Home Hacks

Clean More Efficiently With These Tips Straight From Housekeepers

What’s the next best thing to having a maid? Probably learning the secrets that professional maids use to make the dreaded cleaning chores a breeze. Here are three genius cleaning hacks that will have your house on its way to spotless in no time.

Stop Scrubbing The Toilet

Toss that toilet brush and use denture cleansing tablets instead, such as the fizzing ones made by Polident or Efferdent.

According to Meg Roberts, president of Mollie Maid, a single tablet is all you need to get rid of toilet bowl stains and rust. Just drop in one fizzing tablet and let sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for dingier bowls. Then flush and watch those stains vanish.

Have The Right Tools Handy

Having the right tool on hand when you need it makes all the difference. Dust mini blinds with dryer sheets. Swiping the sheets over closed blinds will help create an antistatic barrier as they clean and will also prevent more dust from gathering again. Secure a dust rag or spare sock over one end of a yardstick or broom handle to get rid of cobwebs and dust clinging above your head. This trick also comes in handy for getting under the fridge and stove.

Dust mini blinds with dryer sheets. Swiping the sheets over closed blinds will help create an antistatic barrier as they clean and will also prevent more dust from gathering again. Secure a dust rag or spare sock over one end of a yardstick or broom handle to get rid of cobwebs and dust clinging above your head. This trick also comes in handy for getting under the fridge and stove.

Clean In The Right Order

Merry Maids recommends that you have a plan of attack when it comes to cleaning house. They claim it helps make your cleaning more efficient and the task seems more manageable. They’re the experts, right?

They recommend that you start with the bathroom first, because it’s the room that’s the most time and labor intensive. Then move on to dusting and organizing. There’s a logical reason for this order, as stated on their blog: “Why? When you clean, all that dust has to go somewhere, right? Typically, that place is on the floor. And if you clean the floors before you take on the dusting, you’re just going to have dirty floors again.” Makes perfect sense.

Mop and vacuum the floors next, and save the kitchen for last. If you regularly wipe down the counters and tackle spills when they happen, cleaning the kitchen should be fairly easy. If you don’t, well—you’re on your own.