15 secrets to cleaning your home in half the time

It’s not your favorite pastime, but it’s something you have to vì chưng to optimize your trang chủ life và psyche. If you don’t do it, not only will your space be cluttered, but so will your mind. The health & wellness benefits are also important khổng lồ note. A dust-free trang chủ is a home that keeps allergens, germs, and other pollutants at bay. & with all that said, now we have a question for you: are you cleaning your house the right way? Is there a correct approach for how lớn clean your home? We sought expert advice to uncover their tips, tricks và product suggestions on the best way to lớn clean—quickly và efficiently. After all, you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, so if we’re going to vì this, we better streamline và focus our efforts.

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Before you dust, wipe & scrub, one of the first things you should bởi vì is, "Pick up, và put away everything has gathered on the floor," says Sharon Lowenheim, MBA, MSE, certified professional organizer, và founder of Organizing Goddess, Inc. "Then, vị the same with all the surfaces." Kate Pawlowski, founding partner of Done và Done Home, echoes Lowenheim"s sentiment, adding that what makes cleaning so difficult for some people is that they have too much lying around the house. "We always suggest that doing a big declutter will make cleaning so much faster since everything is put away in its home," says Pawlowski.


Getting started also means lớn create a special station for all of your cleaning supplies và products, & devote one bucket or caddy lớn carry around the house with you while you clean, explains Wendy Silberstein, professional organizer and founder of The Aesthetic Organizer. Then, "create a master schedule & commit," she tells Woman"s Day.

Dividing your cleaning tasks into daily, weekly, & monthly ones can also make a world of a difference, Jamie Hord, founder of Horderly Professional Organizing, explains. "You"ll never have to lớn spend hours (or days) doing an entire-home deep clean again," she adds. Hord recommends wiping down and disinfecting all high-traffic areas daily—doorknobs, countertops, kitchens, bathrooms, và laundry rooms, just khổng lồ name a few. "On a weekly basis, wash sheets và towels, vacuum and mop floors, dust surfaces & furniture, và clean your showers và bathtubs," she says. As for monthly tasks, Hord suggests taking inventory of the food in your kitchen, cleaning supplies, & toiletries to lớn make sure they"re not expired.

Once you"ve got your cleaning schedule down và decluttering out of the way, it"s time lớn start cleaning.

The Best Way to lớn Clean Your House

We talked khổng lồ the pros khổng lồ uncover their valuable tips so you can get right khổng lồ the cleaning without wasting any time & effort...

Work Smart, Not Hard

Professional house cleaner & blogger of ConfessionsofaCleaningLady.com, Sara San Angelo, has a great motto for cleaning: "Work smarter not harder.”

One of the tools that helps her work smarter: a cordless electric spin scrubber with the extendable arm. “You can clean your whole bathroom with it with minimal effort,” she says. “With the extendable arm, you don"t have khổng lồ bend over to clean large tubs or showers. Cleaning grout lines on the floor is a breeze.” San Angelo even dusts baseboards with it using a dry scrubber head.”


The Total Method

Roman Peysakhovich, CEO of national cleaning company Onedesk, recommends cleaning the entire house with every cleaning session—not just one room at a time. “House cleaning is much more efficient if you pick one task, such as dusting, mopping or vacuuming, & do the same task in every room of the house,” he says. “Focusing on one task will save you hours of time in the long run và it"ll help you avoid starting the same task over & over again.”

The biggest mistake people make is cleaning room by room (also known as "zone cleaning"). "You can either clean your kitchen in four hours, or clean your entire house đứng top to bottom in four hours," says Lisa Romero, owner of Just lượt thích New Cleaning in Fort Collins, Colorado. "A lot of people get caught focusing on one area—say, doing a super job cleaning the counters—and never get khổng lồ the stove, let alone the next room. In reality, just wiping things down & moving on is quick và efficient."

These pros are in favor of task cleaning, i.e. Completing one chore, such as dusting, throughout the entire house, before starting the next.

Dust With Greatness

Peysakhovich loves the Scrub Daddy Damp Duster for dusting most surfaces in your home. “The ridged edges of this easy-to-use duster trap even the smallest dust bunnies,” he explains. “This duster is built to lớn last, & makes dusting your trang chủ easier.”

Scrubbing Power

Residential real estate developer và general contractor Bill Samuel has innovated grout cleaning as he rehabs houses for reselling & renting. “When it comes to cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles, we have found that any basic cleaning solution và some elbow grease will get the job done in almost every case. However, getting stains out of the grout between the tiles is much more difficult & so we discovered an effective method for cleaning tile grout,” he explains. “First you should purchase a sản phẩm specifically designed for cleaning grout so check out the nhận xét of any retailer to lớn find the right sản phẩm for the job.”

