With our busy work schedules and commitments with family and friends, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. The last thing we want to be spending our free time doing is cleaning our house, but that’s often what we end up doing anyways. That’s why we’re sharing with you some cleaning hacks to help save you time. Work smarter, not harder, and get back to doing the things you enjoy, while still having a clean & healthy home.
Cleaning Your Mattress
On average, humans spend about 227,468 hours of their life sleeping. That’s 26 years total, and a lot of time spent on your mattress. So, when was the last time you cleaned yours? Odds are it could use a refresh. We recommend having your mattress professionally cleaned every year if you can. In the meantime, sprinkle some baking soda on it, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Did you know that the dishwasher is one of the dirtiest appliances in your home? That’s because we just often neglect to clean them, but think of all the dirty dishes that have sat inside there. So give your dishwasher a good cleaning, and it’s pretty quick and easy too! Remove the bottom rack from your dishwasher, and sprinkle in some baking soda. Use a cleaning brush to scrub inside. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom (Never pour any soap in your dishwasher or you will have a big mess on your hands). Run the hottest, and longest cycle you have. And done!
Cleaning Your Microwave
It’s always best to wipe down your microwave after you use it, but sometimes we forget and food splatters and stains get caked inside and it can be hard to get off. Add lemon juice and water in a bowl, run the microwave for 3 minutes, then let it sit for 10 minutes. Afterwards you should be able to easily wipe off any grime.
Reducing Dirt and Dust
Do you feel like you're constantly dusting your home? No one wants to be spending time every week dusting their house. If you don't already, make sure you have doormats at all entrances of your home. It’s not a bad idea to implement a “NO SHOES'' rule in the house, so your guests aren't tracking dirt in with them. Another easy task is to change your furnace's air filter every 6 months. We’d also recommend having your air ducts cleaned. This will get rid of allergens, dust, and dirt that are being blown around your home. That layer of dust you’re finding every week could just be a dirty HVAC system.
Cleaning Your Blinds
Sometimes using a regular duster to clean blinds just isn't enough. You'll spend all afternoon dusting, and still be left with dirty looking blinds An easy way to get them clean AND finally put those socks with no match to good use, is to wear a sock on your hand and use that to wipe off the blinds. Spray some multi-purpose on the sock too if you want to give it a good wipe.
Cleaning Your Bathtub
Cleaning the bathtub can be a pretty time consuming chore. Sometimes even after scrubbing, for what feels like forever, it still just isn't enough to give it the cleanliness you’re looking for. Once you’re done wiping it with a bathroom cleaner of your choice, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Seriously, those things can be a life-saver and a time-saver, and it should help with getting rid of the grime ring that forms around the bathtub without putting in all the elbow grease.