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Quick tips to come clean in your dirtiest rooms

(NC) Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact on average, women spend more than two hours a day on household activities – and yet there's always something still to clean when keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule.

For a tidy sparkling home in no time, why not tackle your dirtiest rooms with a few quick tips?

For example, start by pumping yourself up with a 'cleaning playlist' to make chores more entertaining? If you're lacking motivation, nothing will get you off the couch faster than a rockin' soundtrack. It can also be fun to time yourself during tasks; you may be surprised to see that most of the chores listed below can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Ready – set – start cleaning:

Kitchen

Dishwasher Duty

Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine's edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.

Zap the Sponge

We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing excess water out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it's worn and smelly, replace with a new one.

Disinfect the Sink

A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen's benchmark for hygiene and tidiness, says the management at Moen, a leader in quality faucets. New this year, for example is the popular Walden pullout faucet featuring the innovative Reflex system. Its self-retracting wand helps fill large pots and the ergonomic design helps improve rinsing in and around the sink. Additionally, the Walden faucet has Microban antimicrobial protection – built in to the faucet finish – to inhibit the growth of stain-and odour-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

Refrigerator Refresh

It's important to make sure your refrigerator is always clean and odourless, especially if you are expecting guests. One trick to get rid of smells is to open a canister of oatmeal and place it in the fridge for a few days to absorb any unappealing odours.

Bathroom

Scour the Shower

Showers are also a breeding ground for bacteria and mildew – feasting on body oils and soap scum. Make shower doors shine by rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month, this will cause water to bead up and roll off. Or, try a product called Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care item made to keep rainwater off your windshield. Use it twice a year. For easy maintenance, after each shower, clean the stall or tub and tiles with a squeegee.

Spotless Sinks

After your family finishes brushing their teeth or shaving, use a dry terrycloth hand towel on the mirror and bathroom faucets to wipe away spots of lather so they won't build up. For a spotless fixture around the clock, Moen suggests their Ashville bathroom faucet featuring Microban antimicrobial protection. The faucet is available in the company's trademark Spot Resist Brushed Nickel finish, which resists fingerprints and water spots to maintain the brilliance of the fixture. Additional details at moen.ca.

Living Room

Eliminate Pet Hair

If you're having a difficult time removing pet hair from furniture and other fabric surfaces, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.

Perfectly Polished

Make polishing fun. Turn on your favourite music, dampen a pair of old socks with furniture cleanser or polish and dust to the beat. You also can put those socks on your feet and "dance" over dirty floors.

Front Entrance

Control Clutter

Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front-entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines, etc. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you're not sure whether to save or toss.

Cleaning the home doesn't have to be a strenuous task. By creating a checklist of key items to tackle routinely, you'll easily combat the dirtiest rooms.

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