Keeping your home clean is a never-ending chore. It can feel long and tedious sometimes because there’s always something else to be done. If you have a disability or suffer from chronic pain, here are eight cleaning hacks to ease any limitations you may face from your household chores!
Some vacuums are very heavy, which means pushing them around your home can be exhausting work. A light-weight vacuum is easy-to-use and to carry throughout the house, making one of the most manual chores much easier to manage. If possible, store a vacuum on each floor of your home to avoid dragging a vacuum up and down stairs!
If you feel that vacuuming is still too intense, prioritise the most publically used areas first. For example, hallways, the kitchen and living rooms as they are more likely to collect the most amount of dust and dirt.
This hack is especially useful for those nooks and crannies – or that forgotten corner that has been left in the dark for years. Investing in a duster with an extendable handle will limit the need for you to stretch far above furniture, a task which can sometimes feel draining. Alternatively, to avoid overstretching yourself attach a duster to an empty wrapping paper roll for a make-shift handle.
#3 Take advantage of the dishwasher
A dishwasher doesn’t just cut the time needed to clean the dishes, most dishwashers can wash most plastic items too. Consider washing a shower seat, gardening tools or even mouth guards! Once all of your alternative items are washed, remember to run a full clean of the dishwasher before adding any dishes again.
#4 Hot soak the dishes
Leaving dishes to hot soak for 15 minutes before cleaning is another practical way to reduce the need to scrub your dishes after cooking. Once you have finished cooking, leave all of your kitchen utensils to soak while you eat. Once you’re ready to clean up after your meal, clean the pots, pans and kitchen utensils first, then leave the rest of your dishes from your meal to soak and come back to them later.
#5 Steam clean the microwave
Place a bowl of water in the microwave and heat for three or four minutes. Leave in the microwave for another several minutes to allow the steam from the boiling water to fill the microwave. Spray an antibacterial or bleach kitchen cleaning product into the microwave and let this soak with the hot water. Once the grime has been loosened, wipe away the dirt with a clean cloth.
#6 Let the products do the work
After application, leaving the cleaning products for a few minutes will allow the chemicals to soak into any dirt, meaning they will start coming away from the surface before you’ve had to manually scrub them. This will reduce the amount of strength and time needed to clean any mould or lime scale yourself. If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat the process and leave the products on for a longer period of time.
#7 Get creative with dryer sheets
Dryer sheets have many more usages than keeping your laundry soft. Have some stubborn dirt on your pots and pans? Leave a non-woven polyester dryer sheet in a pan, filled with hot water, overnight to help soften the leftover food. In the morning, use the dryer sheet to wipe away the lifted dirt.
Dryer sheets can also be substituted for dusting cloths to clean television and computer screens. The silicon coating on the dyer sheets will reduce static while picking up all of the dust particles, leaving your screens fingerprint and dust free!
#8 Don’t try to do everything in one day
Allocate certain tasks for specific days to reduce the workload and time spent on household chores. Dividing up chores by days, rather than having one specific day for chores, will help to reduce strain and manage your energy levels better. It can also be beneficial to explain to other household members that if some of the chores can be shared between you, you may have more time and energy to spend with them.
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