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Nobody actually likes cleaning the house, but it is a necessary thing to do once in a while. If you drag your feet and hate every second of it, it’s only going to take that much longer. Instead, try some of these cleaning hacks to make the process quicker and easier. You’ll wish you’d known them sooner! 10 Cleaning Hacks You Wish You’d Known Sooner

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I'm cleaning my house maybe more often than it's needed to avoid my mess to pile up and that's like my golden rule about cleaning. I'm spending a lot of time on the kitchen so that's maybe the cleanest place in my house, but my bathroom, bedroom and other rooms too, aren't in mess and dirty for sure! Once in a while I boil my cutlery with sodium bicarbonate to keep them shiny. Glasses, as windows and tables, I'm cleaning very often to avoid marks of hard water. Narrow and little details in house I brush with old toothbrush to keep clean every single detail...

My best friend just had a baby, and she's my age. So I'm a godmom now, which is crazy. grin:
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I rotate areas so everything stays nice and I can cover more areas of my house in general.
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I'm cleaning my house maybe more often than it's needed to avoid my mess to pile up and that's like my golden rule about cleaning. I'm spending a lot of time on the kitchen so that's maybe the cleanest place in my house, but my bathroom, bedroom and other rooms too, aren't in mess and dirty for sure! Once in a while I boil my cutlery with sodium bicarbonate to keep them shiny. Glasses, as windows and tables, I'm cleaning very often to avoid marks of hard water. Narrow and little details in house I brush with old toothbrush to keep clean every single detail...
You sound sort of like me. I can be kind of OCD about cleaning my apartment. Like you,"my mess" can get out of control. I tend to leave stuff I dont know what to do with on my kitchen table. I dont eat there, and I live alone (with my cat) so its a handy place to stash stuff until I either give it to a thrift shop or whatever. I periodically have to force myself to go through my closet and set aside anything I havent worn much. I think trying to stay organized is crucial to having a clean home, plus having en eye out for issues like dust or dirt on the floor.

Several of my best cleaning hacks are Magic Erasers, and using a vacuum with a bright headlight. That darn light showed me SO much I had missed in the past and I cannot imagine doing a good cleaning job with out it now. I also keep a bag of clean rages in my kitchen for quick clean ups (and NOT wasting expensive paper towels!) Someone here pointed out that Magic Erasers CAN scratch some finishes, so I am going to be careful what I use them on now. I always have a bunch of foam sponges for both my work and home. I buy them at Dollar Tree - $1 for a pack of 6. They are meant to wash dishes with and I also use them for that. Those darn sponges do a really great job cleaning and they are very soft.
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#1. Kill two birds with one stone by doing similar cleaning tasks at the same time. “Clean your baseboards when you are vacuuming or washing floors, clean blinds when you are cleaning windows.

#2. Sometimes moving around the mop bucket only makes more of a mess thanks to the dirty water splashing around. A bucket-less mopping technique that works wonders is : a spray bottle filled with diluted cleaning solution and a microfiber mop.

#3. Vacuum the right way - first vacuuming a room horizontally and then vertically to get all of the trapped dirt. In addition, vacuuming slowly is also very important to ensure that vacuum picks up all the dirt particles.
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I honestly think my way of mopping is a lot better. I use an ordinary Swiffer mop but NOT their nasty wet pads (they leave tile floors stick and dont work well on any other floor. I buy cheap white washcloths at Dollar General. 6 of them for $5. They hook onto the mop head easily. I dampen the cloths and spray my cleaner on it and then mop a small area. Say, about 4X4. When the cloth stays white, it is clean. Because I have done this so long I work quite quickly now. If it is a tile floor, I have a dull knife in my pocket, to gently scrape up stuff. And of course, I vacuum first.

My system just about guarantees a nice clean floor. Several of my customers hired me just because I do this! No swishing of dirty water on my shift.
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You sound sort of like me. I can be kind of OCD about cleaning my apartment. Like you,"my mess" can get out of control. I tend to leave stuff I dont know what to do with on my kitchen table. I dont eat there, and I live alone (with my cat) so its a handy place to stash stuff until I either give it to a thrift shop or whatever. I periodically have to force myself to go through my closet and set aside anything I havent worn much. I think trying to stay organized is crucial to having a clean home, plus having en eye out for issues like dust or dirt on the floor.

Several of my best cleaning hacks are Magic Erasers, and using a vacuum with a bright headlight. That darn light showed me SO much I had missed in the past and I cannot imagine doing a good cleaning job with out it now. I also keep a bag of clean rages in my kitchen for quick clean ups (and NOT wasting expensive paper towels!) Someone here pointed out that Magic Erasers CAN scratch some finishes, so I am going to be careful what I use them on now. I always have a bunch of foam sponges for both my work and home. I buy them at Dollar Tree - $1 for a pack of 6. They are meant to wash dishes with and I also use them for that. Those darn sponges do a really great job cleaning and they are very soft.


I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who exaggerates

My best friend just had a baby, and she's my age. So I'm a godmom now, which is crazy. grin:
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Not sure how I exaggerate but I know you meant well. I tend to be maybe TOO honest about certain things. My OCD thing, is one. I didnt know I had this tendency until just a few years ago. Late bloomer, I guess. Whatever - this OCD thing about me is surely a good thing for my customers!!! LOL!
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I read above someone saying they use a toothbrush~Make it a DENTAL toothbrush. The pumice stones you use in toilets to get rings and calcium lines removed can also be used in "some" sinks. They remove the ring around the drain that many people have but I'm not sure why they appear (?) but that little bit further detail makes a huge difference.

Missannienow~I am OCD times 100 and I'm sure you'd agree that as awesome as that asset is for cleaning, it can also be quite stressful at times. Streaks~I look at mirrors straight on while I'm cleaning them then sideways and then ALWAYS, check again with the lights off. (It's actually better to start with the lights off as it prevents the glass cleaner from streaking from the hot bulbs.) Then, because I wash all bathroom floors on my hands and knees, the mirrors are looked at again from that direction. The same stress I get from stainless steel. They're all different. Some don't need stainless steel cleaner and some like a certain brand cleaner, (the majority are good with Weiland's) and some actually look better with a 2nd wipe down~no extra cleaner, just an extra wipe.
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