Clean House Faster

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:

Here’s why.

  • 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:

What’s Inside

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.

Happy cleaning!

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18 thoughts on “Clean House Faster”

  1. Hi,

    The article is very informative. I’m a retired guy and my partner still works so I guess you could say I’m a househusband at the moment.

    If I could speed clean as your article suggests, what a thrill it would be for her to come home to.
    I will definitely be taking your hints and tips on board since, as you mentioned,, I’m constantly going back and forth to find things that I need to mop, wipe or sweep (under the carpet lol!).

    I’m a guy so I don’t multi-task and 9 times out of ten when I get the item needed to clean the area I needed to, I forget where I left off

    Good article


  2. So it is enough with water when I use microfiber? That I didn’t know, but I will try, sounds great. Great idea with the hiking back, I will try that too. I don’t like cleaning, but I love to have a clean house, so it is something necessary evil one needs to do, but doing it more effective way is a good idea. Thank you for a great post.

    • Thanks for dropping by. Water alone with microfiber is good, but make sure you are using high quality microfiber. So far, Norwex and E-cloth are the only two that I have found that have been tested and remove bacteria.

  3. Hi, Theresa,

    Excellent article! Though I am totally never going to clean without chemicals. Lol The idea horrified me. I could never do that because it wouldn’t make me feel it was actually clean. I mean, what about toilets?! OMG! I haven’t researched the cloths, but if they do what it’s claimed they do, I still couldn’t. It might be totally psychological, but I couldn’t do it. But everything else is an excellent idea. 🙂

    • I understand where you are coming from. When I first started using microfiber, I got the heebee geebee’s just thinking about it! After I read everything on the E-cloth website and watched several videos, I slowly changed my mind. I’m much healthier now as a result. I haven’t had a cold or anything else in the three years since I started using E-cloth products. My hands don’t crack from chemicals and I don’t get sinus infections anymore. If you want to give it a try, I suggest you start with the window cleaning set. You’ll be amazed!!!

        • I need to start sharing before/after pictures of the really gross stuff. Microfiber and water still amaze me after three years of constant use. 🙂 I still use dish soap most of the time, out of habit I guess. I have a special microfiber sponge-like cloth that works great. Maybe I should hide the dish soap from myself and give it a test run?

  4. I like the idea of the belt. It’s especially useful for when I’m upstairs cleaning. I inevitably forget something, the glass cleaner or paper towels. lol. Thanks for the ideas. Where do you buy your microfiber towels from? I need to grab those too for my house. I hate the duster. My family has terrible allergies and the typical duster just throws the same dust back around the house.

    • The belt is a little awkward at first, but so worth it for the amount of time it saves me! I buy my microfiber from E-cloth. Here’s a link:
      Norwex is also good, but only available through a Norwex representative. Both companies have tested their products and proven that they remove over 99% of the bacteria on surfaces. Be careful what you purchase because not all microfiber is created equal. E-cloth and Norwex have more fibers per square inch than anything I have found in stores and that’s what enables them to clean better. Thanks for stopping by! Theresa

  5. Wow, this is very useful article especially for busy parents. I have two kids 5 and 2, and to be honest most of the times my house in not clean. Your tips are very useful , I will order that carry thing and will follow all your tips. Thank you for sharing your amazing article.

    • Yes, with kids that age, housecleaning can be a real challenge! I did what I had to and kept things reasonably tidy, but snuggling with a pile of good books was more important to me than dusting. 🙂

  6. What a great article! I never would have thought to carry all my cleaning stuff around with me in a pouch like that!
    Great advice on how to clean faster.. I definitely need to get me one of those fanny packs!! 🙂
    Being a mom of two tiny kiddos and a crazy dog, I can use all of the quick cleaning advice I can get!

    Thanks for this post!

  7. Hi Theresa,

    A great article for saving time, and the fanny pack looks like a good one. I use microfiber and they are great, since I do not have to worry about using products or chemicals.I need a good playlist to for bopping around to the music.
    Thanks for the post.

    • Hi, Phyllis:
      Thanks for dropping by. I’m sorry I cannot help with the playlist, but I usually occupy myself with wandering thoughts when I clean. Have fun bopping and cleaning!

  8. Thank you for this article, cleaning is definitely essential, but to me it is a chore and I am constantly looking for way to do this faster and in a more efficient way. This will help for sure, I keep that page handy for tomorrow (cleaning day! !

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