A Few Cleaning Hacks for a Tidier Home in a Flash

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

According to the American Cleaning Institute, we spend about 6 hours each week cleaning our homes. Depending on your family and home size, you could be spending more or less than the 6 hours.

The time-consuming nature of cleaning can be frustrating. What’s more frustrating is having your home completely spotless after hours of hard work, only to have to repeat the entire process in a week.

It's worth it, even if you do have to repeat it in a week. A clean home is a happy home. There are many cleaning hacks and tricks to make cleaning less work and less frustrating.

Of course, you could just call The Help Cleaning Services (817) 630-9416. There are some cleaning hacks for you to utilize in between your scheduled cleaning dates (if you already utilize a cleaning service).

Dusting with dryer sheets

Because dryer sheets eliminate static cling, used ones work great as dust cloths, especially on electronics and mini blinds. There are so many ways to reuse dryer sheets, so start saving them. We'll explore in a later post the many ways you can utilize the used dryer sheets. For now we'll just talk about dusting with them.

Carry them in your pocket or just have them readily available to you. As you spot any dust throughout the house, stop and dust, it only takes a few seconds. Have the dryer sheets readily available.

Cleaning stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances seem to get smudges and fingerprints constantly. To give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol! These tips are provided by Clark.com

If you really want to get your stainless steel super clean, you can use a few drops of olive oil! Check out this video to see how it works.

Use dish soap and water to clean the surface, dry any wet spots, and use a few drops of baby or mineral oil on a second cloth to make it shine.

Spray WD-40 on the appliance and then wipe away with a soft cloth.

I'm a huge fan of keeping WEIMAN stainless steel cleaning wipes around, these work the best for cleaning stainless steel.

Whatever method you choose for quickly wiping down your stainless steel appliances keep the products readily available to use.

Cleaning the microwave

Microwaves can get pretty messy, but there’s an easy way to make yours shine again.

Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a small wooden object, such as a toothpick, to prevent boiling. Then set it on high for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait a couple minutes to let it cool, then when you open it up, all you have to do is wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. Voila! Clean microwave without the hassle of expensive (and often non-effective) cleaners. This method is from Clark.com

Do this often (it's so easy) make this one of your (must clean often), it's so much easier than waiting until it's a total mess to clean.

You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent!

Oh my goodness, there's so many tidbits I'd love to share with you for cleaning in the kitchen. I'll have to cover all of those tidbits in my next blog post.

Use Downy Unstoppables in vacuum cleaner

If you have a stinky vacuum (which we do from time to time) suck a few Unstoppables up your vacuum cleaner to solve the problem. This will help in keeping your house smelling nice and fresh.

I run a vacuum in the high traffic areas in my home at least every other day, but I have fur babies. You might not need to run a vacuum as often as I do. I would still recommend vacuuming the high traffic areas of your home several times in between your major cleaning day.

Cleaning windows and mirrors with vinegar

It's aggravating to clean windows/mirror(s) and still have smudges. If you clean with a paper towel and a window cleaning product, chances are you know what I'm talking about.

I use newspaper and vinegar, this is the only sure way that I can get a streak clean window/mirror. I've had tons of old phone books from way back when and I tear out pages to use for cleaning the mirrors in my home.

Whatever product you use to clean your bathroom mirrors, keep the product in the bathroom tucked away in a cabinet. Just go ahead and leave all of your bathroom cleaning products tucked away in the bathroom. Then it's readily available to you, it's right there so as often as you need to wipe down your bathroom in between your major cleaning days, do it.

Clean ceiling fans with a pillow case

Instead of using a cloth to clean your ceiling fan, which usually creates another mess on furniture and floors, try using your pillowcase. Slip it in between the fan blades and swipe one at a time.