A Spring Cleaning Guide for Lazy People
We've put together the ultimate spring cleaning guide for lazy people. Minimal effort and big results? Yes, please!
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Stomp Out Rug Stains
Now's a great time to make your way around your home and see how dirty or stained each of your area rugs are. For inexpensive rugs that have seen better days, it might make more sense to donate them. For pricier area rugs that you want to give a bit of extra love, try removing any pet stains with these easy Stomp 'N Go Pet Stain Lifting Pads. There's no scrubbing required; simply stomp the pads down on your rug and watch as your stains magically disappear.
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Easy Microwave Cleaning
Much like your oven, cleaning out your microwave may not exactly top your "fun" list, but the results are worth it. Fill up a microwave-safe bowl with water, lemon slices and a few tablespoons of cleaning vinegar. Set your microwave for approximately two minutes or until the water boils and the door looks steamy. Open the door, then simply wipe everything down. The dirt and grime will easily come off the microwave walls.
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This Fridge Find Has No Expiration Date
If you haven't cleaned out your fridge in a while, now's the time. Throw out any food or produce past its expiration date, and ditch all the crusty leftovers. Empty your fridge and clean it up shelf by shelf. After it's clean, grab a few shelf liners. The next time you tackle a fridge clean-up, you can take out all the liners and throw them in the dishwasher. You're practically done before you start.
Goodbye, Dirty Dishwasher
We often forget that the appliances that help us keep our home clean every day also need to be cleaned themselves. While you've got the cleaning bug, it's time to tackle cleaning your dishwasher. Simply toss in a dishwasher cleaner pod. Much like the detergent pods you might already be using, this one is specially formulated to deep clean your dishwasher. Create a recurring appointment on your calendar, so you get a reminder each month to keep it up.
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So Long, Pet Hair
There are lots of tricks for cleaning up pet hair around your home. One of our favorite (and easiest!) hacks is to put on a pair of rubber kitchen gloves and wipe off upholstered furniture. After you clean up your sofas and chairs, you can keep the momentum going and do a sink full of dishes. Our favorite rubber gloves are a heavy-duty pair in a bright color.
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Give Stuffed Animals a Bath
Allergens and germs love plush animals, so it's important to keep them clean. Get a large mesh laundry bag, and fill it with small stuffed animals and toys. Throw the mesh bag into your washing machine on the delicate cycle and either air dry or put them in the dryer on low heat. Try to wash toys at least once a month or immediately after any kids are sick.
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Quick Oven Cleaning
First, give your oven a deep scrub. After you get all the gunk out, use oven liners to ensure that any debris stays away for good. This reusable nonstick liner can be placed on the lower rack of your oven to catch all the spills and splatters before they hit. Simply wipe off the liner after you're finished cooking, and use it again and again.
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Stop the Smudges
As beautiful as stainless steel appliances might look in your kitchen, they get dirty quick. Our favorite way to keep stainless steel clean is with designated stainless steel wipes. You can use them on your fridge, oven, dishwasher or any other smaller appliances you might have. Keep them handy in your kitchen, so you can always grab them whenever you see a new collection of tiny fingerprints.
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Erase It Away
Cleaning your walls is probably not something you think about, but they can get pretty beat up with an active family running around. This handy sponge can take care of scuffs, marks and dirt and make it all disappear in a flash. Walk around your house with one of these amazing, little sponges and make your walls look new and bright again.
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Let a Robot Handle It
For all the lazy cleaners out there, the only kind of vacuum you need is a robot vacuum. The Shark Ion Robot vacuum can be controlled with an app on your phone or through voice commands. Send it out in your home and let it go to work on autopilot, keeping your floors and rugs clean. Smart sensor navigation means it does a great job of avoiding obstacles around your house, so you can basically sit down and relax while your whole house gets cleaned.
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