Finding the right home is an incredible experience, but having to keep that home clean is decidedly less so. Even the neatest among us would rather not have to spend their free time scrubbing and juggling cleaning supplies from time to time. For the average homeowner, that presents a serious challenge: how can we get by with keeping things tidy while only having to do the minimum amount of work possible? We’re glad you asked. The next time you find yourself staring down the business end of a sponge and a spray bottle, try out one of these quick and painless cleaning hacks instead.
Attack the Tub: Lazy Style
Bathtubs are the pullover hoodie of the bathroom: we use it all the time, and tend not to clean it as much as we should. For many of us, bathtubs tend to fall into that strange gray area where we feel like it’s not getting that dirty even when it is. After all, we wash ourselves in them all the time, and soap and shampoo gets tossed around, so surely it’s not that bad, right? Well, yes, actually. Yes it is. And you know it too. Which is why there’s been a ring of dirt around the tub for longer than you care to admit. Scrubbing is the answer, but that requires things like “sustained effort”.
Try this instead. Create a mixture that’s 2 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part dish soap, and 1 part baking soda. Mix it in a large bucket until you get a good amount of bubbles and the solution becomes nice and thick. Now fill up your bathtub with it. Forget about it for an hour, and let it sit while you catch up on your favorite Netflix show. Drain it, rinse the tub, and you’re done. Good as new—and done the natural, environmentally friendly way.
Clean the Blender, Keep Your Fingers
Blenders are incredible. At any given moment, you’re seconds away from a delicious smoothie as long as you’ve got the right ingredients and a blender on your side. Cleaning them out when you’re done, however, is a harrowing experience. It involves dis-assembly, sharp blades, and hassle. The trifecta of hardship.
Or, you could just leave the thing assembled, fill it with hot water, add some dish soap, hit blend, then rinse it out. Congratulations, you’re done.
Revamp Your Vacuum
The vacuum cleaner is probably one of the best things to happen to home cleaning since the mop, and it requires even less work. Thanks to the vacuum, a flip of a switch and some halfhearted motions are the only things that stand between you and a clean carpet. But if you’re noticing yours isn’t working as well as it used to, and you’ve already emptied it out, it’s probably because your filter is clogged and needs a good cleaning. That takes work though and buying new filters can get expensive fast. Hopefully we’ve established by now that we think you’re too good for that.
Here’s the alternative: toss the filter in the dishwasher. It works, and it works well. If that seems gross to you, that’s probably just because you’re imagining mixing your dinner plates with your floor dirt, which is a fair concern. So just don’t wash your dishes and your vacuum cleaner filter in the same cycle, silly.
Make Your Knives Like-New
Ever notice how even a solid set of knives can accumulate brown dark spots over time; particularly near the handle? Those spots are rust, which no metal is immune to. You can help prevent this from happening if you make sure your knives are always dry before you put them away, but if the damage is already done, and you want to do something about it, just soak them in lemon juice for about 15 minutes and wipe them dry. That should bring your knives back to their shiny former glory.
Conquer Carpet Stains the Easy Way
Carpet stains are the worst. They sit there – mocking you; impervious to your best efforts. A steam vac might get the job done, or you could hire a professional cleaner, but both those options are pricey. Here’s an easy way to do it yourself with minimal financial investment.
First clean up around the spot as best as you can then sprinkle some baking soda over the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up. Now mix a few tablespoons of dish soap with a tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Sponge the mixture on the stain with a washcloth, and give it some time to absorb. Then dry it off with a separate dry rag, and your carpet will be stained no more.
Chores are a drag. While we’re not denying that there’s a certain meditative satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that they provide, we’re still strongly in fair of streamlining the whole affair. Less is more, simple is substantive, and there’s never any shame in a good hack or two. Once you’ve tackled the basics, don’t forget to clean some of the secret spots in your home that are among the dirtiest.
Images and great hacks via Boredomly