Spring cleaning means a fresh start to the year, but it often isn’t very enjoyable. However challenging and stressful cleaning may be, nothing beats the feeling of having a nice, clean home. A good start to Spring cleaning begins with restocking on must-have cleaning products like Clorox, Glad ForceFlex Plus max strength garbage bags, Worx 20V Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner, and Pinesol, but how can we make the actual process of cleaning more enjoyable? Here are the top 6 household cleaning hacks to make your life easier:
1. Use cotton balls in your garbage can
Did you ever think it would be possible for your garbage can to smell good? By taking a cotton ball, soaking it in an essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus, and placing it in the bottom of your garbage can (underneath the bag works best), you can get your garbage smelling better than ever.
2. Use newspapers to keep the tops of your cabinets dust-free
If there’s space between the top of your cabinet and your ceiling, you know the hassle of climbing on top of your kitchen counters and attempting to wipe away the layer of dust that collects on the surface. Avoid this by lining the top of your cabinet with a piece of newspaper; dust and grime will pile on top of the paper and all you have to do is change it a few times a year.
3. Use socks to clean your blinds
By sliding an old sock onto your hand and spraying it with a bit of water, you can make cleaning your blinds easier than ever. Doing this allows you to get dust off of both sides of your blind panels at once as you grip and slide with the sock from left to right
4. Use lemon oil and vinegar to shine wooden surfaces
Lemon and vinegar are fantastic for cleaning in many forms. Combine 1 part lemon oil and 1 part vinegar together, take a microfiber towel, and wipe down wooden surfaces with the mixture. Your wooden decor will sparkle and shine like they did when you brought them home for the first time.
5. Use your dishwasher for more than just dishes
You would be surprised with how many items are dishwasher safe. Try cleaning your small decor and knick-knacks, from candle holders to glass lighting fixtures. Just make sure to run a drying cycle afterwards to avoid any spots.
6. Set a timer
Let’s say you only have 15 minutes in your day that you can allot to cleaning—that’s okay! Try setting a timer and work until the buzzer goes off. You will shock yourself with how much you can get done in such a short time. Accomplishing little tasks is better than nothing at all and going forward, at least you’ll know exactly how long it takes to complete that task.