These simple speed cleaning tips are shortcuts that will reduce the time you spend doing house chores when you are short of time.
Life can be hectic, and sometimes it takes all the energy we have to even think about cleaning the house.
Floors need to be mopped, dishes need to be done, laundry folded, appliances cleaned, and it just seems to take forever.
Sometimes you may get distracted, or a life event keeps you from your cleaning. Life is crazy sometimes. Fortunately, I have compiled a handy list of home speed cleaning tips to make your life easier and your home cleaner.
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17 Home Speed Cleaning Tips
1. Create A Caddy
Do you find yourself going back and forth to gather cleaning supplies for each room?
Don’t do this anymore. It wastes valuable cleaning time that you may not have. Create a cleaning caddy that contains all of your essential supplies.
Your caddy could have:
- microfiber cloths
- multi-surface cleaner
- disinfecting wipes
- lint roller
- flexible duster
- paper towels
2. Divide The Room
Do you have a bad habit of going back and forth within a room, getting distracted by something that may be out of place?
It happens to the best of us, don’t worry. This is why dividing the room is the best way to speed clean. Divide the room into sections and work clockwise. This guarantees that only one area is visited each time, and you don’t have to keep going back and forth.
If you find an item in one area that belongs in another, save it until you get to that area.
3. Laundry Basket With Handles
Nope, this isn’t for clothes. As you’re going room-to-room, collect items that don’t belong in that room and throw them in the laundry basket. A laundry basket or bag with handles is easier to carry from room to room and up and down.
Take the basket with you as you clean. If you found something in the living room that belongs in the bedroom, when you make your way to the bedroom, you can take the item out of the basket and put them away. If you don’t have a ton of time to clean every room, keep the items stashed in the basket and tuck it away for later.
4. Nothing Left Behind
If you see something that belongs in another room and you’re headed that way, grab the item. Don’t leave it in the living room if it’s a dirty cup as you are heading to the kitchen.
Nothing worse than doing the dishes, thinking you’re done, and ultimately finding a dirty dish in another room. If your family gets in on it, you’ll never have to worry about finding stray dishes in random rooms.
5. From Top to Bottom
You can find dust in the highest places in your home since dirt and dust follow gravity.
Do like the professionals, when you start cleaning an area, go from the top to the bottom. This way you’re not constantly cleaning up dust as you go.
You can quickly get rid of it the first time and be done with it.
It seems like a lot to do, but it could be easier.
Do you ever just stand there waiting for your oven to preheat or a bathtub to fill? During this time, while your oven is preheating, do something around the kitchen.
Sweep, mop, do a couple of dishes, load the dishwasher, take out the trash, and wipe down counters.
If you’re in the bathroom waiting for the tub to fill, wipe down counters, organize drawers, or maybe clean the toilet.
Doing these as you go saves you from having to do it at the end of the day or spend all the next day doing it.
7. Use Disinfecting Wipes
If you’re really in a hurry and you don’t have time to get your sponge and cleaning supplies ready, grab a disinfecting wipe.
Disinfecting wipes are an effective speed cleaning tool to use. It kills germs quickly, makes counters shine, and they tend to tackle countertop stains effectively. Once done, toss it in the garbage—no sponge rinsing or bucket cleaning necessary.
8. Don’t Let Oven Spills Sit
This is by far one of the most frustrating things – oven grime. It seems to never come off, and when it does, it leaves a stain.
You can save yourself hours of scrubbing if you tackle the spill before it does damage.
After you take something out of the oven, place a bowl of water in the oven and turn it to 400 degrees.
Let it sit in there for 20-minutes and take it out. The steam that comes from the water will help loosen grease and food. After the oven has cooled, wipe it down.
Remember to clean all kinds of spills and stains as they happen.
9. Wipe The Walls After Showering
Soap scum can be hard to tackle if it has been accumulating for days, weeks, or even months. Not everybody has the time to scrum their showers.
This is why after each shower, you should simply give your tub or shower enclosure a quick wipedown with a washcloth or sponge.
If you do this for 30-seconds after you’re done, it will decrease the amount of time you need to scrub when you are ready for the full deep cleaning.
10. Straighten Blankets and Throw Pillows
You may not realize it, but if you have blankets and throw pillows tossed around without organization, it makes your home look messy.
All you have to do is go around and fold throw blankets that may have been balled up in the corner of the couch.
Doing that will give your room a tidy appearance.
This also works for throw pillows. Place them neatly on the couch for added aesthetic appeal.
11. Shiny Faucets and Mirrors
To quickly clean your home faucets and make them shine, rub them with half a lemon.
Use a cloth (microfiber works best) dampened with hot water, white vinegar, or alcohol to quickly clean the mirrors.
12. Floors and Dust
Sweep or vacuum the floors before dusting to prevent it from spreading on furniture. A hack to collect more dust is to wrap the broom brush in a nylon stocking. The nylon fabric will attract all dust particles.
To rapidly eliminate dust from furniture, use a duster or microfiber cloths.
13. Cabinets and Shelves
To prevent your cabinets shelves and drawers from getting dirty, cover them with a plastic film or newspaper.
14. Wash As You Cook
Get used to washing the pots and utensils you use when you cook. Alternatively, place them in the dishwasher.
15. Use Trash Cans
Place a trash can in each room of the home so your family can throw their waste there.
16. Go Minimalist
Obviously, the fewer things you have at home the less time you have to dedicate to clean. Get rid of the things you don’t need and buy only what you need. This is a great way to avoid a cluttered home.
17. Use a Planner
Using a cleaning planner is a great way to organize your home chores. Create your own cleaning routine to know what you have to do each day of the week. Using a planner will save you time and stop you from procrastinating.
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