How to Clean Your House in 10 Minutes
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Clean Sweep1 of 12
By Natasha Burton
Shoving everything into closets and under the bed is one way to clean up fast. But for a more satisfying solution, we asked cleaning and organizing pros for tips on tidying up fast. Here, 11 things you can do to spruce up your space in about ten minutes.
Choose Wisely2 of 12
Chances are, you won't be able to make your entire home spotless in ten short minutes but you also don't need to. Instead, focus on the rooms in which you spend the most time, says president Meg Roberts of Molly Maid. Clean the bathroom, kitchen, and TV room and just de-clutter the rest.
Grab & Go3 of 12
In order to clean your home quickly, you'll need to be prepared. First, make sure you have the right supplies: The cleaning pros at Two Maids & A Mop recommend having microfiber cloths, magic erasers, glass cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner handy. The experts at The Maids cleaning service also suggest putting these products in a bucket or a caddy that you can easily take from room to room. That way you won't waste precious time running around the house looking for what you need.
Start Here4 of 12
Using a systematic approach guarantees all areas are cleaned without having to retrace your steps, say the experts at The Maids housekeeping service. For every room you clean, start at the entrance and clean left to right, top to bottom, leaving the middle until last. Another tip: Use only the amount of product required to do the job, otherwise you'll just waste time wiping up the excess.
Spray Away5 of 12
To start the cleaning process, professional organizer Virginia Underwood advises spraying down toilet bowls, countertops (including the stovetop), and sinks first so the product can loosen surface stains. This should take a minute, tops. If you're really short on time, organizing expert Jill Pollack says to just use baby wipes on surfaces all over your house, from tables to faucets. "It might not be 'super-clean' but these areas will definitely look better," she says.
Fill 'Er Up6 of 12
While the areas you sprayed are getting prepped by cleaning solutions, take two to three minutes to fill an empty laundry basket with all the random stuff lying in the living room and entryway, says Pollack. For paper clutter, Underwood suggests collecting mail, flyers, brochures, and magazines separately and temporarily putting them in a sturdy box or expanding file. Use your microfiber cloth to dust cleared surfaces as you go.
Bathroom Bonanza7 of 12
Yes, this room can be done in two minutes! First, focus on the toilet, sink and mirror, says Brillo cleaning expert Anne Albright. (Luckily, two out of three of these have already been sprayed!) After wiping surfaces, spray down the mirror with a glass cleaner to scrub away toothpaste splash, then remove any waste—an overflowing trashcan can look and smell icky. If needed, stash countertop products in a small basket under the sink, says entertaining expert Kathy Bertone, author of The Art of the Visit. No one will look there.
Kitchen Catch-Up8 of 12
Wipe over the surfaces you've already prepped, then stash all your dirty dishes in the dishwasher even if it's overflowing, Bertone suggests. While you won't want to run a too-full dishwasher, using it temporarily for storage is quicker than washing and putting everything away. No dishwasher? If you're in a time crunch, stack dishes under the sink, says cleaning and organizing expert Donna Smallin Kuper.
Pillow Perfect9 of 12
Don't forget small but important touches, The Maids pros say. Take 30 seconds to put magazines in neat piles and fluff pillows—these details will give any room a finished look, no matter how fast you cleaned it.
Vacuum Last10 of 12
Save a few minutes to vacuum at the end of your quick clean—it will ensure you'll catch any dust that fell on the floor, The Maids experts say. Albright and Bertone agree that a short run of the vacuum—even just in the living room, entryway, and on kitchen floors—can refresh these areas. After all, nothing says "clean" like those telltale carpet lines.
Don't Fixate11 of 12
A major key to cleaning your home quickly, the professionals at Two Maids & A Mop say, is to not obsess over a small stain or imperfection. "Many people choose to focus on one specific mark if it's being persistent," they say. "Know when it's time to move on to another project or room because focusing on one stubborn stain can waste precious time."
Extra Time?12 of 12
If you somehow have an extra minute (or two) to spare, Albright suggests wiping your windows. "Windows are a magnet for smears and are easily seen but are simple to clean—just some glass cleaner and paper towels or newspaper will remove smudges."