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10 Speed Cleaning Tips

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10 Speed Cleaning Tips

Dust and grease, like family members we see frequently but don’t always want to deal with, are two culprits lurking around every corner in my house. I prefer using strategic methods in my ongoing battle against them, but time isn’t always on my side. Instead, I pick an hour over the weekend to arm myself with rubber gloves, two cloth rags, a brush and dustpan, and some spray cleaner. Then I choose my worst t-shirt-and-shorts combo from my closet and load up Madonna’s Confessions from a Dance Floor, turning the bass up high. Once my body’s pumping to the music’s beat, I put my ten speed cleaning tips into action, and whip through my house like the Tasmanian Devil with OCD.

1. Let the Sunshine (and Air) In
Before the dust starts to settle, I open the shades and windows to let in the spring sun and air; then I light a candle and let its aroma take over the house.

2. De-Cluttering Dance
When Madonna tells me to “get ready to jump,” I de-clutter the house by making piles of papers and mail. I make one pile of bills to pay and follow-up correspondence; the second pile is for papers to file away. Then I choose a date on the calendar for getting rid of both piles. This simple act frees up my kitchen counters for the space I need to cook, and keeps my table open for entertaining.

3. Trap the Dust Bunnies
Dust bunnies live in my bedroom and under my furniture, and float along the baseboards, trying to hide. I use my dustpan and a garbage bag to catch the bunnies in each room before they hop away.

4. Ragamuffin Maid
I tuck two rags in my waistband and take my natural cleaner on a tour of my house. Using the two rags, I dust wooden surfaces with one and spray clean the kitchen counters with the other.

5. Handles with Care
I clean every door, cabinet, and sink handle in the house, removing whatever residue any hands have left behind.

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By Amanda Coggin, DivineCaroline

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12:45AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

i like the way you wrote the article and music is always my choice too, when cleaning-although it's certainly not madonna! however, the points you raised were very good and i try to do most of them, or i do some things on a monthly basis, like wiping all the skirting boards etc. i try to hoover 3 times a week downstairs to keep on top of it; and like kim and aggie from the show 'how clean is your house?' say, i try to do a bit a day, so when i come to the 'big clean' at the end of the wee, it isn't really that big of a problem! thanks for the article, put a smile on my face!

7:17PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Smart tips, thanks.

3:02PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

love it . playful and fun :) i love to clean

6:05PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

I prefer to crank the music up when I clean too. Tends to make it go faster some how.

2:51AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

It sounds like an efficient little factory ....I mostly have to wait until I'm inspired.

5:19PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thanks

11:16AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Sounds rather a lot more entailed than I would do.

2:50PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

...tip #4 my fav of the 10---Thanks Amanda!

11:54AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Thank you : ) Anything that makes cleaning easier is always great!

5:34AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

thanks for sharing

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