With mounting end-of-year deadlines, gifts to buy (here are great ones for travelers), and Thanksgiving and holiday dishes to cook, the last thing you need to worry about is cleaning your home. It's a task we'd all rather avoid, but if you're hosting guests or just planning to cozy up and stay indoors this winter, now is the best time to give your home a once-over and ensure it's pristine.
According to Merry Maids home cleaning expert Debra Johnson, the key to speed-cleaning your home when you're busy is having the right tools on hand. In an interview with PopSugar, Johnson shared exactly what's in her cleaning arsenal—the tools she uses on repeat to maintain a sparkling home.
Busy? Here's how a professional cleaner maximizes her time.
1. A cleaning caddy for every floor: To save time, Johnson recommends grouping cleaning products by surface so that you have a specific caddy for every floor. For example, keep bleach and tile cleaner in a caddy for the bathroom and wood polish and floor cleaner in another caddy for the living room.
2. Melamine sponges: "Test a damp eraser pad on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that it won't damage the paint on your walls. Once the test spot is dry and looks good, go ahead, and use the magic eraser to clear all of those scuffs—we all have them!" she says.
3. Rubbing alcohol and vinegar: Don't have time to go to the store and buy cleaning goods? Johnson says there are effective products in your pantry. "Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol with one cup of water, and add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, and you're good to go," she recommends.