While a lot of Wondermoms that I know manage to keep very clean and tidy homes, I don’t know any of them who LOVE cleaning. We all want to have clean, organized homes but the act of creating them typically falls pretty low on our list of things we want to be doing. For those of you who would like to save your time for other things and prefer to get your workouts at the gym or with your friends, rather than on your hands and knees scrubbing away at dirt and grime, here are some strategies to help you achieve this:
without having to spend an hour getting personal with this:
- To clean burnt on grime out of a pan, fill with water and a squirt of dish soap. Put on the stove and boil the water. Boil for 5 minutes, but don’t let the water evaporate. Dump out the water and use a sponge or dish cloth to wipe out the grime.
- Remove tarnish from silver by combining 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt in a glass or plastic container lined with aluminum foil. Add warm water (enough so that you can fully submerge whatever silver you are polishing). Let sit for one hour, and then tarnish will rub off easily with a soft towel.
- To clean your microwave put 1 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar. Place bowl in microwave and cook on high for 3-5 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe down with a dry rag.
- To clean your stainless steel sink, make a paste-like mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. Coat your sink with the mixture and let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- To clean your stovetop, combine hot water and dish soap in a bowl, then submerge a large cleaning rag. Spread baking soda over stovetop. Lightly wring out the cleaning rag (it should still be VERY wet, just not dripping water everywhere) and spread out over the baking soda. Let sit for 30 minutes. Remove rag and gently rub any stubborn spots in a circular motion. Wipe off with paper towel to remove any remnants and to dry.
- To keep drains clear, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Don’t be alarmed—it’s supposed to foam up. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain.
- To clean the faucet, soak paper towels in white vinegar and then wrap them around the faucets. Leave them there for an hour, then remove them and easily wipe off the grime.
- To clean bath toys, fill a bucket with ½ cup of white vinegar per gallon of water. Soak toys in the solution for 10 minutes, then rub gently with a sponge.
- To remove hard water rings from the toilet bowl, pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the bowl. Let it sit for 1 hour. After 1 hour, the ring should rub off easily with your toilet brush.
- To remove stubborn mildew spots from the corners of the tub/shower, dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit in the corners while you clean the rest of the tub/shower. When you are done, remove the cotton balls and the mildew should be gone.
- To easily clean the tub/shower floor, sprinkle baking soda all over it, then cover with paper towels and wet the paper towels with white vinegar. Let soak for at least 30 minutes, then wipe gently with the paper towels and rinse with water.
- To clean the track of the shower door, pour white vinegar directly into the track and let soak for 5 minutes, then rinse.
- Keep plants in your bathroom to absorb air pollutants, particularly if you clean with harsh chemicals. Peace lilies and rubber plants are especially good choices in the bathroom because of their chemical-combating qualities and resiliency.
- Keep a fabric softener sheet in the wastepaper basket as an air freshener.
- Remove pet fur from furniture by wrapping duct tape around a paint roller (sticky side out). It works much better than vacuuming at extracting stubborn pet fur.
- Use a lint roller to clean lampshades.
- Rub baseboards with a fabric softener sheet to easily clean them while also forming a protective layer that repels dust and pet fur.
- Fabric softener sheets also work great on blinds.
- To clean your window tracks, dip a cotton swap in white vinegar and run it along the tracks to easily wipe out the grime.