Chances are, spending your weekend cleaning isn’t your idea of fun. From sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor to cleaning the toilets to vacuuming the living room and bedrooms, you can lose an entire day to a basic cleaning routine. Chances are, spending your weekend cleaning isn’t your idea of fun. From sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor to cleaning the toilets to vacuuming the living room and bedrooms, you can lose an entire day to a basic cleaning routine.
Not to mention the time and effort it takes to give every room the deep, thorough cleaning it needs to cut down on allergens, dust, dander and mold.
But with a little strategy, you can cut a lot of time and effort during your next housecleaning.
Breaking your housecleaning down into manageable tasks make it easier to both get started and to reach the finish line of your cleaning to-do list. That means you’ll be enjoy the benefits of a neat and organized home by the time lunch rolls around.
And rather than running out to the store to spend money on cleaning chemicals, you might even have natural remedies for all your cleaning needs lying around your house.
Use these ten housecleaning hacks to get a cleaner, more organized home in half the time (and half the money).
- Hair and pet fur can easily get tangled up in carpet fibers, and vacuuming can make them even more embedded.
- To complicate matters further, hair gets tangled up in the vacuum’s brush roll, so you have an extra chore to cut them out.
- If you have hair-matted rugs, ditch the vacuum and use a window squeegee instead.
- Because it has a rubber edge, dragging the squeegee along the carpet will produce static electricity that will draw hair and fur from the carpet fibers.
- You can collect and dump the bundles of hair as you go.
- Take the backache out of mopping tile floors by leaving the mop in the closet and donning a pair of thick fleecy socks.
- Make a spritzer with equal measures of water and white vinegar.
- Spray the bottoms of your socks and glide your feet across the floor.
- You can also use this method for cleaning baseboards.
- When you’re done, simply drop your socks into the washing machine.
Vanishing Cream for Upholstery Stains
- If you have a spot stain on your sofa, chair cushion or curtain and you don’t have stain remover at hand, shaving foam is an excellent substitute.
- Because it’s a foamy soap, it can lift stains right out of textiles.
- All you need to do is apply a small squirt to a damp cloth, dab it onto the stain and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Dab with a clean damp cloth and allow it to dry.
- If the stain persists, reapply the foam and leave for another twenty minutes.
Banish Hard Water Stains
- If you have hard water, then your bathroom probably sports a fair share of limescale stains.
- Get rid of these stains without hours of scrubbing – soak several pieces of clothing in white vinegar.
- Wrap the clothing around taps and leave for an hour. Rinse thoroughly.
- To clean your showerhead, fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar and tie it to the shower so the head is fully immersed.
- Rinse when the stains have disappeared.
Fix that Greasy Oven
- Get rid of burnt-on grease in the oven by dabbing a damp cloth into baking soda and wiping it all over the oven’s interior.
- Leave a thick layer of baking soda paste on the surface for 5 minutes.
- Spray with white vinegar and wipe clean.
Quick Iron Cleaner
- Burning your favorite shirt on your iron is bad enough – but now you have to figure out how to clean the bottom of your iron!
- Warm up your iron to low heat.
- Hold a paracetamol tablet between tongs and rub it on the surface of the iron.
- Wipe it with a dry cloth to remove burn marks.
Pick Up Crumbs Quickly
- If you have kids, you have crumbs, but you may not have a mini vacuum cleaner and it’s a chore to bring out the big one every time there’s a spill.” You can pick up crumbs quickly and efficiently using a piece of duct tape.” Use the same sticky tape to pick up pet hairs from upholstery.
Keep Sponges Clean
- Whether it’s your bath sponge, the sponge you use to remove your makeup, or your dish sponge, sponges can help you quickly pick up a lot of bacteria.” The most effective way to keep them clean is to pop them into the microwave oven and blast them for 30 seconds.
Give Stainless Steel a Sheen
- If you have stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, they can quickly become covered in fingerprints.
- You can make a quick fix by spraying some WD-40 onto a cloth and wipe it over the surfaces.
Unclog The Drain
- Forget chemical drain cleaners – you can unclog your drains with this natural remedy.
- Mix a cup of white vinegar with three tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of boiling water.
- Pour down the clogged drain.
Hire a Professional
Although these hacks can make a big difference in your cleaning time, the best way to save time on your next housecleaning is to hire a professional to handle it.
Not only will a professional cleaning service allow you to enjoy a chore-free weekend, but they’ve got the skills and supplies to make sure every surface is thoroughly scrubbed, swept, mopped and sanitized to give you an allergen, dust and mold-free home.
If you’re a Boulder county resident, let us clean your house while you put your feet up. We also provide fast and thorough carpet cleaning, chimney sweeping, lawn maintenance, snow removal, and trash removal. Schedule your next house cleaning today >