Don’t spend a whole day cleaning your home! Use these tricks to clean faster and save yourself time to relax on your weekend instead.
15 Tips to Clean Faster
- Have a System
- Clean Top to Bottom, Left to Right
- Squeegee Windows for a Streak-Free Finish
- Keep Proper Tools at the Ready
- Get Proactive
- Dust Without Spraying
- Cut through Kitchen Grease
- Use Lemon Cleaner
- Keep Bathroom Mold in Check
- Remove Mineral Deposits
- Keep Stainless-Steel Shining
- Use Magic Eraser Sponges
- Keeping Your Microwave Clean
- Vacuum In Rows
- Speed Clean On A Regular Schedule
Have a System
Cutting your cleaning time in half starts with a having a system. When you have a defined plan, it becomes easier to stay on track. Your plan should include something along the lines of cleaning the house in the same order every time. Working one room at a time, starting and finishing at the same spot in a room so that you don’t waste time running back and forth.
Do the same thing every time you clean, so it is a routine. The routine is the method, and that is an inherently better way to clean because the speed comes from the method instead of from hurrying. You can clean your house in half the time, it’s not a gimmick.
Clean Top to Bottom, Left to Right
Part of your system will include cleaning in an order that doesn’t create more work for yourself. Don’t start a room by wiping the coffee table, then clean the blinds, because you will see the dust from the blinds coat your newly clean coffee table. Start at the top of the room, such as dusting a ceiling fan, and then work down to the floor to eliminate redundant work.
Cleaning left to right ensures that you cover the entire room instead of darting from place to place.
If you work top to bottom and left to right, you’re working once instead of cleaning areas you’ve just cleaned.
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Squeegee Windows for a Streak-Free Finish
When Windex and paper towels aren’t getting the shine you prefer, use a professional-grade window squeegee. Place a drop of dish soap in a gallon of water and wipe the window with a cloth, then squeegee it off. Go top to bottom and wipe the blade each time at the bottom. A streak free window is what you will achieve.
If you don’t want to use a squeegee, use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. When wiping with the cloth, use horizontal strokes and move from top to bottom. Don’t clean a window by rubbing in circles, which can leave streaks, and avoid wiping the glass with newspaper or paper towels, which leave a residue.
Keep Proper Tools at the Ready
Have all the tools and cleaning products you need ready at the start and within arms-reach so you never waste time walking back and forth to the cabinet under the sink. This might be hard with several large bottles of cleaner, but you don’t need large bottles—pour the cleaners into small spray bottles that are easy to carry. You can also place your supplies in a caddy or a bucket to stay organized and save time.
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The best way to keep a clean home is to stop some problems before they begin. For example, use a shower cleaner, which costs less than $4 for a trigger bottle, to prevent grime and scum buildup in the bath. Spraying it on and walking away, every time you take a shower, will prevent the shower from getting dirty. You don’t have to wipe anything.
Dust Without Spraying
Use feather dusters for cleaning blinds, pictures, nooks, and other areas. Try using ostrich feather dusters, which start at about $10, because the feathers tackle the dust and the large quills don’t fall out of the handle. You want a high-quality feather duster that will fit in your back pocket. The duster works well for routine dusting, but for heavy buildup, you’ll need to vacuum or use a cloth, then use the duster every two weeks or so after that.
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Cut through Kitchen Grease
Grease will end up on kitchen cabinets, especially those above or next to the range. Buying a cleaner with orange oil to wipe off the grease is one option, or you can use a standard grease-cutting dishwashing detergent. Cutting through the grease, the detergent will clean the cabinets the same way that it will eliminate grease on your dishes.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid detergent into a gallon of warm water. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area, wiping it on with a clean sponge or cloth, to make sure it won’t damage or discolor the finish. Finish by rinsing it off with a different sponge and clear, warm water.
Build up and tougher stains that won’t come off with detergent, you can mix baking soda with water, and lightly scrub the problem area with a cloth.
If you have rust stains on patios, porches, garage floors, ( and driveways are eyesores ), you don’t need acid to remove them. Instead, the juice of a lemon will do wonders. The rust will be dissolved by the lemon juice. Cutting the lemon in half, and squeezing the juice onto the stain, and allowing it to soak in for about 10 minutes will remove most stains. For stains on concrete that have been on there for weeks, months, or longer, scrubbing with a hard bristle brush will do the trick. Finish by rinsing the lemon juice and gunk with clean water.
Keep Bathroom Mold in Check
Hydrogen peroxide in a trigger spray bottle can be used to battle mold and mildew. Spraying the surface, and letting it sit for 3 to 5 minutes will kill the fungus.
To prevent mold from coming back, use a fan when showering. When you’re done, squeegee the water off the tile walls and shower door.
Remove Mineral Deposits
If mineral deposits from hard water have stained your plumbing fixtures, don’t clean them with bristle brushes or pads. They can scratch the faucet. Instead, use white vinegar. Pour some on a clean cloth and wipe the faucets. It doesn’t take much effort to make them sparkle.
Keep Stainless-Steel Shining
Enemies of stainless-steel sinks and surfaces are fingerprints, smudges, and water marks. Using mineral oil can help defeat this issue. Pour some mineral oil on a cloth and wipe it down once a week.
Doing this will repel the water. Mineral oil also helps keep toothpaste and other items from sticking to the sink, making it easier to wipe clean.
Use Magic Eraser Sponges
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers cost about $4 for a pack of four.
They remove stains, unlike other normal sponges. Keep them in your collection of cleaning supplies.
They’re ideal for cleaning walls, and most other surfaces, including wood, laminate, and tile.
Keeping Your Microwave Clean
The inside of your microwave collects baked-on food, especially if it has been sitting for days or longer.This issue can be tough to resolve.
Here’s a trick: Make the microwave work for you. Take a coffee cup full of water in the microwave and heat it up until it’s boiling hot. This will create moisture that loosens up anything on the top, sides, or bottom of the microwave.
Then take a damp cloth and wipe the surfaces clean.
Vacuum In Rows
One secret to effective and efficient vacuuming: Do the entire length of the room in a straight row, then move over and start again at the front of the room.
Vacuuming high-traffic areas once a week will keep deep cleaning to a minimal.
Vacuum in long rows, and then back out of the room.
You can do it fast, and put the cord over your shoulder so you’re not fighting it.
Speed Clean On A Regular Schedule
Cutting down on cleaning time consists of cleaning more often, actually.
Once the deep clean is completed, you’ll need to give it a once-over every couple weeks.
This keeps the place looking nice, and minimizes the extensive cleaning. Maintenance cleaning instead of catch-up cleaning is the idea.
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