This is a sponsored post by Shark Vacuums.
Mark your calendars because my favourite day of the year (well, next to my birthday and Christmas) is fast approaching! “National No Housework Day” is on April 7! Yes, this is the day to schedule some special leisure activities with your kids or some reading, running, at-home spa treatments, or gardening to enjoy during your precious alone time. I already have some ideas for how to enjoy the day! There are those who enjoy housecleaning and whistle while they work. I am not one of those people!
To be honest, I have never understood housework. Unlike schoolwork where you complete an essay, test, or course, you then advance to the next level. Even if at work you are usually assigned more difficult tasks once you master your existing ones. But with housework, you do it once and you do a really good job of it and then the next week, you have to do the same thing all over again! Despite my mostly hate relationship with housework, it, unfortunately, needs to be done. So, I am sharing my best cleaning hacks to save time and maybe even some money!
1. Speed up dryer time
Who has time to wait an hour while your clothes dry in the dryer? I don’t! Adding a clean, dry towel to the clothes in your dryer will speed up the drying process. Be sure to remove the towel after 15 minutes into the cycle otherwise the towel will continue to absorb moisture. This not only gives you more time, but it saves on your hydro bill as dryers are one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the household!
2. Use chalk to treat grease stains
3. Let the Shark® AI Robot VACMOP clean floors and carpets
Sit back and let the new Shark® AI Robot VACMOP clean your hardwood and vinyl floors – shop tile and stone here – and carpets! I love my Shark AI Robot VACMOP because it’s easy to use with the Shark Clean app! Being a non-techy person, I was surprised to find how easy the VACMOP was to set up. I am also so impressed with its AI function. I watched it go under my couch to vacuum the floor and I thought, “Oh-oh, that’s a tight squeeze…I don’t think you’re going to make it out that way!” [yes, I was talking to the VACMOP]. But the VACMOP figured that out and came out from under my couch the original way it went in! The VACMOP also provides all-in-one vacuuming and hard floor mopping. Its IQ Navigation™ determines whether the floor is hardwood or carpet and it knows not to mop when cleaning the carpet. You can also indicate in the app which areas are no-go zones, for example, areas of rooms with power cords. When I don’t want the VACMOP to do a full clean, I can control which rooms I want the VACMOP to clean via the Shark Clean app.
4. Spray DIY wrinkle releaser instead of ironing
You’re running late and you notice that the top you want to wear is wrinkled. Instead of pulling out the ironing board and spending 10 minutes ironing your shirt, make a DIY wrinkle releaser. Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of hair conditioner, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar (white vinegar really comes in handy, doesn’t it?!). Spray on your wrinkled clothes until they are damp, then stretch and pull the fabric until the wrinkles release.
5. Clean blinds with kitchen tongs
We have blinds on our living room, kitchen and bathroom windows. If you have blinds in your home, you know they get dusty fairly regularly. But I find those dusters do not do a good job of cleaning blinds as they leave half the dust on your blinds. A great cleaning hack is to get a pair of kitchen tongs and wrap them in a microfiber cloth. Place individual blind between both tongs and glide tongs along the blind. You’ll notice how much cleaner your blinds are after following this tip.
6. Easy hack to clean microwave
Cleaning your microwave is not only a pain, it can be gross. Choose this easy cleaning hack instead: Slice a lemon in half and place it in a microwaveable bowl of water. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for three minutes. Leave the bowl in the microwave for five minutes. Wipe the microwave with a paper towel. The steam from the water combined with the juice from the lemon will make wiping dried food in your microwave easy.
7. Easy way to clean your shower
One of the worst household cleaning jobs is cleaning the soap scum from the shower, mainly because it is so time-consuming. Here’s an easy cleaning hack: Once you’ve had your shower, spray some Lemon Pledge on shower doors and tiles and wipe clean. The oils in the Lemon Pledge will prevent soap scum and water stains from accumulating. Following this tip will keep your shower clean for weeks.
8. Easy way to clean blender
I love using my blender for smoothies such as this Spinach Blueberry Smoothie, but I don’t like cleaning my blender! Make cleaning easy by filling your blender with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Turn your blender on and blend for a few seconds, then simply rinse your blender with warm water.
9. Keep fridge shelves clean
One of my most hated household cleaning jobs is cleaning the fridge. It’s so time-consuming to scrub dried food from fridge shelves. Avoid this by placing wax paper on fridge shelves and on the bottom of the fruit and veggie crisper drawers. Now all you have to do is replace the wax paper when it gets dirty!
10. Easy hack to clean shower head
Shower heads get neglected because they can be difficult to clean. But no more! Get a plastic sandwich bag and fill it with white wine vinegar. In the evening, place your shower head in the bag and secure the bag with an elastic or twist tie. The end of the shower head (the area you want cleaned) should be totally submerged in the vinegar. Remove bag in the morning and shower head should be clean.
I hope you enjoy using these cleaning hacks. Please let me know in the comment section if you have other hacks to share.
You may be interested in reading, “10 Family Activities While You’re Stuck at Home“.