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by • October 22, 2015 • Tidy TipsComments (0)1446

11 Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Lazy People

Let’s face it: cleaning isn’t for everyone. For some of us, household cleaning is more painful than pulling teeth. If you’re someone who lives by cleaning shortcuts, you’ll want to take a peek at these 11 cleaning tips and tricks for lazy people. They are perfect for anyone that wants to get the job done in half the time:

1 | Turn your lint roller into a substitute vacuumlazyPeopleTips_lintRoller

Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party and notice sneaky dust bunnies and loose hair around the floor just minutes before your guests arrive. There’s no time to vacuum and you’re starting to panic. Don’t worry! Grab a lint roller and roll it across the carpet and target areas such as floor corners and couches until you get the spotless look—your guests will never be the wiser.

2 | Use your squeegee to pick up pet hair

Your squeegee doesn’t just wash away water stains from your bathroom and car windows, it can also rid your carpet of pesky pet hair! Simply run the rubber end of the squeegee through your carpet like you would across your shower window and watch the dog and cat hair lift right out. You’ll have a cleaner carpet in minutes.

3| Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

There’s bacteria, mold, mildew, fungus and viruses lingering inside your dishwasher—yuck! These are big germs that fortunately don’t require much elbow grease. Just fill a dishwasher safe container with vinegar and place on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run on the longest, hottest possible cycle. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the machine and run a hot, short cycle. The mixture works to kill gross germs and deodorizes your dishwasher safely, and naturally. 
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4 | Freshen the air with toilet paper and essential oils

You know how your bathroom won’t freshen up, no matter how many candles you light or windows you open? Well, you don’t need to make any more trips to the store to finally make it smell like home. Try taking a roll of toilet paper and soak a little bit of the cardboard center with your favorite essential oil (a few drops should do fine!). Every time the paper is used, it will emit the smell of the essential oil and replenish the air. 
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Or try an air freshener that will get the job done once and for all. Grab Green’s Room Freshener in 7 signature scents eliminates odors with essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. Freshen up your bathroom and build a happier, healthier home!

5 | Clean your cutting board with a lemon and salt

Simply wiping your cutting board with a dry cloth doesn’t get it clean. Sorry. To thoroughly clean your cutting board—ridding it of leftover food and juices—just apply a little salt and lemon. Sprinkle coarse salt along your cutting board and scrub a lemon half across the surface. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, then scrape the leftovers in the garbage. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. You’ll notice your cutting board’s not only clean and safe to use for the next time, but also smells nice and fresh!

6 | Remove nail polish stains with sugar

Sometimes, beauty comes at a high price—like when you’re doing your nails and end up having a nail polish disaster all over the bathroom floor. No need to break out the heavy duty cleaners or bleach, just pour some sugar on it. Whether it’s tile, laminate or a vinyl hard surface, use a good amount of sugar which works to absorbs the nail polish. Once the spill has been fully absorbed, sweep it up and you’re all done!

7 | Use wax paper to remove dust from cabinets

Just because you can’t see the top of your kitchen cabinets doesn’t mean there isn’t dust and dirt piling up. Especially if you or a family member suffers from allergies, it’s recommended to keep that area in mind when you’re doing your regular household cleaning. By wiping the top of your cabinets with wax paper, you can remove all that out-of-sight dust that can muck up your air. The dust will transfer from the cabinet surface and stick to the wax paper, rather than float around the air like it would if you were to use a regular towel.

8 | Remove stickers on the wall with All Purpose Cleaner

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Grab Green All-Purpose Cleaner

We understand the hesitation to give the little ones a pretty new pack of stickers… there’s always that chance they’ll end up all over the walls. Once they’re on there, it seems almost impossible to get them off. Next time the kiddos turn your home into a sticker museum, soak a towel in Grab Green All Purpose Cleaner and dab over the stickers until they are soaked and soft—the stickers should peal right off. Plus, it leaves no sticky residue and freshens your home with the scents of Red Pear with Magnolia, Tangerine with Lemongrass or Thyme with Fig Leaf.

9 | Unclog your bathtub drain with a clothes hanger

You don’t need to stop your day and call a plumber to handle a clogged drain. Use the hook end of a metal hanger and thrust it down in the drain. The hook will act as a shovel to lift out the built-up hair clogging your drain.

10 | Whiten your toilet bowl with bleach alternative

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Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods

If your toilet bowl is not as white as you’d like it to be, try using a bleach alternative that only takes a few minutes. Just drop a Grab Green Bleach Alternative pod in the toilet, let it dissolve (maybe give it a swirl with your toilet bowl brush!) and leave it soak. Just like it would with a load of laundry, Bleach Alternative brightens, whitens and removes stains with all naturally-derived ingredients. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

11 | Remove water rings on wood with mayonnaise

Water rings on wooden tables and counters are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat. You can apply toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub it into the ring. Make sure that you don’t rub the toothpaste or mayonnaise too hard because it will ruin the wood. Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.

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