Keeping your living space presentable and sanitary can sometimes feel like a daunting task — it seems as if there are always more cleaning projects than time in the day! Day-to-day tidying is a must, not to mention those bigger cleaning projects such as washing the windows or getting the dust out of the curtains that must be tackled at least once a year.
Clean faster and more efficiently with these clever everyday strategies.
Swap out your soap
Smart cleaning starts before you pick up a scrub brush. Keep your shower walls and floor looking shinier longer by stocking the bath with glycerin- or vegetable oil-based soaps. These soaps rinse cleaner than traditional tallow-based soaps, which can leave white, gummy soap scum crusted on your shower walls.
Do the easy stuff first
Start simple: Spiff up a few low-traffic rooms quickly and easily, so that you’re motivated to tackle bigger cleaning tasks in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. “You’ll be inspired to finish the rest of your home. Depending on your household, the dining room, living room, or a home office are good places to start.
Develop a squeegee habit
Show of hands: Who enjoys cleaning the tub and shower? Thought so. The easiest way to reduce the frequency of this much-loathed chore is to buy a squeegee and encourage everyone in the house to use it after a shower or bath, says Lane. Wipe the walls, the sides of the tub—even the floor itself. Soap and shampoo residue will be washed away with the water, rather than evaporating and leaving a film on your porcelain or stone. Stick with this habit and you can get away with cleaning the tub and shower just once a month. You’re welcome.