3. If your dishwasher doesn't seem to be getting your dishes as clean as you'd like, try boosting your detergent by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to the soap before running it through the cycle.
4. No toilet cleaner? No problem. A couple of scoops of lemonade mix will leave a beautiful shine. Dump it in, swish it around and flush those stains away.
5. Does it seem that no matter how hard you try you always have a little line of dirt left by the dustpan when you're sweeping? First, coat the dustpan with some paste wax. This will help the dust and dirt slide off easily. Second, get as much swept up as you can and then give that line a quick swipe with a damp paper towel to finish the job.
6. Does it seem like no matter how often you clean the bathroom there are water spots on mirrors and fixtures? Keep a box of baking soda in the bathroom—a little on a soft cloth will buff those spots away with ease. Want an even faster fix? Wipe them away with a used dryer sheet.
7. Keep nasty soap scum from building up on shower curtains by coating with a little baby oil. Just be careful that it doesn't drip on the floor; it's slippery.
Maintain that sparkle.
Can you keep your home clean year-round and have time for everything else? Of course. I have a list to keep your home clean and your sanity in check.
1. Start with the kitchen: Keep some rubbing alcohol and soft cloths under the sink. They give a quick, streak-free shine to kitchen surfaces.
2. Do the dishes promptly. Nothing makes a kitchen look messier than a pile of dirty dishes and if you do them after each meal the job won't be as big at the end of the day. Then, give the sink a quick wipe and pop the sponge in the dishwasher to clean and disinfect it right along with the dishes.