Speed Cleaning Routine

In my weekly newsletter, I mentioned about getting a speed cleaning routine in place.
I already have a cleaning schedule and I do my best to stick to it. The greatest thing about my cleaning schedule is that it means I don’t have to spend an entire day cleaning. I spend a little time each day which makes it a lot more manageable for me.

But sometimes, Life gets in the way of our plans. In fact it happens a lot! These are the times when we have guests coming, a rental inspection, or I am a little behind in my cleaning schedule: All times when I need to refer to my speed cleaning routine.

 

how to speed clean

 

What I use:
Cleaning Caddy
Garbage Bags
Laundry Basket
Dyson DC39 Animal Vacuum
Mop
Bucket
Flexi Tub ($5 from Kmart)

flexi tub kmart $5

LAUNDRY – (6-8 mins)
Top Loader: Set your washer to run on a hot cycle. Leave to fill. When the washer has filled with hot water, add ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda and 2 cups of white vinegar.

(1 min)

Front Loader: Add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to the laundry detergent drawer, and 1 cup of white vinegar to the drum. Set your washer to run on a hot cycle.

(1 min)

Spray the outside of your machine, laundry sink, light switches and any surfaces (and dryer if you own one) with all purpose cleaner

(1 min)

Wipe down the machines, sink and surfaces

(1 min)

Pick up any clothes that have been dumped on the floor and add to your laundry basket (if you don’t have a spare laundry basket come back to this step – You need something to pick up all of the dirty laundry in the other rooms!)

(1 min)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3mins)

 

BATHROOM – (13-15 mins)
Spray the toilet bowl, seat and cistern with disinfectant

(1 min)

Pick up items that don’t belong on counters and put away into drawers or cupboards

(1 min)

Pick up items that don’t belong in the bathroom and place into a tub – put it outside the door

(1 min)

Spray mirror, tap ware, light switches and surfaces – wipe mirror with microfibre cloth, leave the rest

(2 mins)

Fill the garbage bag with anything to be thrown away, including the bathroom garbage bin contents

(1 min)

Toss any laundry in the basket

(1 min)

Dust and wipe down surfaces, light switches and tap ware

(2 mins)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3 mins)

Wipe down toilet seat and cistern

(1 min)

Scrub toilet bowl with scrubbing brush and flush toilet

(1 min)

Rest the scrubbing brush on the rim of the toilet bowl, brush end facing into the bowl. Firmly lodge the scrubbing brush there by resting the toilet seat on top, allowing the brush to dry before you put it back into the holder

(1 min)

 

BEDROOMS – (9-13 mins)
Pick up items that don’t belong in that room and place into a tub – put it outside the door

(1 min)

Fill the garbage bag with anything to be thrown away (I’m talking to you, Items on My Bedside Table!)

(1 min)

Put clothes and shoes away

(1-3 mins)

Toss any laundry in the basket

(1 min)

Dust and wipe down surfaces and light switches

(1 min)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3 mins)

Make the bed

(3 mins)

 

LOUNGEROOM – (6-8 mins)
Pick up items that don’t belong and place into a tub – put it outside of the loungeroom

(1 min)

Fill the garbage bag with anything to be thrown away

(1 min)

Toss any laundry in a basket

(1 min)

Spray remote controls

(1 min)

Dust and wipe down surfaces and light switches

(1 min)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3 mins)

 

DINING ROOM – (7-9 mins)
Pick up items that don’t belong and place into a tub – put it outside of the loungeroom

(1 min)

Fill the garbage bag with anything to be thrown away

(1 min)

Toss any laundry in a basket

(1 min)

Dust and wipe down surfaces and light switches

(1 min)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3 mins)

Straighten table and chairs

(2 mins)

 

KITCHEN – (12-14 mins)
Boil the kettle

(1 min)

Pick up items that don’t belong in that room and place into a tub – put it outside the door

(1 min)

Fill the garbage bag with anything to be thrown away, including the kitchen garbage bin contents

(1 min)

Toss any laundry in the basket

(1 min)

Spray Sink and Benches and Stovetop

(1 min)

Spray light switches and fridge handles

(1 min)

Sweep floor

(2 mins)

Dust and wipe down surfaces and light switches

(1 min)

Spot clean any marks on doors or walls

(1-3 mins)

Use the water you just boiled to mop the floor in the kitchen

(2 mins)

 

MOPPING – (2-4 mins)
Take the mop and bucket to the bathroom and mop there too while you have it out and ready

(2-4 mins)

(while you are there, pop the toilet brush back into its’ holder!)

 

LAUNDRY – (4 mins)
Return to the Laundry with your basket
Sort your basket into piles and set a load to begin

(2 mins)

Mop the floor

(2 mins)

(If the cleaning cycle has not finished just mop the floor and come back later!)

 

TIDYING – (5 mins)
Put all of the items you have accumulated in your tub back in the rooms they belong in

(5 mins)

 

VACUUMING – (15 mins)
If you have time, grab out the vacuum cleaner and go from one end of the house to the other (apart from the areas you have just mopped of course!)

(15 mins)

 

tips on how to speed clean

 

This speed cleaning routine can take me anywhere from 64-95mins to complete, depending on how bad the areas are in my house, or whether I have time to fit in a quick vacuum (I don’t generally clean my step kids rooms. They clean them themselves including vacuuming!!!).

 

You should always follow the cleaning advice of appliance manuals and cleaning products, and take into consideration what type of furniture you are cleaning.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Sheridan Anne xox

Sheridan

5 Comments

    • Thanks Hope! Yes definitely. They are fabulous. Maybe I should do a post on great uses for the flexi tub! We have two!!!

    • Goodness Antionette! Don’t be doing that!!
      I have a single storey place, but if I had more than one I would suggest working through from one end of the house to the other, one level at a time. Another reason you would definitely need a cleaning caddy so you aren’t going back and forth to get cleaning products.
      I’m exhausted just thinking of how much effort it would take to clean a house with three sets of stairs!
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  1. This is a quite interesting list as I always get confused from where to start always end up doing nothing particular. With this tips I can give a proper time to task which also a good way to do a workout.

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