House cleaning is a necessary task, but it takes a lot of time and work. You can spend multiple days cleaning your house from top to bottom. Considering how often a house needs to be tidied, it can be extremely difficult to find the drive to do it. However, housework doesn’t have to be so tedious or time-consuming. There are many ways to make house cleaning easier, quicker and even enjoyable.
Gather All Tools, Cleaners, and Cloths in a Caddy
One aspect of house cleaning that eats up a lot of time is finding the proper cleaning tools, cloths, and cleaners for the room you’re cleaning.
You can save a lot of time and energy by gathering up all of the essential items into a caddy before you start cleaning and bringing it with you as you move from room to room. This is the caddy that I use and it’s extremely spacious for all of the cleaning supplies that I use.
Part of getting a house truly clean is eliminating odors. You can get a variety of odors out of most surfaces instantly by using baking soda.
Spread some baking soda over the smelly surface, wait about 15 minutes and vacuum up the powder. For items that can’t be vacuumed, like shoes or fabrics, wipe them down with a damp cloth or shake them off outside.
Using essential oils around the house is a great way to get rid of bad odors, as well.
Go from Top to Bottom
Cleaning something from top to bottom isn’t just a phrase about cleaning something thoroughly.
If you dust shelves, window shades or anything with layers from bottom to top, the dust will fall to the lower sections as you clean the top. You’ll have to go back to the lower parts and dust them again after you’ve finished.
The same is said for vacuuming stairs. If you vacuum stairs from bottom to top, you may inadvertently track dirt up the stairs as you go, forcing you to vacuum the lower stairs again.
When you clean anything from top to bottom, little to no dirt, dust, hair or fur will collect on anything, you’ve already cleaned, saving you time and energy.
Let Cleaners Sit While You Do Other Tasks
Many cleaners, especially ones used in the bathroom and kitchen, benefit from sitting and soaking rather than wiping them away immediately.
Spray down every surface that you need to clean at once and do some quick tasks before returning and wiping or scrubbing the surface down.
Always read the bottle before you leave something soaking for long periods of time.
Vacuum Hard Floors Instead of Sweeping
Sweeping takes a lot of time, and it’s difficult to get everything off the floor with a broom and dustpan, especially when you’re dealing with pet fur and hair. Instead of using a broom, use your vacuum.
A vacuum will quickly and easily get up all dirt, fur, hair, and other debris from a hardwood, linoleum, tile or other flooring surfaces without issue.
If your regular vacuum is too bulky, purchase a smaller lightweight vacuum specifically for your hard floors. This robot vacuum cleaner has been the greatest investment I’ve made in awhile. It saves me so much time and energy!
Some vacuums can even be converted specifically for hardwood flooring. Others include pads to avoid scuffing the surface and include attachments to help get underneath obstacles and around corners. This bagless vacuum always gets the job done!
Use a Steam Mop
Mopping is one of the bigger chores to do while cleaning the kitchen, but your mopping time can be cut down drastically by using a steam mop instead of a traditional mop. I rave about this steam mop, because it works on tile and hard wood floors.
With a steam mop, you only need to fill the reservoir with water and wait about a minute for it to heat up. Once the water is heated, you can quickly mop the floor.
Because it uses steam, the floor will dry much faster than it would with a traditional mop, and the heat of the steam will kill more germs.
Wipe Down Blinds with Tongs and a Microfiber Cloth
Cleaning blinds can be very time-consuming and frustrating, but you can make quick work of them with a simple trick.
Grab a pair of tongs, wrap each arm in a microfiber cloth and use rubber bands or strings to secure them. Place a slat between the arms, pinch the tongs and slide them across. Repeat the process on each slat.
Prep for Microwave Cleaning with Steam
Microwaves commonly have a myriad of various food and beverages caked onto their interiors. Cleaning a microwave doesn’t have to result in a lot of furious scrubbing, however.
Pour a mixture of one cup of water and three tablespoons of vinegar into a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and run it for about three minutes.
The steam will loosen up the stubborn sticky messes and make them easy to wipe off.
Make it a Group Effort
Roommates, spouses, and children can all do their part to help with the cleaning either at once or on a day to day basis.
For example, taking the time out on the weekend for house cleaning day and assigning everyone to specific rooms will make the task go much faster.
Assigning people to have smaller jobs during the week, like picking up clutter, doing laundry or dusting, will make designated house cleaning days much easier.
Giving children some smaller cleaning tasks like picking up their toys or putting away their clean clothes not only makes house cleaning quicker and easier but it also teaches children responsibility and the value of hard work.
Housework doesn’t have to be such a massively time-consuming job. With these simple tweaks to your approach and the proper tools in hand, you can have your house spotless in a fraction of the time. Let me know what you think about these tips in the comment section below.