Life Hacks That Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half

Speed up your cleaning with these easy-to-follow and brilliant tips!

Updated on June 13, 2017 8:06 am

Lynette Chong


Here are some foolproof and smart solutions to get your house cleaned in a jiffy:

Living room

1. Dusty surfaces
Tried everything to remove that stubborn dust off your shelves or lampshades but nothing works? Simply run a lint roller over the dusty areas and you will be amazed at how effortlessly easy it is to remove it.

Ikea BÄSTIS Lint Roller, $1.80

2. Stains on furniture
Rubbing off the wine stain that you spilt on the couch but the stain just would not disappear? Try applying rubbing alcohol over the stained surface and rub it off with a sponge!

3. Water rings on the dining table
Water ring marks are nasty, but there are just really times we forget to place our cups back on the coasters. Not to worry, just dry the marks with a cloth and remove those unsightly marks with your hair dryer. The hair dryer will help to dry the surface and remove those stubborn water rings.


4. Grimy microwave
Place a damp sponge in your microwave and set it on high, the steamy vapors will soften stuck-on dirt and kill the bacteria. With an oven mitt, wipe the inside of the microwave with the sponge.


5. Dirty irregularly shaped bottles
We’ve tried different ways to clean irregularly shaped bottles but nothing seems to allow us to get it thoroughly cleaned. Just fill the bottles with raw rice, water, dish washing soap, and shake!

6. Broken glasses
Cleaning up broken glass pieces often lead to cuts. There’s an even simpler way to pick up the tiniest pieces—just press a piece of white bread all over the area.

7. Glass and mirrors
Ran out of glass cleaning solution? Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 cups of warm water into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the surface and wipe it down with newspaper.


8. Mattress cleaner
Airing your mattress is tough, especially if you are doing it alone. There is an even easier method of getting your mattress feeling and smelling clean! All you need is a spray bottle, vodka and essential oils. Mix the ingredients and spritz the solution across the bed. The alcohol will help kill the odour and bacteria.

Cleaning doesn’t have to be tedious and time-consuming...You can actually book cleaning experts to clean your home. Helpling is an online marketplace that matches customers with independent domestic cleaners. Pop on by to Helpling to book a cleaner and reclaimed your free time today!

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