Being parents is everything from wonderful and exciting to scary and tiresome. But just like our parents told us, the sleepless nights, the diaper changes and the spit ups on your shoulder are worth every second of seeing your baby smile; hearing them babble; and feeling their precious little hands grasp your fingers. Yes, the joys of being a parent are unparalleled! However, many parents get overwhelmed with the amount of time and attention kids demand when being cared for.
While you spend many hours of your day attending to your children’s needs, housework and other chores start to pile up (not to mention the stress and anxiety, too). Now, taking away from your mum’ time is out of the question; so the only option you’re left with is to minimise cleaning time. But worry not, this doesn’t mean you need to compromise on the thoroughness of cleaning, but rather use some clever, innovative cleaning techniques to make the job easier and quicker.
Here are 10 home cleaning hacks that Aussie mums should incorporate in their daily, weekly and monthly cleaning to make life as a mum less stressful.
- It only takes a minute to wash a blender
We use blenders or food processors rather often because they make cooking and preparation time faster and convenient. However, washing your blender the traditional way is not so convenient or quick, let alone safe with the occasional nicks and cuts from the blade when scrubbing. Try this: put a few drops of liquid soap into the blender, fill it up halfway, put the lid on and start the blender. Let it run for about 20 seconds to clean the insides thoroughly, then rinse it out with running water. If the blender is greasy or has dried food particles, use warm water when blending it clean.
- Vacuum nooks and crannies without the struggle
Even with changeable vacuum heads, you find yourself going over the same corners and edges because it doesn’t fit snuggly enough to pull the dirt from tight spaces. Here’s what you do: take a toilet paper tube and fit it over the hose of the vacuum. Use tape to stick it down if the tube is loose. You can manipulate the shape of the tube any which way you’d like to fit into small spaces or awkward-shaped areas to vacuum up the dust in one go!
- No more washing items repeatedly to look brand new again
With a baby in the house, the amount of dirty laundry drastically shoots up. And it generally takes a lot of washing (even hand washing at times) to get your baby towels, pillows, clothes and bibs looking clean and new again. But not if you use this cleaning hack: add a little vinegar and baking in the washing machine and see how bright and fluffy your towels and pillows come out. These ingredients also clean the machine’s interiors while washing so it’s a total win-win!
- Clean both sides of your blinds in one shot
Obviously, it takes double the amount of time to clean both sides of your window blinds separately. Cut your cleaning time in half like this: make a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar and slip an old, clean sock onto your hand. Dip your sock hand into the cleaning solution and simply wipe both sides of the slats clean in one go.
- Socks to the rescue again… this time for floors
Getting on your hands and knees to clean floors is a back-breaking job. Mopping is much easier but still requires a lot of arm strength and more time to remove stubborn stains. Consider this: put on a pair of thick, absorbent socks (or you could purchase cleaning socks/slippers), sprinkle a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar over the floor and scrub away stains with your feet!
- Do away with dust for the day
Have you noticed how quickly dust settles on your furniture soon after it has been wiped clean? This is because using feather dusters or rags only picks up 50% of the dust while unsettling the rest. In order to pick up all the dust, use a dryer sheet instead. They do wonders to wipe up all the dust so your furniture will be dust-free for the rest of the day.
- Keep faucets spot-free and shiny for long periods
From soap marks and toothpaste stains to finger prints and water marks; it is so hard to keep faucets and bathroom fixtures clean and spot-free. Give this a try: after cleaning the faucets the same way you would typically do, go one step further and rub wax paper all over them. This leaves a residue which cannot be seen by the naked eye and prevents spots and finger prints from appearing.
- Cleaning your oven has never been easier
The oven can get pretty messy and take up to an hour to clean thoroughly. But not with this cleaning hack: take an oven-safe bowl, pour in 1/4 cup of ammonia and place it in the oven. Make sure the oven is off and the door is close and then leave it overnight. All the grease, clumps and hardened foods will be loosened by the fumes of the ammonia, making it easier to wipe clean with minimal effort!
- Burnt stove grates don’t need to stay burnt
Not only does it look unpleasant, leaving your stove grates with burnt grime also reduces its life. Here’s how to let ammonia do all the work for you: put the grates into a Ziploc back with 1/4 cup of ammonia and leave it overnight or for up to 8 hours. After its sitting time, simply rinse them clean to wash off all the grime.
- Clean bathroom floors with ease
All though the bathroom needs regular cleaning, it doesn’t have to be time consuming. Do away with bathroom brooms and other scrubs; all you need is a bathroom brush with a long handle and cleaning the floors thoroughly will have never been quicker or easier. Simply spray the floor with a solution of liquid floor cleaner and brush away stains, dirt and grout between tiles.
This post is sponsored by Simply Maid