If you haven't made the decision to rent out your household cleaning chores, it is your responsibility to make sure your home is clean!
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Whether you love cleaning, hate it, or your feelings on the subject are somewhere in between, you are sure to welcome these quick cleaning hacks that will make your life easier. Not only can you use these hacks for routine cleaning, but they can also come in handy when you need to quickly clean up for unexpected visitors.
1. Quick toilet cleaning
When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, the toilet bowl definitely needs your attention. If you're in a hurry to clean your toilet bowl, try multitasking. First, apply a toilet cleaner to the inside of the bowl, then do something else for five minutes. After five minutes have passed, come back and quickly scrub the inside surfaces of the bowl down with a toilet brush. Use disinfectant wipes for cleaning under the seat and on the seat. You can also use the cloths to clean the bottom of the bowl.
2. Remove the floor markings
Hardwood floors are beautiful, but can be worn down by shoes and other items. All you need to restore your wooden floors to their old shine is a clean sock or a new tennis ball. Rub one of these on the scuff marks to remove them. If that doesn't work, you can dampen a soft cloth (or use the sock) and sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the cloth or sock. Rub the baking soda on the worn area to remove it. Then wipe off the residue with a clean, damp cloth.
3. Freshen up your garbage disposal
If you have a garbage disposal installed in your sink, you know how nice it is to be able to quickly dispose of unwanted waste or dirty dishes. Unfortunately, your garbage disposal can sometimes develop an unpleasant odor due to food debris that can build up. A quick fix is to slice fresh lemons or limes and run them through disposal. With this hack, your sink will smell fresh in no time.
4. Blind dusting
While this hack won't work well for blinds that haven't been dusted in a long time and have built up a thick layer of sticky dust, it will work if you dust your blinds regularly. All you have to do is close the blinds completely. Then, take a clean microfiber cloth and quickly wipe from side to side from the top of the blind to remove dust. Then rotate the blinds in the opposite direction and repeat the process.
5. Deodorize without the fancy products
With the abundance of fancy products purported to help deodorize carpets and pet beds, you might think you had to jump on the bandwagon and buy a special product to get a fresh smell. Not so. Instead, all you need is a box of baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda on carpets, rugs, and pet beds. Leave on for about 15 minutes and then suck off the residue. It really is that easy to deodorize those less fresh areas of your home.
6. Clean the inside of a food baked microwave
Has the inside of your microwave seen too many food explosions for you to scrub dried food off the walls of your appliance? Here's a quick hack that will get the inside of your microwave looking clean and shiny again with minimal effort. Chop a fresh lemon and add three tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water. Microwave the mixture for a few minutes or until steam forms on the window. With the door closed, leave the mixture in the microwave for about five minutes. Then wipe the surfaces with a hot, damp towel. The dirt should come off and wipe off easily. If you don't have a fresh lemon, substitute 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil.
7. Give stainless steel appliances a shine
Stainless steel appliances can give a kitchen a clean, modern look. But when they're covered in fingerprints, they don't look that good. Instead of investing in expensive and often hard-to-find stainless steel cleaners, you can use olive oil or coconut oil. Just put some oil on a soft cloth and polish off the annoying fingerprints. Add more to the fabric as needed, but don't overdo it or it will create a greasy mess.