If you like an orderly home but not like the idea of having to spend your whole day cleaning, then you’ll definitely love these tips to speed clean your home.
Cut Your Time in Half – 5 Tips to Speed Clean Your Home
Cleaning can be a drudge, especially if you’re looking at hours of wiping, sweeping and vacuuming.
Let’s face it. We all have to do it and it is a necessary party of life. But you don’t have to like cleaning or even buy into the lies and myths from those not in the know.
The truth is you can have a spic-and-span house in no time at all by following these handy speed cleaning tips:
1. Keep Your Cleaning Tools Handy
A lot of time is spent gathering supplies for cleaning. So keep your cleaning items handy in a caddy.
To put together your own, here’s what you’ll need:
• spay bottles
• microfiber cleaning cloths
• household scrub brush
• Platex Latex Gloves
• window cleaner
• Feather or Swiffer Duster
• paper towels
• general all-purpose cleaner
• Soft Scrub
• antibacterial wipes
• furniture polish
• tall garbage bags
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2. Use Your Dishwasher
In order to maximize your time and speed clean your home, you’ll need to think outside the box. Here’s where your dishwasher comes in. Use it not only for glassware and dishes, but for other household items. This is a short list of some of the things that can be cleaned safely and quickly in your dishwasher:
• range fan screen
• hair brushes
• plastic kid’s toys
• plastic dog toys
• refrigerator shelves and drawers
• silicon oven mitts
• kitchen brushes
• grill racks
• glass light fixtures
• shower caddy
• canning jars
• dust pan
Cleaning Tip: Don’t forget that your dishwasher needs a good cleaning, too. To do this, add dishwasher soap as if you were cleaning a load of dishes and set it on the highest heat and scrub setting. Let your unit go through the full cycle. When finished, scrub off any particles, including grime and foodstuff that might have gathered on the door and sides. It’s that easy!
3. Vacuum and Sweep Often
The trick to cleaning your home quickly is to vacuum and sweep often. All of our floor surfaces take a beating, and the main culprit is dirt brought in from outside. So take a couple of minutes each day to vacuum and sweep.
Start at the entry ways and work your way in. Don’t worry about those low traffic areas. They don’t need as much attention as those that are in the direct line of busy feet.
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In the future have your family leave their shoes at the door. That way, they won’t track in so much dirt and your floor cleaning will become lickety split.
And, while you are thinking about it, be sure to replace your vacuum bag or canister often. Doing so will allow your vacuum to suck up the dirt at maximum capacity.
Put Cleaning on Your Calendar
One of the best speed cleaning tips I can offer is that if you truly want to keep abreast of your cleaning tasks, you need to schedule it in on your daily calendar. Not only will it keep you accountable, but it will also keep the need to be clean front and center. You’ll love this handy Clean it Up! Planner.
4. Quick Clean Before You Sleep
Before you go to bed do this:
• Make sure all dishes have been washed from the night’s dinner and have been put away.
• Wipe down all of the counter surfaces and stove top.
• Pick up toys or other misplaced items and put them away.
• Fluff your sofa pillows.
• Replace dirty towels from bathrooms and kitchen.
• Put dishwasher on if load is ready to be cleaned.
• Do a quick sweep of any bare floors that need it.
TRY THIS: A centrally located soft canvas storage toy box works wonders. That way, you can quickly and easily pick up any misplaced toys as you pass by.
5. Enlist the Help of Your Family
You’ll find that you’ll clean lightening fast if you enlist the help of your family. Many hands make quick work of those tasks we think are drudgery.
And, since each member contributes in some way or other to the messes in your home, wouldn’t it be nice if they took responsibility and helped in the task of picking up their stuff?
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You’ll find that what seemed to be totally out of your reach is achievable with your family’s help.
For more ideas to help you with cleaning your home, check out my Pinterest Board: Cleaning Ideas from Wisconsin Homemaker.