Household tasks may be unavoidable, but they don’t have to take all day. Try these simple time-saving ideas to cut down on cleaning so you can get back to doing what you truly enjoy.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the more often you clean your shower, the more time you’ll save in the long run. Instead of doing a deep-clean once a month, give your shower a quick sprucing after every use.
Keep a squeegee on hand to wipe down moisture from glass, followed by a spritz of tile cleaner for freshness (check out these DIY solutions for a chemical-free clean ) As for that difficult-to-remove buildup on the shower head, secure a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it with a rubber band. After letting it soak overnight, the grime should easily wipe away.
No one enjoys scrubbing down their microwave after an unfortunate spaghetti sauce incident. Save some time—and your hands—with this simple formula: Mix a bowl of water and vinegar, and microwave it for five minutes. The steam created from the boiling liquid will loosen caked-on food particles, which you can then easily wipe off.
Don’t toss those old, mismatched socks. Instead, slip one over your hand and spray it with polish to trap dust and access small crevices where there’s bound to be buildup. When it comes to ceiling fans, run a pillowcase over one blade at a time. This will prevent dust from falling to the floor, saving you an additional clean-up step.
Before you start vacuuming, do a little prep work. Pick up anything that could harm the vacuum’s motor and push furniture to the side. This will keep you from constantly starting and stopping mid-vacuuming. Make sure this task is the last on your cleaning to-do list so you can pick up any particles that may have been swept onto the floor while dusting.
How many times do you have to run an iron over your favorite shirt to get a wrinkle out? To cut down on the time you spend bent over a cloth-covered board, change the way you wash. A permanent-press setting will wash clothes with warm water and a slow spin cycle, which help release creases and wrinkles, and prevent new ones from forming.
A little effort goes a long way when it comes to saving time on laundry. At the end of the day, separate your clothes into two baskets: one for whites and one for colors. All your sorting will be done by the time you get to the washing machine.
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