Nidhi Parikh • Nov 29, 2022
We all love a clean house! But when it comes to actually keeping it clean, we all fall short! And it’s understandable. Cleaning is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, unless you resemble Monica Geller from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
So, how do you get it done in a few minutes?
Whether you have guests coming to your house or just want to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your pets, we have some tips and tricks for you that will make your home spotless in no time.
Here are 11 tips to help you clean your house quickly and effectively.
Find unique cleaning shortcuts
The people with the cleanest home are not cleaning experts, but they are experts at ensuring they need to clean less and fast. Here are some shortcuts you can add to your cleaning plan:
Keep all your cleaning tools together
You don’t want to spend half an hour running around your house just to get all your cleaning supplies together. Worse yet, you might become demotivated and give up on your cleaning spree because you can’t find all your tools.
A better way is to have them all in one place, like a caddy or a bucket. Here’s a list of cleaning supplies you can get sorted:
Be an expert at decluttering
It’s so much easier to keep your house clean when there isn’t a pile of mess everywhere. That’s why decluttering everything in your home from time to time is so important.
You can organize a decluttering drive every month to eliminate things you haven’t used in a month.
While this helps you clean your home fast, decluttering also has other benefits. Some research studies point out that decluttering can help improve mood, ease anxiety, and increase productivity.
Deep clean from time to time
Even if you clean your home on a daily basis, there will be nooks and corners you might miss out on. For example, the dust accumulating behind furniture pieces or the grime on your showerheads and faucets.
Deep cleaning your home once a month or two ensures that you cater to all these places and that there’s less accumulation of dirt and pests in your home. This also means that you need to spend less time doing your daily cleaning chores as you have already deep-cleaned most parts of your home.
Follow the 30-second rule
Do you have 30 seconds to spare? You can get some simple cleaning chores done in that time, so you have less to do on the weekend. These chores could be simple: putting the clothes in your laundry basket into the washing machine, tossing the junk mail, or putting away the things lying on the floor.
The best part about this hack is that you can get small chores done throughout the day even if you have less time. For example, when you’re waiting for your kids or when your coffee is being made in the machine.
Disinfect countertops and surface areas
You can go through your house and wipe down hard surfaces and most-used things like countertops, door knobs, light switches, appliances, remotes, and handles. While at it, you should also disinfect the surfaces that are likely to deliver germs to people’s hands.
You can either purchase a readymade disinfectant from a store or make this disinfectant at home by mixing half a cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar into a cup of water.
Sweep, then mop
Sweeping first ensures that all the dirt and big garbage items are taken out so that the mopping can get done quickly, and you also don’t have to change the water again and again because it gets dirty quickly.
While mopping, make sure you start from the farthest corner of the room and move back toward the doorway. This way, you won’t mop yourself into a corner. You can even choose a mop based on your floor type. For example, if you have ceramic tile floors with a lot of texture, you’ll want to use a classic string mop or a strip mop.
If you’re mopping kitchen and bathroom areas, you should use a disinfectant or a strong solution to eliminate germs or bacteria.
Clean top to bottom, left to right
If you wipe the coffee table first and then go on to clean the ceiling walls, you’ll only see dirt accumulating on your just-cleaned coffee table. A reason why you should work your way down to the floor. For example, clean the ceiling walls and fan first, then your curtain blinds, followed by the coffee table and floors. This way, you don’t have to clean everything twice and get your house cleaned faster. A cherry on the cake, isn’t it?
Similarly, cleaning from left to right ensures you don’t miss out on any areas.
Vacuum in rows
The number one secret to efficient and effective cleaning: vacuum the length of a room in a straight row, then move over and start again at the front of the room. One tip to get this done fast without any mess is to put the cord over your shoulder so that it doesn’t come in between while vacuuming.
You can vacuum the entire house once a week on the weekend, or you can break it down into daily chores. For example, vacuuming the bedrooms on Saturday while vacuuming the living room on Friday.
Don’t forget to routinely wash your cleaning tools
Most of us try to keep our homes clean, but what about the tools that make them clean? They get dirty too. And cleaning our homes with a vacuum cleaner with a full bag or a dirty mop is ineffective, so we spend more time keeping our homes clean.
Instead, you can set a time for cleaning all your tools at the end of the month. You can even decide to clean appliances such as the dishwasher and washing machine at that time. All you need to do to clean them is run a hot water cycle with vinegar.
Make cleaning a group activity
It’s difficult for one person to keep an entire house clean, especially if you’re handling multiple responsibilities. If you want to clean fast, you must involve your entire family. For example, you can set certain rules, such as everyone cleaning their dishes or making their bed.
You can even divide cleaning chores amongst yourselves. Working together will also make cleaning a little more fun than usual.
Checklist of 10 things to clean in your house
Sometimes, you may need to clean your house very quickly because a friend is stopping by, and your house is messy. Set a timer and follow this checklist of cleaning tasks at that point.
Keeping your house clean is not a simple thing. Sometimes, it may take just 15 minutes. Other times, it may take weeks. But the key is to get some cleaning done daily so that your cleaning chores are manageable.
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by Nidhi Parikh • Feb 14, 2023