10 Ways to Save Time and Money While Doing Chores
Let’s face it, cleaning the house is not one of those activities we get a kick out of doing. It’s a necessity not a choice. For those who have a full-time job outside the house–and most of us do–who wants to spend their weekend cleaning! Here are some cleaning tips on how to clean the most persistent and time-consuming cleaning chores along with how to save money on your cleaning supplies:
- Clean you shower head with vinegar. Fill a baggy with white vinegar, put your shower head inside the baggy, tie the baggy tight around the shower head and leave overnight. This will remove the soap scum and lime crust.
- Clean your blinds with vinegar and water. Use a 50-50 combination of vinegar and water. Wet a cloth with the solution and clean each slat.
- Clean, deodorize and sanitize your microwave with lemon juice. Just mix water and lemon juice in a microwavable bowl, set the timer for 5 minutes, and let the citrus steam do the work. Afterward, just wipe down the inside.
- Clean hard water stains from chromed bathroom and kitchen fixtures with lemons. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the surface with the lemon halves.
- Clean your cutting board with lemons and Kosher salt. Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt. Scrub the surface with half a lemon, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go. Let sit for 5 minutes and then scrape the dirty liquid off and rinse. Give the surface a final rinse with a clean wet sponge.
- Clean and protect your baseboards from hair and dust with dryer sheets. A dryer sheet will coat the baseboard as you wipe it down. It prevents the dust from collecting and makes it so you only have to do a quick sweep of the floor and not get down on your knees to clean.
- Clean burned pans with water, vinegar and baking soda. Use one cup of hot water and one cup of white distilled vinegar to the pan. Next add 3 tablespoons of baking soda. The solution with start to fizz so let the mixture set until it stops fizzing. Pour out the liquid and add a little bit of water and dish liquid; give a gentle scrub and rinse and dry.
- Clean water marks on your wooden surfaces with your hair dryer. Did someone forget to use a coaster? Use a hair dryer on high and close to the stain. It will take several minutes before you see the stain disappearing. Afterward use olive oil to refresh the wood.
- Clean your keyboard with your old toothbrush. Are you prone to eating at your computer? Then chances are your keyboard could be full of crumbs. To get them out, just flick them out with an old toothbrush. Your keyboard will feel less sticky and grimy in an instant.
- Clean your old sneakers to remove dark scuffs and grimy buildup that appear on the rubber part of sneakers with non-gel toothpaste and plastic brush. Apply toothpaste to the brush–not directly on the sneaker–and massage the sneaker until the scuff marks are gone. You can also use a clean damp cloth instead of the brush. Remove the toothpaste and residue with a clean, wet cloth.