Cleaning Hacks That Cut Both Time and Grime

Most of us make cleaning way harder than it has to be! There is no reason to spend hours every day trying to keep your house clean. With proper plans, organization, and know-how, you can keep your home clean and presentable at all times.


* Clean the Dirtiest Thing Last – Work top to bottom, outside toward the inside or center, from the right in a clockwise motion and always clean the dirtiest areas last. This will help avoid spreading dirt and grease around and having to use more cleaning supplies such as sponges and cloths. You will also be gaining small "wins" along the way, making you feel productive and you will want to keep going.


* Sanitize Sinks, Sponges, Brushes and Toilets – These things get super dirty. Believe it or not, sponges and sinks can sometimes be dirtier than your toilets. It’s important to sanitize your sink each day. Use a cleaner that gets rid of bacteria such as bleach, or a commercial cleaner that gets rid of germs. In addition, sanitize your sponge by cleaning well with the cleaner, then zapping it in the microwave. For your toilet, you can use flat soft drinks to dissolve dirt and not have to the worry about your dog drinking chemical water. Just pour flat soda (or buy super cheap soda) into the bowl and let soak overnight. Then in the morning, scrub and flush away the germs.


* Use an Oven Liner – The oven gets dirty because when you bake items they often drip or splatter. If you put a non-stick liner in the bottom of your oven you can easily wipe it out as you clean up the kitchen each evening after dinner. Spending one minute and a few dollars right now will save you hours later trying to get off burnt-on food.


* Use Rain X or Vinegar on Your Shower Door – Do you have shower doors or any glass that gets wet and spotted from water? If so you can use anything designed for automobiles to bead up rain water to help keep the spots down. If you are looking for something natural, vinegar is a great option. The trick is to also wipe down the doors before the water dries in spots. If you don't want to use your towel every time try using a squeegee. If everyone in the house is taught to wipe down the tub, shower, sink and other surfaces after drying off, you’ll hardly ever have to do deep cleaning in the bathroom.


* Wash Shower Liners with Bleach in Washer – Is your shower liner getting moldy? Instead of replacing it, you can actually throw it in the washing machine with bleach and soap. Use hot water, and then hang up while still wet. Teach everyone to fully close the curtains to avoid getting mold in the future.


* Keep Your Bedroom Comfortable – It can be very hard to sleep in a mess. If you train yourself and everyone else to make the bed first thing, the room will automatically feel cleaner and more restful. Eliminating clutter by cutting down on the stuff you have, only keeping in drawers and closets things you actually use. This will also make cleaning less work.


* Basket It – Take five minutes to circle the house with a basket, putting anything that doesn’t belong in the room inside the basket. Go through twice, so you can also put the stuff away after collecting it. This can cut down on clutter in a big way. Want to teach kids to pick up their belongings? Have a lost and found and charge for retrieval.


* Create a Home for Everything – Organization will help tremendously. If everything has a home, such as shoes, coats, umbrellas, books and so forth, there will be a lot less clutter. Create homes for things with baskets, cubbies and shelving.


* Use Phone Time Wisely – If your mom or best friend calls, use the time in a productive manner. Get a headset so that you have your hands free and keep moving during the entire call cleaning anything that’s dirty or folding laundry.

Cleaning doesn’t have to take that much time out of your day if you keep cleaning as you go, and teach your family to do the same. Having a home for each thing you own, and a logical place to store things, will also help. Creating procedures and scheduling times to do deep cleaning will also make a huge difference.

About the Author Cheri Toftdahl

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