How to Clean Your House Fast! 12 Brilliant Time-Saving Tips
Sweep Daily to Cut Down on Mopping Time
Make a clean sweep of your kitchen floor every evening after you've cooked and done the dishes. A 5-minute sweep prevents crumbs and dirt from turning into sticky grime that will end up taking much longer to remove when it's time to mop.
Multitask in the Kitchen
Eliminate the elbow grease: To avoid the extra time it takes to scrub away caked-on food splatters, clean your stovetop and countertops as you cook. If you're feeling extra productive, wash pots and pans immediately after serving. Then all you'll have to clean after dinner are the plates and utensils (and if you have a dishwasher, you're good to go!).
Target Acidic and Alkaline Stains Differently
If you're using an all-purpose cleaner to remove mildew from tile grout, you are wasting precious time. To be more efficient, pay attention to your cleaner's pH level, and use the following guidelines:
A pH level below 7 indicates acidity, meaning the cleaner is formulated to make short work of inorganic substances, such as calcium, residue, and rust often found in bathrooms and kitchens. A pH level between 7 and 14 indicates an alkaline composition, which targets organic stains, such as dirt and grease, which you're more likely to find in other rooms and in laundry.
Clean Your Closets Weekly (Yes, Weekly)
Just because they're behind closed doors and camouflaged by clothing does not mean your closet shelves and floors aren't collecting dust and dirt. Avoid the all-day chore of "cleaning out the closet" by regularly dusting and wiping surfaces in the closet, organizing the clothing as you go. Regular maintenance is doable – and better than the alternative.
Wipe Down Your Shower
Yes, after each use. Martha uses this simple trick to avoid the accumulation of mildew and mold. It takes just a couple of minutes but cuts down on tons of time you'd otherwise use getting to the bottom of bathroom grime.
Clean Your Broom
Yes, you are dragging the same old dirt and dust bunnies around the house if you don't take the time to clean the cleaning tool itself. Shake out loose dust and debris by dragging the broom's bristles along a firm edge. Then use your vacuum cleaner to get at the stuff that's trapped deeper inside.
Carry Your Cleaning Supplies in an Apron
To avoid running back and forth, you keep all of your cleaning supplies in a bucket, right? But what if you didn't have to waste time remembering to haul that bucket around with you? A kitchen apron covered in pockets is just what you need to stash all your supplies on your person, so you can dash from room to room in a linear fashion. There's no faster way to get from A to Z when it comes to cleaning!
Give Your Houseplants a Shower
Leafy houseplants can develop layers of dust, just like any other resting object. Skip the painstaking process of cleaning them by hand. Like you, houseplants can benefit from a refreshing shower, so just pop those plants in the tub and let the cool shower run over them for a few minutes. Boom! You've just watered them too.
Wash Windows with a Squeegee
It's faster than using papertowels or newspaper, and it results in the streak-free shine you love so much.
Place Felt Protecters Under Your Tables and Seating
Feel like you're always wasting time cleaning streaks off your floors? Take a moment to invest in floor protecters -- felt stick-ons you can buy at your local hardware store. Just one more chore to check off your list.
Hem Your Shower Curtains
Save time washing (and re-washing) your shower curtain, which is prone to trapping moisture -- which then turns to mildew -- at the bottom. Trim the curtain 2 inches longer than the desired length, then sew a 2-inch hem. Leave the shower liner at its full length though, that part's disposable.
Get Smart About Sweater Pilling
Do your sweaters always pill (develop those annoying, tiny balls of fiber)? It's bound to happen, but you can help slow the process. Wash your sweaters inside-out on the gentle cycle, or by hand, to prevent pilling. And no worries -- you don't need to pick those little pebbles off one by one! In lieu of an official depilling tool, you can run a fine-tooth comb over your sweaters to remove pills.