Even if you don’t mind cleaning, you don’t necessarily want to spend all weekend tidying up instead of relaxing with your family and friends. Here are helpful and easy tips for cleaning that save you time and effort.

Tips for Cleaning: Tidy the Kitchen with Ease

To clean the microwave without scrubbing, fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and the juice of half a lemon. Microwave the bowl for at least 3 minutes so steam forms on the appliance’s walls. Wipe the inside walls with a clean cloth. This easy house cleaning trick has the bonus of making your microwave smell great.

Clean your dishwasher once a month by placing a bowl filled with white vinegar on the top rack. Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting, and the vinegar will sanitize the appliance.

Save time cleaning the refrigerator by using wax paper or plastic wrap to cover each shelf. When spills happen, you can quickly clean up by removing the plastic and replacing it with a fresh piece.

Tips for Cleaning the Bathroom

Hard water stains are no match for vinegar, so one of the easiest home cleaning hacks is to mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it for your shower. This mixture cuts through soap scum and hard water stains to leave your glass sparkling.

Showerheads are a breeding ground for bacteria. To clean the showerhead, fill a plastic zip-closure bag with white vinegar and use a rubber band to attach it securely. Let it soak for a few hours or overnight before removing it and flushing the fixture with clean water.

Every time you wash the bath towels, also wash the bathmats. Hot water kills bacteria and fungus on the materials, and regular cleaning reduces the likelihood of mold growth.

Clean Your Bedroom to Remove Allergens

Particularly if you have allergies, wash your curtains and pillowcases regularly. Limit allergens by dusting and vacuuming every two or three days, or more often if you have pets or someone in the home with respiratory issues. Choose fabrics, including curtains and pillow covers, that can be laundered in the washing machine.

Another hotspot for allergens is the blinds. Use a vacuum with the brush attachment or a microfiber cloth to pick up dust and debris from the blinds. If it has been a while since they’ve been cleaned, use a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and vinegar to remove the grime.

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