istock/fstop123 While those products are breaking down filth, use some elbow grease in other spots around the bathroom. Sprinkle baking soda over the sink and rub it away with a soft, wet cloth, says Haynes. “You also have to pay attention to the drain and give it a good treatment with an old toothbrush,” she says. Rinse with warm water to get rid of the baking soda. Wipe down the mirror with a microfiber cleaning cloth—no cleaning solution necessary, says Novak. Take this time to go through products you keep in the bathroom too, she says. Toss expired medications, ointments, makeup, and sunscreen, along with these other useless bathroom items. By the time you’re done with all that, you can easily scrub down the toilet, shower, and showerhead, and be out of the bathroom within half an hour. If you’re truly pressed for time, use this guide to clean a bathroom in five minutes.
Move on to the bedroom
istock/rakoptonLPN “It’s good to get the bedroom out of the way before the middle of the afternoon when you think ‘I’ll just take a nap,’” says Novak. As with any room, she suggests circling around the bedroom, from top to bottom, so you don’t drop dirt to spots you already cleaned. If you have a ceiling fan, start there using Novak’s trick: Roll back an old pillowcase as if you were going to put a pillow inside, then close it over the fan blade. As you slide it back, the pillowcase will capture the dust instead of letting it fall to the floor. Once the fan is clean, use an old mitten to wipe down your blinds, suggests Novak.
Avoid moving bedroom furniture
istock/kanzefar Your bed sheets should already be in the washer, but heavy-duty spring cleaning is a great time to freshen your mattress. Sprinkle some baking soda over your bare mattress, says Harriet Jones, cleaning supervisor for Go Cleaners London. “It balances the pH levels of your mattress and removes the bad odor,” she says. “You don’t have to flip your mattress, but you will still have a fresh bedding to sleep on.” After a few hours, go back and vacuum the baking soda away. In the meantime, vacuum the bedroom more thoroughly than usual, making sure to go under your bed and dresser. If your dresser doesn’t have a bottom panel, remove the bottom two drawers to reach the floor without moving the whole chest of drawers, suggests Novak.