11 Brilliant Cleaning Shortcuts Lazy People Will Appreciate

For starters, make the dishwasher your best friend for cleaning everything—including shoes!

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Use plastic and foil liners religiously

01_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/stock_colorsFrom pans to refrigerators to ovens, lining just about anything with plastic or aluminum foil is a lazy person's key to a tidy kitchen. The secret? Just peel away the liner after use, and your bowl, plate, or baking sheet is instantly clean again. (Use plastic wrap for cold foods and aluminum foil or parchment paper for the oven.) Here are more easy ways to clean your pots and pans.

Take advantage of your dishwasher

02_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/AlexRathsA dishwasher is a lazy person's dream: Without lifting a finger, you suddenly have clean dishes again! But dishwashers can clean so much more than pots and pans; try throwing in shoes, car parts, plastic toys, and tools, too. Some say you can even clean your crusty, Cheeto-stained keyboard in there, as well. (Proceed at your own risk!) But putting these things in the dishwasher is a recipe for disaster.

Walk around the house wearing fluffy socks to avoid dusting

03_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/alempkhtDust mites, no more! Turns out, fluffy socks are a magnet for dust and hair. Walk around with that comfy chenille on your feet for a weekend, and you've just dusted the entire house—no effort required. (In the market for a April Fool's joke? Package any gift in this box for dust socks for dogs.)

Clean the microwave by nuking a bowl of water

04_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/MaximkostenkoNothing is more repulsive than the stink of leftovers that waft from the microwave, and even if you don't notice it, food bacteria from multiple uses can accumulate in there over time. For an easy fix, pour two cups of water and ½ cup of vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it for three minutes on full power. Wipe your microwave clean and it's as good as new. Check out the best ways to clean other tricky kitchen appliances.

Keep a plastic grocery bag on the counter while you cook

05_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/daizuoxinTidying up a huge mess in your kitchen can feel like a dreaded chore, especially after cooking a big meal. To make the post-dinner clean-up quick and easy, tie a plastic grocery bag to a counter or cabinet handle and toss in bits of trash and food scraps for the compost pile while you cook. Odds are, your kitchen will be cleaner than when you started!

Make your bed before you get out of it

06_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/Image-SourceEven if you hit snooze three times and counting, your room will look instantly cleaner when you make your bed. Plus, you don't even have to leave your bed to do it! Simply sit with your back against the headboard and your feet facing the end, then pull the comforter and sheets up toward your waist. Slide out of the side, and voila! In minutes, your room has reached a whole new level of tidiness.

Buy dark towels so they don't show stains

07_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/_STUDIOGRANDOUESTWhat's worse than staining a towel? Spending copious amounts of time trying to get it clean again. On the other hand, purchasing dark towels will hide the stains—particularly those pesky ones that are seemingly inevitable when you remove your mascara—making them appear new with every use. Here's how to make your bath towels last longer.

Squeegee your shower door before you get out

08_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/spoohWashing grimy tiles can be a daunting task. But instead of putting it off for weeks and weeks, squeegee your tiled walls and glass shower door after every use to make the chore less dreadful. And if you're feeling especially lazy, spray it with no-wipe cleaner. Problem solved!

Buy anti-microbial doormats

09_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/dpullmanTake a cue from infomercials everywhere, and invest in an anti-microbial doormat. This wondrous invention will trap any dirt coming from outside before it even enters your home. Better yet, enforce a no-shoes policy to avoid having muck tracked across your carpets and tile floors. The less dirt, the less cleaning you'll have to do later.

Clean as you go

010_Quick_and_easy_cleaningistock/gilaxiaFor a lazy person, putting something right back where you found it is the most surefire way to keep your home tidy. And if you get up to go to a different part of your house, try to make a conscious effort to put something away while you do it. After all, you're already up and moving! These spring cleaning tips will get it done faster.
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