Save time with these 7 spring cleaning shortcuts


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We can probably all agree that spring cleaning is important, but finding the time for a prolonged scrubbing session isn’t always easy. So why not try a few shortcuts? You’ll still wind up with a clean house, but you won’t have to rearrange your busy schedule to make it happen.


1. Put clutter in bins

If your home is full of clutter, it could take forever to put everything back in its proper place. Instead, invest in a few large baskets or bins. Put your clutter into piles — like books, papers and clothes — and then move the piles into the bins. Eventually you’ll have the time to organize the bins, but until then your floors and furniture will be clear.


2. Clean toilets with denture tablets 

If you’re more concerned about bacteria than stains, denture tablets are by far the easiest and best way to clean your toilet. Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into your toilet bowl, let them sit for about a minute and then flush.


3. Pick up small objects with pantyhose 

Are there tiny plastic Batman and Robin figures crammed under your couch? If you’re not interested in moving heavy furniture or getting on your hands-and-knees, use this trick: Fasten some old pantyhose over the extension on your vacuum with a rubber band, and then sweep it beneath your furniture. The suction will pick up fallen objects and trap them on the pantyhose, making them a cinch to clean up.


4. Mega shortcut: Outsource everything

If these tricks aren't diminishing the spring cleaning effort as much as you'd like, you can always hire someone to do the work for you. Take a peek at these housecleaning offers in your area. Remember, if you take this road, you can finish binge-watching "House of Cards" this weekend instead of futzing around with denture tablets and pantyhose.


5. Clean your curtains without moving them

You could take all of your curtains down, clean them in the washing machine, hang them out to dry and then hang them back up — or you can use a rented steam cleaner to do the job in 10 minutes. Make sure your steam cleaner is full of water, and then clean from the bottom to the top. Unless your curtains are extra-thick, you’ll only have to steam the front side to get them clean.


6. Only wash the outside of windows

If your glass is looking dirty, 90% of the problem is probably located on the outside of the window. So cut your cleaning time in half by only worrying about the outside of your window panes. Choose an overcast day to clean (sunlight can leave streaks) and wash your windows from the outside corners in, using circular strokes. If you decide to tackle your second-story windows, use proper ladder safety rulesTip: Use coffee filters for the ultimate streak-free shine.


7. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar

Spring cleaning means getting every nook and cranny, right? Well, that includes your dishwasher, but it doesn’t have to include a lot of effort. Simply empty your dishwasher and then pour a cup of white distilled vinegar into it. Run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle possible and go about your day. 


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