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Daily Housecleaning Tips

Work Smarter, Not Harder

You may be adding extra work to your housecleaning without even realizing it. For example, when you unload your clothes dryer, carry the clothes to a room, fold them and then put them away. Try folding them immediately out of the dryer. This will save you time and an extra step. LifeOrganizers.com suggests carrying all of your cleaning supplies in one bucket and taking the bucket from room to room, instead of running back and forth to grab what you need. This will cut down on time and keep you focused on the task at hand.

Kitchen

Keeping your kitchen clean can be a time-consuming activity, especially if you let things pile up. Tackle kitchen chores head-on and you will save yourself time down the road. "Real Simple" magazine suggests spending five minutes a day wiping down the kitchen sink and surrounding area and one minute cleaning your countertops and stove top. Take another two minutes to spot clean your floor -- disposable wipes or a cloth and all-purpose cleaner will work on everything. Check for sticky spots that can attract dirt and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If you don't have a dishwasher, spend another five or ten minutes washing dirty dishes rather than letting them pile up. Finally, take a minute and straighten your countertops.

Make Your Dishwasher Work for You

Using your appliances to do double duty can really cut down on your cleaning time and make your life more efficient. "Real Simple" magazine notes there are several uses for your dishwasher beyond just washing dishes. For example, you can wash baseball caps in your top rack, with or without a special cap washing device -- though don't wash them with dishes in the machine. Small plastic toys such as action figures can be washed in a mesh bag on the top rack, as can plastic hairbrushes, combs and light fixture covers. You can also wash steel, aluminum or plastic fan grilles and vent covers. If you have athletes in the family, throw mouth guards, knee pads and shin guards in your dishwasher for a complete cleaning. Again, make sure not to include dishes in the cycle because of chemicals the guards may come into contact with outdoors.

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