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Simple Yet Effective Cleaning Tips That Take Very Little Time

Updated on January 9, 2017
You don't have to be a clean freak to have a clean home...
You don't have to be a clean freak to have a clean home...

Get Ready To Start Cleaning

Not everyone likes to clean and organize. There are so many fun things do instead of clean. There are some people who take cleaning to the next level and just love cleaning. Living in a spotless living space is something they absolutely must have, and something they will accomplish if it is the last thing they do. I speak from many years of experience on this.To do that is not as hard as you may think, simple little things can make cleaning a better experience. Some people would rather pull out their teeth with pliers than clean. Here are some simple yet effective ways to claim your "I love to clean" award.

  • Adding bleach at the end of your wash cycle will make your clothes much softer and less stiff. Adding a small amount of bleach to the bottom of your trash can will get rid of those annoying and unpleasant odors. Who doesn't like a fresh smelling trash can. I know I love a fresh smelling trash can. Never mix your bleach with ammonia unless you are ready to get slammed with some very toxic deadly fumes. DO NOT MIX these two chemicals under any circumstance. Use one or the other.
  • Did you know that the carpeting in the average home is 4,000 times dirtier than the toilet seat in your bathroom? Yes it is. That is not a comforting thought is it? That brings me to vacuuming, only about 50% dirt is eliminated through vacuuming. That is a lot of dirt left hiding in your carpet. So the best solution to a cleaner carpet is steam cleaning. Once or twice a year is generally a good schedule. But more often if you have a lot of traffic, and soil build up. If you are a clean freak, you will choose the more often than two times a year. But two times a year is plenty!
  • How about removing wax from your candle holders? It can get built up and look kind of ugly don't you think?. The easiest way to remove the wax is by freezing the candle holder, then gently tap the sides. It should slip right out. Another simple way is soak in cold water, the wax will release itself. Bam! Wax be gone. That is simple!
  • Have you ever been in the bathroom, and have the mirrors fog up? Especially after a nice hot shower. One way to prevent that from happening is to rub shaving creme on the mirrors. No more foggy mirrors. You can take that hot shower, get out and look in the mirror without having to wipe away the fog. It works absolute wonders. And you will see as clear as day.
  • A really great way to keep your cozy comforter and pillows from getting all bunched up after washing and drying them is to put a clean tennis ball in the dryer. This should make them comfy and fluffy again. Just the way you like them. Me too!

These tips can be quite effective if you use them throughout your day, or if you wondered how the heck do I make this easier?

A little soap and water goes a long way
A little soap and water goes a long way
A little organizing goes a long way
A little organizing goes a long way

More great ideas

  • If you need to clean your walls it is best to use a wall mop, which you can purchase at a hardware store, or janitorial supply shop. You can probably even get one cheap at Dollar General. If you are bypassing the mop and going full force with hands and a step ladder it may take awhile for you to get the job done. Use a bucket with a cleaning solution, an all around general purpose cleaner like pine sol, or something that suits your preference is satisfactory. Have sponges and towels for any excess dripping.
  • Keep those remote controls clean and in working order. Use some cotton swabs and toothpicks work great to get the gunk out of the hard to reach places. Wipe buttons with a cotton ball and a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Use a clean cloth to wipe the remote front and back. Your remotes are now sparkly clean. Well they will be when you go clean them. Go!
  • What to do with all those newspapers, magazines, and books? Who needs all that clutter. Not you. Save the ones you absolutely need, but make someone happy by donating them. Leave them outside your apartment door with a 'free' note attached. Give them to a neighbor, doctors office, or a senior center. Tidy up your space, get rid of all the clutter. You will love yourself for it.

There, you have some really simple, yet extremely effective cleaning tips to keep your home looking fresh and smelling like a garden of cleanliness. Could that be any easier? Hiring a maid would be easier, yes that would be a better solution for all of us, but some of us just cannot afford that expense. And being clean and neat isn't such a bad thing.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Hey fastfreta, The OCD can be a pain, especially when I already cleaned and feel like I need to do it! I will check out your article...Thanks for your sweet comment :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      A woman after my own heart, although I don't have OCD, I do love to clean, as a matter of fact I wrote a hub about it. However, I like your article better, because it actually gives good advice on how to clean. Very good hub, voted up/useful.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you RTalloni for your comment!

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      8 years ago from the short journey

      Good tips you have here!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi Dot, I understand completely. I have OCD and things must always be in place, clean and ordered.

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      8 years ago

      I was raised by a professional cleaner and it warped me forever. I can't sleep in an unmade bed, go anywhere until my "chores" are done (everyday) and have to have everything in order so I can start the things I WANT to do. Need you hear more?

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      yenajeon the only solution I can recommend is try to do a little bit at a time yourself if you can't hire anyone. Tackle one thing at a time. Don't do it all in one day, it won't feel like a chore. If you have young relatives, they are often easily bribed into doing small household chores for money, a visit to a mall, or just spending time playing games or watching tv with them. My neice and nephews do small chores for things like that.

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      Yena Williams 

      8 years ago from California

      I absolutely love a clean space, but I seriously hate cleaning! I used to employ someone but now cash is tight! Any solutions?

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      I love a clean house. Thank you for reading and commenting :)

    • PaperNotes profile image


      8 years ago

      I do clean the house on weeekends. A clean home is a sure haven for me.


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