speed clean home

Cleaning home isn’t a very fun chore to tackle, but we all know it needs to get done one way or the other. But sometimes we just don’t seem to have the time to get things done. When we end up working all day and then spending time with the kids, we hardly want to set aside any of that time for cleaning the house.

But sometimes when company is on their way, there is simply no avoiding the mess. It’s during those times that some speed cleaning tips really come in handy! We came across this excellent article containing twenty tricks to speed clean your home. When time is not on your side, it is a huge relief to know you can whip your house into shape in just ten minutes!

Here’s the link to all 20 tricks…

Denture Tabs

I’m always looking for ways to make cleaning easier. Duh! Who isn’t?! The newest and easiest thing in cleaning is denture tabs. Don’t believe me? It really is. I swear!

These little bubbles kill bacteria, whiten, and have abrasive properties to get any hard to clean gunk off. They can be used on weird shaped containers, coffee makers, jewelry, clogged drains, and many many other things. I would use them to clean my tooth brush too. Eye glasses maybe? Sweet! So now tons of people are running out to buy denture tabs. Hope there’s enough left for people with dentures who actually need them. Lol!

Denture tabs aren’t the only magical thing out there. Have you ever considered dryer sheets? They have some crazy cleaning uses too. They can get rid of toilet rings! I never knew! The Krazy Coupon Lady did and she was only too nice to share those tips with us. Check them out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Slime

I played with all sorts of slimy stuff as a kid. Sticky, stretchy, moddable, gelatinous blobs have always been popular. (Think Silly Putty, Play Doh, Gak, and Floam.) I don’t have a clue why that is. It’s fun to play with but now there is another use…cleaning!

Cleaning slime is an interesting idea. Stores sell it, so why not make your own? It’s cheaper, incredibly easy, and so fun! The kids will love this DIY. You need water, liquid starch, and glue. Glitter and food coloring are optional. This slime helps to get all those crumbs that fall in impossible to reach places. I could really use it around my center console and my keyboard!

I would use this as a ‘stress ball.’ It would be just the thing to squish and stretch my worries away. I love the idea of putting glitter or googly eyes in the slime too. Purple with glitter is my favorite! I’m curious to try making slime with liquid starch. I’ve always gone the Borax route in the past. Wonder How To has that old standby recipe here.

Learn how to make your own slime here…

LittleThings: Homemade Cleaning Slime (Recipe)

Cleaning

Spring showers, April flowers, Spring forward (daylight savings), Spring training (baseball), March Madness (basketball). I love spring and I love that it’s almost here! There are two things about this season that I absolutely can’t stand…. spring allergies and spring cleaning! Echhheewww! I don’t think there is anything I can do for my allergies but the cleaning might not be so bad this year if I take a page out of the Little Things’ playbook. I’m so excited to feature their roundup here today! It makes me dread spring cleaning a little less.

What do you think of number five? Coca Cola on the toilet? Yikes! I think I’m dreading cleaning my blinds the most this year. I think I should hire someone. Numbers six and eleven look like real winners!

Coca Cola is delicious stuff. Carbonated, sugary, heaven. But can something so handy at cleaning really be that great for drinking? I’m too addicted to stop either way, but let’s see what the experts have to say. The folks at Coke have joined the discussion… Check out what they have to say here.

See all the spring cleaning hacks here…

Little Things: 12 Awesome Spring Cleaning Hacks (tutorials)

spring cleaning tips

With spring on it’s way many of us are getting ready to start some serious cleaning around the home. You’ll be putting away your winter gear soon and donning lighter gear and sneakers. Soon it will be time to wash the walls and clean all the crevices, and we’ve found some awesome spring cleaning tips to help you get started. You will welcome spring’s fresh scent as you embark on your cleaning mission!

During our normal day to day lives we tend to stick to our routines and don’t always think about the things that need cleaning or maintaining just once or twice a year. Things such as deep cleaning your washing machine or vacuuming your mattresses. Other things to consider are washing your pillows, cleaning vents and changing batteries in smoke detectors just to name a few.

Here’s the link to all 16 tricks…

stove

If you’re like me then I’m sure you don’t make messes. Haha. Well, I clean then as I go and I bet you do too. After dinner I do the dishes, wipe down the counters and table, and clean up the stove. You don’t have to be an ambitions cleaner to fit that much into your routine. Neat freak or lazy cleaner, dirt and grime build up. Especially on the stove! This trick from DIY Super Mom will help you clean your stove burners in no time at all! I’m really excited to feature it and even more excited to try it.

