Cleaning is not the most beloved chore in the world, but everyone needs to do it. No one enjoys living in a dirty home. A clean bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living room look and feels great to live in. The good news is, you don’t always need to block off a full day for cleaning. There are different ways to make house cleaning easier.
1. Make a systematic plan.
To cut your cleaning time, you must have a system. This means cleaning the house with one task every time. Pick a task (sweeping, dusting, mopping, or vacuuming) and do the same task in every room of the house at a time. This is more efficient than cleaning the kitchens first, then the bedrooms, then the bathrooms. Do the same thing every time you clean, so it becomes a routine. Your routine becomes your method, and it speeds you up. Doing one task at a time for the whole house prevents you from feeling like you’re in an endless cleaning cycle when you repeat the same task over and over again.
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2. Gather all your cleaning tools before you start working.
Having all your cleaning products and tools at an arm’s reach means you don’t have to waste time walking back and forth to the cabinet under the sink. Whether it’s a bucket, caddy, or tote, having everything you need in one portable place makes it easier to get the job done – especially if you have a larger house and the storage for cleaning supplies are far away from some points of the home. If you hired a carpenter to fix your roof and he went up and down the ladder every time he needed a nail, you don’t want to tolerate him. That’s the same as using cleaners.
If you buy cleaning products in bulk, you don’t need to bring those large bottles with you. Pour the cleaners into refillable spray bottles that are easy to carry, then place them in a caddy or bucket to stay organized.
To make cleaning a smoother procedure, go room to room, and pick up clutter. As you pick each item, consider whether to put it away, toss it or donate it. When surfaces and floors are free of clutter, it makes it easier to clean them.
4. Always start from top to bottom.
Don’t sweep the floor, then wipe your work table, and then after seeing the dust from your floating shelves and blinds, you proceed to dust – letting the dust fall to your newly clean work table and floors. Always start at the top of the room, like dusting the ceiling fan, removing cobwebs on the corner ceilings, and then working down to surfaces until you reach the floor to eliminate redundant work.
Also, clean left to right or right to left to ensure that you cover the entire room, instead of going back and forth. Some people see something, and they clean it, then they look up and see some dirt and clean it, and the dirt ends up falling down on what was just cleaned.
5. Get proactive.
The best way to keep a house clean is to stop problems before it even pops out. For instance, you can use a shower cleaner spray to prevent grime and scum buildup, rather than use a trigger bottle. Every time you take a shower, spray it on to prevent it from being dirty. Rinse and walk away.
6. Dust and vacuum.
Before you start dusting, make sure that your ceiling fans and other fans are turned off. Concentrate your dusting on tops of furniture and undersides of shelves, picture frames, handrails, TV screens, and knickknacks. For blinds, upper shelves, and hard-to-reach areas, tie a microfiber cloth to the end of a broom or mop.
7. Vacuum in rows.
For efficient vacuuming, do the entire length of the room in a straight row. Move over, and start again at the front of the room. This will help do your vacuuming fast, and when you’re done, it looks polished and beautiful.
8. Use a squeegee or microfiber cloths to ensure mark-free finish in windows.
Can’t get the streak-free shine you want using Windex and paper towels? A window squeegee will help you. The truth is, if you want to get more efficient and faster at cleaning your house, you need to invest in quality cleaning materials. A squeegee can be used for wiping the window clean and streak-free. If you don’t want to use a squeegee, you can use a glass cleaner and a lint-free microfiber cloth. These items will save you some time cleaning the windows, for they won’t leave a residue, unlike other cleaners.
9. Defeat mineral deposits with vinegar.
If hard water stains due to mineral deposits have stained your plumbing fixtures, don’t waste your time scrubbing it with bristle brushes or pads because it can scratch and damage your faucet. Instead, use white vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. You can use a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap the sink or showerhead on it so mineral deposits can dissolve in the vinegar. It won’t take you too much effort to make them shiny again.
10. Save time cleaning stainless steel using mineral oil.
Water stains, smudges, and fingerprints are the enemies of stainless steel surfaces, sinks, and appliances. Using mineral oil can help you prevent it, so the next time you clean them, you don’t have to scrub so much. Pour some mineral oil on a cloth and wipe it down once a week to repel the water. It also helps keep toothpaste from sticking to the sink to make it easier to wipe clean.
11. Use the microwave to clean the microwave.
The inside of your microwave can be hard to clean due to baked-on food, especially if your kids don’t like cleaning it after use, and it has been left sitting for days. To save time and effort, let the microwave help you. Put a coffee cup full of water inside the microwave and heat it up until it boils. This creates moisture that can soften the baked-on residues, making it easier to remove.
12. Clean more often.
If you really want to cut down your cleaning time, speed-clean regularly. Once you’ve deep-cleaned the house, give it a once-over every couple of weeks. It will keep your home looking nice and spare you a long job of doing several months’ worth of cleaning at one time. This way, you can create maintenance cleaning instead of catch-up cleaning.
13. Pour hot water over your sink full of dirty dishes.
When tackling hardened food residue, it’s best to pour hot water over your sink full of dirty dishes than letting things soak. The hot water will dissolve grease more easily, and when it’s time to scrub using a sponge, half of the job is already done.
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