Are you all enjoying the weekend?? Not much of note going on over here at the moment, although I did chop a few inches off my hair yesterday and can I just tell you how good it feels? Liberating, really. Especially when I was able to spritz in some dry shampoo and touch it up with a flatiron this morning for a grand total of <5 min spent dealing with hair. Love it!
And on to what I really want to talk about today, which is cleaning! (Maybe if I talk about it long enough I can avoid actually having to do it? Ha.) There are a ton of cleaning hacks making the internet rounds these days which is awesome, because the quicker we get that shiz done, the more time we have for the good stuff, right? Below are the 5 hacks I use most often to make cleaning easier. Hopefully they do the same for you!
1. Easy Off Oven Cleaner for a hopeless shower or tub. This is by far my absolute, most favorite cleaning hack of all time. Last year when Madi was about 8 months old we decided to sell our starter home and move to a better school district a little closer to family. If you've ever gone through the hassle of being a "seller," then you know the pressure to get everything as spotlessly clean as possible. Well, the textured fiberglass bottom of the shower in our master bath had some seriously unsightly stains. Gross. Over the time we owned the house I tried everything to get it clean: Magic Erasers, vinegar and lemon, bleach, Bar Keepers Friend and every bathroom cleaner known to man. Nothing worked. Once the pressure was on I took to the internet and eventually happened across a random forum where someone mentioned using Easy Off. My expectations were pretty modest by that point (so unfortunately I didn't bother with any before and after pictures) but trust me when I say, Holy Crap! That stuff worked an absolute miracle and removed Every. Single. Stain! Obviously, this is not an "organic" cleaning solution and the chemical smell is pretty terrible. You don't want to be inhaling those fumes so make sure you ventilate well and avoid the area for the 3-4 hours the Easy Off needs to sit and work it's magic. And it is most definitely magic.
2. Citrus peel for a fresh smelling garbage disposal. I used to buy little scented pearls at Linens and Things to occasionally freshen up the garbage disposal until my father in law let me in on a little trick: any time you eat an orange or use a lemon or lime for cooking, throw the peel in the garbage disposal and run for a couple minutes. It's a quick and easy way to banish the stink while cleaning things out a bit. Since we have a lime tree right in the backyard I just throw in an entire half when things start to get smelly. It's really loud, but works like a charm!
3. Distilled white vinegar for mineral deposits. We have hard water, and no matter how good I am about keeping the bathrooms clean, eventually a mineral crust starts to coat the drain plugs in the sinks and ugly rings forms at the water lines of the toilets. I had zero luck solving this problem with bathroom cleansers, slightly better luck with CLR but the results I had with distilled white vinegar beat everything! For sinks, simply close the drain plug and pour in enough vinegar to cover your problem area. For toilets, use a plunger to push out enough water to expose the mineral ring. Line the ring with toilet toilet paper and saturate with white vinegar. Leave both the sink and toilet overnight and in the morning you should be able to easily rinse away the grime.
4. Pet hair hack. We have two dogs -and a cat that sometimes wanders in- so pet hair can get to be a problem. For narrow spots that the vacuum can't quite reach (like under the edges of the couch in our living room) a rubber-edged squeegee works great! To quickly remove hair from couches and chairs you can also use a rubber glove or a microfiber cloth.
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5. Baby wipes for seriously everything. If you have a little one at home you probably already know how awesomely multi-purpose baby wipes can be. They're great for wiping down dirty hands, faces and feet. I've used them to scrub (washable) marker from our microfiber couch, wooden entertainment center and from the big indoor-outdoor rug in our family room (clearly our little artist is a bit too adventurous at times.) They also remove crayon from walls and glass and in my experience work as well -or better- than Shout wipes or Tide sticks to get stains out of whatever you're wearing before they set. I plan to have these awesome things around far past the end of potty training.
Do you already use any of these hacks? Next on my list to try are Rain-X for the glass shower door, and vinegar/lemon to clean the microwave. If you have any others I should know about I'd love to hear!