Who wants to spend their whole weekend cleaning the house? Now that your little one is home, you probably want to spend even less time washing and scrubbing so you can get back to the fun. Check out these expert tips to get your place shining.
“Rather than perpetually marching toward perfection, we need real-world approaches to cleaning,” said Jeff Bredenberg, author and legendary cleaning guru. "Corner-cutting, time-saving and minimal-effort techniques are great ways to 'cheat' at cleaning."
Clean Top to Bottom
Start cleaning items above your head and work your way down to the floor. This prevents having to re-clean items, saves time and gives you a method for dealing with the madness.
Give Plants and Blinds a Shower
“Place your blinds or plants, two or three at a time, in the bottom of your bathtub with the drain open, turn on the cold water shower and let the water stream do the work. No scrubbing or detergent is necessary," Bredenberg suggested. Then, let them air-dry.
Use a Multi-Surface Cleaner
Use a multi-surface cleaner. Forget about switching cleaners and using multiple dust rags. Use a cleaner for various types of surfaces.
Steam Your Microwave Clean
Save time; work less. “Pour two cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for five minutes. The steam generated will soften any cooked-on food splatters. Then, wipe down the interior with a damp sponge,” Bredenberg said.
Banish Shoes From Inside
Sneakers and boots are notorious for tracking mud and dirt into the house, so make it a rule that everyone who enters your door has to take off their shoes. You'll sweep and scrub less often.
Wash Patio Furniture When It's Already Wet
Grab a sponge and wipe down your patio furniture after the next rainstorm, or when it's covered in morning dew.
Clean as You Go
Take a few minutes each day to clear the counters, file away papers and wipe up small splatters and stains when they’re “fresh.”
Dont Wait for the Weekend
Don't wait for the weekend! If you can do it in a few minutes, do it now.