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Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home  February 23, 2016 – 02:46 pm

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your HomeIt’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.

10. Get Clutter Out of the Way

Hiding clutter and dirt can help can help you fake a clean house, which is great for cleaning up in emergencies (for example, when guests come over last minute). But it’s also a good idea to put the clutter aside before attempting any cleaning project. The less clutter you have, the less you have to clean and the better you might feel about cleaning. When you go through your rooms, put clutter or things that don’t belong in that room in a basket and corral similar things like mail into a single basket. This takes very little effort, but has a big payoff. You can also schedule a charitable donation pickup before you start spring cleaning to make sure those items get out of your home and, for ongoing decluttering, set up a donation station.

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home9. Clean Nearly Everything in the Dishwasher

The dishwasher is a godsend for lazy (and not so lazy) household keepers like us, but it doesn’t just clean dishes. Anything that’s dishwasher safe—stove hood filters, light fixture covers, shoes and baseball caps, and even keyboards can be thoroughly cleaned in the dishwasher, saving you from manual scrubbing. You should also clean your dishwasher every now and then, but that’s pretty easy just by running a Kool Aid cleaning cycle.

8. Clean the Bathroom While You Sleep

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your HomeWe don’t have self-cleaning bathrooms (yet), but the next best thing is letting cleaning agents do their work overnight while you sleep. You can clean tough stains in the toilet, shower, and sink with a soak of white vinegar and also clean your shower head by tying a bag filled with vinegar around it. In fact, you can clean every part of your shower with household items. By the way, Kool Aid can also be used to clean toilets overnight.

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

The next time you wash your towels, try using vinegar and baking soda in the washing machine to recharge their fluffiness and absorbency—at the same time, this will even help clean the inside of your washing machine too. (Two birds with one stone!) You can also make old pillows look like new again with your washing machine.

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