Cleaning my home is not my favorite thing to do so I decided to share some quick cleaning tips I learned over the years that make cleaning faster for me. Hopefully, I’ll touch on some ideas you can use to give yourself more time to do the things you love.
Although you will see affiliate links in this article of which I might earn a small commission if you purchase something there are also cleaning tips throughout this article that you can use products you already have at home to get the desired results.
You’ll find everything from quick and easy to natural and chemical free on this list. To be honest, because of my recent struggles with allergies, if something has harsh chemicals in it and is on this list it’s because I haven’t found a good substitute for it, yet.
You might want to consider making your whole house cleaning simplified with one cleaning product that does it all. This way instead of carrying all your products room to room, or storing various cleaners you only have the one product. Save space and money by using less. There are several cleaners you can buy that do a great job on floors, bathrooms, and surfaces.
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner: Make it yourself cleaners are almost always cheaper, and this one is easier on the environment also. If you add the dawn detergent, it’s still better than bleach in my opinion. If I need the extra cleaning power of dawn, I wear gloves which isn’t a bad idea anyway especially if you are trying to avoid dry skin.
I like to keep a bottle in each bathroom with a few old washcloths to grab and do a quick clean if needed.
Do not use on marble or granite countertops.
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup baking soda
(optional) 1 or 2 Tbs. regular Dawn dish detergent or
(optional)a few drops of your favorite essential oil
Use a funnel to put into a spray bottle
Use this cleaner for bathrooms, countertops, floors and other general cleaning projects. I use a damp cloth or a bucket and water for larger jobs. You could pour the mixture into a bucket (1/4 c. per bucket) if you prefer that method of cleaning. To use the same as purchased cleaning wipes use damp paper towels.
Dr. Bronner’s all in one cleaner: This product is only the pure Castille soap with a natural scent and vitamin E. You can use the product to clean, dishwashing, laundry soap, as shampoo, body wash, and as a hand soap. I don’t like the fact that it doesn’t produce a luxurious foam, so I purchase the empty foamer bottles below for the hand and body soap and that works nicely for dishes also.
The Eucalyptus scentis my favorite, but there are many other scents as well, like cherry, tea tree oil, peppermint, lavender, baby light, hemp rose and citrus.
I love the refreshing smell of the Method all-purpose cleaner. If you want a ready to go cleaning product that’s not full of strong smelling chemicals, give it a try.
I love my steam mop, especially for wood floors. The hot steam is a natural sanitizer, and I’ve also used it to clean furniture after a pet or a sick child spent time on it. Please test in a small area first. The manufacturer doesn’t suggest this, but I also run it over carpets just to disinfect quickly, especially if children are coming over and I know they’ll be laying around on the floors. For wood floors, I use the light steam which doesn’t produce a massive amount of moisture, and for linoleum, I use the heavy steam. If you want you can spray a small amount of the vinegar mixture for extra cleaning power, although I wouldn’t use the dawn soap since you aren’t rinsing.
For extremely dirty floors, you might prefer a regular mop and bucket with one of the all in one cleaner above. Unless you have a baby crawling on the floor I recommend you not drive yourself crazy with regular mopping. Try rugs outside and inside your entryway. Also, asking the family to remove their shoes, purchasing some slip-on shoes, like crocs for the quick ins and outs make a considerable difference in the amount of dirt brought in the home.
For family members who don’t understand why they have to remove their shoes, I suggest one thing that will have them cooperating in no time. Make them mop the floors for as long as it takes for them to get on board! To avoid messy shoe piles, I suggest one of the many attractive boot trays available which are fantastic for catching excess dirt and water.
Soap Scum and Walls
The Magic Eraser is the easiest way to clean bathtubs, glass doors than anything I ever tried before. I was rejoicing when I discovered how magic it was at removing soap scum and bathtub rings. Especially after tiring of scrubbing tubs and never wholly removing all the old stains. If you live in a new home you might not encounter the degree of dirt I’m talking about. But when faced with weeks of neglected cleaning this product makes the job so easy!
The only downside of this product is that each sponge may only last a few weeks. Unless you’re cleaning something with more than a week’s worth of build up the first time, you’ll likely use the sponge once. But as cheap as I can be I decided this product’s quick cleaning ability is worth the cost.
We lived in a bigger home while raising our children and between our kids and their friends, our hallway and stairway walls needed to be wiped down or at least spot cleaned every few weeks. The magic eraser makes quick cleaning happen; I’m talking minutes!
Homemade Soap Scum Cleaner:
make a paste of
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
mix, wait until mixture stops foaming and spread on surfaces, wait 10 minutes and rinse.
Did you know that most toilet cleaners damage the porcelain on your toilet over time? Once ruined it’s almost impossible to clean the stains, so that’s the main reason I decided once again that the vinegar solution above was good enough for regular cleaning.
For stubborn stains (drain the water first) soak a paper towel in the cleaning solution and stick directly to the stain overnight.
Or Use 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in the bowl for 30 minutes and rinse.
Please check in inconspicuous area for color fading first
Hydrogen Peroxide is a disinfectant and can is excellent for disinfecting laundry and many other things. Spray a solution of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water for:
Pet stains (allow to dry completely before checking for odor removal)
Fabric on furniture
Toys (rinse after soaking for 10 minutes) The Dishwasher is another great way to clean toys.
Makeup Brushes (shampoo and rinse first then spray and let dry)
I did window cleaning when I was doing final cleanings for newly constructed homes. It was a big job and I didn’t have time to go over the windows more than once.
The quick cleaning process that worked the best was to wipe down the windows first with washcloth or sponge and bucket of water with a mild soap or dish soap. Washing with the water first removed the worst of the dirt. Then I would use the Invisible Glass Product and paper towels to clean off streaks and any dirt left behind.
The other cheaper way to clean the streaks off the windows is to use the vinegar mixture below.
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
Bounty Basic Paper Towels are the only paper towel I can find that doesn’t leave streaks on my sunroom windows. Not sure why it works so well but I’m happy to purchase something that cleans right the first time!