Quick Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home, Fast

Keeping a home clean is work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This 30-minute plan for a tidy, spotless home can help, whether you’ve got guests arriving soon or are you don’t have time to do your regular cleaning routine.

Bathroom: 10 minutes

Step 1: Start spritzing.

Spray cleaner on the floor surrounding the toilet, sink, and mirror. Allow the cleaning solution to do the work of cleaning while you clear the countertops. Then, spray the counters.

Step 2: Next, wipe.

Use a paper towel or a microfiber cloth that can easily fit into crevices to clean surfaces, starting with the cleanest (mirror) and moving to the dirtiest (sink). Pay close attention to the dirt and hard water deposits that amass around the handles of the sink, faucet, and drain because they can ruin an otherwise spotless bathroom.

Step 3: Take on the toilet.

Begin by brushing the inside of the bowl, then use disposable wipes to clean the tank, seat, base, and floor. (Remember to bring the trash out with you.)

Step 4: Light the candles.

One of the most frequently touched surfaces in your house is the switch plate, which visitors also see as they exit the restroom, so wipe it clean before you leave the house.

Kitchen: 10 minutes

Step 1: Spot-clean.

Clean the stovetop, counters, table, and inside of the refrigerator where food or dirt is obvious with a wet wipe or paper towel. Do the same thing for the floor.

Step 2: Shine up the sink.

After cooking and washing up, use a paper towel to scoop out any food particles from the drain. Then, spray the sink with cleaning solution and wipe. Make sure to wipe up any water and soap puddles under the soap dispenser as well.

Step 3: Removing streaks.

Step back and look for unsightly stains and marks on the cabinets, appliances, and walls. To quickly erase anything glaring, use a melamine sponge or cleaning wipe like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (remember, you can do a deep-clean later). After that, run the wipe or pad over the trash can before discarding it.

Step 4: Clean the microwave.

In a bowl, combine water and vinegar. Microwave for 30 seconds. This will break up any caked-on food so you can simply swipe it away without having to scrub.

Living room – 7 minutes

Step 1: Trap dust.

Put on a microfiber mitt and quickly go over the light fixtures, open shelves, picture frames, coffee table, and side tables. An old pillowcase can be used to remove and catch any dust bunnies that are hanging out on top of ceiling fans by sliding it over one blade at a time. Throw away the loose dust, then turn the pillowcase inside out and wash it along with the cleaning tool.

Step 2: Clear out pet hair (and more).

Roll a lint brush over couch cushions, lampshades, and even area rugs to collect loose strands, fuzz, and larger dirt particles. 

Instead of wasting time sweeping up with a broom, grab a handheld or regular vacuum if the floor needs it. When you’re finished cleaning, you won’t need to go get a dustpan or make a separate trip to the trash.

Entrance: 3 minutes

Step 1: Remove dirt.

Run the vacuum quickly to clear the area by the front door. However, repress the urge to mop! Do yourself a favor and save the deep cleaning for the next day.  

Step 2: Leave a positive impression.

Put your shoes in a cute shopping bag that you hang on your coat rack if you don’t have a floor bin near your door to collect them.

Now that you’ve done a quick refresh of your home, it’s time to relax with friends who have popped in to visit or snuggle on the couch with your favorite read.

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