I’m a bit lazy when it comes to cleaning…

I’ve been reading the Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn and have tried out a few of the tips that I’ve read about.  I am always looking for new, efficient ways to do things.  I want to save myself time during my day.  I chalk it up to being a little bit lazy and wanting to use my time for things other than the boring stuff.


Vinegar + Water: I’m not at the hardcore level of making my own cleaners but I will use vinegar to clean a few things that are stuborn or hard to clean.  My shower head had mineral build up and was spraying in all sorts of random directions.  I filled a bowl with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water and soaked the shower head over night.  In the morning the shower head sprayed water perfectly.  I also use vinegar and water to clean out my coffee maker once a year.

Reusing bags: I’ve always liked the idea of reusing ziplocs and other storage bags.  It creates less waste and saves a little bit of money, but mostly it is a lot less garbage that we create since I store almost everything that goes in the freezer in a ziploc bag. What was keeping me from reusing these bags before was that I never had a good system for cleaning the bags.  I found it inefficient and ineffective to wash them by hand.  They would stay just a little bit greasy and this was pretty gross.  So what I learned was that you can turn the bags inside out and throw them in the washing machine with your laundry.  Wash your load with cold water and pull out the bags to air dry.  This cuts down on the stack of plastic bags that live by my sink since I do laundry every few days.


Microwave – I didn’t read about this in the TG, but if you microwave a cup of water for 2 minutes it makes all of the dried on splatter easy to wipe off.  If only we remember to use the plate cover when we reheat food!

On my to do list:

  • Make cloth napkins.  I have tons of old curtains and other cloth that I can cut up and hem the edges.  I want to stop buying paper napkins by the end of the summer.
  • Find an effective way to mop my floor.  I’ve tried using the swiffer solution and a few other products and it leaves a weird streaky  film on the floor.  I want to find a way to make my floors look clean when they are clean
  •  Figure out how to better contain the cat box.  We have it set up in our laundry room in the shower stall but the cat will track the litter all over the house.  I’m also toying with the idea of setting up the box in a closet and having a kitty door built in so that the catbox is hidden.

Do you have any cleaver cleaning tips?  I want to hear about them!


7 thoughts on “I’m a bit lazy when it comes to cleaning…”

  1. Have you tried any of the cat litter mats? If you scope them out on Amazon you map might get some ideas. They tend to have a texture that sort of spreads their toes apart when they walk on it.

  2. We clean our microwave by putting a bit of dishsoap and water on the sponge and microwaving that. It ‘cooks’ the sponge and provides an easy mist for the microwave. I have no proof that this kills bacteria but it sounds like nuking the sponge should 🙂

  3. You got to love the versatility of vinegar! We’ve been making our own cleaning products for a while now are super happy with the results. Plus, it saves money and is much better for the environment! – Mrs. FE

  4. The vinegar/water showerhead cleaner is a great idea- it really works! For the streaky film on the floors, I’ve used both Pine Sol and Mrs. Meyers’ All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate (diluted) and those have worked pretty well. The Mrs. Meyers smells better than Pine Sol 🙂 . (I actually use the MM on just about everything). For the cat litter problem, we have a cat box where the cat has to jump in the top to reach it- it keeps them from kicking litter everywhere. We also use a generic version of Feline Pine- the pine pellets are large so they aren’t very trackable on cat feet. The majority of it stays in the box. It doesn’t have artificial fragrance which bothered me about regular litter. I think it lasts longer than regular cat litter, but that’s my unscientific theory :).

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