Between work, cooking, cleaning, shopping and taking care of the kids there's so much to do and not enough time in the day. If only there was a way to extend the day by a couple hours. Unfortunately that's not possible (yet!), but there are some shortcuts you can take to be more efficient and still end up with some extra time at the end of the day. Here's a list of our house cleaning shortcuts to help you be more efficient and still have time to spend with your family.
1. Washing Dishes is Now a Breeze
Washing the dishes is one of, if not the most, time consuming chore around the house. We're all guilty of piling our dishes up in the sink and not touching them until we need something or it becomes the leaning tower of Pisa. Here one house cleaning shortcut that will help make washing dishes easier and quicker. I like to wash the dishes while I'm cooking to stay on top of things. One thing that always helps though is to fill the sink with warm water and soap and as I use the dishes just drop them in the sink. This will help get all the extra grease and food off the dishes and then when I go to wash them it's really easy.
2. Clean Fan Blades in a Matter of Seconds
Typically, you would tie a scarf around your nose and mouth, climb up a ladder with a rag in your hand and wipe each blade (tops and bottoms) as the dust flies all over and finally settles on your floor and furniture. The clean up after that is perhaps one of the reasons you avoid cleaning your fans altogether! Well, here's one of our fantastic, less messy and time-saving house cleaning shortcuts to clean your fans. Take an old, shabby pillowcase and pull it over the blade; place one hand above the blade and the other underneath it, and in one steady wipe, slide the pillowcase off to remove all the dust and trap it inside! In a few seconds your fan will be cleaned, and you will have reduced the amount of household dust significantly.
3. Don't Mop Till You Drop
Mopping generally means having to re-dip the mop into a bucket a few times before you can finish an entire room. Using a bucket is rather inconvenient and time-consuming because you have to either lug it around or walk back and forth to wet the mop. Here's what you do; take a clean, empty plastic bottle and mix a solution of water and floor cleaner in it. Put the cap on and use 34a poker to make a hole in it. Now, you can use this bottle to wet one half of the room and mop it up, before doing the same for the other half. It's best you do your mopping barefoot so that your slippers don't leave any prints as the floor dries up.
4. Gas Stove Cleaning Made Quick and Easy
The top of your gas stove is one of the dirtiest places in your kitchen because this is where food is inevitably spilled and left to harden (since the area is too hot to clean immediately). Since you're dealing with stuck on gunk here, the best and quickest way to clean between the burners is by using heat to loosen it. Grab a few kitchen towels and soak them in a hot, soapy solution; next, sprinkle a decent amount of baking powder over the dirty areas and place the towels over. Remember, the hotter the towels are, the faster the gunk will loosen up. Give it about 3-4 minutes before you drag the towels to one side to collect and remove the dirt. Finish off the cleaning with some dry towel to help absorb any collected water.
5. Dusting Has Never Been Quicker
Using a rag to dust your furniture isn't so bad; but once you've tried putting a sock on your hand to wipe curios and surfaces, you'll never go back to dust rags or anything else! This is easily one of our best house cleaning shortcuts because it's so simple! You can use any old pair of socks to do this; however, cotton ones work best. It's helpful to have at least two or three socks at hand when dusting so that you can use a clean one when the first gets too dirty. Apart from socks, lint rollers make great dusting tools as well. They're especially useful for cleaning walls and lampshades quickly.