Cleaning your house can take all day if you let it. Sometimes it’s fun to just spend the day puttering around and cleaning. There are times, however, when you just need to get it done and get it done fast! Clean house faster with the tips below.
Microfiber saves time.
Microfiber cloths are my number one way to save time (and money) while cleaning. Because I can clean with just water, I don’t waste time digging through dozens of bottles of cleaning solutions trying to find the right one for the job. Most cleaning can be done with a general purpose cleaning cloth and a spray bottle of water. E-cloth microfiber cloths are the best I have used at a reasonable price. They have been thoroughly tested and are proven to remove over 99% of bacteria.
Carry everything with you.
It’s amazing how much time we can waste running all over the house for some little tool we need to get the job done right. Worse yet, we skip over it with the intention of coming back later. Sometimes we never make it back. I use a fanny pack made for hiking to carry what I consider necessary cleaning tools. This is the one I have:
- Multiple Pockets: 2 separate zipper pockets and a small front pocket are very convenient to keep within reach those little things you keep running around looking for. (My list of tools follows.)
- Adjustable Buckle Belt: The adjustable strap fits comfortably around your waist, and the buckle closure makes it easy to take on and off.
- Breathable: The back side is made with a breathable mesh pad design, soft and comfortable.
- Water Resistant: The front outside surface is made of water-resistant nylon material, so you’ll never worry about your tools getting wet if you get too close to water.
- Spray Bottle Holder: (Bottle not included)
- There is an elastic rope on the water bottle holder mouth, which is very handy for keeping your polishing cloth.
- Elastic loops for holding duster and whisk broom
- Comes in multiple colors
- Lightweight: 0.38lb. / 172g
- Waist Strap Adjustable Range: 13.4 x 43.3 inches / 34-110cm
Here’s how it looks when I am ready to clean:
This is what I carry in my pouch:
- E-cloth General Purpose Microfiber Cleaning Cloth to use dry
- E-cloth General Purpose Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for wet cleaning
- Toothbrush for crevices, around faucets, etc.
- Small whisk broom for moving dust and dirt to the floor for sweeping/vacuuming later – a paintbrush is fabulous!
- Scraping tool for loosening stuck-on goo
- Magic Sponge
- E-cloth Window Dynamo for spots on glass
Clean one area at a time
It saves time to start on one side of the room and work your way around, starting at the top and working toward the bottom. Just clean what you can see. Some things don’t need to be cleaned every time and some areas are dirty or dustier than others. Start dusting/wiping at the top and work your way down, using whichever tool is appropriate for each task. As soon as you finish one area, move over and do the next. Continue until you are back where you started. Now clean the floor and move to the next area. (Or you can save all the floors for last.)
At this point, you may need to get a fresh set of cleaning cloths. I keep mine in a bucket near the door. A two-sided bucket is handy because it allows you to keep dry ones on one side and wet on the other.
With those two simple tips, I have easily cut my cleaning time in half. Microfiber is more efficient and faster than any other cleaning method I have used and keeping tools with me saves lots of time because I’m not running all over the place looking for things.
This process is fairly new to me and I am still tweaking it. Until recently, I enjoyed the process of cleaning and did not have any reason to work quickly. I enjoyed running around to gather things as I needed them; it kept things interesting.
If you want more information on this method, I recommend this book by Jeff Campbell:
In his book, he recommends an apron and two bottles of chemicals–one for glass and another for everything else. I prefer water and E-cloth microfiber.
How about you? If you have favorite tips for cleaning faster, please comment below.