Keeping a tidy house is a constant struggle for me.  I do my best, but I’m always looking for shortcuts like these to make life a little bit easier.   Here are a few quick and easy tips I’ve learned that help keep your looking great with very minimal effort.

cleaning shortcuts 1Keeping the Refrigerator Shelves Clean

When you’ve got kids reaching into your refrigerator every day, you’re bound to get some spills here and there.  To make cleanup fast and easy, line the shelves with Glad Press ‘n Seal wrap.  When spills happen, just remove the wrap and add a new layer.

kitchen cleaning shortcuts ovenClean Your Oven While You Sleep

I really wish I had a personal cleaning fairy, but this trick may be as close as I’ll ever get.  Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup ammonia and place inside your oven overnight (make sure your oven is completely cool when you do this).  The gasses will do their work so that you can wipe your oven clean in the morning with minimal elbow grease.

cleaning kitchenKeeping the Oven (and Other Things) Clean

Use a reusable oven liner to catch spills in the oven.  You can also use an old toothbrush to clean that groove on flat top oven surfaces where grime accumulates.

kitchen cleaning shortcutsMicrowave Cleaning Shortcuts

Thoroughly soak a washcloth or sponge.  Place it in the middle of your microwave and turn on for two minutes on high.   The steamy vapors will work wonders on that icky, stuck-on gunk.  Using an oven mitt grab the sponge (it will be REALLY hot) and use it to wipe the sides of the microwave clean.

cleaning shortcuts

Get Your Kids to Help with Cleaning

When it comes to chores, delegate!  I am a big believer in having the kids pitch in with their fair share of household chores.  Not only will it lessen your load and free up more of your time to have fun with the family, you’ll be teaching them responsibility at the same time.  To avoid nagging, I created chore charts for my kids and laminated them.  That way, they know what is expected of them and can check their tasks off when they’ve been completed.

If you’ve got cleaning shortcuts of your own to share, let me know!  Visit our Cleaning Products Reviews to leave feedback on the products you love or would never use again.