Time Saving Cleaning Hacks
It's easy to fall behind on housework. 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.
Cleaning your bathtub can be a real pain. That is why I use the Pinterest miracle cleaner. A dish wand filled with the Pinterest Miracle Cleaner is the best cleaning hack ever. 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. The best time to clean your shower is after it has been used. The solution is soap and vinegar, so it’s safe to clean your shower while you’re in your shower. Spraying vinegar in the tub daily prevents 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. Cutting back on cleaning products saves space and time. I recommend a cleaning product that works on multiple surfaces. I prefer Pledge multi-surface cleaner or Method Spray Cleaner. A basket or tote is perfect to carry cleaning supplies. A tote allows you to have what you need within arms reach.
Your cleaning tote should have garbage bags or leave new ones in the bottom of the can. This makes it easier to pick up trash and empty the garbage cans. 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 which is a lot faster. 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 the dust 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.
Begin in the dirtiest room and set a timer. Speed cleaning is about picking up not perfecting. Baskets are great for toys and clutter. You can stash them in the basket and sort them later. Obvious messes and picking stuff off the floor should be your priority. Quickly make the beds. A multi-surface cleaner is great for wiping down counters and furniture.
If you want you living room to look cleaner fast fluff, the pillows on the sofa and clear the coffee table. Vacuum 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 only what people will see.
Skip mopping instead use the vacuum cleaner, bare floor mode will get that most of the dirt and dust on hard floors. The vacuum 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. When you wipe surfaces, you are knocking dirt and dust to the ground. I recommend using a Swiffer sweeper pad before you mop. A Swiffer 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 the bathroom vanity cluttered? If you pick up and move everything on the bathroom counter cleaning takes forever. Storage bins from the dollar store are great for organizing the items on the vanity. If you can stash them in drawers or under the sink.
To cut down on dishes use a Crockpot, make one skillet meals, or make casseroles. Pots, pans, and serving dishes occupy most of the space in my sink and dishwasher. I find by using a trivet and eating from the pan cuts down on dishes. In my house, we struggle to keep up with the dishes, so we must 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 is easier for kids to transport toys to their room and put them away themselves. Ottomans and storage cubes double as extra seating are great for stashing clutter. It hides the clutter and is functional.
It's hard to keep up with everything. 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.
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If you want to learn how I keep my tubs clean without scrubbing click here.