Timesaving Cleaning Hacks
It's easy to fall behind on housework. So many hours in the day right? I know I cannot do everything. Most people cannot, and that is ok. I would rather get behind on laundry than lose sleep. If you’re looking for a way to cut down on your cleaning or save time here are cleaning hacks to make your life easier.
It is a pain to clean your bathtub. Refer to this post on the Pinterest miracle cleaner. Go down to your local store and pick up a scrubbing wand for dishes and fill it with the Pinterest Miracle Cleaner. Keep the wand in the shower and scrub your shower when you’re about to get out of the shower. The hot water and the steam will loosen all the dirt and grime in your shower. So it is the best time to do it, and the solution is soap and vinegar, so it’s safe to clean your shower while you’re in your shower. Spray your shower and tub with vinegar daily to help prevent buildup.
Rethink what you’re using to clean. I’ve said this before in another post you need to use a product safe on any surface in your house. It cuts down the clutter under your sink, and it speeds things up. I recommend a cleaning product that works on multiple surfaces. I prefer Pledge multi-surface cleaner or Method Spray Cleaner. Put your cleaning supplies in a small basket or tote with a roll of paper towels or rags. Grab your cleaning products and go. A tote allows you to have what you need within arms reach.
Add garbage bags to your cleaning tote or leave new ones in the bottom of the can. Bring another bag with you as you clean room to room. Then change out the bags and pick up trash. You will not have to come back. I put a large bag in my tote and dump the garbage from each room in the larger bag as I go room to room.
Consider ditching the wet duster for a lambs wool duster it is a lot faster. You won't have to spray and wipe. Dusters get the job done fast. I would alternate every week between dry and wet dusting because wet dusting gets rid of more dust. Dry dusting is more about knocking it down which means the dust can settle back down after dusting.
I find I clean my kitchen easier and faster with pre-made cleaning wipes. Wipes make spot cleaning much quicker. You can create your own if you think they are too expensive. Go to the dollar store and got a plastic tub to store them in. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and removed the roll and add the cleaning solution. I like to use equal parts vinegar, alcohol, and water and a few drops of essential oils.
Time yourself. Spend more time in the dirtiest room. It's about picking up not perfecting. Put toys and clutter in baskets and sort when you have time. Spend less time in the smaller and cleaner rooms. Focus on picking stuff off the floor. Making the bed (it does not have to be perfect). Wiping down counters or furniture. Decluttering surfaces fast is vital.
If you want you living room to look cleaner fast fluff, the pillows on the sofa and clear the coffee table. Vacuuming high-traffic areas when you're in a hurry is better than not vacuuming at all. Pick what matters most. If unexpected company is coming by they won't be taking a bath or going into your bedroom. Clean what people will see. Leave the rest for later.
Skip mopping. If you have a vacuum cleaner, bare floor mode will get that most of the dirt and dust on hard floors. It is faster than mopping. Since vacuuming and cleaning the floors should be last, you can go over the hard surfaces as you vacuum. You should clean the floors last because when you wipe surfaces you are knocking dirt and dust to the ground. I recommend using a Swiffer sweeper pad before you mop. It is fast and removes hair and dust the broom may not. It's faster than sweeping and mopping too. If the pad looks clean, then skip the mop that day.
Rethink what you are using and doing. Is vanity cluttered? Use an all in one face cream like Olay Seven Signs. Makeup taking up too much room? Read this and toss the old makeup. It takes take longer to pick up and move everything on the bathroom counter than it does to clean them. Use decorative storage bins from the dollar store and organizing the items on the vanity. If you can stash them in drawers or under the sink.
Use a Crockpot, make one skillet meals, or make casseroles to cut down on dishes. Pots, pans, and serving dishes occupy most of the space in my sink and dishwasher. I find by using a trivet and serving from the pan it cuts down on dishes. In my house, we have a hard time keeping up with the dishes, so we have to cut down on what we use.
If the kid's toys are always on your living room floor, consider getting a toy box or basket. The kids can toss them into instead of leaving them on the floor. A basket makes it easier to transport toys to their room and put them away themselves. Buy an ottoman and storage cubes that double as extra seating. It hides the clutter and is functional.
It's hard to keep up with everything I know it. Remember you do not have to clean your entire house every day. Spot cleaning can be a huge time saver and improves your homes cleanliness
I hope these suggestions help.