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Get your space sparkling in no time

When the weather is great and the kids are out of school, who wants to spend all day cooped up in the house doing chores? Summer should be spent with family, enjoying days in the sun. Here are some time-saving tips from to help you kick those annoying chores. StatePoint


The best way to approach a multitude of items is to multitask. First, put a load into the washing machine and be sure to pretreat stains to save time. Next, spray the bathroom sink, toilet, tub, tiles and shower curtain with a multipurpose cleaner. While the cleaner attacks those stains, grab the vacuum. Then, wipe down the bathroom and switch your laundry for the next load. Before you know it, your chores are done. Another effective way to save time is to use a cleaning product that also multitasks. Choose a multipurpose cleaner and degreaser that cleans kitchen and bathroom surfaces, as well as carpet stains, pet stains and even the patio furniture. It even can be used as a laundry pretreat for tough stains, including those from grease, grass, ink, mud, makeup, blood, wine and food.

Barbecue time

Barbecues are a staple of warm weather, but the grills can be a pain to clean. When you're ready for your cookout, turn on your grill and let it come to full heat. Before cooking, take half an onion and rub it up and down the grill grates. When the cooking is done, repeat with the other half of the onion. This trick will prevent that built-up gunk on your grill and allow food to cook evenly.

Make your kitchen shine

Start smart and open that fridge; discard old food and containers and wipe down the shelves. Next, load the dishwasher and don't forget the sponges. They are a hangout for contaminants and can spread germs to other parts of the kitchen. Washing sponges in the dishwasher keeps them fresh. Now it's time to make countertops and cupboards shine. Look for tough spots like wine stains or syrup that can seep into cracks and corners leaving yucky messes. Finally, before mopping, skip the broom. The vacuum is an easy way to pick up anything hiding on your kitchen floor.

Get your space sparkling in no time 07/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:20am]
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