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22 Tricks To Help Speed-Clean Your Home

Your parents are showing up in two hours. YOU'D BETTER GET GOING.

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1. Keep a basket of supplies ready at all times.

You never know when you'll have to wipe down quickly. Start with an all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, and a disinfectant, then pick your favorite sponge/paper towel/microfiber cloth/old toothbrush combo.

This blogger has a great basics list.


4. Set a timer for yourself.

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Giving yourself a deadline can be motivational and help you not get stuck on the small stuff.

(This won't work for everyone, but could be worth a try!)

5. Make a cleaning playlist. Commons

This works best if you clean for, say, 10 minutes every day. It also might motivate the kids/roommates actually help (the key is to make it a game so everyone helps you).

More on this here.


9. Before you start running around, stick your towels and your shower curtain liner in the washer.

It's the fastest way to get the mildew out without spending time scrubbing it. (Or you *could* just close your shower curtain so no one sees...but you'll know it's not clean).

From here.


13. Load. The. Dishwasher.

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If you're lucky enough to have one.

If you don't have one...well, just hope they don't look in the sink. (Or suck it up and wash the dishes).

14. Steam clean your microwave AND spray down your range hood grate all at once.

Do two things at once, like this blogger.

(But you're forgiven if your speed clean doesn't involve cleaning your range vent filter thingy. I mean, probably).


16. Spray furniture polish on anything you need shinier.

Like your fridge, or your sink, or your coffee table, or whatever. Just don't spray on the floor or you'll probably slip and be sorry.

From here.


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