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Do you visualize your home having that just cleaned, just off the magazine pages look?
Do you want to spend your Sunday with your feet up watching your favourite movie? Get all your chores done and done expertly allowing you that well-deserved free time to do something more fun!
Everyone enjoys having a clean home, but you don’t want to spend all day cleaning, so rely on tried and tested methods that get your house cleaner faster but still doing it so well your visitors can pop in anytime!
Save precious time with some eye-opening cleaning tips that professionals don’t share!
Clean your entire house in a fraction of the time that it is taking you at the moment.
These time saving house cleaning hacks will blow your mind and you will not believe your ever cleaned your house another way!
What is the REAL SECRET? – That’s easy, clean your house faster before it looks messy! That’s why we call it a cleaning routine, if you do this regularly and in the same order and in the same amount of time, this will automatically become your cleaning routine! When you start out, the routine may take longer to complete, but as you do it regularly and in the same way you will clean your house in half the time because your cleaning routine already has everything set-up for you!
Know the difference between Cleaning and Tidying
Cleaning your house is getting rid of the dust, the dirt, the grime! We are talking about cleaning all the surfaces in your house like the counters, bathtubs, toilets and floors.
On the other hand – a tidying routine is clearing away objects and putting them in their place, the kid’s toys in the toybox, the shoes in the shoe cupboard, hanging up the clothes that are lying around.
Never try to do both on the same day.
However, that doesn’t mean that you leave everything lying around the house and then you attempt to tidy it all away in one day! Now, set up that tidying routine, every morning while you are waiting for the kettle to boil, for your first morning coffee, tidy up around you, pick up the trash in the kitchen, dining room and lounge and put it in the trashcan!
Maybe every night before bed, take ten minutes for your tidying routine, put away the toys, hang up the clothes, put the shoes away!
The Most Important Matter – Clean Room by Room and NOT Task by Task!
Cleaning task by task is inefficient. If you go around your entire house first dusting all the furniture, then wiping down all the surfaces and then vacuuming the entire house, you will be exhausted before you have cleaned your house and are likely to then leave the polishing and give up before the bathroom is cleaned!
Complete all the cleaning in each room one at a time AND clean the rooms in the right order!
Which room do I clean First?
Keeping your house clean starts with keeping your family healthy! With that in mind, start your cleaning in the kitchen and then clean the bathroom. Sanitizing the most used rooms in the house comes first, making your house look nice comes second!
Next up is focus on the bedrooms, this is where the dust mites end up and can cause allergies. Once those are cleaned if you are running out of energy or time, you can rest assured your family’s health is in safe hands!
Once all that is done you can move your attention onto the remaining rooms and tasks.
In What order should I clean a room?
Always clean top to bottom, clean the lights, on top of the cupboard, clean ceiling fans, working your way from left to right, clean bedside tables next and make the beds – now finally, clean the floor! You definitely don’t want to waste your time by cleaning the floor only to get dust or grime on your newly cleaned floor if you wipe off the cupboards and ceiling fans last, do you?
What should I have in My Cleaning Kit?
Start off by having a cleaning caddy or bucket that holds all and is easy to wash. This way you don’t have to gather all your cleaning supplies every time you start your cleaning routine. Keep your cleaning kit clean, remember, if your cleaning tools are dirty, how will you clean your home?
Cleaning cloths: Have different coloured micro-fibre cleaning cloths, for example, green for the furniture, blue for the windows, yellow for kitchen and bathroom counters, and a dark coloured purple for the grimy areas. Wash your cloths in hot water immediately after use and hang them in bright sunlight for extra disinfection and that just washed fresh smell of clean laundry.
Squeegees: If you are going to wash the windows, have a squeegee in your caddy. Once you have cleaned your windows, clean your squeegee too, use your dark purple microfibre cloth with hot soapy water to wipe the blade clean and ready for your next cleaning day. Dry the blade right away to avoid rust build up on the blade.
