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How to Save Time Cleaning Your House

Posted on September 28th, 2018

There’s nothing better than a clean home. There’s also nothing worse than doing said cleaning! It is, however, necessary. To find out how you could save time cleaning your home, keep on reading.

How to Save Time Cleaning Your Home

Have the right cleaning tools for the job

Take a look at your cleaning itinerary. Do you have a range of products for different tasks? If not, you could be making your cleaning ritual harder for yourself.

You ideally want to have a few products of varying strengths for each area of the home, as well as a hoover, duster, handheld hoover (actual life saver) and a mop and bucket. All-purpose cleaners come in handy for multiple areas of the home and bleach can be used for things like toilets and blocked drains. Mirror and window cleaners are also a must-have.

Different cloths and sponges are used for different surfaces, so make sure you have a variety of hard scrubber brushes, soft sponges and microfiber cloths. Use the rougher items on tough-to-clean surfaces and then use the softer cloths for things that scratch easily, like mirrors and windows. These are all pretty cheap to buy and last for a long time.

Let your cleaning products sit

One thing that not a lot of people seem to know is that cleaning products have a ‘dwell time’, which means that they need to sit on the surface for a specific amount of time in order to work properly. This is particularly true for antibacterial and disinfectant products.

Without allowing your cleaning products to sit, you may as well be scrubbing away with soap and water, so make sure you give them time to work into the dirt. Always read the safety labels as each product will have a different dwell time.

Work from top to bottom, left to right

Do you ever forget which areas you’ve cleaned? Or maybe you clean something only for it to be dirtied by mess from another area? Well, never again! Starting from the far left side of the room, clean each area from top to bottom, then move to the right and repeat. This motion saves you time by limiting your movement and it makes sure that you clean every inch of the surface.

Tidy before you clean

You’d be surprised at just how much longer it takes to clean a cluttered room than a tidy one. Before you whip out your armada of cleaning supplies, give the room a quick tidy up. You’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll save.

Keep room-specific products in that room

Most people have a ‘cleaning bucket’ in the cupboard under the kitchen sink where all their cleaning products live. However, this isn’t the most practical solution. What is most practical is to keep specific products in the rooms where you would use them. For example, keep toilet and bathroom cleaners in the bathroom. This will save you time when you want to give the toilet a quick bleach, or wipe down a surface in the bedroom.

Alternatively, when you clean, you could bring all the room-specific products into that room with you. This saves you running in and out of the room to get that one bottle of surface spray that you forgot.

Tackle the hardest job first

Humans are funny things. Our minds work on rewards, and so we like things to be simple in order to reach a quick recompense. Use this to your advantage and clean the dirtiest room first. That way, you get a huge sense of achievement right off the bat, and thefollowing rooms feel much easier. You will also save time because you will have more energy later on, therefore cleaning faster and more efficiently. Psychology, eh?

Clean in order of tool

There is a specific order in which you should clean so as to make the job quicker and, well… cleaner.

Start with a feather duster or soft cloth and get rid of all the dust. Then, whack out your surface sprays and bleaching products and get to work on everything above ground level. After this, you can hoover up, and finally, mop.

Clean room by room instead of doing all the dusting, hoovering, or mopping at once. This will save you time by limiting your movement and you can have the added satisfaction of ticking off each room as you go!


We hope that this blog post has given you a few tips on how to save time cleaning your home. It can be a daunting task if you have a few messy family members, but it doesn’t have to take all day.

Maybe you could incorporate these tips when you’re cleaning your new Seddon home?

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