We all want our houses to be clean, but not all of us would love to take effort in achieving so. Some people only really tidy things up if there are guests, while some constantly keep their house clean. Most of us would love cleaning to be done as fast as possible, so here are some tips to make cleaning faster and more convenient, and make your house sparkling in no time.
1. Start from the top
No matter what room you’re cleaning, start from the top down so that dirt, dust and debris from higher surfaces fall on lower surfaces that hasn’t been cleaned yet. If for instance, you sweep and vacuum the floor first before you dust tables, the dust will likely fall over your freshly vacuumed floor, then you have to vacuum it all again. It’s best to clean the floors last.
2. Use a lint roller to clean up small debris
Debris such as pet hair and cobwebs on your screen doors can be easily removed using a lint roller. It can also pick up dirt, dust, crumbs and pretty much anything small and light, so you can use it anywhere around the house.
3. Use your vacuum attachments
Your vacuum cleaner may come with a lot of attachments that you don’t even use, but if you check them out, they’re all super useful. You can use those brushes to dust and clean your blinds, vents and cabinets. And also, if you need to do a quick cleanup before your guests come over, just use those attachments and they’ll get the job done.
4. Give cleaners time to sit for a few minutes before you scrub
When cleaning out tiles, especially grout, let your cleaners sit for a few minutes before you try to scrub. Letting the cleaners sit will help soften the scum and dirt that has been sitting on your surfaces for a while, so less scrubbing efforts will be needed.
5. Clean your microwave using vinegar solution
Microwave ovens can get messy, and sometimes scrubbing away food debris can be hard (especially if your kid messed it up weeks ago and didn’t tell you). For an easier way to clean your microwave, use its heating properties plus a vinegar solution. In a microwave-safe bowl, pour equal amounts of water and vinegar (along with a small wooden object like a toothpick, to prevent it from boiling), then set your microwave on high for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait for it to cool, then when you open it up, you only need to wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge or a paper towel. For a fresh clean scent, you can add lemon to the mixture.
6. Clean your blender easily
If you hate washing your blender, since it’s too deep and it has blades at the bottom, there’s a solution to help you on that. No need to scrub it with a sponge – all you need to do is to fill it with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Turn it on and let it sit for a few seconds. After that, you just need to rinse it out and you’re all set!
7. Clean your tile floors using light detergent
After vacuuming the floor, mix some light detergent with a bucket of water, dip a rag and use it to cleanse the floors. Make sure you clean the rag once in a while to make sure you’re not spreading dirt around the floor.
8. Clean air vents and blinds with an easy solution
Air vents, including those from your air conditioner, and blinds are tricky items to clean. These get pretty dirty if you haven’t cleaned them for a while, so clean it up with an easy homemade cleaner. Combine equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl. For cleaning air vents, soak a rag on the solution and wrap it around a knife to clean the vents. Through the help of the knife, you can clean hard-to-reach spots of the narrow openings. For cleaning blinds, dip an old but clean sock and put it over your hand, then use it to wipe each slat of the blinds. By the way, this should be done after used vacuum cleaner or brush tools or a feather duster to remove dust.
9. Clean your glass stovetop with a mixture of three ingredients
Your glass stovetop may look great, but with constant use, it can be oily and not as clear as it used to be. To clean it up, all you need is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Layer on the mixture, add a bit of elbow grease and let it sit for 3 minutes before wiping it all clean.
10. Turn off the rotating brush on your vacuum when you switch to bare floors
You can get so used to vacuuming your floor rugs and you might tend to forget to turn off the rotating brush when vacuuming bare floors with an upright vacuum. Unless you’ve got a vacuum model that automatically does the switching, turn off the rotating brush manually. If you leave it on, you’ll tend to scatter dust and dirt instead of picking it up.
11. Avoid cleaning windows on a sunny day
Of course, you won’t clean your windows on a rainy or snowy day. But it’s also not good to tackle your windows when it’s sunny. Why? The warm sun could cause your cleaner to dry before you can even wipe it out. This causes streaks, which you would like to be cleaned off as well. Pick a day and time when it’s not too sunny – a bit cloudy will do – and start cleaning windows just by then.
12. Clean a burnt pan with vinegar and baking soda
Most of us end up scrubbing so hard whenever there’s a pan that’s been burnt and needs to be cleaned. But there’s a trick to clean it easier: fill the pan with water then add a cup of vinegar. Boil it and take it off the stove. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and let it sit for a few seconds to cool. Remove the mixture from the pan and see it bringing the burnt residues with it.
13. Clean stainless steel appliances with rubbing alcohol
A lot of stainless steel appliances, especially its handles, can be stained with fingerprints a lot. You can give it a shine by using a soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol.
14. Get rid of hard water spots with white vinegar
Is your shower head looking grimy? It seems like it shouldn’t, since it’s only releasing water, right? But since it’s inevitable because of hard water spots, you can still take care of it and make it look new again. Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and place your shower head in this solution overnight. In the morning, your shower head will be dirt and grime free.
15. Use dryer sheets to clean items around your house
Even after they’re used, dryer sheets can make a lot of things shine. It can clean and make your chrome faucets look brand new; wipe your baseboards clean; buff water spots from mirrors, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and shower doors; and remove the ring from inside your toilet.
17. Clean your couch and mattress with baking soda
If your couch and mattress have lingering smells and stains, brush off the surface and sprinkle baking soda on the areas you want to clean. Just let it sit for about 20 minutes then vacuum it up to get rid of the smells.
17. Use baking soda, peroxide and cream of tartar to clean your stainless steel sink
If your stainless steel sink in the kitchen is full of grime and unsightly stains, you can use a paste of baking soda, peroxide, and cream of tartar. Scrub your sink using this paste to get your sink polished and clean.
18. Don’t pre-wash your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher
Just scrape off any food scraps into the garbage, but don’t bother hand-washing or even rinsing your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. It doesn’t make your dishes cleaner, plus you’re just wasting water, soap and your time and energy. Simply load them into your dishwasher and let the dishwasher rinse your dishes with a rinse only cycle.
19. Clean out your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda
To thoroughly clean your dishes, you have to keep your dishwasher clean. This can also keep the appliance in the best shape. Start by removing the bottom rack for easy access to the drain. Remove any gunk or food debris that may be caught inside it. Get a dishwasher-safe container and fill it with a cup of vinegar. Place it on the upper rack of your dishwasher, then run it through a hot water cycle. After that, sprinkle a cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a short cycle using hot water.
20. Clean your toaster using a paint brush
Don’t forget that your toaster needs some cleaning, too. Use dish soap, vinegar, and a paintbrush to get rid of all the food crumbs, hardened debris in and around your toaster.