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Limit Your Cleaning Time Indoors

Now that the warmer weather is here, many of us prefer to be outdoors as much as possible.  I know I do!  As a native New Yorker, I appreciate the warmer weather because it only comes around half the year.  Because I would rather be riding my bike or taking a walk and breathing in fresh clean air, I want to do as little cleaning as possible indoors but still keep my home looking fresh.  Here are a couple of tricks I use to keep my cleaning time indoors limited:

Believe it or not, I use a tennis ball to remove scuffs off of my kitchen tile floor.  My kids love helping me with this chore becasue they think it is the coolest thing in the world!

Sometimes when the fridge smells like last weeks leftovers, I put some of my used coffee grounds in a small bowl and leave it in the fridge.  The smells disappear everytime!

To clean mold and mildew spots off of my shower curtain and around the bathtub, I mix baking soda and lemon juice together (equal parts of each) and make a paste.  Using an small paintbrush, I brush the paste onto the mold and mildew spots, wait a few hours, then wipe it clean.  Viola!  It works every time and it smells great!

Vinegar and water mixed together in a spray bottle can clean almost anything!  I use it for kitchen and bathroon countertops and even my stainless steel appliances.

One of my favorite tricks for getting dirt stains off the collars of my husband’s shirts is to draw over the stain with my daughter’s white chalk.  Somehow the chalk gets the grease stain out of the shirt….like magic!  I then wash the shirt like I normally do with Borax.

Got any tips, ideas, or tricks on easy cleaning to share?  Write to us and let us know!  




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