Quick ways to clean

I love Karen’s post on Spring cleaning! She is so great. So I thought I would give you my quick and dirty cleaning tricks for when you find your MIL is coming in 5 minutes. YIKES!! So here are my quick ways to make your house look like you have just spent hours cleaning.

  • Make some piles. Clutter free is the best way to make your home look clean.
  • Use those Lysol wipes, ladies. Wipe the countertops and toss.
  • Make sure you have wiped down your bathroom.
  • Use a disposable toilet bowl cleaner and wipe the hall bathroom toilet.
  • Make sure you have plenty of toilet paper.
  • Light some candles to make your home smells good.
  • Spray some Febreeze. I don’t care how your house looks, if it smells like you have been cleaning, then your guests will think you did.
  • I have to confess to you … I have done this one. If you have 10 minutes, fill your sink with hot water and then pour a little Pine Sol in it. Drain it when you see your company pulling up. Stop laughing at me!
  • Get a basket or bucket and stick those toys in it to make it a little more clutter free.
  • Stick those dishes in the dishwasher. I have actually stuck dishes in the oven if I didn’t have enough room in the dishwasher.

So what are your quick, down and dirty tricks for making your home look clean?

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    • http://www.frugalarmadillo.blogspot.com Coral

      As kids, my mom would have us hide the dirty dishes too if someone showed up! :) Only we didn’t have a dishwasher, so we’d have to really hide them – oven, microwave, etc.

      For the bathroom, we’d have to dump all the dirty laundry in the tub and close the shower curtain.

      Bedrooms could quickly be picked up and things stuffed in the closet or under the bed.

      The trick is then actually cleaning once company leaves. That’s the hard part for me. :D

    • http://thinkmama.blogspot.com Nicole J.

      I make sure to use my carpet sweeper on the living room rug, to get up the crumbs and cat hair. I love the carpet sweeper, its old fashioned and it rocks. I recommend everyone get one, it beats hauling the vacuum out all the time. We bought it for my son, but I end up using it more than he play with it.

    • dorojm

      Remember to empty out the oven before you turn it on to make dinner. Unfortunately I’ve forgotten and done that.

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    • mom_of_14

      put a pan of water on top of the stove to boil. turn it down to simmer and add a good sprinkle of cinnamon…smells like you’ve been baking all day. quick throw some cutesie dresses on the little girls and pull their hair up in ponytails with cute bows….grab large trash bags and play a quick game of clean up with the kids…stick the bags out on the deck…really makes your house look uncluttered. grab the windex…give a quick spray down on anything grubby looking. make yourself a cup of flavored coffee; plop a couple of kiddies on your lap as you read their favorite storybook to them…company wishes they could be as organized as you and have so much time to spend with their little ones.