5 Housework Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know About

When it comes to housework, there are lots of shortcuts…trust me, I know! I try to avoid housework at all costs.

To make your life easier, I’ve compiled some tips/tricks I’ve learned recently, that you probably already know and maybe a couple that you didn’t!

5 Housework Tips

1. Cutting aluminum foil can sharpen you scissors. This is super helpful when my kitchen shears get all dull.

2. Dawn dish soap can clean the grease off your cabinets and range hood! I learned this trick from Domestic Debacle!

3. Cut a lemon and put it in your garbage disposal for instant freshness. Turn that baby on and you’ve just cleaned/de-gunked it and bonus, your kitchen now smells like lemons!

4. Olive oil can shine up your wood. No joke! I mix 1 cup of olive oil with a 1/4c of plain white vinegar and viola! A fast and frugal solution that can kick Murphy Oil’s behind! ;)

5. Use newspaper to clean your mirrors and glass. Remember newspapers? They are these large sheets of paper with words and coupons printed on them. In the old days, people used to have it delivered to their house and not just their inbox on their computer! If you happen to have some newspaper laying around, squirt some Windex or glass cleaner on your mirrors/glass and wipe off with the newsprint. The ink helps make them babies shine!

So there you have it. Five of my tips/tricks that many of you probably have already heard about but maybe a couple of you will benefit from.

Have a tip/trick you love? Please share it in the comments so we can all be domestic goddesses for a day!

15 Minutes to a Cleaner House

Yes, you read that right. There are many websites that have one version or another of this “game”. The way you play the 15 minute game is you set a timer for 15 minutes and clean as much as you can until the timer beeps. I go one step further and post just how much I’ve accomplished on facebook or or privately with a couple of friends for a little competition  This helps boost me even more as I all want to be the one who has cleaned the most.

15 minutes to a cleaner house

To give an example, I played the 15 minute game a few times yesterday. Here is my list of what I cleaned:

  • First 15 min: found a missing toy to appease the crying toddler and then tidied up the toys in his room. (not a lot done, but yay for small victories!)
  • Next 15 min: unloaded/reloaded dishwasher, organized tupperware area (again doesn’t seem like much… yet)
  • Another 15 minutes: tidied family room, cleaned out pots and pans and small appliances cabinets (now we are getting somewhere!)
  • Last 15 minutes: tidied living and dining room, sorted laundry, another unload/reload of dishes.

So in 1 hour yesterday, I tackled my bigger projects (cabinet clean-out) and tidied the common areas of the house. I got to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day, not feeling stressed about the housework.

Do you do the 15 minute cleaning game?