Let me start off by saying that I am a terrible housekeeper. I hate cleaning and I don’t do it until I have to (when someone’s coming over, or the cat hair dust bunnies start walking!). As long as everything is
hidden in the closet organized, I don’t mind dust or crumbs. Here are some tips I’ve picked up around the internet recently.
• To keep toilets fresh and help with clogs, just pour 1 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl weekly. Out of regular cleaners? Use rubbing alcohol and a soft towel to clean the bathroom mirror and get fixtures extra shiny. Toss your kitchen sponge in the microwave (wet- or it could catch fire) for at least a minute on full power to kill germs and extend the life of your sponge. – Domestic Debacle
• Could you go to a no-sort laundry system? Try adding about a 1/2 cup of vinegar to each load to help set the colors and keep them from running. This can save you money by doing few loads of laundry. – I’m An Organizing Junkie.
• Vinegar has a TON of uses in the home. I use it to clean our heavily-used coffee maker about once a month. Check out this website for 1001 uses for vinegar! PS – vinegar is CHEAP. – Vinegar Tips
• Have you ever heard of this? Clean your dishwasher with Lemonade Kool-Aid! Just pour a packet (NOT a sweetened lemonade, and NO other flavor) into your detergent dish, close the lid and run your dishwasher. I haven’t bought kool-aid in a while, but I think it’s about $.50/pack, much cheaper than other cleaners marketed for dishwashers. – The Thrifty Home
• This tip has actually been tested by little old me. We have a problem in our house. A stinky towel problem. Our house does not have an exhaust in the bathroom and we hang our towels there. No matter what I did, our towels always had a musty smell. It seemed like once it set in, there was no getting rid of it. I tried everything, until I finally saw a tip that said to wash the towels with bleach. Bleach? I’m a little scared of bleach. I only use it on whites and our towels are blue and green. I figured that towels with bleach spots would be better than stinky towels, so I took a risk. IT WORKED! Bleach is very inexpensive and it worked better than using extra detergent and extra fabric softener.
• Here’s another “could you do it?” Could you give up paper towels? Check this article for paper towel alternatives. I’ve tried it and it’s not so terrible. I’m not the best, but I have definitely cut down on my useage. – Keeping the Kingdom First
So, what is your best cleaning tip (besides getting a maid)? Please tell me—I clearly need help!
Jen is wife to Mr. Incredible, mommy to Dash and *tries* to balance a career in commercial real estate during the day. She blogs about nothing in particular over at A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That.