Cleaning. It’s kind of a suck fest. Don’t get me wrong. I love a clean house and I do a decent job. But. Everyone can use a few “cleaning hacks” in their life. Something to make it a little easier, maybe a little cheaper but still get the job done. It’s one of those necessary parts of owning a home, renting a home, or whatever. Doesn’t matter where you live or how big your house is – a clean house is a good house.
Not only does a clean house make you feel better about wherever you live, but it’s also good for your house. Think about trying to sell your home or move out of your apartment with everything being filthy. Probably not going to fare well for your re-sale value or getting your security deposit back.
Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life Easier
This hack from Erin over at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry is amazing. It’s one ingredient! Just lemon oil – who knew? You can get the gross gunky stuff off the kitchen surfaces with lemon oil. Check out her post for all the details!
And while we’re on the subject of the kitchen, let’s talk about the appliances. If you’ve got stainless steel appliances, chances are you’ve seen the smudges and grime that seems to appear out of nowhere! Here’s a super cheap way to get them sparkling again with ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. No fancy products needed.
Fast and Easy Hacks from Living Well Spending Less
This list of 20 hacks is genius! Everything from dusting lampshades, cleaning plastic toys, and using walnuts to clean is included! Seriously, game-changers here. And tons of budget-friendly cleaning options and ideas for those “hard to clean items”.
Don’t toss out those old socks that have long since lost their mates. Use them for dusting instead! Keep a stash of old socks and a bottle of your favorite furniture polish handy. Slip a sock on your hand and get rid of the dust bunnies!
Vinegar is a cleaning powerhouse. And it’s dirt cheap and much better than some of the more expensive harsh chemicals we sometimes use. You can use it to clean windows, appliances, bathroom germs, toilets, and so much more. Check out this handy article from Good Housekeeping for more ways to use vinegar and also what you can’t use it on!
For even more vinegar cleaning ideas, check out this post for 27 more clever ways to clean with vinegar from Tips Bulletin.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a bag of lemons for a few bucks. Not only can you use them to clean, but your house will also smell amazing. Cut up a few and drop them in the garbage disposal to get the gross smells out. Lemons can clean your microwave too. Use 1/2 cup water and the juice of a lemon – add to a microwave-safe dish and nuke it for about 3 minutes. Let is sit for a few more minutes in the microwave then wipe down with a clean cloth. No more gross microwaves!
Another cheapo from the grocery store that can be used for tons of cleaning hacks around your house. Baking soda! From clearing out drain clogs, cleaning the bathroom, and shining up your silver, the list of uses for this cleaning superstar is endless. Sprinkle some on your mattress, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum. And yep – you need to clean the mattress! For an extensive list of 31 cleaning hacks with baking soda, check out this list at All You!
Make a Schedule
It doesn’t sound like an actual cleaning hack, but making a cleaning schedule can be a lifesaver. If you’re overwhelmed with a messy, dirty house, you need a plan. Sit down on Sunday and make a goal sheet for the week. Even if you only have 30 minutes a day to spend on cleaning, you’ll be amazed at all you get done in a week!
Break it up into rooms. We tend to waste time getting sidetracked. If you’re working on the kitchen, don’t start sorting piles of paper. Move the paper into the correct spot and go back to the kitchen. Make a sweep of the downstairs and put anything that needs to make it’s way upstairs in a pile. Or break it up into tasks.
Dusting one day, vacuuming the next, mopping, and so on. Save the deep clean projects for when you can devote more than 30 minutes – you likely can’t get all your windows washed in 30 minutes, but you can definitely clean kitchen surfaces in that time.
Keep A Weekly Checklist
Print out this simple list to get you started. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but list-makers are often very successful. There’s something satisfying about making a list and checking things off. If you feel accomplished, you’ll keep going.
Just make sure to make your daily goals attainable. For example, if you’re working until 5 pm and have kids’ activities until 8 pm that night, I probably wouldn’t write “clean all bathrooms” on that day. Make it a doable goal. Maybe on a hectic day like that, you’ve only got time for “clean out the fridge” or “dust living room”. And that’s ok. Save the image below and print out as you need it.
Just get started on some of these cleaning hacks that’ll make your life easier and pretty soon you’ll have a routine down pat. Pin for later!
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