Clean More, Work Less: Tips to Make Cleaning Easier
It might be called “housework,” but cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a chore. There are dozens of ways to take the “work” out of housework. Here are just a few tips to make cleaning easier so you can have more time to spend doing things that are much more fun:
Cleaning an Oven
Nobody looks forward to cleaning ovens, but there are ways to make it a little easier. If you’re using a spray-on oven cleaner, spray the cleaner on and let it set for a nice long time, overnight if possible. The longer you let the cleaner work, the less work you have to do. If you aren’t a fan of using harsh chemicals in your oven, you can do the job with good old fashioned baking soda and water. Simply spray the inside of a cool oven down with water, then cover the inside of the oven with a layer of baking soda, and let it set overnight. When you’re ready, just wipe everything down with a damp cloth. Even if you have a self-cleaning oven, you’ll have be left with an ashy mess when it’s done. Moistened, crumpled up newspaper is great for cleaning up that debris.
Heat Up Some Water to Clean Your Microwave
The more you use a microwave, the more you’ll see bits of food getting stuck to the sides of the inside of the microwave. If you microwave a bowl of water for a few minutes, it will create steam that will break up all those bits of food stuck to the sides and make it easy to clean them off.
Use Foaming Cleansers on Bathtubs and Showers
If you really want to take the work out of cleaning your shower or bathtub, foaming cleansers can be your best friend. Once you spray your bathtub and shower walls down with the foaming cleaner, just let them set for a while. If you let them set long enough, all you’ll have to do is rinse and all or most of the grime will come off with the cleanser, making minimal work for you.
Polish Brass With Ketchup
Have some brass that’s looking a little dull? No need to go out and buy a special polish; you probably already have what you need right in your refrigerator. Just put a little bit of ketchup onto a cloth, rub the item, rinse, and dry. For more heavily tarnished items, you can let the ketchup set for a while before cleaning it off.
Clean Shower Heads Using Vinegar
Showerheads can be a real hassle to clean, but soaking them in vinegar makes the job very easy. If you can remove your shower head, mix some boiling hot water with half a cup of white vinegar and let the shower head soak in it for ten minutes. You can also tape a plastic bag full of white vinegar around a shower head and leave it there for at least an hour and a half. Your shower head should come clean with no problems.
Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
You can pick up a spray glass cleaner like Windex at pretty much any grocery or hardware store, but if you don’t have time to go to the store or would just rather make a homemade alternative, all you need are a few basic ingredients. Take one cup of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol, and one tablespoon of white vinegar and mix them together. Put the mixture in an empty, clean spray bottle. This cleaner also works nicely on chrome, stainless steel, or tile.