I hate cleaning. I mean, I really hate to clean. I’d rather visit the dentist than run the vacuum.
I’m sure there are some of you out there who don’t hate to clean as much as I do, and who doesn’t love a clean house? But I sincerely doubt any of you actually enjoy the process. If you truly love scrubbing floors on your hands and knees and scouring the microwave, well, I’ve got scrubbable floors and a microwave due to be scoured…
Unfortunately, unless you can pay someone else to do it, have an extremely cooperative spouse or children, or have a twinkling fairy godmother, if you want a clean house, you’ve got to clean it yourself.
So this week, I’d like to share some cleaning shortcuts I’ve come across on Pinterest, to help you reach that state of clean-house bliss faster and more easily, and maybe with a little less elbow grease.
Pickle your microwave - Let’s start with that crusty microwave. Even if you spray on cleaner and let it sit and soak for a few minutes, you’re still going to have to put your back into it to get rid of the spaghetti sauce plastered on the top of the microwave. Instead, place a bowl of white vinegar on the turntable and nuke it for five minutes. The vinegar steam will break down the gunk and you can wipe it right off.
'Explosive' showerhead cleaner – Stir 1/3 cup baking soda into 1 cup white vinegar in a bowl. Pour foaming mixture into a zipper bag, submerge showerhead in liquid and secure bag closed (behind showerhead) with a twist tie. For best results, soak overnight. This is great for breaking down hard-water buildup! You can use this method to clean faucets, too. My kitchen faucet works a lot like a showerhead, and gets clogged with calcium buildup. An overnight soak in baking soda and vinegar blasts that crust away!
That's dishwasher safe! – Save time during spring-cleaning by putting things in the dishwasher you might have otherwise washed by hand. According to Women’s Day, the following items are all dishwasher safe: glass globes from light fixtures, plastic toys, salt and pepper shakers, kitchen sponges and brushes, kitchen appliance parts, personal care items and more.
Wax on, stains off – Apply a coat of car wax to a completely cool stovetop, and next time you make a mess cooking, it will wipe off very easily. The wax also gives a smooth, clean look to your stovetop. Follow instructions on wax bottle.
Bounce your baseboards – If I told you that swiping the baseboards and edges and corners of your hardwood floor with a dryer sheet would save you vacuuming time, you’d probably have the Bounce box out before my last tip, right? Well, according to this tip, rubbing a standard dryer sheet along baseboard areas can help prevent pet hair, dust and dirt from collecting in crevices and corners, drastically cutting down the time you have to spend vacuuming.
Bonus tip – The mother of all cleaning shortcuts: “Always keep several get-well cards on the mantel. That way, if unexpected guests arrive, they’ll think you’ve been sick and unable to clean.”