I’ve been spring cleaning for the past few days. My boys have moaned and groaned, but when I reminded they had spent more time complaining than they would have cleaning, they got a move on. Here’s my list of 10 things to clean that generally take less than 10 minutes. It is quick cleaning anyone can do and feel the satisfaction of checking things off their list quickly.
1. Ceiling fan — Grab a a microfiber cloth or Swiffer and run it over your ceiling fan blades. It will pick up all of the dust and you’ll be breathing easier. (I do this once a month and never get dusty, greasy build-up.)
2. Lint Trap — You would be surprised how many people forget to clean the lint trap. (My husband.) No matter who has used the dryer, I always check the lint trap before each load and clean it. It’s quick and easy, saves drying time, prolongs the life of your dryer, and lessens the risk of fire hazard.
3. TV Remote — I use a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water on my TV remotes. If I’m feeling particularly OCD, I’ll grab the Q-Tips and scrub between each button.
4. Silverware organizer — I take this out and pop it into the dishwasher with a full load of dishes once a month.
5. Showerhead — We have low-flow shower heads which need cleaning more often as they hold water in the heads. Once a month I pop a plastic baggie filled with white vinegar on them overnight and secure it with a rubber band. My showerheads are clean and any mineral deposits (which can affect water pressure) are gone.
6. Make-up Brushes — I clean these once a week with a cleaner formulated for the job. Run some warm water in a clean bathroom sink with brush cleaner, swirl the bristles in the water to clean them, rinse and dry. Never dry them upside down as the water sits where the brush hairs and handles meet, which can loosen the glue and shorten the life-cycle of your makeup brushes.
7. Kitchen sponges — I don’t use kitchen sponges very often, but if I am using them they go into the dishwasher every night on the sanitize cycle. If you don’t have a dishwasher, pop your damp sponge in the microwave and nuke it for one minute. (Make sure your sponge is wet, or you risk setting fire to in your microwave.)
8. Pillows — Toss your pillows into the dryer to freshen them up. If you’re not allergy prone, and have outdoor space, put them outside on an old sheet and let them air out.
9. Central Heat/AC Air Intake — Dust these once a week with a microfiber cloth. It takes seconds, removes dust build-up and, along with regularly changing your air filters, might help extend the life of your HVAC.
10. Refrigerator handles — Clean those handles with a clean rag and a 50/50 water vinegar mixture weekly. I have a teenager and his friends are always at my house. Their hands are always grubby, so I tend to tackle this chore when they’ve all gone home.
What are your quick and easy cleaning tips?
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