If you're like me, cleaning isn't something you regularly schedule into your day. When I clean it's usually a last minute scramble to tidy up before company arrives. What's more, cleaning often involves going out to buy costly supplies and potent smelling chemicals. That's why I've compiled a list of cleaning hacks that avoid harsh chemicals and can be done with items you probably already have laying around your (messy) house. Cleaning the kitchen is an unending battle. In my house of four inhabitants, we are constantly piling high dishes into the sink and dishwasher and pretending we don't notice how dirty the microwave has gotten. These hacks will help you spend a less time scrubbing in the kitchen: Cleaning the blender You wake up in the morning, go for a run, drink your refreshing shake and then your bright mood is ruined at the thought of having to scrub peanut butter out of the bottom of your blender. The hack: Rinse it out once lightly, then add a few drops of dish soap and fill it up a quarter of the way with water, then blend. You're basically turning your own dirty blender into a dishwasher (just don't toss any silverware in there). Washing your dishwasher Speaking of dishwashers, does yours seem like it's getting a bit discolored and have a sort of musty smell? Just because the dishwasher cleans the dishes doesn't mean it also doesn't need to be washed every now and then. The hack: Take a measuring cup and fill it with 1cp of vinegar and place it upright on the top rack of the dishwasher. Then sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run it on the highest heat setting and you've got a sparkling clean dishwasher. Glass baking dishes Who could go for some freshly baked brownies? Everyone could, obviously. But no one wants to scrub the pan of charred brownie remains afterward. Sponges just don't seem to cut it, so what's to be done? The hack: You have two options, here. If you have a minute to wait, you can put a few drops of dish soap and some water in the dish and microwave it for 1-2 minutes, then wipe it clean with a sponge. Alternatively, you can roll up a ball of aluminum foil, add soapy water, and scrub the dish clean with ease. Degreasing your appliances Is your microwave splattered with sauce? Does your toaster have unexplainable coffee stains dripping down the sides? Avoid looking at the walls of the oven when you put in a roast? We've put this moment off for far too long... it's time to scrub the appliances. Our food goes in these items, so it makes sense to be hesitant about using harsh chemicals on them. Luckily, you probably have everything you need to get them shining again. The hack: Three ingredients are all you need to make a great cleaner/degreaser. Water, lemon, and baking soda. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water, a tablespoon of baking soda and 20 drops of lemon juice. Spray it onto the surface liberally, let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it away along with all the grease. Now roll up your sleeves and get to work cleaning. Or, better yet, share this with your family and have them do it.