The Secret to a Clean House? Think Like a Man

We know. You?re skeptical. In fact, you?re probably willing to bet your Swiffer WetJet that the men in your life are incapable of keeping a clean house?let alone teach you anything about tidiness. But we?d like you to open your mind, to suspend your prejudices, for just a few minutes. The male species is not inherently slovenly. Men just prefer to clean in their own special way. We talked to bachelors, frat brothers, and even a few stressed-out guys whose wives were due home any minute to gather some tips that might actually save you cleanup time.

Do dishes in the tub. When you need to wash lots of dirty dishes fast (especially after the big Super Bowl party), pile them in the bathtub and fill it with hot soapy water. Return later, drain the tub, turn on the shower to rinse, and move everything into a laundry basket for drying.

Bag the showerhead. Instead of trying to reopen every teeny-tiny, gunked-up hole, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, rubber-band it securely around the showerhead, and go watch the game or at least catch the half time show and commercials. The vinegar will automatically remove the calcium deposits.

De-stink the fridge with coffee. Just place a bowl of fresh ground coffee on the shelf. In a few days, it?ll absorb all odors. Then you can discard.

Clean your pipes with antacid. Plumbing is plumbing, right? So drop three antacid tabs and a cup of white vinegar into the clogged sink. Wait a few minutes and turn on the hot water. The gurgling will be gone.

Nuke the microwave. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 2 cups of water. Boil it in the microwave for 5 to 10 minutes at the oven?s highest power. The cleansing steam will permeate every stain, and all you?ll have to do is sponge it away.

Polish copper pots with beer. Although it pains men greatly to waste perfectly good beer, it?s an acceptable trade-off when facing hours of scrubbing. Simply soak your sullied copper pots in beer and then wipe clean. Beer?s natural acidity will restore the original shine.

Use power tools. To help clean out those hard-to-reach places in your car, clear everything out and open all doors. Then blast dust and crumbs out with a leaf blower.

Melissa Houtz
Kilgore International, Inc.
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Coldwater, MI 49036
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