No matter how much you love coming home to a clean house, you probably don't like doing the actual cleaning, right? Even with an upbeat cleaning playlist, scrubbing the toilet bowl and dusting the baseboards is not fun. Here's the thing, though: We may not be able to cut down on the actual cleaning, but we can minimize the amount of time we spend sweeping, wiping, and folding. Now that fall has arrived, it's time to buckle down and start the new season on a clean and organized note.
We suggest streamlining your chores by enlisting these five tips and solutions to help get you through your checklist a little faster.
Exfoliating Shower Gloves
Ditch your traditional cleaning rags to take a literal hands-on approach to bathroom cleaning. Trust us: It's as fast as it is effective. This tip might sound pretty weird at first, but once you give it a go, you'll quickly discover why this cleaning hack is worth adding to your arsenal.
Here's why we love them: You know all those hard-to-reach spots that tend to collect gunk in your bathroom (like that incredibly small space between the faucet of your sink and your tile backsplash)? Or those extra stubborn spots that need a ton of attention (like the corners where your bathtub meets the wall or the grooves around your shower's drain)? This time-saving cleaning hack will make tackling those seemingly impossible areas more bearable!
First, put on a pair of latex gloves to protect your hands. Then, layer on a pair of exfoliating shower gloves. Spray your cleaning solution directly onto the gunky surface and scrub away at it using your hands and fingers.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution
You can create your own solution that works on almost every surface to save yourself both time and money, using ingredients you already have at home.
The home cleaning product industry makes a killing by selling you all sorts of products with only mildly different purposes and ingredients. Make this all-purpose cleaning solution by combining four key ingredients: a cup of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water, and a few drops of dish soap.
Just mix all the ingredients and store the resulting solution in a clean spray bottle. Use this all-purpose cleaner on wood floors, countertops, tile, and glass.
Avoid using vinegar on stone surfaces, since the acidity could damage natural stone over time.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Microfiber cloths have thousands of tiny hair-like fibers per square inch, which is why they’re so effective at trapping dust and dirt. What’s more, their fibers are so small that they won’t risk scratching even the most delicate surfaces—you can even use them to clean painted walls without fear of rubbing off the finish. Plus, you can wash microfiber cloths time and time again, making them an eco-friendly, affordable option to add to your home cleaning supplies.
Your pale bedspread is about to meet its match. You can use a lint brush to instantly clean small, dry messes, lint, or pet hair from just about any surface in your home in less than 10 seconds flat.
Perfect for picking up those tiny crumbs on your duvet or removing an excessive amount of cat hair from your upholstered ottoman, an ultra-sticky lint brush is your secret weapon for a fast yet effective spot-cleaning job.
While you can't get away with never scrubbing your toilet bowl or taking all the books off the shelf to dust, you can reduce the number of times you have to tackle your most-hated chores—whatever they may be. The key is planning ahead.
We suggest getting a planner that's dedicated to your cleaning schedule. Imagine how good it will feel to cross out your least favorite chores with a dramatic red line.