Unless you have loads of free time or a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, then chances are you aren’t much of a fan of cleaning. That’s not to say that you don’t enjoy being in a clean space, but rather you aren’t all that fond of the idea of spending your precious time doing it, especially if you’re feeling lazy.
In a world full of errands, distractions, work, and family, the task of tidying up can easily take a backburner to other more pressing tasks. If you are like most people, you are hacking your way through every little thing in your time-stressed life, and cleaning doesn’t have to be any different.
Although cleaning is never what someone would call fun (OCDers excluded), it can be made to be a lot easier than the traditional hands, knees, and elbow grease method most of us were brought up with, and that means that you could be spending more time doing what you enjoy instead of wasting it on dreary chores.
Learn these 10 brilliantly easy cleaning hacks below to maximize your time and effort, and get you away from your chores while affording you the time to get out and have some fun and much-needed self-love.
1. Use Shower Gel To Clean Your Shower As Well As Yourself
If your shower is in dire need of a good scrubbing, but you don’t have any shower cleaner to hand, save yourself a trip to the store by using what’s already there; shower gel.
Shower gels are more like detergent in terms of action than soap is and will clean any dirt, grime, or soap scum that’s lining your tub and shower walls. This makes them far better to use than bar soap, which is made with thickening and emulsifying agents containing oils and plant or animal fats that end up leaving your shower lined with a thick coating of the nasty stuff.
So, the next time you hop into the shower, take a quick minute to squeeze some shower gel onto a scrubbing sponge and hack away at all of that unappealing residue first. This will save you time, money, and energy in the long run, a.k.a. the trifecta of adulting goals.
2. Get Your Showerhead Squeaky Clean While You’re Catching Your Zzz’s
While it is often overlooked, showerheads are one of the first things to get dirtied up in the bathroom.
You wouldn’t think this because nothing but water comes out of it, but all of those impurities can build up pretty quickly. In the end, you’re stuck with a nasty, clogged up shower head. This is particularly true if you have hard water, as those mineral deposits can build-up within the span of a few days.
Fortunately, you can easily take care of this by immersing your shower head in a plastic bag filled with white vinegar. Simply pour vinegar into the bag and wrap it around the showerhead, making sure it is completely submerged. Then fasten it with a rubber band and go to bed.
The vinegar will do all the hard work while you snooze, and the next day you just wipe away the vinegar and you’re good to go!
3. The Sun Is A Free Source Of Energy; Learn To Use It
Is there anything in the world that gives you the feeling of clean more than lying on top of fresh bed sheets and crisp linens? Probably not.
This is one feeling that is simple to accomplish. If you want that fresh, sun-dried scent on your pillows and blankets, you’ll be happy to know that you can have it without much effort. All you have to do is hang your linens out on a sunny day for the better part of an afternoon, and you will have that sun-kissed scent and feeling when you go to lay on your bed.
Alternatively, you can save yourself even more money by allowing all of your laundry to dry in this way. Just make sure it’s going to stay dry out!
4. Bust Out Grime In The Bathtub With Nail Polish Remover
Acetone does a whole lot more than just removing nail polish, including cutting through grime in your bathtub!
This is because acetone as a chemical is a “dissolving” agent, and will dissolve grease, soap scum, dirt, and grime just as well as it does your nail polish.
If you’ve got a build-up of yucky, nasty grime in your bathtub that the shower gel trick isn’t working on, go ahead and bust out the nail polish remover with a scrubbing sponge. Dump a few glugs onto the sponge and tackle any mess that’s plaguing your bathtub.
5. Lint Roller’s Are Laziness’s Best Friend
Don’t strain your lazy mood with the hassle of pulling out the duster, broom, and dustpan! It’s really too much work when you can get the job done just as well with only a fraction of the effort.
This is where your trusty lint roller comes into play. Good for more than just getting rid of pet hair on your clothes, it picks up all sorts of things, including dust.
This works especially well on curtains and lampshades, as trying to wipe the dust away with a cloth or duster can usually cause it to spread on the fabric. Instead, using your lint roller will allow you to “pick up” the dust directly without spreading it around and rubbing it into your fabric items.
6. Trick Your Kids Into Cleaning With This Mop “Toy”
The ultimate lazy person’s hack is one that allows them to accomplish their goals without having to put forth any effort of their own. That is why this remote control “car” covered in a wool-knit mop is the cleaning tool to have.
Your kids will love you for getting them a remote controlled car, and you will love them for overlooking the fact that their “toy” makes them clean the house while they play with it. Really, it’s a win-win for everyone involved and the best part is it’s only $14.99 on Amazon, so you can have it delivered right into your kids’ hands on the cheap!
7. Clean Your Blinds Easily With A Pair Of Kitchen Tongs
If you have ever tried dusting your blinds, then you know what a pain in the butt it can be, and is usually a waste of time.
It’s next to impossible to get all of that dust off without smearing it around, especially if you used a spray cleaner first. Fortunately, there is an easier way and it is sitting right inside your kitchen.
Next time you need to clean your blinds, take an old rag you no longer care about and cut it in two. Then wrap each piece around the ends of your kitchen tongs and secure it with a rubber band. Now you can easily dust your blinds by pinching each blind with the tongs and wiping back and forth. You’re welcome!
8. Get Your Baby To Clean Your Floors
Why bother cleaning your floors when your baby can do it for you? That’s the idea behind this multifunctional onesie.
The sleeves and pant legs have thick knitted wool pads attached to them. So, since your little one is already rubbing around all over the floor anyway, you might as well slap this outfit on them and let them go to town on your floors, too.
**Considering that it is unhealthy for your baby to be breathing in large amounts of dust, it’s best to only use this for fun on a relatively clean surface, but they do make a great gag gift for a new mom-to-be!
9. Every Blender Has A Self-Cleaning Mode
Believe it or not, every blender in the world has a self-cleaning mode built right into it; the on button. It’s easy to get caught up in the habit of putting things in the dishwasher or even hand washing, but a blender can be cleaned just as easy as it was dirtied up.
All that you need to do is pour a little bit of dish soap and warm water into the blender and turn it on. As the blades chop up the soapy water, it will clean the entire container, blades and all!
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10. Clean Ceiling Fans Without A Mess
Oftentimes, cleaning your ceiling fan can seem like a daunting and redundant task because the dust gets all over your face and body, as well as the floor, leaving you with even more mess to clean up.
You can easily avoid all of that by opting to clean your ceiling fan on laundry day. Simply take one of your pillowcases and slip it over your fan blade. Then, gently hold the cloth-covered blade between your hands and slowly pull off the pillowcase.
Now your fan blades are nice and clean, and all of the dust will be contained in the pillowcase. All you have left to do is toss it in the wash with the rest of your linens!
Hopefully, these hacks will help you accomplish a good deal of your chores without sacrificing well-deserved lazy day. Happy cleaning!
H/T: DIY Everywhere