Mops: A dirty mop only spreads germs and bacteria around on the floor and won’t be much help in cleaning and disinfecting your floor. If the mop head is not removable so that you can throw it into the washing machine, make sure you disinfect it. Use 1 cup of bleach with two gallons of hot water, allow to soak for at least 10 minutes, rinse the mop with clean water and place it in the sun to disinfect further and air dry.
Vacuum cleaner: Every vacuum cleaner needs to be regularly cleaned out, wash the plastic parts that are removable in a tub with soap and hot water, rinse and dry before replacing them! Change the filter of the vacuum cleaner every time you have used it on multiple rooms and clean the brush head of the vacuum cleaner after use by removing loose hairs or threads that have been vacuumed up.
Cleaning Materials: An All-Purpose cleaner and a disinfectant spray should remain in your caddy, ready to use anywhere in the house.
Here is the Quickest Way to Clean Your House! And YES, we’re talking minutes per room!
Onto The Cleaning Routine
As we said earlier – Start with the Kitchen – Maximum 15 minutes from Top to Bottom!
- Fill the sink with hot soapy water. Collect the dirty dishes and put them in the water.
- Remove anything and everything from the kitchen countertops.
- Take a sponge and dip it into the soapy hot water, squeeze out the excess water and wipe down all countertops. Rinse the sponge, and dip into soapy water again, now wipe down the cabinets and any other surfaces. Rinse the sponge and repeat the cleaning routine as you carry on cleaning the kitchen.
- Wipe down all the kitchen appliances with a clean and rinsed sponge.
- Finish your kitchen cleaning routine by cleaning any stove pieces and replace onto stove.
- Empty the trashcan and deodorize with room freshener spray.
- Finally, the dishes have had a good soak, mow rinse and place on drying rack to put away once you have cleaned the rest of the house.
Next up – The bathroom – Maximum Cleaning time – 10 Minutes!
- Clear the countertops in the bathroom.
- Spray the countertops and bathtub with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Leave the cleaner to process while you clean the toilet outer surface and the outer toilet seat.
- Now wet your bathroom microfibre cloth with hot water, squeeze out any excess water and wipe down all surfaces that have the all-purpose cleaner on.
- Rinse the bathtub with hot water.
- Take your squeegee and clean the mirrors.
- Use your clean mop in your caddy to mop the bathroom floor.
- Replenish toilet rolls, soap and air freshener.
- AND – you’re done!
What’s Next – Bedrooms – Maximum cleaning time per bedroom 8 Minutes!
- Clear away all the clutter, shoes and clothes in the cupboard, toys in the toybox.
- Use your microfibre cloth and wipe down all furniture, starting top to bottom and left to right. Spray furniture with dusting spray of your choice.
- Strip the linens from the bed and remake the beds. Use fitted bottom sheet as you don’t have to box-fold the corners – saving you at least 2 minutes per corner.
- Vacuum the bedroom floors while you are there and there you have it, a clean bedroom in around 8 minutes.
Last Up – Living and Dining Rooms – Maximum cleaning time – 8 minutes!
- You know the first step by now – clear away the clutter!
- Start in one corner top to bottom and left to right, clean all surfaces with a microfibre cleaning cloth.
- Straighten books and magazines on the coffee table.
- If you have ceiling fans, those must be cleaned first, if your windows have blinds and not curtains, those are next.
- Attach an upholstery cleaner to your vacuum cleaner and vacuum any upholstered furniture.
- Remove upholstery attachment and vacuum floors, left to right.
- Voila! Done and dusted!
Finally!! – Maximum 2 Minutes!
- Take a can of fresh smelling room deodorizer and walk though the house spraying in each room and the entrance hall and passage!
- Put a bunch of flowers in a vase and on the dining room table!
You’ve done it – a clean house ready for your family or any pop-in visitors!
Extra Tips for those Deep Cleaning days – Here they are!
Extra uses for your dishwasher:
Clean light fixtures in your dishwasher. On those days where you feel you need to spring clean use your dishwasher to wash light fixtures and children’s toys, anything that is potentially breakable. Place these items in the dishwasher and run them through the drying cycle and see the clean glass lampshades or a clean dolls and cars for the children to play with. Know that a happy home is a healthy home!