Who has time to scrub each individual burner until they sparkle? ‘Not I,’ said the already insanely busy wife and mother. This method using ammonia and plastic bags takes care of it. This trick will be really good to hang onto for spring cleaning! I think spraying the ammonia should be done outside. Probably opening the bag too. No house should smell like that nasty stuff. Phewee.

Common Sense Homesteading has an alternative to the above method. It is all natural and uses no harsh chemicals. Everyone has different preferences so be sure and check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Cleaning

I’m not lazy, I’m just highly motivated in doing nothing. Nowhere am I more motivated in doing nothing than when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning. What a horrible word! It takes time and energy and it is a never-ending thankless job. If you are one of the few that love cleaning, I envy you! How do you do it? Any tips for me and for the rest of the word that doesn’t get excited about a mop and bucket? For all of my lazy friends out there, this roundup is for you. I know that I’m excited about it!

What fun hacks! Have you tried any of these? I use #2 all the time and I highly recommend using a mildew/scum-be-gone shower spray. It makes cleaning the shower so much easier when the time comes. I need to start using liquid soap too! I had no idea that bar soap left scum (#7). I really like the colorful plastic mats in the fridge and I’m going to try cleaning my blender, lamp shades, and keyboard with these hacks.

A lot of these are quick fixes and you will have to eventually do the work but I’m ok with putting it off till tomorrow and binge watching on Netflix today. When it is time for a deep clean, I’ve found it’s best to do it in small chunks so as not to get burned out. There is a lot to do! I Dream Of Clean Organized Simple Productive has a comprehensive list of what has to get cleaned this year. Trust me…don’t do it all at once! Ug. Spring Cleaning.

See all 19 hacks here…

Diply: 19 Lazy-Girl Cleaning Hacks That’ll Change Your Life

Sanitary Wipes

I don’t know about you but germ season stresses me out! When one person in the family gets a cold then everyone in the family gets a cold. If it weren’t for Bleach, Lysol, and Clorox wipes I would go insane. They help keep the spread of nasty cold and flu bugs to a minimum. I use them in cleaning up hardcore messes too. Sadly, they also break the bank. It’s worth it to stay healthy and keep the house clean but how much better would a DIY version be? So much better! And here it is!

This only takes 3 easy ingredients to make. They can be found at any store and most likely your pantry or laundry room. Grab some Pine Sol, heavy duty paper towels, and a Tupperware that you don’t mind cutting up. Easy! I’ve heard of some people using cider vinegar, dish soap, and water because of allergies. It’s also more ‘green.’ Both sound good to me. I’ve read Pine Sol isn’t the best for pets so be careful there. I’d also take care with food prep surfaces. Otherwise, go crazy! p.s. You should also make these DIY household cleaners from Good Housekeeping.

Here’s the amazing ‘germ free’ video… Enjoy!

The Right Way To Clean

I have discovered the secret to a clean house: Never let your children or husband inside it. Haha. We all know that that isn’t going to happen! We have to find other ways to clean it without breaking our backs or being beat down by those horrid dust bunnies! They are scary, at least at my house.

There might be an easier way of doing something than what you’re trying right now. Your methods aren’t wrong but why not give these ones a try?! I just used this method to clean my coffee pot and it worked like a charm. My house didn’t smell that great afterwards so I suggest that you light a candle before you try it unless vinegar is your favorite smell. I have one cookie sheet I should really use #2 on but I kinda like that is has a weather and well loved look.

House work can’t kill you, but why take chance? Do things the easy way! Martha Stewart has some tips on other things you’ve been clean cleaning wrong . These are all so helpful!

Check out Diply’s full article here…

Diply: 15 Things You’ve Been Cleaning Wrong Your Entire Life

Protect Your Cast Iron

What’s the big deal with cast iron? They can be scary pans until you figure them out. What kind of pan can’t be cleaned with soap? And some people don’t even clean then with water! Once you figure them out you will love them and never go back! I love mine because it gets hot so quickly (perfect for searing), distributes heat evenly, can and go from stovetop to oven. Cast iron pans also have a natural nonstick surface as long as cared for properly. No BPA, PFOA, or other harmful carcinogens are present!

These pans are wonderful, but sadly they don’t always stay wonderful. Don’t worry if you mess yours up! You can recondition it or re-season it. It takes some canola oil and a hot oven. A few hours at 250 degrees and it will be as good as new.

If you’re worried about protecting your other pots and pans, The Kitchn is always a good source of information!

Here’s the video…Enjoy!