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22 Really Funny Ways to be a Lazy Cleaner That Could Work

Mop socks seem a bit outrageous but it's certainly a way to clean...

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Buy a Soap Dispenser Dish Brush

According to Dana White, founder of A Slob Comes Clean, you can use a soap dispenser dish brush in your shower. “Mark it for the bathroom only with a permanent marker, and fill it with your favorite dish soap,” she says. “Hang it in the shower, and you can scrub the shower while you’re in it anyway. Dish soap does a great job cleaning the bathroom!” Be sure to read up on the ways you might be cleaning your bathroom wrong, too.

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Combine Tasks

Kill two birds with one stone by doing similar cleaning tasks at the same time. “Clean your baseboards when you are vacuuming or washing floors, clean blinds when you are cleaning windows, etc.,” suggests Becky Rapinchuk, owner of CleanMama.net.

Here’s how often you should be cleaning everything in your home.

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Use Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are for so much more than just washing dishes. Leslie Reichert, founder of The Green Cleaning Coach and author of The Joy Of Green Cleaning, recommends using yours to dust off knickknacks like mason jars and glass candle globes. Pretty much anything glass or ceramic should be fine going in the dishwasher, but you do want to stay away from putting meltable plastics, and these eight objects in your dishwasher at all costs.

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Skip the Polish

Of course, you need to polish your wooden furniture and hardwood floors every once in a while (once or twice a year, or when they begin to look foggy), but all you really need to keep them shiny is a dry microfiber cloth. “Your furniture will actually get less dusty without using furniture polish,” says Reichert. Learn how to clean hardwood floors with natural products.

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Purchase a paintbrush

Reichert uses a stiff paintbrush around her furniture to pull the dirt out without having to move all the furniture around. “You are brushing it out away from the furniture so the vacuum can suck it up,” she says.

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Clean a Can Opener with Wax Paper

Did you know that you can clean and protect your manual can opener with simple wax paper? It’s that easy! Here’s how to do it:

Fold a sheet of wax paper a few times; then clamp the can opener onto an edge of the wax paper and turn the handle several times—the same action you would use to open a can. The stiff sheet will break off bits of food and grime from the wheels of the can opener, and the wax residue will lightly lubricate the parts at the same time for smoother operation. Learn more unusual cleaning solutions that actually work.

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Garden Gloves to Dust Knickknacks

Garden Gloves to Dust Knickknacks

Slip on a pair of cotton garden gloves and turn your fingers into cleaning tools for knickknacks and other small accessories throughout your home and office. Add a spritz of antibacterial cleaning solution and get rid of germs, too!

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Oil Remover

Oil Remover

The phosphoric acid in Coca-Cola proves tough on oil stains around the garage. Pour some room-temperature Coca-Cola over a stain, let it soak overnight and soak it up the next day by blotting the area. Not a Coke drinker? Check out other ideas on how to remove oil stains from concrete or plaster.

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The Drill Brush

This drill brush will put a charge into your cleaning efforts around the kitchen and other spots. Check out how easy it is to build a drill brush cleaner and discover cleaning tips from the pros.

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Remove Hard-Water Buildup with a Lemon

Remove hard-water buildup on your faucet with this simple, natural solution: Place half of a fresh lemon on the end of the faucet, wrap a small plastic bag around the lemon and secure it to the faucet with a rubber band. After a few hours, remove the lemon and wipe the faucet clean.

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Garden Sprayer Cleans Hard-to-Reach Spots

A garden sprayer can be a mini power washer for cleaning windowsills and other hard-to-reach spots. Before you fill the tank with water, be sure to rinse it repeatedly to flush out any chemical residue.

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Burned-On Foods

Getting burnt food off cookware is no easy feat. But here's a clever trick: put a new dryer sheet at the bottom of the dirty pan, add water and let it soak overnight. The next day, wipe out the pan and you're good to go. Once all of your pots and pans are sparkly clean, you can build these helpful rollouts to keep everything organized.

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Clean the Air While You Clean the House

Your vacuum's agitator brush and exhaust whip up dust that eventually settles on the surfaces you've just cleaned. Filter out some of that dust before it settles by switching your thermostat to 'fan on.' This turns on the blower inside your furnace and filters the air even while the system isn't heating or cooling. Leave the blower on for about 15 minutes after you're done cleaning forhow to remove dust from air. But don't forget to switch it back to 'auto.' Most blowers aren't designed to run constantly. Plus: Here are 8 simple furnace fixes you can do yourself.

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Spray-Clean Roller

Spin most of the excess paint off your roller sleeve by holding the roller frame inside a bucket and hitting it with a nozzled garden hose. In seconds it'll be nearly paint free. You'll still have to use soap and water to finish, but this'll give you a huge head start. Want your next painting project to look like it was done by a pro? This tutorial shows you the techniques you need to know. — reader Decie C. McKnight

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Clean Your Microwave

Clean Your Microwave

There's no scrubbing required here! You can get a squeaky-clean microwave without using harsh chemicals. Just squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl of warm water, add the lemon rinds and microwave for 5 minutes. The water will start to boil and the steam will loosen the dried bits of food. When the timer goes off, carefully remove the hot bowl and use a clean towel to wipe everything clean. Plus: 5 ways your microwave can help with housework.

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ECOVACS Smart Robotic Vacuum

When you’ve been away, the last thing you want to come home to is a mess. Even if no one has been in your home, dust can create a stale smell. Freshen up remotely with a robot vacuum! The DEEBOT OZMO 930 app comes with leading mapping technology, scheduling and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Buy it now on Amazon.

With the many ways technology can change your life, why not make your home as smart as it can be?

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Wear Fuzzy Socks

You can do away with the chore of dusting your floor with these washable dust mop slippers available on Amazon. You can use these slippers to clean a variety of things, like a car or as a mop. They are microfiber cloths that you can wash as well. These are six things you should be cleaning with a microfiber cloth.

Buy them now on Amazon.

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Put Something Away Every Time You Move to Another Room

Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant will be familiar with the rule of putting something away after you use it or bringing something with you every time you return to an area. Make sure you’re not doing any of these things when you’re cleaning because you’re just making things worse.

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Stomp N Go Pads

Stomp N Go pads seem pretty awesome on the surface since all you have to do is apply them to the stained area and let it go to work on the stain for a half hour. They draw rave reviews on Amazon. Check out these tricks to remove some of the toughest stains.

Buy Stomp N Go pads now on Amazon.

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Oven Liner

Cleaning your oven is a chore to be sure but an oven liner is one easy way to prevent your oven from getting completely gross-looking. Here’s what you need to know about self-cleaning your oven and other tips on how to clean your oven.

Buy an oven liner now on Amazon.

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Catolet

Catolet Smart Automatic Litter Box

Catolet is the business of solving what to do with you cat’s business. Catolet has developed a device that connects to the water supply and sewage so a cat can go as they please without leaving a mess. The Catolet conveyor system removes the waste and cleans after itself. You might just have to see it for yourself.

If the cat doesn’t go for that, try a Dart Laser Toy that will send them up a wall. Just make sure to keep your pets safe with all of the high-tech toys.

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Polaris Pool Cleaner Robot

Polaris Pool has launched a robotic pool cleaner that can be controlled from a phone. A regular cleaning schedule can be set and the iAquaLink Control app will allow users to monitor the status of the canister. Order it today.

See how you should be winterizing an in-ground pool and what safety tips you need to know for the summer.