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It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.
7. Use the Bathtub to Clean Other Things in Your House
Before you clean your bathtub, use it to clean large items in your household (besides people). You can clean blinds in the bathtub, oven racks, and just about anything that could use a good soak to get clean. I’ve done this with LEGO bricks and tons of other plastic toys that get dusty or mysteriously sticky. Just dump it in, let soak, and rinse off. (Also, a dish wand filled with vinegar and soap makes cleaning up the bath as you go pretty easy.)
6. Revive Towels and Pillows in Your Washing Machine
5. Harness the Power of the Sun to Refresh Your Linens
Speaking of pillows, few things give your home that clean and refreshed feeling as freshly laundered bed linens. You can go the extra mile when spring cleaning—without much extra work—by putting your sheets, comforter, and pillows out in the sun for a few hours. This will plump up pillows and air out comforters—worth it for the minimal effort. (The sun’s rays are also great for drying smelly workout clothes, by the way.)
4. Remove Pet Hair with Flip Flops or Rubber Gloves
Pet hair everywhere. Here’s a cheap and easy solution to this common problem: Since pet hair sticks amazingly to rubber, you can quickly remove pet hair with rubber gloves or with rubber flip flops (which you can wear on your hands or, if you’re truly feeling lazy, just walk around in). The hair is easy to rinse off with water.
3. Clean Your Microwave in Minutes
The microwave is often one of the most stained parts of our homes usually. Cleaning up burnt-on foodstuff usually takes a bit of elbow grease, but it’s much easier if you steam clean the microwave with vinegar, lemon water, or just a wet rag or sponge.
Finally, if you want a truly lazy/smart cleaning hack, there’s nothing like getting other people to clean for you. Manipulate your kids into doing their cleaning chores. Here are the chores they can do by age—even preschoolers can sweep and wipe down appliances. (The baby floor-mopping onesie is just a joke, I think, but one that you can buy). If your roommate or partner is even lazier than you are when it comes to cleaning, you can still work something out. And there’s always Roomba.
Although the tips above all require some effort, they’re smart and simple ways to get your home cleaner than it was before.