14 Spring Cleaning Tips (and Products) to Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half
Try these expert-approved tips and products to get your dusting, scrubbing, and vacuuming done in half the time.
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Clean smarter, not harder
Speed cleaning doesn’t mean racing through the task. Instead, you save time when you focus on working efficiently and having the best tool on hand for the task. These experts share how you can stop wasting energy and start cleaning in a lot less time.
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Cleaning roman shades
No need to take the shades down to clean them, says Laura Dellutri, home and lifestyle expert and author of Speed Cleaning 101. Rather, brush a handheld whisk broom, stiff bristles side down, in downward strokes over the shade. The dust will fall to the floor to be vacuumed up.
This incredible Ticarve Cleaning Gel is a time saver when it comes to cleaning your car, your computer keyboard, corner of drawers, and all those grimy tight spots, shares Trisha Lake, who owns TLC Cleaning in Fargo, North Dakota and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Simply press the gel into little cracks, then the crud sticks to the gel and the whole thing easily pulls back out.
Cleaning the microwave
This bestselling Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner acts as a steamer inside your microwave, says Elena Ledoux co-founder of Superb Maids in Las Vegas. The steamer does the hard work for you and is a fast and easy way to dislodge cooked on food and splatters. Once the messes are softened, you can wipe them up quickly, without scrubbing or harsh chemicals.
Dellutri is known for her signature saying, “don’t clean clean.” In other words, clean what’s dirty, but don’t make extra work for yourself by over-spraying cleanser onto areas that don’t need it. You’ll only waste time scrubbing off product and washing the entire window when only a portion needed attention. Stop wasting time with messy spray cleaners and streak producing towels. Instead opt for the cordless, handheld, Kärcher Window Vac that vacuums the window clean, saving you valuable time.
If you have hardwood floors and don’t already own this Cordless Bissell Spinwave, you should, because “it cleans and polishes in one pass, so you save time doing it all at once,” Ledoux says. The Spinwave has a 14-inch-wide cleaning path that removes the dirt and then polishes the floors to avoid streaks. You’ll also want to know these 10 quick remedies for your wood floor’s biggest enemies.
When you pop on the Raycop UV sanitizing attachment to your Raycop Omni Power Cordless Stick Vac (sold separately), you can vacuum and sanitize floors in one single pass. The UV sanitizing attachment can remove up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses and includes four-stage HEPA filtration, according to Raycop. Because the motor brush head seamlessly transitions from flooring to carpet without needing to change an attachment, you’ll save even more time.
Lampshades of all styles, but especially pleated ones, are magnets for dust and dirt. Dellutri says you can quickly clean that dusty lampshade with a quick swipe of a gel lint roller, no vacuum or duster required. Unlike adhesive style rollers, the Kimitech Lint Roller is both washable and re-usable.
Clean around small stuff
Now, you can vacuum areas with small items without worrying little stuff will get sucked up—looking at you, LEGOS! Attach the Skyline Universal Vacuum Adaptor to vacuum around little pieces instead of spending valuable time moving them out of the way. The 30 tiny tubes allow you to vacuum crumbs out of a desk drawer without moving paperclips or clean around delicate figurines on a bookcase.
Ledoux gives the BladeBrush her stamp of approval because you can clean knives with less risk of injury. Plus, with its unique, wrap-around design, you’ll save time by washing both sides of kitchen utensils simultaneously.
Clean high points
Why waste time locating a step stool to get high enough to reach the ceiling corners, ceiling fans, and crown molding? Dellutri uses a Microfiber Duster with Extension Pole to save time. These telescopic dusters can reach up to 100 inches so you can clean all those tough to reach places in your house, like the ceiling.
Better than wasting time attempting to clean small gaps with an old toothbrush, this hand-held groove and gap cleaning tool can get into difficult to reach spots. The tool that Dellutri calls “brilliant,” is great for sweeping away loose dirt from the tracks on windowsills, sliding doors, and shower doors. A scraper on the opposite end dislodges debris trapped in corners. The comfort grip has built-in finger holds to prevent it from slipping out of your hand.
Clean soap scum
Using elbow grease to scrub built-up soap scum off the shower walls could take an eternity. You can make the job go by in the blink of an eye with the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber. Dellutri is a fan of this handy helper with a rotating head that scrubs 60 times per second, so you don’t have to. The best news is the scrubber works on grout lines and hard water stains, too.
Clean under appliances
You can quickly clean that tight space under appliances, like the kitchen stove, without spending time moving them away from the wall. Dellutri says the OXO Good Grips Under Appliance Microfiber Duster is a flexible duster that is a fast way to clean under and around kitchen appliances, washing machines, dryers, and more.
Save time cleaning all over your house
The main key to getting your cleaning done in half the time is having all your cleaning tools at the ready, shares Dellutri. Otherwise, you “waste valuable time running back and forth from room to room, searching for what you need, under the kitchen sink and in the laundry room.” Stashing all your supplies in a Casabella Storage Caddy allows you to tote around cleaning sprays, soaps, sponges, rags, and detail tools.
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