This list is useful for everyone, from multitasking parents trying to save time to an emergency home situation like… vomit.

(image: Earnest Home)

  1. Ball up some aluminium foil and dab it with detergent to tackle dirty glass baking dishes.
  2. Let your squeegee do double duty by running it over carpets to pick up fallen hair.
  3. Coat the bottom of metal soap dishes with clear nail polish to prevent rust stains on your countertops and bathtubs.
  4. Did Junior break a glass again? Grab some sliced bread (soft buns work fine too) to pick up the broken fragments safely.
  5. Clean up major spills (or vomit!) by throwing a few handfuls of flour onto the mess. It’s a faster and more efficient way to absorb the liquid and prevent the spill from spreading than using paper towels. Scoop it all up easily into a dustpan afterwards.
  6. The next time you find yourself struggling to clean irregularly shaped bottles and containers, throw in some uncooked rice grains together with water and dishwashing detergent. Cover and shake well.
  7. Make a DIY crevice attachment for your vacuum cleaner by slipping a used toilet roll over the hose, and folding the tube to the required angle.
  8. Venetian blinds are a pain to clean. Here’s how you can make things easier for yourself: Slip a pair of (clean!) old socks over your hands, spritz the blinds with cleaning solution and start wiping.
  9. Nail polish remover can be used to get rid of glue residue after peeling off stickers and labels.
  10. Give your keyboard a regular pat-down with a clean, old toothbrush to clear out dust and food crumbs.

This story was first published in the digital issue of Simply Her September 2015.