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5 Must-Read Tips For Efficient Cleaning

Ticking off tasks from your to-do list will be a piece of cake with these handy hints

Photography: Marc Jao

Cleaning is a tedious task that can take a toll on anyone—even on the most experienced homemakers. However, it's also something we can't skip entirely. To make the task of tidying easier, we've rounded up the best hacks you can try that will surely help you get your home sparkling in minutes: 

1. Use a damp rubber glove to get rid of pet hair.
While using a lint roller to pick up fuzz off of rugs and fabric chairs is handy, it isn’t really fit for heavy-duty and deep cleaning. If you need to clear a ton of pet hair with one swipe, run a damp rubber glove over the surface. Any hair will cling to the glove instead of the upholstery.
2.  Save sweeping or mopping the floors for last.
When tidying your home, wait until your entire place is clean from the ceiling to the furniture before working on the floors. If you start from the base and work your way up, all the dirt from the higher areas will fall on the floor forcing you to clean it again. It’s best to sweep from far left to the right side of the room to avoid leaving dust in different parts of the room, too.

READ: 5 Ways To Cut Your Cleaning Time In Half 

3. Catch dust with a tray.

Keep the majority of dirt and dust particles from falling to the floor by using a handled tray when you wipe down shelves and surfaces. Once the tray is full, just empty it out before cleaning another part of the home. You can also use it to off-load the shelf’s contents to keep one hand free for cleaning. 

4. Dress comfortably.

How many of your favorite shirts have been accidentally ruined by bleach? You may think that what you wear when you clean doesn’t matter, but it actually helps to set aside working clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty as this allows you to move freely. 

5. Whip up an all-purpose cleaner that can be used for almost anything.

Avoid having to move around a bucket full of chemical solutions when cleaning by having an all-purpose (and all-natural!) cleaner on-hand. A cleaner recipe with citrus as its main ingredient can make nearly every surface gleam again! 

READ: DIY: All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

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