No one likes cleaning the house, but we can make the
chore take a lot less time. We asked cleaning pros for their
favorite cleaning tips and cleaning products to keep
your house sparkling and save you several hours of cleaning per week.
You won't have to spend a lot of money either—some of these products that help you
work smarter cost less than $5.
Eighty-five percent of the
dirt that comes into the
home is from shoes! So nag
your family members to
take them off. Place shoes
on doormats to contain
the dirt. A 20 x 30-in. mat
costs about $20 at discount
Stop using four to six products to clean
your bathroom. The pros use one
multipurpose cleaner that does it all.
Our pros recommend Mr. Clean Multi-
Surfaces Cleaner with Febreze ($3 for
28 ozs.). With a multipurpose cleaner,
bathroom cleaning takes five minutes.
Don't worry about tough stains like makeup
or chocolate ruining your clothes.
Our pros are fans of Tide with Dawn Stain-
Scrubbers ($6.50 for 50 ozs.), a new detergent
that can handle stains in the wash
cycle, saving you valuable time.
Lose the feather duster. Our pros use
a Swiffer Duster with Febreze ($23),
which traps and locks dust in the
duster's fibers. It doesn't just move the
dust elsewhere like traditional feather
dusters—it removes the dust.
Stain removers like Super Iron
Out ($10 for 5 lbs.) make quick
work of rust stains in sinks,
tubs and toilets. Pour it onto a
sponge or add it to the water in
the toilet bowl, then scrub with
the sponge or a nylon-bristle
brush. You can get rid of most
stains in less than five minutes.
Our cleaning pros use a Mr.
Clean Magic Eraser
($3 for a two-pack)
to easily rub scuff and
grease marks off the
Dishwasher cleaning takes
about five seconds with
this method. Just put a
bottle of Dishwasher Magic
($5) in the silverware basket
and run an empty cycle.
Stop blowing dust all over with an
old vacuum. A HEPA vacuum filter
(starting at $8) captures
microscopic airborne particulates.
Old-fashioned paper or conventional
vacuum bags pick up only
about 30 percent of dust and allergens,
and blow the rest back into
Sweeping the floor with a
broom takes too long. The
Swiffer Sweeper Vac ($29)
does a better job than a
broom and dustpan. Clean
up the kids' crumbs and
other messes without even
bending over. You can
clean a floor in four minutes
Forget lemons—clean and deodorize
your garbage disposer with a disposer
cleaner in about 15 seconds.
One brand is called Disposer
Care ($4). Turn on the hot water,
pour a packet of Disposer Care
into the disposer and turn it on.
Do it once a week.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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