First of all, there’s no correct or incorrect method of cleaning. Cleaning — no matter how you use is an achievement to be recognized. Being able to say that you did it in the first place is an accomplishment. Cleaning your home can result in an improved mental and physical state. When your home is free of clutter and well-organized and organized, the more focused you’ll feel, and you can focus on other, more important things. If everything is in order, your productivity will be. The health and well-being benefits of having an organized home are not insignificant. A clean house helps keep allergens, germs, and other contaminants at bay.
However, there are plenty of strategies to help make cleaning your home a more accessible and quicker process. If you’re deep cleaning and organizing the bathrooms, decluttering the garage, or cleaning up your kid’s rooms, We understand there’s not always plenty of time to dedicate to the task. Therefore, we sought experts’ help to find simple cleaning tricks, tricks, and tips for maximizing your work.
Before dusting, cleaning, and scrubbing, one of the most critical tasks you must do is “Pick up and put away everything [that] has gathered on the floor,” says Sharon Lowenheim, MBA, MSE, a certified professional organizer and founder of Organizing Goddess, Inc. “Then, do the same with all the surfaces.” Kate Pawlowski, founding partner of Done & Done Home, strongly supports Lowenheim’s idea, adding that cleaning is so challenging for specific individuals because they’ve got a lot of stuff lying all over the home. “We always suggest that doing a big declutter will make cleaning so much faster since everything is put away in its home,” says Pawlowski.
Gather the necessary supplies.
When cleaning is involved starting, it is best to start by making a separate area for everything you need to clean and cleaning products. Set aside a bucket or caddy to take around the house for cleaning, according to Wendy Silberstein, professional organizer and the founder of The Aesthetic Organizer. Next, “create a master schedule and commit,” she informs Woman’s Day.
Set up a timetable.
Setting a routine and a routine for cleaning can help your home get the attention it deserves while keeping your mind at bay. It’s not a good idea to clean the same area daily while neglecting other aspects of your household. Make your cleaning tasks part of monthly, weekly, and daily calendars, Jamie Hord, founder of Horderly Professional, Organizing, recommends. “You’ll never have to spend hours (or days) doing an entire-home deep clean again,” she says. Hord recommends wiping and disinfecting any areas of high traffic every day — doorknobs, kitchen counters, countertops, bathrooms, and laundry areas, for just naming just a few. “On a weekly basis, wash sheets and towels, vacuum and mop floors, dust surfaces and furniture, and clean your showers and bathtubs,” she advises. Regarding monthly chores, Hord suggests taking an inventory of the food items you have in the kitchen and cleaning products and toiletries to ensure they’re not in short supply.
Once you’ve got rid of the clutter and have your routine and frequency of cleaning set, it’s time to begin cleaning. We spoke to experts to find out their top suggestions to help you figure out the most efficient method of cleaning your home to start right away.
Be smarter, not more.
Professional house cleaner and blogger of ConfessionsofaCleaningLady.com, Sara San Angelo, has an excellent motto for cleaning: “Work smarter not harder.”
One tool that helps her work more efficiently: a cordless electric spin scrubber with an extendable arm. “You can clean your whole bathroom with it with minimal effort,” she says. “With the extendable arm you don’t need to bend to clean tubs that are large or showers. Cleaning grout lines on floors is easy.” San Angelo even cleans baseboards using the dry scrubber head.
Make sure your dishes are clean.
Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, suggests you clean your dishwasher regularly. “The dishwasher is one of the biggest culprits for potential mold growth,” the expert declares. “Its warm and damp environment is heaven for mold spores — especially if there’s food particles left behind from your last cycle.”
To cleanse it, Shimek suggests running a regular empty dry heat cycle to clean the interior, which includes the silverware container, filter, doors, and panels. “To keep this appliance germ-free, you can clean the affected areas with diluted bleach and if there’s mold in the silverware basket, let it soak in your kitchen sink with diluted bleach and warm water for 30 minutes,” Shimek adds. “Be sure to rinse thoroughly before placing back into the dishwasher.”
Don’t forget your drains.
Jake Romano, who works for Ottawa Drain Cleaners and is a member of Ottawa Drain Cleaners, suggests a regular drain cleaning you can tackle can save hundreds of dollars in plumbing services over the long term. “Every month or two, simply pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar,” the expert says. “Let it fizzle and react for about half an hour before flushing it down with hot water.”
Romano claims that doing this will destroy the buildup of grime and grease in drains, which can create clogs that can be stubborn.
He also recommends using drain enzyme cleaners regularly. “These cleaners are safe for the environment,” He states. “They typically contain enzymes and bacteria that gradually eliminate the particles inside your pipes. It could help your plumbing system in general and even your drains.”
Clean up what you scrub with.
Peysakhovich emphasizes how important it is to keep clean everything is cleaned with. “To clean your house properly, your cleaning tools must be clean before you even start using them,” he states. “You’ll end up spending more time trying to clean if you don’t clean your tools beforehand.”
Begin at the top, and proceed step-by-step.
What is the most effective strategy? Top-to-bottom, left-to-right. “I always start [in the upstairs bathroom],” Romero states. “It’s a good place to leave supplies.” When you’re working on a project, start at the most elevated point of the space (if you’re cleaning is the case, this could mean high shelves), then move between left and right in the space. In this way, you won’t lose anything and avoid splattering dust on shelves that have already been cleaned.