5 Cleaning Hacks To Save You Time

5 Cleaning Hacks To Save You Time

Posted 2015-09-24 by Robert Keithfollow
Some of us just don’t have the clean freak gene and struggle with the motivation to pull out the Domestos and get our scrub on.

Weekdays are consumed with juggling work and home and dedicating a precious Saturday or Sunday to cleaning and laundry instead of enjoying time with friends and family is just abominable. Don’t despair just yet! Try these 5 cleaning hacks to save you time and keep your hard-earned cash in your wallet.

1. Kitchen

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Avoiding using your oven because of baked-on grime? Try heating it to 200°c, then turn it off and place a baking dish with 2 cups of ammonia on the top rack and a baking dish with 2 cups of boiling water on a rack underneath.

Leave overnight, then simply wipe clean in the morning. A similar technique can be used for stubborn microwave stains, heat a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave for a few minutes and the steam will loosen any food splatters for you to wipe clean.

2. Bathroom

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Of all the rooms in the house, this is my nemesis. Like when you wash the car only to drive it home in the rain, the bathroom is an unrelenting battle of fighting water and soap scum with cleaning products and more water.

We’ve all heard the baking soda and vinegar trick to save money on cleaning products, but you still need some serious elbow grease to see any results. To keep tiles and grout clean on-the-go, try keeping a dishwashing wand filled with vinegar and dish soap in your shower.

You can give the shower a once over while you wait for your conditioner to work its magic. Got stained faucets and clogged shower heads? Rub your faucets with lemons (sprinkle some salt on your lemon first to really make them sparkle) and fill a zip-lock bag with vinegar and tie it around your shower head to soak overnight.

Your shower head will look like new in the morning, just be sure to run some water through it before hopping into the shower.

3. Laundry

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While trying to conquer your bathroom, keeping up with the laundry might seem another insurmountable struggle. Like the shower, if you do a little every day then it will prevent you from spending an entire day on laundry.

Hopefully your washing machine has a delay feature to help you time your laundry loads for when you wake up or get home from work. If not, pop a load on as soon as you get home so you can hang it out after dinner.

If you use a dryer you’re probably fed up with static-y clothes, try adding some alfoil scrunched into a few golf ball sized lumps to keep your clothes separated.

4. Carpets

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Accidents happen and more than likely your carpet will be on the receiving end from time to time. Knocked over your nail polish? Try blotting the stain with a microfibre cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.

If you find some gum squished into your carpet, fill a zip-lock bag with ice and rest it on the gum until it freezes, you can then chip it away with a spatula. Rearranging your furniture and uncovering unsightly carpet indentations?

Leave an ice cube on the indents and they will disappear like magic when the ice melts. If your pets are shedding and their hair isn’t getting picked up by your vacuum cleaner, try removing it with a squeegee.

5. General Tricks of the Trade

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Keeping an old toothbrush handy can help you get into those tricky spots we pretend we don’t notice around taps or fixtures. Your iron can be restored to its former glory by running it hot (no steam) over a piece of paper or foil covered with salt.

To clean ceiling fans without a dust storm, spray the fan blades with some Mr Sheen, slip over a pillowcase, press the fabric around the blade and gently pull off.

Unattractive water rings marring your wooden furniture? Heat the stain with your hairdryer for about 20 minutes and refresh the timber with some olive oil.

If you’re still not feeling like a lean, mean. clean machine after trying out these tips, there’s no shame in calling in a professional cleaning service like Count On Clean to help restore some work/life balance.

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