10 easy cleaning tips for lazy girls
It’s not that you’re lazy; in fact you are incredibly busy now the sun has come out! Rushing from tanning sessions to bikini-buying afternoons and long BBQs; there simply isn’t time to keep the house clean. But housework-challenged ladies, fear not, because here are 10 of the best tips, products and shortcuts to clean your house this summer with minimum effort… Phew!
1. Go Minimalist
Dump that junk! Simply develop a love for minimalist interiors; because the less dust-attracting objects in your home, the easier it is to keep clean. On a small level this means chucking your clutter by only keeping things in your house that have a function. On a larger level it can mean replacing dusty carpets for hard floors such as wood flooring, tiles or even concrete. Either way, creating a minimalist interior will set you up for a life of minimal cleaning!
2. Evriholder Microfiber Slipper Genie
These frankly genius slippers have chenille microfiber soles that gently dust and polish your, wood flooring, tiles or linoleum while you walk around the house going about your normal business. They come in all sizes, so for best results get a pair for each person living in your house or even give them to visiting guests. Job done!
3. Steam Clean Your Microwave
Here’s a nifty little tip to avoid scrubbing caked on food from the inside of your microwave and which you can do while you’re cooking. Bring a bowl of water to the boil in your microwave (if you can, stick a slice of lemon in) and stop it heating the minute the water is boiling, but leave the door shut. Leave it steaming for about 10 minutes and everything should just wipe off easily with a damp cloth or paper towels. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.
4. iRobot Vacuum
This nifty bit of kit means you never have to pick up a vacuum again! The iRobot Roomba is a vacuum cleaning robot that navigates its way around your rooms, switches effortlessly from carpets to hard floors and even returns to its self-charging station. Not cheap, but very effective.
5. Build It Into Your Workout
Ok, so by now you’ve realised there is a minimum amount of cleaning you will have to do, no matter how many gadgets you buy or pots you soak. But by turning your cleaning sessions into a work-out, you can kill two birds with one stone and save precious time for tanning. Plus, you’ll look great in those summer bikinis. Cleaning burns around 100 calories per half hour and you can even wear wrist and ankle weights to tone your muscles at the same time. Simply blast out your favourite girly music and get going! (Or try this Ultimate Cleaning Songs playlist by 1926 Wood Flooring)
6. Toilet Lime-Scale Remover
If you’re not doing this already you’re missing a trick! When cleaning your toilet, don’t waste time scrubbing the inside to get rid of limescale build-up, use a limescale remover. You can buy these from all supermarkets and just squirt them up and around the inside rim, leave overnight and voila! The limescale will just wipe off clean with your toilet brush, leaving a shiny, clean bowl. Yes, just like that.
7. Dyson Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner
Dust-buster and crumb-muncher supreme, the Dyson handheld vacuum cleaner means you can dartle around the house sucking up dirt and crumbs where needed. Ideal for quick pick-ups and spot cleaning, it’s battery-powered and comes with a battery charger too. Without a lead or bag, this handheld vacuum cleaner is a no fuss bit of cleaning kit you can use for hard to reach places such as the stairs or car as well. Nifty.
8. Soak Your Pots
Ladies, don’t attempt to scrub dry pots clean of food, you are wasting your time! Stick them all in a sink full of hot, soapy water and leave them while you watch the Hollyoaks Omnibus. When you come back, they will wipe clean super-easy, no scrubbing needed.
9. Swiffer Sweeper
Great for wood, tiles or vinyl, the Swiffer Sweeper means you never have to get out a vacuum, mop or broom for your hard floors again! Use a dry sweeping cloth to remove dust and hair and then repeat the process with a wet cloth to dissolve dirt and grime better than a mop would. Bish, bash, bosh.
10. And if you really can’t face any of the above?
Get a cleaner!