Ten Minute House Cleaning Tips
This is a continuation of last weeks post on Keeping Your House Clean Ten Minutes at a time.
Last week I introduced how I came up with the timeline and what I do on Mondays, the 2 upstairs bedrooms. This week I checked both bedrooms and really they did not need anything done, they stayed dust free and since we don’t wear shoes in the house the floors were fine as well so I skipped the dusting, vacuuming and mopping until next week. I did take a moment to look and see if there was anything I need to get rid of and my husband had already made the bed. The other room was just as easy, being an unused guest quarters.
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I will say now that I do have a daily routine that helps keep the kitchen quick to clean. Every morning I unload the dishwasher as our coffee brews. I did time it and it takes 4 minutes to unload. I make sure and get it done first thing so that the rest of the day as we use dishes they are put directly into the dishwasher, not in the sink. By bedtime the dishwasher is ready to start. Also after I cook every meal I always wipe around the edge of the grates on the stove top and counters which takes about 3 mins. I also sweep the kitchen daily. 1 min (small kitchen)
In the winter I also have a daily routine of sweeping between our front door and the wood stove. We track in lots of debris when bringing in wood for our wood stove. It is a short distance and takes less than a minute to sweep up. Sweeping it up immediately prevents the debris from being tracked through the house.
Tuesdays ~ Kitchen
Remove the grates on the stove top and scrub down the entire top ~ 4 minutes
I do not use a fancy cleaner on this, I use straight dish soap and scrub it around. Dish soap is made to cut food grime, it cuts through grease faster than any other cleaner I have used.
Instead of rinsing I wipe it up with a dry rag, if you use a wet rag the soap is more time consuming to remove. After I have wiped it dry I shine it up with my Basic All Purpose Cleaning spray and a clean cloth or paper towel. (recipe for cleaning spray found in this post Fast Window Cleaning)
Once every 6 months I spray the grates with oven cleaner. I place them in a garbage bag and spray them liberally, the bag is closed and left to sit in the sun to heat up. I also will clean tougher spots on my stove top with oven cleaner. I have a window open and I don’t breathe the fumes. While the cleaner is working I am in another room. (I have tried the ammonia in the bag with the grates but the oven cleaner is faster and easier)
Once every other week I run the grates through the dishwasher (I don’t count the time on this as the dishwasher does the work, the grates are added in with a load of dishes to save energy and water)
Wipe down the inside of the microwave ~ 3 minutes (this also only needs to be done every other week)
note: while I am wiping down the stove top I am heating a cup of water in the microwave for 4 minutes, it steams it up, moistens and loosens any food debris making the wiping easy. We also have a plate cover we use every time we reheat something. They are inexpensive, don’t touch your food and keep your microwave from getting spattered. This is the one we have NordicWare Plate Cover 11 inch
Wipe down front of microwave ~ 2 min
Wipe down a shelf in fridge or door cubby ~ 2 mins.
Many times I put a door cubby into the dishwasher instead of hand washing. Wiping down a shelf takes 2 mins, most of that time is moving food to a different shelf. If you have a spot that is something that spilled and dried onto the shelf I set a wet dish cloth on the spot, close the fridge door and let it set while I am doing another chore in the kitchen. After a few minutes it is fairly easy to wipe up. Normally I do try to clean up spill immediately so I don’t have to clean it up after it has dried. I also line my door cubbys with a paper towel which is easy to remove and replace.
I never have to clean the refrigerator all at once which can be time consuming, by keeping up with tackling a shelf or door cubby weekly it never piles up.
Wednesdays ~ Living/dining room
Spray tub and sink with Comet Liquid cleaner let sit while doing other things to let it do the grunt work for you ~ 30 seconds
note: I have found that the Comet liquid cleaner which is made with citric acid cleans the fiberglass tubs the fastest, I have tried numerous others in my professional cleaning career and Comet Liquid wins hands down, the second is Dow Scrubbing Bubbles, the third is straight dish soap or shampoo.
Sprinkle Oxy-clean in toilet and swish with toilet brush ~ 1 min (I let it sit while I clean the rest of the bathroom then come back and flush it right before I wipe down the outside of the toilet)
Use duster around ceiling for any webs that may be lurking and light fixture above sink, dust window frame and sill ~ 2 min
Sweep or vacuum floor, getting behind sink base and toilet with wand ~ 1 min (my bathroom is very small)
Scrub out sink, then bathtub, wipe down toilet from top to bottom ~ 4 mins
Mop floor ~ 1 min
Wash down ceiling and walls with my Bona mop and bleach water sprayed on mop head 2 min
note:I only do this once a month and time it right after one of us has taken a shower, the moisture on the walls and ceiling from the steam of the shower has everything moistened up and ready to wipe off. Smokers lived in this house before we moved in 20 years ago and even though we scrubbed the walls before painting with a sealing paint a brown stain starts to seep through, the Bona mop makes quick work of wiping them down.
Spray shower curtain with bleach water if needed or take down and put in washing machine. ~ 1 min (I do this last as I don’t like breathing the fumes, I hold my breath while spraying, leave the room and shut the door behind me to let the odor dissipate before re-entering)
Friday ~ Office
Our third bedroom has turned into our office space. It takes less than 10 minutes to clean from top to bottom and usually gets something done to it every day. I spend quite a bit of time in the office and when I see an issue I tackle it right away. So basically Friday is a free day from cleaning other than my daily routine. The weekends are also cleaning free too.
When you really look at actual time it takes to clean a room when you do it weekly on schedule it seems less overwhelming and more doable. I am not cleaning all day long, just a little bit here and there. Anyone can do it
Now to get back to painting, gardening and other fun stuff!