This weekend project is the same each weekend: clean everything until it sparkles. Saturday is the day most folks plan to spend out with their friends and loved ones, but not at our house – at least not until everything is tidy and shiny first.
That being said, we don’t want to spend all Saturday cleaning, even though both of us enjoy it. We’ve found a few hints and hacks to clean everything up and still have time to shop, see a movie, or whatever else we have on tap for the day. Take a look and keep your cleaning time to a minimum!
Use All-Purpose Cleaner
I understand this is difficult for many of you who prefer to use a specialized cleaner for each thing, but that habit makes your cleaning cabinet a nightmare to organize and can get quite costly. Enter Method cleansers, which come in a variety of fragrances to suit your style (we love the Lime and Sea Salt, Pink Grapefruit, and Tangerine). You can use them anywhere you like, and they’re seriously effective and non-toxic if you have little ones (two-legged or four-legged) running around the house. Not only are they inexpensive, but they also only take a little bit to get the job done, and they can tackle serious grime with ease. You can order Method products online or you can find them at your local Target!
Use Vinegar + Baking Soda
If you have a tougher-to-clean project, such as a bathroom or kitchen sink, try your favorite 6th grade science experiment to power through it. Using a bit of baking soda (dry, right out of the box!) and then adding some white vinegar on top will create a chemical reaction that absorbs terrible smells and bubbles through even the greasiest, stickiest messes. Bonus points for the fact that it’s around two dollars to keep the ingredients on hand and, like Method, it’s safe around little ones. When you’re cleaning, leave your vinegar and baking soda concoction alone for a little while if you want the maximum effect.
Put Everything In Its Place
You’ve heard this one since you were in pre-pre-kindergarten because it’s true: everything has a place in your house. However, this is easier said than done, because late nights at work tempt you to kick off your heels at the door, or a stubborn cooked-on mess in the crock pot tempts you to soak all the night’s dishes in the sink instead of cleaning them. But taking a few minutes to put something back where you got it will keep your house in tip-top shape and will allow you to always be ready for company no matter what. I love finding pretty organizers, bins, and baskets (my favorites are from Home Goods) to keep everything lovely and functional.
Invest in Quality Equipment
Even though you’d rather have a new golf bag or sundress, take a chunk of your budget to invest in quality cleaning equipment so you can clean even faster and more efficiently. I recommend splurging on a vacuum with detachable pieces to help you get into nooks and crannies, floor cleanser, and Swiffer dusting products, since those are three things you’ll rely on time after time.
Clean Every Day
This may seem counterintuitive to cleaning quickly in one day, but you can’t move a mountain every Saturday (or whenever you have the time to clean) – it becomes overwhelming and exhausting in a heartbeat. Picking up after yourself every day keeps the cleaning sprees at bay, and also allows you to have a few more pockets of time to complete those Pinterest tasks you keep dreaming about.
How do you keep everything clean no matter what?