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5 House Cleaning Tips and Tricks That’ll Make Your Life Easier

40 minutes a day. That’s the average that men and women spend cleaning.

That’s nearly an hour spent on our hands and knees scrubbing baseboards, vacuuming, and cleaning up after the family. And it’s no secret that no one truly likes to clean.

We would much rather spend those 40 minutes doing other enjoyable activities like watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the internet. But there’s not much we can do about that when we come home from work and the house is in disarray.

Before you put off housework any further, we have the solution for you. Check out our useful cleaning tips and tricks below!

Easily Clean Dirty Shower Heads

When the shower head gets caked with soap scum, it’s a pain to clean. You end up soaked, and the shower head doesn’t look much better after you’re done with it.

Save yourself from frustration by using a baking soda and white vinegar mixture. Add that to a plastic bag and then secure it to the shower head using a rubber band.

Turn on the hot water until the bag is full and the mixture is sudsy. And that’s it! Simply walk away and let the shower head soak for a few minutes.

Invest in a Doormat

Think of all the dirt, dust, and germs we’re bringing into our homes after we’ve been outside. We don’t know exactly what we’re stepping in the whole time.

To fix that, place a doormat outside your front door. Encourage everyone to wipe their feet off before going inside.

To take it a step further, create a little area near the front door where everyone can take their shoes off. This reduces the amount of dirt and filth being dragged throughout the carpet or hardwood floors.

Use Dryer Sheets on Baseboards

Let’s face it: baseboards harbor a lot of dust. And who wants to spend time sitting on the floor, scooting inch by inch to get them clean?

Instead, use what you already have: dryer sheets! Simply take one and run it along the baseboard. It’ll catch all that dust stuck on it.

Disinfect Sponges in the Microwave

After cleaning the stove and kitchen counters, what do we do with the sponge afterward? Rinse it with water and place it back in its spot.


All of that bacteria and food debris we wiped up is just being spread throughout the kitchen when we use that sponge again. To reduce the spreading of bacteria, run your sponge through water then place it in the microwave.

Put the microwave on for about 90 seconds on full power. That’s enough to kill any bacteria and make your sponge feel (and smell) like new. Just make sure it doesn’t have any metal scrubbers, so you don’t damage your microwave.

Freshen up Your Garbage Disposal with Lemon and Ice

That strange smell coming from your garbage disposal is likely last night’s dinner scraps. It probably didn’t go down all the way or is caked on the blades.

To get your disposal smelling fresh and running like new, cut up a lemon and grab some ice cubes. Throw them both down there and turn on the power.

The lemon works to make the garbage disposal smell fresh while the ice cubes keep the blades sharp and get pieces of debris off of them.