Life is busy. We’re back (thankfully) to long days of juggling work, family and our social lives. So making household chores fast, efficient and simple is key to helping us focus on what is really important. Here, we give you 10 easy ways to speed up your cleaning process and make your life easier.
Use Dryer Sheets For More Than Laundry: Did you know dryer sheets are multi-taskers that can work on other chores around the house, too? For instance, they can buff mirrors in the bathroom, removing water spots and other grime. Or, similarly they can remove water marks from kitchen faucets and appliance handles. They are also an easy way to wipe baseboards down.
Vinegar & Water For The Win: Microwaves are notoriously messy. And cleaning them can be difficult. But a quick fix to get the grime off easily is to add equal amounts water and vinegar to a microwave-safe bowl. Drop in a wooden toothpick to prevent boiling and microwave on high for about 5 minutes. Wait for it to cool and then open the door and simply wipe down the inside with a paper towel.
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Easy Way to Clean Your Dishwasher: Over time, your dishwasher can get pretty dirty with mineral buildup, detergent residue and other trapped particles and food. So it’s important to clean it thoroughly in order to keep it running efficiently. Once a month, drop in a tablet of affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner while your detergent cleans your dishes.* This effective cleaner gets to the bottom of what you can and can’t see: the tub, racks, pump and valve, and the drain and recirculation hoses. It powers away limescale and mineral build-up and de-scales your dishes and glassware for sparkling results using EPA Safer Choice certified ingredients.
Keep Your Kitchen Disposal Clean and Fresh: Think about all the “garbage” that goes down your kitchen disposal. Clean it monthly or as needed with affresh® Disposal Cleaner. It gets to what you can’t see and removes residue that can cause unpleasant odors, cleaning the chopper, internal cavity and hose. With its specially formulated, powerful foaming action, this cleaner removes odor-causing residues—and adds a pleasant citrus scent.
Electric Toothbrush for More Than Teeth: You can get an inexpensive electric toothbrush from the supermarket or dollar store. It can be used to clean so many hard-to-reach areas in the home like around the kitchen faucet. The rapid vibration of the bristles helps to break up stubborn, stuck-on minerals without all the elbow grease.
Remove Kitchen Cabinet Grease: Kitchen cabinets can accumulate grease and other build-up, which can be hard to scrub off without damaging the surface. To gently remove, dampen a cloth or sponge and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Spray cabinets with an all-purpose cleaner that contains orange oil and then simply wipe down the cabinet. Once the grime is gone, wipe the cabinets with a cool, damp cloth. As always, test on a small area first.
Sort Laundry Like a Pro: Everyone knows to separate lights and darks. But you should also consider a few other things before tossing a load in the washer. To save detergent and energy, sort based on the soil level, keeping gym clothes separate, and by fabric weight. Washing heavier items, like towels, apart from lighter weight clothes can help prevent damage to the more delicate fabrics. Plus, when it comes to drying, if you have mixed materials, the heavier ones will take longer to dry than the lighter ones, thereby potentially causing damage to the fabric.
How to Wash Your Washing Machine: Although it may sound counterintuitive, your washing machine actually needs a wash of its own. To do so quickly and easily, drop in an affresh® Washing Machine Cleaner tablet once a month, or as needed. Designed for all makes and models of top load and front-load washers, this effective cleaner gets to all the parts you can’t see, but that need a good cleaning, including the pump and valve, behind the basket and drum, the wash tub, agitator, and drain hose. It’s specially formulated to dissolve slowly throughout the entire wash cycle to effectively remove odor-causing residue that daily loads can leave behind.
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Vacuum Correctly: Did you know there’s actually a recommended method of vacuuming? Professionals recommend vacuuming a rug both horizontally and vertically to get rid of all the trapped dust and dirt. And don’t rush. Vacuuming slowly and deliberately will help ensure you get all the dirt particles. Bonus tip: Vacuum your bathroom before mopping. It will pick up hair and other large dust bunnies that tend to get pushed to the side by the mop.
Dusting Made Easy: Garden gloves can make dusting a snap. Grab a pair of cotton garden gloves and put them on. Then all you have to do is spray with your preferred cleaner and pick up your knick knacks and other small accessories and voila …done!
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*Check manufacturer’s suggested cleaning instructions on all dishwasher-safe items
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