cleaning hacks

The truth is we judge people by how clean they are — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it? What kind of person wants to live in a sticky, dusty home, anyway? How healthy is it to live in a dirty house?

We all love to breathe in fresh scents after it’s all said and done, and there’s something so satisfying in seeing all our appliances shine, but how many of us look forward to cleaning our homes?

Let’s face it: Cleaning the house is not on most people’s list of favorite things to do, even though there’s nothing better than waking up in an immaculately clean bed and home or cooking in a kitchen that sparkles.

Thoroughly scrubbing a house from top to bottom may even be more dreadful than doing laundry, but it’s something you have to do unless you like the company of cockroaches.

The truth is that a truly clean home needs detailing, much like a car. Each day, our pets shed, crumbs get lodged in crevices that are impossible to reach, dust settles and filters gather filth.

For some people, it’s just easier to give up and live in a superficially clean home (ewww!). Others dish out $100 a month or more having a professional do the dreaded task.

If you’re like us and find it hard to pay someone else to do something you can do yourself, you’re going to want to check out our top 20 cleaning hacks, which may surprise you. Not only will these tricks turn your home into a sparkling sanctuary but you’ll feel clever performing these easy but unusual tasks.

These hacks are time savers too: You’ll find you’re cutting down on how much time you spend cleaning.

The best part of it all is that you don’t even have to spend much money — if at all — to do a meticulous job. You probably already have most of what you’ll need to do as thorough a job as a professional maid if not better.

All you need is to carve out the time, roll up your sleeves and get to it already.

Don’t mope around hating life because it’s that time again. Have a glass of wine while you vacuum. Dance to your favorite songs as you scrub those stains out. Do whatever it is you have to do, but get that house cleaner than clean!

Happy scrubbing!