6 Tips For Cutting Cleaning Time in Half

We all have to clean our homes when we’d rather spend time in the pub, shopping or with friends. The following tips will cut down the time you spend cleaning, meaning you have more time to live your life.

1. Put a layer of tinfoil under the item you are ironing. The foil will act as a conductor meaning you have to spend less time ironing. This works best with cotton items rather than delicate items.

2. Stick to the 3 minute rule.

3. Spend 15 mins a week cleaning out and organising a different drawer and make sure it is just one drawer alone. It’ll keep them clean, tidy and organised and it also means you’ll never have to do one of those huge clear out sessions that leaves you regretting it 30 minutes in.

4. Throw salt on cooking spills and spatters. They’ll be easier and quicker to clean later on.

5. Wipe and tidy as you go. Made a small mess? Clean it up now, don’t leave it until you have to clean the whole room.

6. Have your cleaning supplies dotted around the house. Keep a bucket of supplies in the bathroom, some in the kitchen and a duster near the bedrooms. Having your cleaning supplies spread throughout the house means you can grab at will and give a shelf a quick wipe down as you pass meaning cleaning doesn’t become A Big Thing.

How do you cut your cleaning time in half?

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  1. I stick to a cleaning schedule. I clean, dust, declutter, and organise one room per day. Monday is our bedtoom, Tuesday, my son’s, Wednesday, the kitchen, etc. It really helps to keep the whole house tidy and I only spend about 30 minutes total, per day, cleaning. I do wash the dishes, wipe down the counters, sweep the floor at the end of the day and do one load of laundry every day as well though.

    And I find opening windows or burning good smelling candles always makes my home feel fresher :)

  2. The “salt on spills” sounds like a good suggestion. I’ll have to try that one out later!

    I save a lot of time on my ironing. I iron one shirt (for work) and that’s me finished! :D

  3. Tina Of CAST FALL says:

    Your 3 min rule has changed my life.
    How does the salt thing work?

  4. Dotting the cleaning supplies around the house is a good tip. I do that myself because it makes my cleaning routine easier.
    I follow the 15 minute rule and spend 15 minutes cleaning, tidying, odd jobs. When the 15 minutes is up, I move on to the next job on the list. No particular room ever gets to sparkle, but the whole house is clean and tidy.
    Oh! apart from my sideboard and dining table, they get a dust and polish every day.

  5. oooh, I like the ironing one. I normally avoid at all costs! I use old green kitchen scourers and washing up liquid to clean the bath – quick, cheap and easy! :) I’d much rather spend my taking making art than cleaning!


  6. Ahh – cleaning as you go. This was taught to me (in a brain washing type way) by my home ec teacher. I do it to a robotic standard.

  7. OR – Persuade your husband you actually do NEED and CAN afford a cleaning lady lmao, if only.

  8. Excellent tips, especially no4, I never knew that one, must try it now! :)

  9. My first reaction was I don’t do it, but thats not true. I only didn’t whilst I had my plaster on. I tend to do little and often to make it easier.

    X x

  10. Great tip. I am sadly only learning this at my age but I am trying to do this more now, it’s amazing how easy it is to keep somewhere tidy if you tidy up as you go along. Of course it doesn’t always work, but I’m trying!

  11. Very useful! How would you suggest cleaning a ceramic glass electric hob that has had water spilled during cooking. I accidently spilt something on my Dad’s hob and it refused to come up no matter what I did!

  12. I want to wish you a lovely weekend–nice to visit your blog and I will come back soon

  13. Salt tip!!! I’ve never heard this one before, will def try it.

  14. Some great tips here, I especially like the three minute rule.

  15. I also clean as I go as I don’t have the energy to do full on housework. Every day I wash dishes and try to wash clothes but the rest of the work gets done as I go. “Every job done is another job and you can be proud of it” is my philosophy. As a consequence my house does not have that always clenaed/bleached look but it is clean and very quick to tidy despite my hoarding tendencies. Cherrie

  16. Anonymous says:

    hi mrs thrifty my first post.i will have to try the salt thing , sounds pretty good to me, so here goes ….lynda from hull.

  17. i love ur blog have just cleaned bathroom with vinegar and water and its shining excellent tips

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