The best summer cleaning tips, for everything from beach towels to dirty grills

After spending a day at the beach or hosting a summer barbecue for your friends, cleaning is probably the last thing you want to do. For the most part, nobody really wants to deal with sandy beach towels, sweaty clothes, and dirty grills when the weather is hot and humid. But it has to be done, and someone has to do it. So if you’re looking for some summer cleaning tips to make things quick and easy, we’ve got you covered.

We talked with some experts who gave us their best tips and tricks for keeping it clean this summer. From swimwear to beach towels, grills to dirty pets, here are some of the best summer cleaning tips you need to know:

1 Start early in the day to save your energy (and money)

Summer heat can be draining. So if you’re looking to really clean up your place, Karin Sun, founder of Crane & Canopy, suggested you to start early.

“Clean in the early morning or evening to avoid warmer temperatures in the daytime,” Sun told HelloGiggles. “This can help save on electricity bills when rates for AC and running washer/dryer are typically higher in the summertime.”

2 Hang your beach towels out to dry

After washing your beach towels, hang them outside to dry. According to Sun, beach towels will absorb the heat, which will allow them to dry just as fast as they would if you threw them in the dryer. “This can save you both time and money,” she said.

3 To clean dirt, urine, and other messes made by your pet, use vinegar

Cleaning experts with Two Maids & A Mop said a mixture of vinegar, warm water, and baking soda can help you clean up any stains left by your pet. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, spray on the stain, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then blot with a soft cloth. This should get stains out in no time.

Smudges left on the window can also be easily cleaned using a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to wipe from top to bottom.

4 Use vinegar to clean the grill

Cleaning the grill this summer doesn’t have to be a major struggle. Vinegar can be a really effective cleaning tool if you don’t want to deal with  harsh chemicals typically found in store-bought cleaning supplies.

As Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid, told HG, all you need to do is create a ball of tin foil, apply vinegar, and use it to scrub the grates. “Your grill will be looking like new,” she said.

5 Clean outdoor furniture with warm water and other things you may already have laying around

To clean outdoor umbrellas or sunshades, Roberts said you can mix a mild solution of dish detergent and water to wash. Be sure to focus on the crevices around the top of your furniture, as that’s where dirt typically collects. Once that’s done, let it all sit open in the sun for a full day.

To clean lawn chairs, mix household bleach, laundry detergent, and warm water together. Using rubber gloves, scrub dirt off with a brush or sponge. Let it sit for 15 minutes, spray the solution off with your hose, and just let it air dry.

To clean wicker furniture, scrub the surface with a mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse well and wipe to remove excess moisture.

To clean glass tables, combine water, vinegar, alcohol, and soap. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use a towel or cloth to wipe away.

6 Deodorize outdoor trash cans with baking soda

Outdoor trash cans are a necessity for barbecues and pool parties. They often develop a nasty odor, but luckily, you can get rid of it easily. As Sarah Hollenbeck, a savings expert with, explained, all you need to do is put a little bit of baking soda at the bottom of the trash can to absorb any odors. If you’re using a trash bag, you can even line the bottom of the bag with baking soda and add some newspaper to soak up any leaks.

7 Rinse your swimsuit off with cold water after every use

As Hollenbeck said, the chemicals found in sunscreens can cause the color of your swimsuit to fade. So if you want it to last longer than just one season, make sure to rinse it out with cold water as soon as you’re done. That will help get off the sunscreen, as well as any sweat and dirt.

8 Clean pool toys with vinegar

“You would be surprised how much dirt and bacteria can get on floaties, noodles, and other pool items,” Hollenbeck said. The good news is, wiping each item down with some vinegar can easily help to remove grime and sanitize.

9 Use the dishwasher to clean dirty flip flops

Experts at The Cleaning Authority told HG, “If you only use your dishwasher to clean dishes, you aren’t using it to its full potential.”

In case you didn’t know, you can safely wash things like rubber flip flops, canvas sneakers, and baseball caps in the dishwasher. Besides that, they say you can even throw in makeup brushes, non-electric plastic and rubber toys, hair brushes, plastic and metal garden tools, and refrigerator shelves.

10 Use a pillowcase to clean your fan

Using a rag or duster to clean your ceiling fan can result in dust falling onto your furniture and floors. Instead, experts at The Cleaning Authority said you can just use an old pillowcase. Slip it over the fan blades and use it to swipe one at a time. Afterward, you can just throw your pillowcase into the washing machine and won’t have to worry about vacuuming or sweeping up any dust that falls.

Cleaning during the summer may seem like a necessary evil. But with these expert-given summer cleaning tips, it can hopefully go a lot quicker and easier.

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