Lately, these quick cleaning tips have been a godsend because it’s felt like our days keep getting busier and busier. I’m keeping our cleaning closet stocked for easy access. Right now, I have 7 bottles of Drano under my bathroom sink for no reason other than knowing I’ll never have to live with a clogged drain. Last week, my Shark Rocket with DuoClean (see my full review here) arrived so I’ve been on a vacuuming binge as well. Brandon laughed at my cleaning madness but I’m dismissing it as early spring cleaning.
It’s not often that we have the time to deep clean our home, especially with two dogs, so sometimes I just need to go on a binge. On a normal day, we clean in 5 or 10 minutes here or there. It’s never perfect but it’s good enough and the dishes are always done (dirty dishes are my biggest annoyance). We take a divide and conquer approach to cleaning with us each having our own responsibilities.
After implementing these quick cleaning tips we’ve been able to keep our home in shape. My carpets are clean, surfaces are disinfected, and the house smells wonderful. I’m anxious for the weather to warm up so I can open the windows and embrace this new season we are in. It’s almost time for spring cleaning and fortunately, I have cleaning down to a science.
Here are just a few of my favorite quick cleaning tips:
Create a schedule
I ordered my Happy Planner from Amazon at the end of last year and it’s fabulous! I schedule my day and pencil in time to clean. If I have to leave at 2:00pm for a doctor’s appointment I’ll pencil 1:45pm – 2:00pm as cleaning time. It’s only 15 minutes but it’s long enough to vacuum my bedroom, empty the dishwasher, or wipe down my countertops. Just seeing it on the calendar helps me focus on it as something that needs to be done because I have a visual reminder telling me to do it.
Sanitize the grossest surfaces
When I say grossest surfaces I mean your toilets and your sinks. It’s hard to believe but your kitchen sink carries more germs than your toilet. If I only have a few minutes to spare, I focus on those surfaces. I’ll drop a new bleach tablet into the toilet, spray a cleaner or pour bleach into the toilet, or sanitize the kitchen sink with a disinfectant.
Clean the garbage disposal
There have been occasions when our garbage disposal smells foul and since our kitchen is near our front door, it feels like the worst thing ever. I have learned to keep a supply of Disposer Care under my sink so when I have a few moments I’ll drop one down the garbage disposal and let it go to work. If you don’t have Disposer Care you can also use a cut up lemon, ice cubes, and salt, just be sure to grind and rinse after an hour or so.
Vacuum a room
I had no idea how much my old vacuum was missing until I used the Shark Rocket with DuoClean. I’m a little ashamed to admit it but I had to empty the dirt container twice after one pass through my living room. Its slender size is deceiving because it’s unbelievably powerful. You can quickly vacuum the floors in any room in a matter of minutes so if you only have a couple to spare try a quick pass through a bedroom, hallway, or over an area rug.
Remove clogs from shower drains
I’ve seen too many memes to think that I’m the only woman that sheds a lot of hair in the shower. It’s been a problem at every place we’ve ever lived which is why I keep that supply of Drano I mentioned earlier. I pour about a half bottle of Drano down my shower drain every two weeks to keep the drain free of hairball clogs. Once you pour it down the drain leave it for 30 – 60 minutes before running water down the drain. It’s one of the easiest set it and forget it cleaning tasks.
Purge your junk drawer
I have two of these (one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom) and it seems that no matter how much of it I toss it’s always overflowing with crap. I recently added purging my junk drawer to my quick cleaning list because it’s something I can easily work on if I have 10 free minutes. Even if I only throw away a couple of things it’s still better than it was before I touched it. Minimal progress is still progress.
When do you get started on your spring cleaning? Any other quick cleaning tips to share?