No one actually enjoys Sunday cleaning. If the weather is nice, odds are you want to be outside in the sun, and if it isn’t, then you probably want to be curled up with a book or having a Netflix binge-a-thon.
If you’re too busy to clean regularly, then you need those big, once-in-a-great-while cleaning sessions, and they usually take up a huge chuck of your day.
Here are five simple tips to help make your normal cleaning routine much easier, so that you can get back to the important things.
1. Make An Easy, All-Purpose Cleaner
Good Housekeeping has a list of quick all-purpose cleaners that you can make yourself. All-purpose cleaners are useful because you won’t have to switch back and forth between whatever you’re using to dust and what you’ll need to get those wine stains off of your kitchen counter.
2. Rubber Gloves Are Great For Picking Up Pet Hair
If you have pets or long hair, then rubber gloves can help you grab clumps of hair quickly and easily.
Instead of getting out the vacuum or broom, you can just grab some rubber gloves. First add a little water so the gloves are a little damp, and then just run it over the area with the pet hair and it will cling to the glove. When done, just rinse off the gloves in the sink (with a drain catcher of course). You’ll save yourself time and—if you would usually use a vacuum—electricity.
3. Use Baking Soda (For Literally Everything)
Real Simple suggests using baking soda to clean silver and unclog drains. But you can also use it to deodorize your pet’s bed, sleeping area and rugs around your home.
Just sprinkle it on the area, let it sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up. Seriously, don’t run out to the store if you need to clean your house. Save yourself the time and money and just use baking soda.
You can also use it to clean hair brushes and combs, wash your laundry, remove residue on pots and pans or scrub your floors, according to All You. Baking soda is any cleaner’s best friend.
4. Declutter Your Bathroom
If you have lots of drawers or storage bins in your bathroom, consider having a day where you go through everything and minimize what’s in the bathroom.
This will make cleaning so much easier in the future, because you won’t have to move things around or worry about what kinds of hair is hidden behind all that crap in the back of your cupboard.
And try to switch to liquid soap in a container rather than bar soap in a dish, which can slip around and leave grime all over your counter top.
5. Use Every Day, Household Items To Clean
You don’t need fancy sprays and cloths to get your cleaning done. You can use dryer sheets to get rid of soap residue on shower doors and scrub gunk off of other surfaces.
Coffee filters make great substitutes for microfiber cloths, so you can use them to dust your living areas and your TV and computer screens.
If you want to tackle those often-forgotten ceiling fan blades, which can store a ton of dust, then use a pillow case. By wrapping the pillowcase around the fan blade, you’ll avoid covering yourself and your carpet or floor with dust that could upset allergies.