Very few people enjoy cleaning their house. It’s just so much hassle, tbh. When I can afford it, I do splurge on professional cleaning services like You’ve Got Maid once or twice a year. In this article we share some tips on how you can tidy your house in half the time.
Create a System
If you want to cut down your cleaning time you need a system. And what this system will do is to make sure you clean your house in the same order every single time. The whole idea is consistency – doing the same thing every time you clean your house helps you develop a routine and the more you stick with this routine, the more efficient you become.
Clean From Top to Bottom
If you start by wiping your living room center table and then you proceed to cleaning your window blinds, dust will only build up in your newly cleaned table and then you’ll have to wipe it again. Start at the top such as your ceiling fan and wall frames and work your way down to the windows, and furniture, then to the floor.
Use a Squeegee to Clean Windows
A professional-grade window squeegee is great for cleaning windows. Just put a drop of dish soap in a liter of water, soak a clean in it and then wipe it generously on the window then squeegee it off. Make sure to wipe the blade each time and use horizontal strokes from top to bottom to avoid leaving streaks. If you don’t have a squeegee just use a clean microfiber cloth.
Be Sure Your Tools are All Set
Having all the cleaning products and tools you need within easy reach means you won’t waste time looking for them on the day you’ll start your chore.
If you want your home to be clean then make sure to do maintenance cleaning as needed. So regularly spraying your shower with an appropriate cleaner will make sure scum and grime don’t build up. Put back magazines and books at their proper storage space right after using them.
Dust Without Spraying
Feather dusters work great for routine dusting but more heavy buildup, use a cloth or vacuum instead, then simply use the duster once a week.
Cut Through Kitchen Grease
Grease will always find its way in kitchen cabinets. You can buy a cleaning product that contains orange oil to wipe it off, or you can use a regular dishwashing detergent. Just mix one tablespoon of this liquid with a gallon of warm water and wipe it on a clean cloth. Rinse off with another clean cloth that has been soaked in water.
Get Rid of Bathroom Mold
Mold are often found in bathrooms that aren’t well-ventilated. To get rid of them put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and let it sit for 5 minutes then rinse off. If you want to keep mold out of your bathroom, always take a few minutes to wipe dry your tile walls and shower door after using it.
Keep Stainless Steel Shiny
Watermarks, smudges and fingerprints are the enemies of sinks and surfaces made of stainless steel. Use mineral oil and put a few drops on a clean cloth and wipe it down weekly.
Buy Magic Erasers
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers ($4 for a pack of 4) can remove stains that are impossible to remove. Using this product will just make your life so much easier.
Microwave Cleaning Trick
Food spills can be tough to remove especially if it’s been sitting for days. What you can do is to microwave a mug ¾ full of water until it’s boiling hot to create moisture inside which will loosen up debris. Then use a damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces.
Vacuum in Rows
The secret to efficient vacuuming is to vacuum the entire length of the room in a straight direction, then start again in the next area.