When I need to clean the house (ugh) I put on my headphones, put on a workout station on Pandora, and dance while I clean. My kids think I am crazy but it makes cleaning much more fun and I get some cardio in while I do it, WIN WIN!!
Sometimes I forget and wear my newer white leather walking shoes to mow the yard. I always felt like my shoes were "ruined", but today, I wiped them down with several sheets of a generic brand of "diaper wipes" - and that worked perfectly!
Even the dollar store cant beat the price of a homemade cleaner in the long run! Vinegar and water cleans almost everything just as well! You just mix it in a spray bottle and go! Use at least a 1 to 4 ratio but if you don't mind the smell you can use it straight!
I have always had a Swiffer since iv been on my own, but the pad and cleaner cost so much! I found a reusable version of a Swiffer for about what a real Swiffer cost at Wal-Mart but with a cloth rewash able pad and a container you refill yourself with whatever you want! I use vinegar water and a squirt of dawn for mine! Iv had it for two years and LOVE it!
Around this time we get ants galore, I have no idea where they come from... This is a proof method and in a few days it will work 1 cup sugar
When straightening up the house, work on one room at a time and put each item that belongs in that room In its rightful place. As you find things that don't belong in that room, put them together in one spot. Then when you have finished straightening that room, empty your pile of items that belong elsewhere one item at a time. You'll walk take a lot more steps walking back and forth to other rooms. When all the items have been put up, move to the next room and straighten it the same way.
When you're doing laundry you can increase the number of steps you take by taking one item at a time out of the hamper and putting it in the washer. That's a lot of walking back and forth especially if you move the hamper further away from the washer. If you are unbundling socks or checking pockets and haven't finished by the time you reach the washer, walk around in front of it until you're ready to put the item in the machine.
If you have a nasty stain (food, pets, etc) spray liberally with a misting bottle full of water. Place a white washcloth on top, then iron it with an electric steam iron until it doesn't make fizzy noises anymore.
I know it sounds silly but living with chronic depression, I've taken just about any route i can to improve my mental health and the best thing so far funnily enough is to just clean. If i see an unwashed cup, grabbing it and cleaning it makes me feel a little better. Dusty floor? 5 minutes of sweeping and i feel a world better simply because i know i just accomplished something (even if it was small =P). One teensy tiny accomplishment in an otherwise empty day can make a world of difference =)
Baby wipes can be used for more things than just cleaning up after diaper changes. They make excellent stain removers for clothing/fabric, but you have to attend to the stain right way. They're also good for cleaning around the house. :)
If your garbage disposal is smelling a bit foul, turn on the water, start the disposal, and toss in orange peels one at a time. Larger peels will spin around a few times as they're chopped, helping to remove pieces stuck in there, and the smell will be replaced by the strong smell of fresh orange. When the peels are gone, keep running the disposal and the water for another minute to make sure it's all rinsed.
Every month dig through your sock box- cut open the ones that don't have a match, or that are too worn to wear- our household use- cleaning! I don't feel as guilty throwing it away if I get it too soiled. We also was and reuse for cleaning until they just fall apart.
When you switch to a lower calorie lifestyle, invariably you end up cooking differently. No doubt non-stick skillets and grill pans figure prominently as well as enamel coated cookware like Le Creuset). Cleaning these pans can be very difficult as things tend to stick the less fat you use in cooking.
When you have a really big goal - like cleaning out the garage or basement - you'll get more done faster with help. You will be surprised how much you can get done in one day. PLUS that second person will motivate you to keep going. I paid $10 an hour for 12 hours and it seemed like a lot...but finally got the entire basement done! 20 bags of garbage...10 boxes to the Goodwill. 12 months later it still looks great and finally getting it done feels great!
If I get dressed in workout clothes to do housecleaning, I make more of an effort to expend energy as I scrub and vacuum and dust and stuff! The lycra and running shoes help convince me that I'm engaging in calorie-burning activities! :)
Since I have a 2 year old, I am always looking for ways to clean without having harsh chemicals around. I use Vinegar and water instead of Windex, Baking soda instead of Comet and now I came across this article.
I have to say...I took to the floor last night and went through three piles of paper and who knows what.
I live in an older building anf out sink it prone to "stains"- the amount of scrubbing to remove them is ridiculous! THis handy trick assures me my sink is as clean as it's gonna get with almost noi effort on my part!
When you're overwhelmed by clutter or a messy room... take 15 minutes to declutter... you can get a lot done in 15 minutes... relax for a bit... not quite done? do it in 15 minutes intervals, good to pace yourself!
To make cleaning fun --- I took out my belly dancing hip clanging/ jingling/shimming scarf and I wiggle to good, fast music and shimmy my way to a cleaner home and have fun at the same time. I might not be a good dancer but I like the uniform of a belly dancer.