Save time with these 7 shortcuts for common chores



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There’s a time and a place for shortcuts. In your career? Not so much. Doing a few chores around the house? Absolutely. The key is to make sure your shortcut doesn’t reduce your cleaning effectiveness.

These seven win-win shortcuts fit the bill! You’ll save time or money when doing common chores without sacrificing the cleanliness of your house:


1. The dusting shortcut

Use a Swiffer duster to clean your TV and TV stand. Then, use the same cloth on your wood floors.

Why it works: Swiffers are meant for floors, but they work just as well on TV screens. Since your screen (probably) isn’t nearly as dirty as your floor, start there and move to your floor afterwards.


2. The microwave shortcut

Heat 1 cup of water to a boil in your microwave. Then, open the microwave door and wipe the surface from top down with a damp rag.

Why it works: The steam from boiling the water will loosen stuck-on food particles, making it easier and faster to clean.


3. The refrigerator shortcut

Mix 2 parts water and 1 part baking soda in a bowl. Dab the solution into a clean rag or sponge and scrub every surface of your — shelving, drawers and door.

Why it works: The baking soda eliminates odors as you clean away grime and build-up, so it’s a two-birds-with-one-stone situation. Plus, using a natural cleaner is generally better than store-bought when it comes to food storage areas.


4. The windows shortcut

Wait for an overcast day before washing your windows.

Why it works: It’s way easier to see smudges when the weather is overcast, so your cleaning routine will be more efficient. Plus, it’s counter-intuitive, but sunlight can make your window cleaner leave streaks.


5. The curtains shortcut

Clean your curtains using a handheld steamer. Simply buy a fabric-safe odor eliminator and spray your curtains from top to bottom. Then, using the handheld steamer, steam your curtains.

Why it works: You’ll save at least five minutes per curtain by not having to remove it from the rod before cleaning.


6. The oven shortcut

Remove burned food that’s stuck to your stovetop with an old gift card or credit card. Wipe up any remaining food particles with a Magic Eraser.

Why it works: You won’t have to worry about scratching the surface of your stovetop, and the plastic card is strong enough to get underneath most burned food chunks.


7. The bathroom shortcut

The next time you need to run the dishwasher, toss your toothbrush holder on the top rack along with everything else.

Why it works: Your toothbrush holder can be one of the biggest culprits for carrying bacteria in your bathroom, but their shape makes them kind of a hassle to clean. Popping that baby in the dishwasher sanitizes it with zero scrubbing required!  


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