This is an article for those of you who skip their chores, choose watching another movie instead of doing the dishes, for those of you who would just buy some fast food rather than cook and for those of you who will eventually leave the apartment when it gets full of dirty stuff that needed to be cleaned ages ago. So many things are getting in your way, right? Well, House Cleaning Services – Helpling offers you help, so either contact us or stay tuned for some amazing tips on how to be lazy and still keep your place functioning. For all you lazy girls and boys, here are the ultimate 5 lazy girl cleaning hacks that will (maybe) change you!
Alternative use of socks
Grab a pair of fluffiest socks, put them on and just do what you got to do – yes, in your case that means checking your Instagram, watching movies, going to the toilet occasionally, just walking around your home… You know, that kind of important stuff. After some time, check the floors in your apartment – what can you see? Yes, the floors are mopped and the dust is gone. See, it wasn’t that hard!
Avoid using cups and bowls
Yes, you can do that. So basically just eat everything you would normally eat out of their original containers. Improvise. Grab as many tortillas as you can and use them instead of plates and bowls. Yes, you can do that too! You won’t have to wash another bowl or plate ever again. Besides, tortillas are super tasty!
Clean a blender by blending soap and water
Now, who said that you have to wash the blender the old, usual way? Just put some soap and water in it, turn it on and a minute later the blender will be as clean as new. You can do this with vinegar and baking soda instead of the soap, but of course, you don’t keep those in your kitchen.
Speed cleaning your microwave
You certainly have a microwave. How else would you “cook”? The boring fact is that microwaves also need some cleaning from time to time. Don’t worry, there’s another hack we came up with just for you. Just put a damp sponge in the microwave, turn it on (on high setting) and that’s (almost) all you have to do. Finally, wipe the sides of the microwave with the sponge using an oven mitt. This process will kill all the bacteria in the microwave, including those hiding in all its nooks and crannies. Also, the steamy vapors will help clean stuck-on nastiness.
Universal use of the dishwasher
Yes, you can wash almost everything in your dishwasher – if you have one. Who would have thought? Here is the whole list of things that your dishwasher can – wash:
- Shoes: Since you can wear your shoes in rain – rubber boots, flip-flops, pool shoes, you can put them in the dishwasher too. Make sure to remove liners and orthopedic inserts first.
- Toys: All the metal and plastic toys will sparkle after going through a dishwasher cycle – you can place them in the cutlery tray or a mesh bag.
- Cup holders: When they become encrusted with spilled coffee and soda, put those in the dishwasher too.
- Hairbrushes and combs: Remove hair (you don’t want them next to your dishes, and they can also clog the drain) and place plastic combs and brushes in the cutlery tray and wash. This doesn’t apply for wooden brushes.
- Baseball hats: Yes, these can go too.
- Vent covers and grilles: When these become filthy with dust and grime, place metal covers and grilles on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Grooves will shine.
- Computer keyboards: this sounds too risky for us, but some tech geeks swear it works. Maybe test it with some all keyboard you can handle losing.
- Kitchen brushes: These can definitely go in.
- Scrub brushes: Let the dishwasher scrub your scrub and bottle brushes.
- Hubcaps: To make them really shine, place in the dishwasher along with a cup of vinegar (oops, you don’t have it).
- Window screens: Clean screens will let more sunshine through to warm your home in winter and cut energy costs. See if they fit, if they do – pop them into the dishwasher.
- Light fixture covers: Place glass and plastic covers in the dishwasher on the gentle cycle. Dead bugs, grime, and dust will disappear.
- Switch plates and outlet covers: Dust typically covers the backsides of switch plates and outlet covers, which doesn’t help allergy sufferers. Unscrew and place plates and covers in the dishwasher, which will clean and sanitize them.
- Stove knobs: No, not Steve Jobs. Pop off and place in dishwasher, which quickly will remove grease and grime.
- Potatoes and root vegetables: When you harvest potato from your garden (this definitely doesn’t apply to you, dear lazy girls and boys), place them on the top rack and run through a short dishwasher cycle without soap. You can even cook the same veggies by wrapping them in aluminum foil and washing them again.
- Refrigerator shelves and drawers: Save time cleaning the fridge by placing glass and plastic shelves and drawers in the dishwasher. Say goodbye to sticky messes.
- Cabinet hardware: Your spring cleaning should include thoroughly cleaning cabinet pulls and knobs. If you are dirt obsessed, place them in a mesh bag or in the cutlery tray, and send through the wash cycle.
- Soap and toothbrush holders: Gather all holders, and let your dishwasher scrub off caked on toothpaste and dish detergent.
- Faux flowers: These look even more faux when covered with dust. Place them on the top rack and press the short cycle button.
- Plastic broom heads and brushes: Remove clumps of hair and dust that could clog the drain, then run through the dishwasher.
- Desk accessories: Pen and pencil cups, sticky note holders, and in-out trays get dirty and dusty too. Clean those in the dishwasher.
- Makeup brushes: Regularly sanitize these brushes that touch your eyes and face. Place them in the cutlery tray and let the dishwasher blast away dried makeup and dust.
- Trash can lids: If they fit, place those gross-smelling lids in the dishwasher. They will look and smell better after going through a complete cycle.
- Garden tools: These can spread fungal infections from plant to plant. To sanitize, clean weeders, shears and trowels in the dishwasher. Rinse off soil, first.
- Sporting equipment: Place plastic shin guards, balls and helmets in the dishwasher for cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing.
That should keep you busy for some time… Hopefully, it’s helpful also!