10 Quick Household Fixes

We all have those little things around the house that we wish we could get to, but just don’t make the time. Here are some quick fixes for common household annoyances that you can handle in about 10 minutes.

• Grease squeaky doors and windows with a shot of WD-40 or petroleum jelly. Grab a jar of lubricant and a rag and walk around your house, spraying door hinges, window skids, cabinet doors and drawers. Your sleeping spouse will thank you next time you get up in the middle of the night and don’t wake him/her with a creaking bathroom door!

• Wipe the baseboards. Get a folded towel to kneel on and put an old sock on your hand dampened with warm, soapy water. Slide around the house and give all the baseboards a quick swipe. This will remove the dust and dirt buildup and give your house a fresh look.

• Get an extended-handle duster and clean off ceiling fan blades. Also scope out cobwebs in ceiling corners and behind toilets or other usually out-of-reach places.

• Run the tub cleaning cycle on your washing machine and dish washer. This probably only takes two minutes (thanks, modern technology!).

• Drop in a toilet bowl cleaner so you don’t have to scrub. Many products on the market will clean your toilet for you, you just have to remember to replace them every so often. Take a few minutes and replace the cleaners in all your house’s toilets. Be sure that the one you choose won’t corrode the inner-workings of the tank – products that go directly in the bowl are best.

• Use your vacuum’s extension handle to clean out air vents, returns and exhaust fans. OK, so this one might take a little longer than 10 minutes depending on how big your house is, but it is a great way to get rid of the dust circulating through your home’s HVAC system.

• With a damp paper towel, wipe out the inside of your oven to remove crumbs, ash and dust. Next, apply a self-cleaning oven spray according to the product’s directions. Then, set your oven’s self-cleaning function and go sit down and relax for the four hours it takes for the cycle to run. When it’s done, wipe away any residue with a wet cloth.

And voila – now your house is spruced up and all it took you was 10 minutes!