Cleaning house or apartment is such a drag. Those who can afford it hire cleaners. The rest of us talk ourselves into spending a chunk of our days cleaning. A quick clean of your home is possible, however. Read on for three tips to help you quickly get a clean, or at least cleaner, home.
Buy Devices That Boost Cleaning
Three devices make cleaning easier, thoroughly and, most importantly, quick. They should be part of any household cleaning arsenal.
- Steam cleaner. These are the best choice for cleaning bathroom floors, MakelyHome says. Get one with attachments to clean tile, showers, drapes and upholstery. Steam cleaners can even clean windows.
- Vacuum cleaner. Canister or upright? It’s a personal choice, but the Allergy Buyers Club finds more pros and fewer cons for canister vacuums, which often come with more useful attachments than uprights.
- Dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand is dirty and time-consuming. A Whirlpool dishwasher will do a better job than you or even your grateful dinner guest. Here are a few reasons why:
- Dishwashers must reach a scalding high temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria, according to RealSimple. Even if your sink water could reach that temperature, it would scald your hands. But dishwashers easily reach it.
- Whirlpools can be programmed to soak dishes overnight to remove baked-on food. No more mess in your sink.
- They can be customized for a job. Take out the upper rack to accommodate larger items, such as a Dutch oven.
- Removable silverware baskets make unloading and sorting easier.
Clean From the Top Down
Start by cleaning from top of the room, advises the Happy Homemaker. This means cleaning light fixtures, ceiling fans, blinds and the tops of doors, bookcases and window trim. Dust them with electrostatic wipes or dusters. If they are really dirty, use a rag soaked with a solution of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water to cut through the dirt.
As you work your way down, you’ll probably notice your electronics (TV, computer monitor and other accessories) gather a lot of dust. Be sure to clean these, too. Try to resolve to clean your electronics before you use them; this will preserve their lifespan by keeping dust out of their components.
Blinds can be real dust magnets and accumulate a shocking amount in a short amount of time, particularly if you live in dusty areas of the country like the Southwest. Steam or vacuum them if they are really dirty.
Cleaning floors should be the last item on your list. This is where that steamer and vacuum come in to play. It’s also the most physical part of cleaning, so take a short break before you break out the big guns.
Declutter as You Clean
As you clean, keep a large trash bag nearby to toss out clutter you don’t need. A lot of it is probably junk mail that looked interesting enough not to throw out immediately. But if it has been sitting around for more than a week, you probably won’t read it anyway.
Be sure to gather any dishes and glassware that migrated from the kitchen and load them into your dishwasher for a good cleaning as well.