Six cleaning hacks for serial procrastinators.

If you’re anything like me, juggling a busy life and household, cleaning is the last thing on my mind when I have some free time.

I’m a writer, so when I get some down time I want to read books or take photos or simply just lie about thinking pretty thoughts.

So, I’ve developed a quick list of six easy cleaning hacks to help you get the job done with minimal fuss or fret.

You’re so welcome.

1. The microwave.

Ever open up the microwave, get a whiff of it and wonder WHAT THE HELL went on in there? Grab a microwave safe bowl and fill it with equal parts water and vinegar. Place the bowl in the microwave for about five minutes. You’ll find that the grime/grease literally just falls off when you wipe it down.

2. Toys.

If you’ve got kids, you’ll know that things like toys, figurines and Lego can get a bit whiffy and carry a lot of germs. Pop them in the washing machine if you’re cleaning a fabric toy, or throw figurines or other plastic stuff into the dishwasher. Use your regular cycle and these toys will have a new lease on life.

3. Blenders.

Seems like it’s all about the kale these days, but doesn’t it suck when kale gets stuck in your blender in those really hard to reach places? Problem solved. Just fill your blender with warm water and some dishwashing liquid and turn it on.

4. Shower head.

Ever noticed that the showerhead in your bathroom can get a bit dull or grimy? There’s a really easy hack for this one. Get a small plastic bag, fill it with white vinegar and then wrap the shower head in this concoction. Leave it overnight and your showerhead will gleam.

5. Water rings.

Water rings on wood furniture are a nightmare because once it’s happened, it’s like the ONLY thing you can ever see now. But soak up excess moisture with a towel, then blast it with a hair dryer while still damp, and they should disappear.

6. Toilets.

Let’s be QUITE honest here, toilets are in a league of their own. We all know what goes on in there but no one really talks about it…

But luckily, cleaning them is actually pretty easy. Just squirt Domestos around the toilet bowl and into the water, and leave it for 10 minutes before flushing. Then wipe the toilet seat, flushing handle and outside surfaces with diluted Domestos, and rinse. Voila.

All jokes aside though, as westerners we are so privileged to have sanitation available to us, while many people in developing countries don’t even have access to toilets and showers.


An estimated 2.4 billion people – a third of the world’s population – live without clean and safe toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. Women and children are most affected, leaving them open to disease and attack, and in fact, a child dies of diarrhoea related diseases every two minutes.

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"All jokes aside though, as westerners we are so privileged to have sanitation available to us, while many people in developing countries don’t even have access to toilets and showers." Image via iStock.

But the good news is Domestos and UNICEF have joined together to help improve access to clean and safe toilets in less developed countries.

To help, you can buy a specially marked bottle of Domestos that will result in a direct donation to the UNICEF Sanitation Programme, spread the word about the global sanitation crisis to family and friends, donate to UNICEF or become an ambassador and doing your own fundraising,

After all the cleaning is done, you can take pride in the fact that you have also helped provide sanitation to one third of the world’s population. Now THAT’S worth ending your procrastination for.

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