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5 Cleaning Hacks Every Mom Should Know

posted: 03/21/16
by: Mara Betsch
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  • Don't spend your free time cleaning.
    Don't spend your free time cleaning.
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    Get more "me" time

    There are probably a million things you’d rather be doing than cleaning your house. Unfortunately, as we know all too well, lots of gross things can lurk in your home and skipping your weekly (or daily) cleaning schedule isn’t an option. The average woman spends 58 minutes on housework a day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which seems like a lot for busy ladies like us. So how do you keep your home fresh and clean without spending all your free time scrubbing, sanitizing, and straightening up? You take shortcuts, of course. Here are a few of our favorite cleaning hacks.

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  • No work required!
    No work required!
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    Clean the blender with soap and hot water

    If you love a breakfast smoothie but hate cleaning the blender (those sharp blades are scary!), there’s good news for you. Fill your blender with hot water and a few drops of soap. Place the lid on, and turn the blender on low for a few seconds. Wipe the sides with a sponge and then rinse. Voila, you have a clean blender!

  • Who knew?
    Who knew?
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    Clean your rug with a squeegee

    Vacuuming picks up the hairs and lint in your carpet, but those hair can get can stuck in the brush roll, which you’ll have to clean out later. But running this rubber-edged tool along your carpet every few days can pull hair (especially pet hair) up and away from the rug, making it easy for you to throw away.

  • Make stain-fighting easier.
    Make stain-fighting easier.
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    Chalk gets rid of grease stains

    Got a grease stain on your clothing or maybe greasy fingerprints wall? Apply a little (white) chalk! Let it sit for a few minutes, and then throw your clothing in the laundry or wipe down the wall with warm water. The chalk will help the grease disappear!

  • A natural way to clean.
    A natural way to clean.
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    Kosher salt and lemon will do the trick for cleaning cutting boards

    If you’re a little wary of the germs lurking in your cutting board, try these easy way to give it a wipe down. It’s especially handy for wooden cutting boards, which shouldn’t really be put in the dishwasher. Just add a bit of salt to the cutting boards surface, then use half a lemon, cut side down, to scrub the surface and release juice as you go. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse the board with a clean wet sponge.

  • Say goodbye to lint and dust.
    Say goodbye to lint and dust.
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    Wipe your baseboards clean with dryer sheets

    No need to spend too much time scrubbing these dust collectors. Just sliding a dryer sheet down baseboards will remove dust and lint quickly — no bucket and sponge required!