Saturdays are a special day in our house. It’s the best of times and the worst of times with chores in the morning followed by a weekly trip to 7-11 when mommy gets a giant Diet Coke and the kids get Slurpee’s (based on their fulfillment of weekly chores).

Saturday morning chores are something I grew up with and something my kids are quickly learning to accept. It’s one day when I can actually clean underneath the surface dirt and really scrub the areas I don’t have time to do while I’m trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the week.

However, I don’t want to spend my entire day cleaning. I still have a life people! So, these life changing cleaning tips get those gritty areas shiny without breaking your back or taking hours out of your day.

  •      This was a tip my mother taught me twenty years ago and I still use it every time I clean the microwave. Put a bowl of water in the microwave and heat on high for 3-4 minutes, longer if your microwave has really hard food stuck. The steam from the water softens all the gunk inside so it is easy to wipe clean. You can also add sponges into the mix to sanitize them – that’s a win win!

  •      Do you have plastic cutting boards that you can’t scrub clean? Well now you can! The best part is, you don’t have to do anything. It’s a combination of lemon and sunshine that makes stains disappear.  Rub lemon juice on the cutting board and allow it to sit in the sun for a few hours.  Surprise!  Clean board. 

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  •      I have a lot of chores I don’t like, but blinds might at the top of the list. However, this tip saved my sanity. A pair of tongs, soft cloth, and a good cleaner made all the difference!

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  •      This is one of those areas you’d probably rather just pretend you didn’t see. Dirty tracks in sliding doors or windows is where pet hair, shoe mud, dirty rain, and food crumbs combine.  The intentional Mom sprinkle baking soda in the track and then lightly pour vinegar in the track and let it sit.  A toothbrush and paper towels make great cleaning tools to remove all the junk. 

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  •      As much as I hate the process of cleaning my oven, you can’t argue with the results. I have used this cleaning tips for years and it’s perfect every time. Sprinkle the inside with baking soda, take out the racks and let them soak in a tub with 5-10 dryer sheets (yes, dryer sheets). After a couple of hours, wipe everything down with a magic eraser (inside, racks, and the door). This little wonder makes everything shine and you’re done!

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  •      Who knew that Coke could clean your toilet? Well it can, but the trick is to let it sit for a while first, at least 20 minutes should do the trick. Then flush and watch it shine!

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  •      I’ve been through several different types of electronic cleaners, sprays, and cloths, but the best? Coffee filters. Can’t explain why, but they are little miracle workers.

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  •      This may not exactly qualify as household cleaning, but I hate when my cookie sheets start to look rusty, old, and burnt. Shine them up again with my favorite cleaner: Bar Keeper’s Friend. 

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  •      When is the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? Scrub the inside to remove any stuck on gunk or forgotten crumbs in the corners and then run a cycle with vinegar instead of soap, your appliances will thank you!

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  •      This was a new tip for me this year, using mineral oil to clean up oil splatters on your cooktop or oven range hood. I would have never thought of oil to clean up oil, but it is pure genius.

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