8 Cleaning Hacks to Save Time and Make Life Easier
No one enjoys cleaning their house. It can be tiring and overwhelming, especially when you have a toddler or two running around all day and messing things up. If the thought of tackling a major house cleaning wears you out, you might be in need of some useful cleaning tips that can save you money and time.
Making your own cleaning products can seem daunting but these ideas are quick, easy and efficient. You’ll never go back to your old cleaning ways!
Clean Plastic Toys by Putting Them in the Dishwasher
Who has time to really think about how the toys are played with? Usually we just care if they are put away at the end of the day. All of those little plastic toys and plastic food dishes your toddler is playing with are nothing but germ collectors. Kids often put plastic forks in their mouths and then right back in the toy box, allowing bacteria to grow. Throwing these small toys in the dishwasher is a simple and easy way to disinfect them. It will only take 10 minutes of your time to put them in there and take them back out!
Clean Your Washing Machine with Vinegar
Have you ever wondered why your relatively new washing machine smells? Like any other surface that deals with water, they can be a breeding ground for bacteria. You need to clean your top loading or front loading machine regularly and use one of the oldest tricks in the book to do so: run it empty with vinegar. You can use white vinegar or non-chlorinated bleach to do this. Set your washer to its hottest temperature and longest cycle. Add four cups of vinegar to the hot water, close the lid again and allow it to agitate. After the machine has run its complete cycle, you can repeat the process, if the machine is extra dirty.
A Window Squeegee Removes Hair From Carpet
Get rid of all of that unwanted pet hair that your vacuum just can’t seem to get up by running a window cleaning squeegee across the carpet. You will be amazed at how much hair it picks up! Follow up with a quick vacuum and it will feel as though your pets have never seen the carpet. Of course it will never be as good as high-quality professional carpet cleaning, but it will for get you through until your next appointment.
Blend Soap and Water to Clean a Blender or Food Processor
Save yourself a few nasty cuts and awkward moments trying to get your blender or food processor clean in the sink. This can be easily done by blending dish soap and water around until the blades are clean. Since that’s the hardest part, the glass portion can be quickly washed in the sink and the appliance put away without another thought.
Make Stainless Steel Shine with Lemons and Salt
There is nothing worse than hard water stains or greasy finger prints all over your stainless steel appliances. And every time you clean one of these, the prints have the nasty habit of reappearing in just a few minutes. By sprinkling salt on a lemon and them scrubbing, you can make all of your stainless steel shine like it is brand new once again. The lemon solution will also keep your appliances shiny for longer.
Wash Lego in a Lingerie Bag in the Washing Machine
Your kids love those little Lego pieces so much, that they tend just “decorate” your entire house with it. Funny how these keep reappearing, even after you have managed to clean all other toys from the floor. To keep these beloved plastic pieces germ-free, toss them in a lingerie bag and then into the washing machine for a quick and easy disinfecting bath. You won’t feel as bad when you see your toddler pop one in his mouth if you know they have been recently cleaned.
Remove Carpet Stains with Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide
This is not only limited to carpet stains, but also to mattress stains and clothing stains as well. By mixing dish soap and hydrogen peroxide with a little warm water and scrubbing, all of your stains will be removed. Even hard stains like red wine can be removed with this concoction and a little elbow grease.
Ice Cubes Remove Carpet Indentations
There’s no worse feeling than getting your whole house in spit-spot shape than moving furniture to see that it has left a big indentation that doesn’t seem to be coming out. To combat this, place ice cubes on the indented area and wait for them to melt. Once melted, the indentation will miraculously disappear and your room will look perfect once again.
If you follow this handful of tricks and tips you will definitely see a difference in the amount of time it takes to get things clean. What’s more you’ll feel much less overwhelmed, and you’ll be the talk of the town – all of the other moms will be asking you for your ‘secret’ cleaning tips!