Home Hacks: Stuff You Can Clean in One Hour or Less

Plus, our best self-care tips to banish the Sunday scaries.

Have you ever caught a glimpse of the insane amount of dust build-up on blinds or air vents and thought to yourself, "I should clean that...later"? Do you get frustrated fumbling through your cluttered vanity or kitchen cabinet? Well, this weekend it's time to tackle the dirtiest, most disorganized parts of your home. We're talking cleaning tasks that take less than one hour to complete. So, pick one area to focus on, and let's get started.

Start with these essential cleaning hacks.

Unclog Slow Drains

Unclog Slow Drains

Before you go the chemical route to clear a slow drain, try baking soda and vinegar! Shake a cup of baking soda into the drain, then heat up a cup of vinegar and pour it into the drain. After several minutes, flush with lots of hot water. Repeat as needed. *do not use on a clogged drain

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

If you're new to this whole "cleaning spree" thing, start here with this list of tips on what to clean and when to clean it. Plus, see how to use pantry staples instead of harsh chemical cleaners. (Hint: Did you know beer can do so much more than offer refreshment?!) These are the cleaning essentials that will make your life easier.

Then, bring order to your vanity.

Toiletries Organized in Hanging Cloth Caddy

Shoe Caddy Provides Storage for Toiletries

"Hang a shoe organizer on the bathroom cabinet door," suggests Courtney Fernan of A Thoughtful Place. It's more convenient to open the door and easily find everything from nail polish remover and bronzer, to new razors, hair spray and more. "I got in a habit of keeping things on the counter, but now it is all tucked away."

Set aside no more than 30 minutes this weekend to organize the bathroom. Dollar store items, like a shoe organizer, keep nail polish, shampoo and hair spray neatly stored. Knowing where everything is will save you so much time when you're getting ready in the mornings. Get organized with these 10 ideas.

Dollar Store Organization Tips 01:15

Organize your vanity items and jewelry using basic dollar store supplies.

Or, tackle kitchen clutter.

Open shelves add a decorative touch to Drew Scott's renovated kitchen, as seen on Brother vs. Brother.

Photo by: Jill Hunter/AP Images

Jill Hunter/AP Images

Seriously, you will NEVER use those extra ketchup, soy sauce or salt packets. And having five appliances on the counter takes up very valuable space. This step-by-step kitchen clean-out guide ensures you won't spend more than an hour tidying up.

Or, freshen up every part of the bed.

Freshen Up Mattresses

Freshen Up Mattresses

We spend a lot of time in our beds, 3000 hours a year actually- that’s the equivalent of 4 months! So keeping it super clean is important. Vacuum the mattress, then sprinkle a mixture of baking soda mixed with a few drops of an essential oil (lavender promotes relaxation) onto the freshly vacuumed mattress. Let this sit for a couple of hours, then vacuum the baking soda mixture away

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Dust, hair, dead skin — it's all there, just living on your mattress. Give it a good cleaning with the vacuum, then move on to other parts of the bed. Here's our guide to cleaning everything from the comforter to pillows.

Or, deep clean these major dust collectors.

Photo by: Loch and Key

Loch and Key

Sure, seasonal allergies could be to blame for your constant sniffling and congestion, but these spots around the house could be contributing to your sneezing, too. See how to clean 10 of the dustiest spots in your home.

Cleaning Major Dust Collectors 01:02

Wipe away the dust and clear the air with these cleaning tips.

Ah, that's better. Time to relax.

Woman Reading in Bath with Face Mask

Woman Reading in Bath with Face Mask

Cropped shot of a young woman relaxing in the bathtub with a book and glass of wine

Photo by: ©iStockphoto.com/PeopleImages


Celebrate a cleaning job well-done with a little "me time." Here's how to beat the Sunday scaries with a little self-care.

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