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By The Cleaning Lady


Sometimes you need to clean your house fast. Whether you have unexpected guests or an inlaw popping up, you will need to project the image that you didn’t just crawl out of bed while having thrown a party the night before. The objective of speed cleaning is to make your house LOOK clean to a casual obsever. So you are not going to mob floors or wipe down cabinets like you would do in a regular or deep clean. Follow these steps and your guest will be non the wiser!

How to speed clean your house

This checklist is design to make your house look clean in as little as 15 minutes. And you are going to have to work fast, so get some good shoes on! Ready, set, GO!

1. Grap a laundry basket and rag

You’re going to grab a laundry basket and throw everything in it that’s not in it’s place (except dishes). Go through the living room and kitchen. Get everything that doesn’t belong off the floors, counters and table tops and throw it in the basket. Don’t worry about putting things away. You can do that later. This is speed cleaning. While you are clearing counters and table tops, wipe them at the same time with the rag. Just throw the rag over your shoulder and wipe as you go. Once you’re done, hide the laundry basket in a closet or somewhere your guests will not go.

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2. Clean the kitchen fast

First, you’re going to go around the house and grab all the dishes and throw them in the dishwasher. Do this with the dishes in the kitchen sink as well. Don’t worry about rinsing them or organizing them. You can do that later. If you don’t have a dishwasher, grab a box or another laundry basket and put them under the sink. Then wipe down the counters with you rag and maybe some Dawn Powerwash Spray. This comes in handy for quick cleans!

3. Speed clean the bathroom

Concentrate on the one bathroom you know your guests will use. Take the toilet brush and brush any stains out of the bowl. If you have cleaner with you, great. If not, just scrub with the brush. I like to keep cleaning supplies under the sink in the bathroom for a quick clean, like my Blueland Then take some toilet paper and wipe the rim. Then rinse out the sink and take your rag and wipe down the counter and mirror. If you have any Febreze or smell-good stuff, spray it around. What smells clean is clean.

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4. Speed clean floors

The best way to make your house look clean is to have clean floors. Now that you have picked everything up off the floor and put it in your baskets, run the vacuum quickly over the places where guests might walk. This includes the living room, kitchen and bathroom. Or you can wip out your trusty Swiffer wet/dry mop. I like to Swiffer with the Swiffer Sweeper Heavy Duty Pet Dry Pads. Spot wipe with your rag as needed.

And there you have it. A house that looks clean in a jiffy. To really speed clean like a pro, grab your speed cleaning apron!

Check out this article for more ways to clean your house fast. For more ways to clean for guests or the big party, visit here.

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