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10 Things You Can Quit Cleaning

I had to stop when I saw this headline on iVillage: 10 things you can quit cleaning right now. After all, I love having a clean house, but I wouldn't mind being able to cut a few things out of my routine.

The list offers some great ideas, but I have mixed feelings about it. Many of the solutions are devoted to disposing of items — like shower-curtain liners — instead of cleaning them. I used to be a big fan of tossing versus washing, and I'm still very tempted by the idea. But then I feel guilty about creating more waste. Take a look at the list and tell me what you think when you

  1. Sneakers. Just buy dark-colored ones and wear them until they fall apart.
  2. Grill grate. When you're done grilling, leave the grill going. Close the cover over the grate and let any residue cook off for 15 minutes. Throw that wire brush away.
  3. Soccer balls. Everybody expects them to be marred and mud splotched. Think of it as a badge of honor.
  4. Shower curtain liner. They're cheap. Throw your mildewed liner out and buy a new one every six months.
  5. Pillow. A washed pillow takes hours to dry. Throw it out and buy a new one every six to eight months.
  6. Stove drip pans. Use your grungy ones for everyday cooking, and keep a shiny new set to use when guests come.
  7. Ventilation ducts. Despite the advertising, regular professional duct cleaning is unnecessary.
  8. Fireplace walls. Everybody expects a fireplace to have blackened walls. And you'll breathe even easier if you give up fires altogether.
  9. Waxing the car. The newer finishes are so tough that cars don't need it anymore.
  10. Making the bed. Give it up — doctor's orders.
Join The Conversation
ginafly ginafly 9 years
The pillow thing is so wasteful! Just buy cotton pillow protectors with zippers that go between the pillowcase and the pillow. The pillows will stay much cleaner. And NYLON shower curtain liners are the best. They dry really quickly and don't grow mildew like the vinyl ones. Plus, they go right into the washing machine! They have them at Target.
ragus ragus 9 years
oooooh I love clean sheets and a fresh made bed!!!.. I cant stand getting into a bed where the blankets are all twisted and one blanket is covering your feet but not your head or vise-versa...your all kicking around to get it straight and its not working...(your boyfriend asks "What are you doing!?" because his side is in working order or something... or the corner of the sheet pops off the bed by your head!!!!!!!!!ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh thinking of these both happening at the same time... makes me stressed out right now lol!!!!!!I'd kick my bf out of bed and we would have to start a new bed lol!
ragus ragus 9 years
I just throw my pillows in the dryer to disinfect and clean my cases... I think thats enought...every 6 months a new pillow?... pillows are expensive and I grow attached to mine.
Marci Marci 9 years
I wish I could not make the bed but that would drive me crazy everytime I looked at it.
millarci millarci 9 years
Sorry I have to disagree with you on #10. I have to make my bed. It makes the room more messy if it's not fixed. Plus, I'm so used to it so I would still do it out of habit.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
The one thing i could never quit doing is leaving all the beds in the house unmade. It would drive me crazy to leave them like that.....
blackheartbaby blackheartbaby 9 years
Agreed on #10. I can't stand to not have a made bed. At night, it just feels so fresh, clean, and inviting. A good feeling when you want a good night's rest!
tjzchouse tjzchouse 9 years
OK--#7 is practical. That's the best I can say about this list. I have two kids and two dogs--there are bigger problems in this house than a dirty shower curtain liner (yes, throw it in the washer; when it's worn out, use it as a drop cloth when you paint, or to catch dirt when repotting plants). I've learned to separate the house into "my" areas, and "their" areas. I keep my areas neat, and I close the doors to their rooms. On another note, I refuse to mate athletic socks anymore! I throw them in a pile on the folding table and everyone finds their own pair when they need it.
arienne arienne 9 years
Do people clean soccer balls? Really? And fireplace walls? If you are doing either of those two things, I think you have OCD. But I have to admit, I do not think throwing out a shower liner is a big deal. I would spend more on cleaning products to get it clean that I would on getting a new one.
total total 9 years
First of all, there were some good soccer ball comments! Who in the heck cleans sports balls?? I was doing the shower liner throwaway myself, but I found that you can save money if instead of buying the $1.99 shower liner, you buy a more durable $10 one so you'll stop having tears. You just have to wash or soak the more heavy duty one once in awhile (not very often). You can also buy mildew resistant ones. I think most of this stuff is a bit wasteful :( It's not tough to throw sneakers, shower curtains or pillows in the washer once in a blue moon! [not to knock those who don't!]
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I don't think you are being bithcy amanda! :-) What you think is a total waste of money, I think is worth all the money haha. just differing opinions
amanda02215 amanda02215 9 years
Sorry if I came off bitchy, cravinsugar! I didn't read your post before I posted mine!
amanda02215 amanda02215 9 years
Throwing away pillows and shower curtains to buy new ones is a total waste of money. Also, I love coming home to a clean house with a tightly made bed!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
First off, i just want to say, I understand that some of you are worried about being wasteful and throwing away your pillows and shower curtains is not okay to you,b ut don't make me feel crappy because i do. I like a fluffy pillow...after a year or so, i get a new one, i put the older, flat ones in my pillow shams, etc. once the shams are full i suppose i will throw them out. there is nothing wrong with that. Oh, and i agree making your bed makes the room more tidy, but i am not lazy ebcause i don't do it. it takes me 5 mintues to make my bed...I make sure by beautiful comforter is on just right so that the parts of it that are supposed to start at edge of matress and fall down do so....i smooth out sheets, and it needs to be on the bed straight. i toss and turn so sometimes, like most times, i wake up in just enough time to dress and get out the door...lazy? i think not.
megafie megafie 9 years
I don't agree with some of this list at all. I don't like to throw stuff out. Especially my pillows - they cost $125 each! I have washed and dried them many times and they are as good as new! I get new pillows every few years but most high quality pillows say that you can wash and dry them right on the tag.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I can't believe this piece is for real. Someone must've been on a tight deadline and voila - this list was born.
I saw there was a list of how to be lazy and HO HO - clicked on it first!...then I read it. I thought it would list "real" cleaning, like dusting the floors with your socks just before doing laundry kind of cleaning. Can we modify this list? remove the bed making item. It's not a favorite. Modify it to: Buy the stiffest or bulkiest comforter cover you can and just toss over those wrinkled up sheets! I like the stove drip pans - I'd store messy ones in the oven and use them ANYTIME I turn on the stove. Speaking of, eating out keeps a stove clean too, even samples Saturday at the grocery store can be a meal.
AnnieQ AnnieQ 9 years
I think that getting a new shower curtains and pillows every few months is wasteful. I also love crawling into a neat bed at the end of the day!
kweene333 kweene333 9 years
i like to make my bed. i agree with the "messy bed, messy head" comment above. hmmm... this list isn't helpful.
BatKitty BatKitty 9 years
i only make my bed when the computer guy's coming over :P too much hassle!
apo apo 9 years
this list is useless...and i love getting into a tightly made bed at the end of a grueling day.
mag4966 mag4966 9 years
Maybe if we could find a list to give us a way to avoid cleaning toilets I'd be happier!!
mag4966 mag4966 9 years
Oh, and not making your bed? Seriously, it takes two seconds and totally makes the room look better! Just do it! :-)
mag4966 mag4966 9 years
I don't think this is a good list at all! Throwing away pillows and shower curtains after six months? Come on...clean 'em. It's really not that hard, and it is so worth it for the environment and your pocketbook!
mrscaru mrscaru 9 years
I can't agree with the wasteful suggestions of throwing away pillows and shower curtain liners every six months. And cleaning duct work is really important to rid your place of allergens...
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