awesome mixture. All you need after that is wipe it gently with a clean cloth.
Clean your oven by placing a bowl of ammonia overnight
Next time you got a dirty, dirty oven, don’t bother yourself wasting your money on the expensive cleaning products.
Don’t waste time your time by rubbing the oven for hours either. There is a better and smarter way to clean it.
At night, preheat the oven to 150-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it reaches the desired temperature, turn it off.
Now, with the remaining heat, do this one:
- Put a bowl of ammonia on the first rack
- Put a pan of boiling water on the second/third rack
- Close the oven and go to sleep.
When the morning comes, finish the cleaning process by wiping it with a damp cloth quickly.
CAUTION : DON’T FORGET TO WEAR GLOVES AND MASK.
Clean your lampshades with a lint roller
Pick your lint roller from the laundry room or wherever it is. Gently roll it over your dirty lampshades.
See? The dust stuck there on the roll and your lampshades become clean. A genius hack of dusting!
Clean your window blinds using tongs+microfiber cloth
Wrap each side of tongs with a microfiber cloth (you can use rubber bands to do this) and then use this fantastic DIY cleaning tool to clean the window blinds.
Ooopss..Just kidding! Hahaha! I mean, I hope you can tackle those specks of dirt quickly!!
Oh, and if you really hate cleaning.. don’t forget to:
Organize your drawer with containers/dividers
Not only will it make your drawer tidier than ever, but this trick is also a time-saver when it comes to cleaning.
So drawer needs to be cleaned too. But when you have a huge collection of spoons in your drawer, cleaning activity could be a daunting task.
By applying this trick, you can easily migrate those spoons and forks and knives super quickly (because you migrate the containers instead of picking up the spoons one by one)!
After you finished cleaning, you can put those containers and spoons back easily too!