8 Spring-Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning
And we mean reaalllly hate it
Hooray, it’s spring in NYC! Time to raise the blinds, open the windows and--ugh, what the heck is this gross soot everywhere? Is that a cobweb on the ceiling? And wow, we really thought it smelled better in here.
Here are eight easy spring-cleaning tips to get your apartment sparkling in under 24 hours. And they’re fun (kinda). Trust us.
SET YOUR WATCH
You have way too much going on to commit the entire weekend to cleaning. If you time your cleaning spurts in blocks of 30 minutes, you can get your entire apartment sparkling in one day. We believe in you.
“ZONE” YOUR CLOSETS
Yep, you officially won’t be needing that puffer coat for another eight months--tuck it away in storage with your scarves and gloves. But before you restock your closet with sundresses, partition it into zones so you can keep items like shoes, dresses, jeans and accessories all together. (Psst, this method works on your pantry, linen closet and junk drawer, too.)
WHITEN YOUR TUB GROUT
Scrubbing the bathtub? Massive waste of time. Instead, soak a few paper towels in bleach and use them to line the caulk, pressing into every nook and cranny. Let them sit for several hours, then remove and rinse.
TACKLE HARD-TO-REACH DUST BUNNIES
Dusting your molding shouldn’t be a safety hazard. Instead of standing on your tiptoes on top of a chair, grab an old pair of tights and wrap it around the bristles of a broom. Use it to dust anything out of reach without spraining your shoulder.
FRESHEN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL
This town ain’t big enough for both you and that weird kitchen sink smell. So get rid of it: Down the drain, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar--allow it to sit for ten minutes, then flush it out with a kettle of boiling water. Next, add 2 cups of ice cubes and 1 cup of rock salt and turn on the disposal. Finally, throw in a lemon cut in half. Now your sink is really deodorized.
GO ON A DISINFECTING SPREE
News flash: The dirtiest item in your house isn’t the toilet. It’s time to disinfect your doorknobs, light switches, remote controls and computer keyboards with rubbing alcohol, pronto. This easy step will take ten minutes, tops, and keep you from getting that spring cold that’s going around.
CLEAN YOUR RANGE HOOD
This daunting-sounding chore is surprisingly simple--just remove the range filters, stick them in the sink and sprinkle them with baking soda and dish soap. Fill the sink with scalding hot water and soak for ten minutes. Remove the grime with a scrub brush, then rinse thoroughly. Let the filters dry on paper towels and you’re good to go.
SOAK YOUR SHOWERHEAD
That limey, chalky grime isn’t going to come off with a regular scrub brush. We have a better idea: Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, then slide it over the showerhead so the nozzle is completely submerged. Secure the bag with a rubber band and leave it overnight. In the morning, wake up to a shiny showerhead with better water pressure. Win-win.