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6 Chores you’re making harder than they need to be

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Simplify chore day

Ugh. Not ready to spend another evening in front of the sink or another weekend in rubber gloves? Let us uncomplicate your to-do list.
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Washing

Yes, it takes care of dinner dishes, but you can throw more than a few plates into a dishwasher. After a day at the beach, you can clean out your kid's plastic toys. If your shower curtain is looking a little mildewy, wash it with a low food-residue load. If you're not grossed out, you can clean your dustpan and small waste bins in there, too. If you're feeling really adventurous (and maybe a little bit reckless), you could wash your computer keyboard, or even cook yourself a salmon dinner while you finish up the rest of your chores.

Dusting

If you're still dusting every week, forget about it. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum and go over the blinds, surfaces, and nick nacks (at least the ones that won't get sucked away). While you're at it, as long as Fido is good-natured around a Hoover, give him a good vacuum -- it saves you the need to brush.

Laundry

Who owns an iron anymore? Toss your wrinkled shirts in with a damp cloth for a few minutes and voila, freshly pressed slacks. If your pillows look depressed, a few clean tennis balls will put the fluff back into down pillows and blankets.

Scrubbing

Cut down your scrubbing time by soaking these items for a few minutes — or even overnight, before trying to wipe them clean.

  • Scorched pans — You might still need to scrub later, but if you pre-soak in hot water for a couple hours, it'll be easier and quicker.
  • Cast Iron — Scrubbing your cast iron skillet will remove the flavor... which is the whole point.

Cleaning the floors

It's not as hard as you think to keep your floors presentable. For wood floors, you don't have to scrub on your hands and knees like grandma did. The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe will do a much better job than even elbow grease. And, when someone is coming over, it's perfectly normal to just hit the most noticeable parts of the carpet.

We know all you clean freaks are fuming. If you have the time or overwhelming desire to take your cleaning to the next level every weekend, then more power to you. For those of us who are happy with slightly better than "good enough," these tips might just be a lifesaver.

This post was sponsored by Hoover.

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