Whether you enjoy cleaning or not so much (like me) you still want to find ways to make cleaning easier and to spend less time doing it, even cleaning fanatics would rather be watching a movie than wiping down a counter (at least I hope so)! That’s why cleaning hacks are so helpful.
It’s my job to find those cleaning hacks, research them, test them, tweak them and then, share them with you. So I’ve got five more cleaning hacks that will save you time.
Cleaning Tricky Vases
It’s always fun to buy a nice glass pitcher or a vase but they are not so fun to clean. Instead of buying a bottle brush, all you have to do is fill the vessel with a quarter cup of white rice, which acts as your abrasive, an 1/8th of a cup of water and a squirt of dish soap. Give it some really good swirls. Then, rinse it out and take a cloth and clean the upper part of the inside of the vessel. Rinse it out again, buff it, dry and you’re all done.
Aluminum foil has a lot of great uses around the house and in fact, we have a video on aluminum foil but this one is specifically for saving time when you’re ironing. Remove the ironing board cover and take a piece of aluminum foil and start to line the ironing board itself with the aluminum foil. Do that until the entire base is covered. Then, put the ironing board cover back on top and iron as usual.
What’s happening is that the heat from the iron is being absorbed into the tin foil and then, reflected back up onto the garment. Your garment is getting a double whammy when it goes down on the ironing board. It’s getting ironed from the top and then, heated from the bottom, making ironing a lot quicker, which means less time in front of an ironing board and more time living your life.
Dust with Dryer Sheets
If you use dryer sheets and you want to find a second life for them before you pitch them, why not use them to clean your baseboards after they come out of the dryer? You might notice that they’re not as stiff, they’re a little more crinkly and they don’t have any of that coating on them. Well, that’s a good thing when it comes to cleaning baseboards. Your dryer sheets are still going to have some electromagnetic charge to them, which means they can attract dust – great for dusting. All you need to do is wipe your baseboards with the dryer sheets and then, when it’s done, you can crumple it up with those dust bunnies, pitch it in the garbage and know that at least, you did a little bit of upcycling.
Pool Noodle Shoe Holders
Pool noodles now have uses all year round because they’re absolutely great for keeping your boots in shape. Consider this: If you ever put on a pair of boots and they started to bunch and wrinkle at the ankles that’s because they’re not being kept in shape when you’re not wearing them. Take your pool noodle, cut it to size, make a pair and then, when you’re not wearing your boots, stuff the pool noodle inside and it will keep your boots upright and long lasting.
Safety Pin Dryer Ball
If you’re sick and tired of static cling (and don’t have any dryer balls) all you have to do is pin a safety pin to something like a towel or a sock and put that in with your load of laundry that you’re going to dry. The safety pin acts as kind of a lightning rod to absorb all of that electro-static energy. When your stuff comes out of your dryer, it doesn’t have static cling.
Rice, some tin foil, a pool noodle, a pin and a dryer sheet. These are probably all things you have lying around the house. I mean, we certainly did and there are things that you can use to make cleaning a little bit easier.