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6 Shortcuts to Speed Up Your Spring Cleaning

Now that you're elbows deep in your spring cleaning, Hometalk.com has a few shortcuts to help you get the pristine home you want so you don't feel the need to run away and hide at a spa.

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No matter how much you love a sparkling clean home, few of us actually enjoy spring cleaning. Somewhere between scrubbing down the baseboards and dusting off the ceiling fan, you might begin to feel like this whole cleaning thing was an insurmountable mistake.

Use these 6 cleaning shortcuts to lessen the load and get the job done before those cleaning blues set in:

Tip #1: No Way You're Scrubbing Those Burners—Try This Instead

Project via Vivienne @The V Spot

Getting rid of that caked-on grease and grim is probably the most difficult scrubbing job in your whole house. Skip all that work with this easy stove burner overnight solution. Simply seal each burner in a plastic bag with some ammonia, head to bed for a refreshing night of sleep, and then enjoy your sparkling new stovetop in the morning.

Tip #2: Clean Dusty Window Blinds in 20 Minutes

Project via Ellora @Creatively Southern

Instead of going slat by slat and getting dust and dirt everywhere, take your blinds down (not as tricky as it sounds), and give them a cleansing bath in a simple solution of vinegar and water. Leave them in the sun to dry, easily hang them back in your window, and voila! No more dust avalanches.

Tip #3: Power Wash Your Entire Outdoors

Project via Donna @Funky Junk Interiors

Of course, you can go along each side of your exterior scrubbing the siding and sweeping away the leaves, webs, and winter stains, but why would you want to? Save yourself valuable time, by tackling all of your outdoor and home exterior messes with a power washer. If you don't have your own, borrow from a friend, or rent one for a day from your local home improvement store.

Tip #4: Stock Up on Microfiber Cloths

Project via Serena @Thrift Diving

With a feather duster or even a vacuum, you're often pushing dust around more than you're actually catching it. Show those dust bunnies who's boss with these colorful and capable rags designed for easy and fast dust removal. For best results, pretreat the area with a light misting, and then wipe it all away. Check out the episode The Magic of Microfiber for more tips on using microfiber to clean your home.

Tip #5: Use a Pillowcase to Dust Ceiling Fans

Project via Megan @Rhapsody in Rooms

If your ceiling fan has been hibernating all winter long, it definitely needs a good dusting (maybe even a shovel). At that height though, you don't want to take any chances - any escaping dust can fall around beds or couches and seriously set-off allergies.

So, how do you catch all that dust and dispose of it easily? Pillow cases to the rescue! When you're finished, just toss your grimy helper in the wash.

Tip #6: Let the Microwave Clean Itself

Project via Angela @Angela Says

There's enough cleaning to be done in the kitchen without having to worry about scrubbing out your microwave. Try this clever solution, to simply let your microwave clean itself. You can find all the ingredients you need in your pantry, and it only takes 15 minutes to do!

Find more cleaning tips, tricks, and shortcuts, over at our cleaning tips page on Hometalk!

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