14 Genius Hacks for Spending Less Time on Spring Cleaning

posted: 04/23/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Spring cleaning is easy when you use these time-savers.

Warm weather, open windows, and fresh breezes can inspire plenty of motivation to start spring cleaning--but who wants to spend all that time scrubbing when you can finally get outside after a long winter? Speed through your spring chores with these brilliant ideas for getting dust, dirt, and grime off everything from ceiling fans to stove grates to plastic toys.

1 After cleaning baseboards, wipe them with a dryer sheet; the fabric softener will help prevent dust and pet hair from sticking to your newly-clean trim. (Via Apartment Therapy)

2. Shower head running slow? Clean out any yucky buildup by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and tying it around the faucet so that the head is submerged in liquid; then let soak overnight. (Via Lifehacker)

3. Instead of scrubbing greasy stove grates by hand, soak them in 1/4 cup of ammonia for at least three hours and then rinse clean. (Via GE)

4. Even the strongest vacuum attachment can have trouble with built-up pet hair on furniture. Take a damp washcloth and run it over upholstery to quickly remove evidence of Fido from the couch. (Via Martha Stewart)

5. Using a squeegee will get your windows cleaner than scrubbing with newspaper, but you might still have streaks. A brand-new chalkboard eraser (or static-free cloth) will let you wipe them away for streak-free glass. (Via Window Genie)

6. Give your dishwasher a refresh by filling the detergent cup with a packet of Kool-Aid (lemonade flavor only!) and running it without dishes to get rid of any stains or grime. (Via Real Simple)

7. Take dust and pet hair off fabric lampshades with a sticky lint roller--it's faster and easier than trying to vacuum the awkward shape. (Via Thrifty Fun)

8. Extend your vacuum cleaner's wand attachment using an empty cardboard toilet paper roll tube, which you can mold to fit any small or oddly-shaped area. (Via Lifehacker)

9. Cleaning mini blinds one slat at a time can feel like it takes forever. Instead, take the blinds down and soak them in the bathtub with vinegar and dish soap for about an hour; then rinse in the tub and hang them to dry. (Via Imperfect Homemaking)

10. After dusting and stain-treating your mattress, deodorize it by sprinkling on baking soda and letting it sit for a few hours before vacuuming up the powder. (Via Apartment Therapy)

11. Remove dust from the blades of your ceiling fans using an old pillowcase: Put it over the blade and then pull off so that all the dust ends up in the case (instead of on your floor). (Via Real Simple)

12. Rely on your dishwasher for cleaning everything from small plastic toys or hairbrushes to baseball caps and glass lighting globes. (Via Women's Day)

13. Clean your washing machine using vinegar and baking soda--instead of bleach--for a natural way to keep your clothes fresh. (Via DIY Natural)

14. Wash pillows in warm water on the gentle cycle and tumble dry to remove stains, sweat, hair, and dust. (Via Good Housekeeping)