Use your washing machine!
Place toys like soft toys or dolls clothes and blankets in the washing machine, run the washing machine on a quick cycle with cold water. Once the washing is complete, place outside to dry and have the toys clean and fresh as if directly from the store.
Clean curtains in a flash!
A time-consuming task is to take down the curtains, wash and iron them and then rehang them. Save yourself the time and effort by attaching the upholstery attachment to the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the curtains while they are still hanging. Always remember, top to bottom and left to right. And please remember, all attachments must be clean and dust free before you clean your curtains!
Fridge Liners will save you time when you want your fridge extra clean!
Cut wax paper and place on the shelves of your refrigerator. Once they get dirty, simply remove them and toss into the trash. Replace with new wax paper and never have to clean a fridge shelf again!
Declutter your house monthly!
The more things you have lying around the house the more you have to tidy up and it takes longer to clean each room. Every month take one room at a time and give away or put into a storage bin any item you have not used in the past month. This will save your cleaning routine and tidying routine as you don’t have to dust them or continuously move them to wipe the surfaces under the items that you no longer use regularly.
Create a family chore plan!
Each family is different and the way in which they live is different, so there is no perfect chore plan. The goal is simply to get the chores done and write up a plan that works for each family member.
Any cleaning routine that you establish is a great idea. It is good to make a list of tasks to be done daily or weekly.
If you are lucky enough to have older children, they can clean up their own rooms, hang up their own clothes and put their dirty laundry in the laundry basket.
Even younger children can be taught from a relatively early age to put their toys back into the toybox after playing with them. This can be a fun game to teach younger children!
Older children might even be able to help with vacuuming their own rooms or folding the laundry.
Doing the dishes can be a family affair, one washes and rinses, one dries the dishes and the other packs the dishes away.
Get Everything Ready for next Time!
After completing your cleaning routine, wash soiled cloths and dirty mops. Check the levels of the cleaning products and if anything needs a refill, put it on your shopping list. Put away the vacuum cleaner and your cleaning caddy, all ready and set for the next time! Save time by hitting your cleaning routine with your tools at the ready!
Easy Cleaning Hack’s that save time!
Clean your Microwave
Microwaves get dirty quickly, food explodes and leaves the microwave messy. There is a distinct smell when you open the microwave. Place a bowl of apple cider vinegar and lemon slices or juice inside the microwave. Set the timer to cook for 30 seconds. Open the microwave and use a cloth to wipe down the interior. This is definitely one of the best deodorizing and cleaning hacks of good housekeeping!
Clean your Kitchen Sponge!
Your kitchen sponge may be a great cleaner in the kitchen, but it also is the best place for bacteria to grow. Kitchen sponges can have an awful smell and need to be cleaned frequently. The easiest and fastest way to disinfect your kitchen sponge is place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This kills bacteria and removes the odour. Another way of keeping your kitchen sponge clean and fresh smelling is to put them in the dishwasher, whatever your choice, don’t forget to keep them clean!
Clean your Dishwasher!
It’s very easy to forget that we need to clean appliances we use for household cleaning routines. The dishwasher is no exception to the rule. A top tip to keep your dishwasher clean is to place a bowl of white vinegar on the shelf. Run the dishwasher through it’s hottest cleaning cycle with nothing else in the dishwasher. When that cycle is complete pour baking soda onto the floor of the dishwasher and run on its shortest cycle. You will be left with a clean, odour free, bacteria free dishwasher that will ensure your dishes sparkle with every wash!
Clean your Blender!
Cleaning your blender can be something of a challenge. It is easy for things to get stuck at the bottom of the blender. Use this easy hack to clean it. Fill your blender with hot water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Turn on the blender and watch it fill up with soap suds. When you have done this, rinse the blender with clean warm water, and it will be clean all the way to the bottom!
Now that you know your house cleaning routine is running smoothly and you have some extra cleaning tips for those hard-to-clean areas, put your feet up on the couch and relax with a nice Homemade Iced Tea or Coffee!