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Clean Your Home in Half of the Time

Cutting your cleaning time in half, starts with a system. That means cleaning the house in the same order every time: Working one room at a time, starting and finishing at the same spot in a room so that you don't waste time running back and forth. To get the time down, you have to be consistent. The routine is the method, and that is better way to clean because the speed comes from the method instead of from hurrying. You really can clean your house in half the time.

Clean Top to Bottom, Left to Right

Don't start a room by wiping the coffee table, then clean the blinds and seeing the dust from the blinds coat your newly clean coffee table. Start at the top of the room, such as dusting a ceiling fan, and work down to the floor to eliminate extra work. Likewise, cleaning left to right ensures that you cover the entire room instead of darting from place to place. Most people see something and clean it, then they look up and see something else and clean it, and the dirt falls down on what you just cleaned, if you work top to bottom and left to right, you're working once instead of cleaning areas you've just cleaned.

Squeegee Windows for a Streak-Free Finish

Can't get the shine you want with Windex and paper towels? Use window squeegee. Place a drop of dish soap in a gallon of water, wipe it generously on the window with a cloth, and then squeegee it off. Go top to bottom and wipe the blade each time at the bottom If you don't want to use a squeegee, use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. When wiping with the cloth, use horizontal strokes and move from top to bottom. Don't clean a window by rubbing in circles, which can leave streaks, and avoid wiping the glass with newspaper or paper towels, which leave a residue.

Keep Proper Tools at the Ready

Having all the tools and cleaning products you need at arms-reach means you won't waste time walking back and forth to the cabinet under the sink. You can place your supplies in a caddy or a bucket to stay organized and save time.

Get Proactive

The best way to keep a clean home is to stop some problems before they begin. For example, using a shower cleaner, to prevent grime and scum buildup in the bath. When you take a shower, spray it on to prevent having a dirty shower. Spray it on, rinse, and walk away. You don't have to wipe or anything.

Dust without Spraying

Feather dusters work great for cleaning blinds, pictures, nooks, and other areas. You need a high-quality feather duster .The duster works well for routine dusting, but for heavy buildup, you'll need to vacuum or use a cloth, then use the duster every two weeks or so after that.

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Cut Through Kitchen Grease

Grease inevitably ends up on kitchen cabinets, especially those above or next to the range. You can buy a cleaner with orange oil to wipe off the grease, or you can use a standard grease-cutting dishwashing detergent. The detergent will cut through the grease on the cabinets just like it does with dishes. Mix one tablespoon of liquid detergent with one litre of warm water. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area, wiping it on with a clean sponge or cloth, to make sure it won't damage or discolour the finish. Then rinse it off with a different sponge and clear, warm water. For tough stains or buildup that won't come off with detergent, mix baking soda with water and lightly scrub the problem area with a cloth.

Lemon Cleaner

Rust stains on patios, porches, garage floors, and driveways are eyesores, but you don't need acid to remove them. Instead, use a lemon. The acid in the lemon juice will dissolve the rust. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the stain and let it soak in for about 10 minutes. For stains that have been on the concrete for weeks, months, or longer, scrub with a hard bristle brush. Then rinse off the lemon juice and gunk with clean water.

Bathroom Mold

Mold haunts bathrooms that aren't well-ventilated because water remains on the walls after bathing. Use hydrogen peroxide in a trigger-spray bottle to battle mold and mildew, Spray it on, let it sit 3 to 5 minutes, and it will kill the fungus. To keep mould from coming back, use a fan when showering. When you're done, take a couple of minutes to squeegee the water off the tile walls and shower door.

Defeat Mineral Deposits

If mineral deposits from hard water have stained your plumbing fixtures, don't clean them with bristle brushes or pads. They can scratch the faucet. Instead, use white vinegar. Pour some on a clean cloth and wipe the faucets. It doesn't take much effort to make them sparkle.

Keep Stainless-Steel Shining

Fingerprints, smudges, and watermarks are the enemies of stainless-steel sinks and surfaces. Mineral oil can help you beat them, Pour some mineral oil on a cloth and wipe it down once a week. This repeals the water." The mineral oil also helps keep toothpaste and other items from sticking to the sink, making it easier to wipe clean.


Do the entire lengths of the room in a straight row, then move over and start again at the front of the room. Vacuum “high-traffic” areas, once a week.

Speed-Clean Regularly

If you really want to cut down your cleaning time, then you really need to clean more often. Once you've deep-cleaned your house, give it an once-over every couple of weeks. It'll keep the place looking nice and spare you the long, agonizing job of doing several months worth of cleaning at once. You create maintenance cleaning instead of catch-up cleaning.

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