There are not many people who love doing chores and normally, housework is a nuisance that needs to be completed as quickly as possible to make way for more interesting activities. If you wish you could wave a magic wand and have a cleaning fairy take care of everything, well, here is the next best thing. These housework hacks will have your home sparkling in no time at all:
Housework can be a lonely and mundane activity so why not turn it into something a little more interesting? Time yourself doing the dishes, the ironing or dusting the entire house and see if you can beat your score each time. Get other family members in on the action too and turn housework into a contest. If you have a competitive family then this could work excellently in your favor. Challenge your kids to wash your car quicker than you can clean the bathroom and watch those chores disappear in a flash!
This doesn’t have to be complicated and can be as simple as doing a few dishes while you’re cooking, wiping the sink as you wash your hands or wiping the bathroom floor while you’re running a bath. If you get used to doing these little jobs while you’re doing other stuff then housework will never get on top of you because you’re keeping on top of things without even realising it.
#3 No More Scrubbing
Got a crusty microwave? Did you know just how easy it is to clean a microwave? No scrubbing involved, simply pour 2 cups of water and ½ cup of white vinegar into a microwavable bowl and heat on full power for 3 minutes. Leave it in there for a few minutes and then remove. Job done and you’ve not even worked up a sweat! Hate scrubbing all the tiny food bits out of mesh strainers too? You can know purchase an easy-to-clean colander pot. It’s all-in-one and no mesh to scrub!
#4 Oven Liners
Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of an oven liner for saving you the awful job of cleaning the gunk from your oven. If you have a constant smell of burning and your setting off your smoke alarms then chances are you have a load of black gunk sitting in your oven. Oven liners can be easily replaced and make your oven a lot easier to keep in good condition. Stove top liners also provide the same service to the top of your appliance, leaving you with clean and protected stove.
#5 Dishwasher Duties
There are so many things you can clean in your dishwasher that can save you a great deal of time and effort. Kids plastic toys, baseball caps, rainboots (with liners removed), tools, plastic hairbrushes, knee pads, mouth guards and shin guards can all be placed in the dishwasher. Just make sure you don’t wash your dirty dishes with the baseball cap as food can soak into the cloth. Some items you definitely can’t wash in this way and these include brass items, wooden spoons or cutting boards, insulated containers or crystalware.
#6 Zone Cleaning
Draw up a basic map of your home and divide it into small zones or sections. Each person in your family is designated a nightly zone and has to spend 5-10 minutes cleaning this area. This requires a real team effort but such a short space and short time period shouldn’t impact too negatively on people’s other commitments or their mood! It’s also a perfect way to keep on top of chores in a way that won’t take over your evening or your weekend. If you meet any resistance, set a timer for everyone and they’ll be amazed at just how quickly 5 minutes passes!
#7 Frightening Fridges
Cleaning the refrigerator is a job we all know needs doing but we’d rather do anything else instead. Instead of having to scrape away at sticky spills and dried on food bits, after your next clean, cover your fridge shelves with plastic wrap. Something like Press ‘n Seal works a treat so next time a spill threatens to cause sticky marks, you can simply peel off the plastic wrap and replace. No more wiping down shelves and awkward crevices – simply peel and replace for a more hygienic refrigerator you can feel proud of.