I hate cleaning. Like truly despise it. I would rather do almost anything than clean. Given that I cannot afford a cleaning service, however, I occasionally have to suck it up and actually clean my home. I’m sure I’m not alone here. These are some ridiculously easy cleaning tips for us lazy girls.
1. Walk Around in “Swiffer” Socks
You know those really soft, fuzzy, thick socks that are just about the coziest things you will ever put on your feet? Just by walking around your home in them, you are actually dusting the floor as well. You can be comfy and cozy and clean at the same time!
2. Lint Roller to Dust
I realize using a duster does not actually require huge amounts of effort, but do you know what requires even less effort? A lint roller. You can roll it over lampshades, mantles, shelves—any dusty surface really—to pick up unwanted dust, dirt, and pet hair. Just peel away the sheet and throw it away!
3. Use Furniture Polish for Shine
You can spray furniture polish on just about anything with a hard surface to make it shiny. Just avoid getting it on the floor as that adds a particularly high risk of slipping.
4. Avoid Using Cups or Bowls
Obviously if there is food that is shared with other people in your house, eating straight of the container might be somewhat frowned upon. We all love eating cookies or ice cream right out of the container, but it doesn’t have to stop there. If you have only one bowl’s worth of cereal left in the box, just pour some milk straight in the bag and eat it that way. You’re going to throw it away anyway and it saves you one dish to wash.
5. Use Tape to Clean
Similar to the lint roller, tape is also a great tool for easily picking up crumbs and dirt off of tables or hard surfaces. Use packing tape or duct tape to clean more surface area at one time. The stronger the tape, the more it will pick up.
6. Blend Soap and Water to Clean the Blender
Instead of having to take the blender apart to make sure every part of is clean and needing to work around the blades, just put some dishwashing soap and water in the blender and hit “blend”. Fast and easy.
7. Use Plastic Wrap for Easy Clean Up
Line the shelves of your fridge and freezer with plastic wrap. This way, if you have any spills, you can just throw away the liner and be done with it.
8. Clean Your Microwave and Sponge at the Same Time
Apparently you’re supposed to throw out your sponge every week and replace it, but I’m sure I am not the only lazy girl who does not do this. And I’m sure you are familiar with the particular funky smell that comes from old sponges. Microwave a damp sponge for 60 seconds to kill bacteria in all the little crevices. The vapors from the sponge will also help loosen up any stuck-on mess in the microwave. Just use an oven mitt to wipe down the microwave.
9. Use Vinegar to Clean the Coffeemaker
Use 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and brew it in your coffeemaker to clean it out. Run just water through the brew cycle twice to eliminate the vinegar smell.
10. Use Ammonia to Clean Gas Burners
If you have greasy gas burners that are in serious need of cleaning just place them in the plastic bag with a ¼ cup of ammonia. Seal the bags and let them sit overnight. Just wipe them down in the morning and voila!
11. Use a Dryer Sheet to Remove Baked-On Food
If you’re not exactly on top of doing your dishes immediately after cooking, you probably end up with baked-on food in your pots and pans. Soak a dryer sheet in the pan to help remove the food, but make sure it is non-toxic and biodegradable.
12. Tape a Dryer Sheet Over the Air-Conditioning Vent
If you want a quick and easy way to freshen up the room, just tape a dryer sheet over the A/C vent.
13. Keep Cleaning Liquid in the Bottom of the Toilet Brush Pan
Like a true lazy girl, I personally am a big fan of the Scrubbing Bubbles toilet brush that comes with the convenient brushes you can flush. Very little work, but you do have to remember to buy refills when you run out. If you prefer the simpler (and probably cheaper) toilet brush option, always keep a small amount of cleaning liquid in the bottom of the pan so the brush is ready to go. It also keeps the brush clean. Make sure you still wash it after using it, because gross.