Shortcuts for 10 Com­mon House­hold Chores

The Freeman - - Lifestyle - By Sarah Aguirre

Speed up your clean­ing rou­tine with a few shortcuts for 10 com­mon house­hold chores. These hacks will help you clean ef­fec­tively and hope­fully re­duce the time and money it takes to do so.

1. DUST­ING

Try dust­ing cloth lamp­shades with a lint roller. It works quickly and ef­fec­tively with­out the has­sle of a vac­uum. An old sock is good for dust­ing hard sur­faces. On hor­i­zon­tal sur­faces, work top to bot­tom to pre­vent dust settling where you have al­ready wiped.

Use old news­pa­pers to clean mir­rors and win­dows; they make a re­cy­clable and dis­pos­able clean­ing tool. Vine­gar is an in­ex­pen­sive easy cleaner that can also be used on win­dows and mir­rors to clean and shine sur­faces. To pre­vent streak­ing and ex­tra rub­bing, wait for an over­cast day to clean your mir­rors and win­dows.

3. THE MI­CROWAVE

Bring a cup of wa­ter to boil in the mi­crowave. The steam will help loosen dried-on par­ti­cles mak­ing it eas­ier to re­move them.

4. TOI­LET

Put toi­let cleaner in the toi­let to soak while you wipe down the ex­te­rior of the toi­let, as it will loosen dirt and stains. You can also buy a drop-in toi­let cleaner dis­penser or use a con­tin­u­ous-re­lease gel to re­duce clean­ing fre­quency.

5. THE RE­FRIG­ER­A­TOR

Each day, re­move any spoiled food. Wipe down the in­te­rior with bak­ing soda; it scrubs and cleanses ac­cu­mu­lated dirt.

6. THE OVEN

On nights when you do not use your oven to cook, take a few mo­ments and spray the in­side of the oven with oven cleaner. Af­ter din­ner or the next day, wipe dirt and grime from the oven.

7. FIL­ING PA­PER­WORK

Most fil­ing can be done with lit­tle think­ing, so do it while watch­ing tele­vi­sion. Sort the pa­pers into cat­e­gories based on your file names. Don’t for­get to in­clude a trash pile so you can get rid of un­nec­es­sary pa­per.

8. LAUN­DRY

Write and post some ba­sic in­struc­tions in the laun­dry room. Make each per­son re­spon­si­ble for wash­ing, dry­ing, and putting away their own cloth­ing. Del­e­gat­ing will re­duce the bur­den.

9. WASH­ING DISHES

When you be­gin cook­ing, run a sink of hot soapy wa­ter, and wash items as you go. Food on dishes won’t have a chance to har­den on the dishes, which will make for quicker clean­ing. Keep dis­pos­able plates, flat­ware, and cups handy for hec­tic evenings to avoid dish build-up.

10. CLEAR­ING CLUT­TER

Or­ga­nize time to make a pile of items you no longer use, then do­nate the items or throw them away.

Use la­beled bins to put away com­monly used items that are no longer needed. (www.thes­pruce.com)

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