But here’s where the innovation comes in: Samuel uses a drill bit brush for the motorized scrubbing action. He specifically uses this Holikme Drill Brush power nguồn Scrubber. Simply attach it khổng lồ your drill and scrub grime away.

Toilet TLC

Doyle James, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighborly company, explains how to care for your potty: “For a squeaky clean toilet, set 1 cup of baking soda with 15 drops of tea tree essential oil & 15 drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Let the mixture sit in the bowl for 30 minutes and scrub with a bowl brush before flushing.”

Do Clean Your Dishwasher

Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company, reminds khổng lồ clean your dishwasher routinely. “The dishwasher is one of the biggest culprits for potential mold growth,” he says. "Its warm and damp environment is heaven for mold spores—especially if there’s food particles left behind from your last cycle."

To clean it, Shimek advises to lớn regularly run an empty dry-heat cycle lớn flush out the interior, including the silverware basket, filter, panels và door gasket. “To keep this appliance germ-free, you can clean the affected areas with diluted bleach & if there’s mold in the silverware basket, let it soak in your kitchen sink with diluted bleach and warm water for 30 minutes,” he adds. “Be sure to lớn rinse thoroughly before placing back into the dishwasher.”

Don’t Forget Your Drains

Jake Romano, who works for Ottawa Drain Cleaners, says a routine drain cleaning that you can vị yourself can save you hundreds of dollars on plumbing services in the long run. “Every month or two, simply pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar,” he explains. “Let it fizzle và react for about half an hour before flushing it down with hot water.”

Romano says that doing so will eat away at the grease & grime building in the drains, which lead khổng lồ stubborn clogs.

He also suggests using products lượt thích drain enzyme cleaners regularly. “These cleaners are safe for the environment,” he adds. “They usually include enzymes & bacteria that will slowly devour the particle buildup in your drains. It can help with your entire plumbing system, even into your sewer.”

Clean What You Clean With

Peysakhovich stresses the importance of cleaning what you clean with. “To clean your house properly, your cleaning tools must be clean before you even start using them,” he says. “You"ll end up spending more time trying to clean if you don"t clean your tools beforehand.”

The Ultimate Cleaning Guide

The recommended plan of attack? Top-to-bottom, left-to-right. "I always start ," Romero says. "It"s a good place to lớn leave supplies."

For each task, start at the highest point in the room (if dusting, this might mean high shelves), and move from left lớn right across the room. This way, you don"t miss anything, and you won"t accidentally knock dust onto already-cleaned lower shelves.

Step 1: Dust Your House

Dust each room, including the topsides of all the furniture, undersides of shelves, & all handrails, as well as picture frames, TV screens, và knickknacks. "When it"s possible lớn dry-dust, I vị — getting something wet makes it harder," Romero says. Lớn get rid of fingerprints, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water.

Pro cleaning tip: Look up top. "People don"t dust up on the very top of furniture, và that"s where all the dust collects và then falls off," Romero says.

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Step 2: Clean Furniture Fabric

Go through the house & strip và remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. Brush furniture surfaces with a vacuum extension as needed.

Step 3: Clean Mirrors and Glass

Wipe down mirrors and windows throughout the house.

Pro cleaning tip: Using one wet and one dry microfiber cloth won"t leave streaks.


Step 4: Clean Surfaces

Wipe down all surfaces và counters throughout the house, disinfecting as necessary.

Pro cleaning tip: Be sure khổng lồ wipe down all places that fingers touch, like door handles, light switches, TV remotes & phones. "Those are the places that people forget, và they really hold germs," Payne says.

Step 5: Clean the Kitchen & Bathroom

Walk through and spray cleaner on tubs, sinks, and toilets. Return và scrub. Then, in the kitchen, wipe down the inside of the microwave, & cabinet and appliance doors.


Step 6: Clean Floors

Sweep, then mop or scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, và any other floor that needs it.

Pro cleaning tip: "I always bởi bathroom floors on my hands và knees with a microfiber cloth và cleanser," Romero says. "That"s how I know that I got every corner, even behind toilets, and that they"re 100% disinfected."

Step 7: Vacuum the House

"I vacuum my way out the bedrooms, down the stairs, through the living room and out of the house," Romero says.

Pro cleaning tip: It"s not crucial to lớn vacuum every single inch. Just keep moving. You"ll get the spots you missed next week.

Christy Piña is the digital fellow at nhatroso.com, where she covers women’s issues, lifestyle, và entertainment. When she’s not writing about everything under the sun, she’s probably marathoning her newest streaming obsession, reading fiction, or making brunch plans with her friends. She speaks fluent Spanglish và drinks way too much iced coffee.

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