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Mommy’s Little Secret: 9 Quick-And-Easy Housecleaning Cheats

By Meagan Francis |

"Here, let me clean up that spill for ya..."

Do you use your baby’s pants as a dust mop? Let the dog lick up food under the high chair? Yes? Then you’re in good company. No? Then you need to read on and learn how to houseclean like the lazy do!

I asked Twitter friends to share their easiest (and possibly, most embarrassing) “housecleaning” cheats. Here are the craftiest answers, from a bunch of moms and one clever dad:

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Easy Cleaning Tricks and Cheats For Lazy Parents

Sleep On It

This works for other damp stuff too - noodles, cereal, etc.

Got any clever cleaning cheats of your own? Please share in the comments!

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Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis is a mom of five who loves everyday adventures and is in pursuit of a big life with her big family. Her love of family, food, home and travel fuel her writing here and on her blogs The Happiest Home and The Kitchen Hour.
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4 thoughts on “Mommy’s Little Secret: 9 Quick-And-Easy Housecleaning Cheats

  1. Andy says:

    I got a pair of really cheap baby wipes packages from the baby shower and I started to use them to clean everything on my way when I was super lazy. Never on my baby’s butt, they even smell lysol-ish. Now I even use the good ones when I don’t have the cheap ones around to clean anything anytime. I was feeling kinda guilty about being that lazy! Glad to know I’m not the only cheater :D

  2. Beth says:

    why is everyone using baby wipes instead of clorox wipes? That’s what I use and it’s just as easy.

  3. Meagan Francis says:

    @Beth: speaking for myself, for “average” clean-ups (not bodily fluids, not during a flu outbreak, etc) I’d rather use a milder cleaner with fewer chemicals. So baby wipes are a nice easy way to clean up but not too harsh.

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