How to spend less time on housework

These neat little life hacks will cut down the time you spend dusting, washing-up and ironing.

Iron a shirt in no time

Turn them inside out to iron over the buttoned side and get them done in half the time. If it’s cold out and you’re unlikely to remove your jumper or jacket, just iron the front and collar – no one will know.

Clean a microwave in minutes

Make cleaning the microwave a fuss-free job: add water and vinegar to a microwavable bowl, cook it on high power for three minutes and leave the door shut for five, letting the steam do the tough work for you. Finally, wipe down with a cloth. Use your vinegar solution (careful – it’ll be hot) to tackle any stubborn bits.

Do the dusting with ease

Use a lint roller to dust difficult spots like lampshades or down the side of your mattress. And always dust from top to bottom – this way you won’t end up going over a bit you’ve already wiped with your duster.

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Wash up while you cook

Running the tap as soon as you put mucky pots and pans in the sink will prevent food from sticking on, making your post-dinner washing-up that much easier. You can also grab some washing-up time while you wait for pans to boil and microwaves to ping, leaving a minimum amount of cleaning up to do after you’ve eaten.

Remove grime from pots and pans

Get rid of burnt-on stains in a flash - sprinkle sea salt on the sliced side of half a lemon, and use it to scour the surface. Your pans will come up clean in no time.

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Store replacement bin liners

Keep a stock of bin bags at the bottom of bins and you’ll have fresh ones to line them with every time you take the rubbish out. It also means you’ll never chuck messy food waste or sticky wrappers into a bagless bin, saving yourself from extra cleaning.

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