5 Quick Cleaning Hacks to Use When You’re in a Hurry

written by: Terry Stevens

Published: July 23, 2018
Updated: May 15, 2023

reading time:  minutes


As wonderful as a fresh, clean house is, there’s no denying the process of reaching that point can be lengthy.

But sometimes, you only need the help of a professional house cleaner to get your home sparkling clean.

And if you ever need to get the job done as quickly as possible, the quick cleaning hacks below will ensure that you’ll reach that “sparkly clean” stage as efficiently as possible.

1. Leave and return

Most cleaning products need time to work, and the longer you can leave them in place, the more efficient they will be.

Try and schedule your cleaning so that all products that need to work to remove dirt are left in place for as long as possible.

For example, spritz with a degreaser and vacuum the floor or wipe down the blinds. Even an extra five minutes can help you wipe the grease stain up with an easy movement rather than needing to apply time-consuming elbow grease.

2. Microfibre cloths and water

If you’re short on time, the last thing you need is to sort through your cleaning products to find the right one for each specific task. So, don’t. Instead, use a microfibre cloth and plain water.

This combination can tackle most household stains and dirt, and while it’s not antibacterial, this cleaning is more than sufficient for a quick once-over.

3. Tackle dust with a damp cloth

Dusting and polishing can be incredibly demanding on your time, so when you need a quick remedy, keep things simple. Opt for a damp cloth and use this to collect lint and dust.

The cloth should be nearly-dry so it doesn’t deposit much water on the surface and create water staining. The last thing you need is more work when time is of the essence.

The water is there to help ensure the lint adheres to the cloth rather than acting as a method of cleaning itself. While the finished effect won’t be as impressive as you’d achieve with deep cleaning and polishing, it will make a big difference.

4. Use white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda separately

Many cleaning hacks involve using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in conjunction with one another. This is a bad idea.

While powerful individually, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda cancel one another out.

Combining these products means cleaning with weak, ineffective water, which is far from ideal when you’re in a rush.

5. Clean from the top down

Learning to prioritise tasks is essential when it comes to quick cleaning hacks. To achieve this, there’s a simple rule to keep in mind.

The first thing you clean should be the ceilings, and the last thing you tend should be the floors.

Moving from the top to the bottom of a room helps to ensure you’re not effectively having to lose time by cleaning the same areas twice.

For example, cleaning the floor first will inevitably pick up lint and dirt as you clean the surfaces. This, inevitably, means you’ll have to clean the floor on a second, time-consuming occasion.

This small switch can save you a surprising amount of time and help to ensure that your cleaning is as productive as possible.

Final thoughts

When time is short, focus on the most prominent areas of your home: surfaces and floors. More minor issues are more easily overlooked if these areas are clean and pristine.

And if you have a bit more time on your sleeve, check out these Eco-friendly Cleaning tips to Eco-friendly Cleaning tips to get your home shining and healthy.

With these quick cleaning hacks above in mind, you should be able to achieve a fresh, clean home in the shortest possible time. Enjoy!


About the author 

Terry Stevens

The owner and founder of Sparkle and Shine. He is a seasoned professional in the home services industry with a decade of experience. He is dedicated to providing top-notch services for residential and commercial properties and has a wealth of knowledge to share on topics such as tips, tricks, industry trends, and the importance of loving your space.