How to Clean Your Vehicle in 15 Minutes

When you open the door to your car, do you feel overwhelmed with the accumulation of random odds and ends strewn from front to back? It doesn’t take long for a vehicle to become a literal dumping ground for papers, crumbs, sippee cups, lost library books and goodness knows what else. The good news is that with just 15 minutes, you can quickly clear out and clean your vehicle and breathe a sigh of relief. The key is to find an uninterrupted 15 minutes for this task so that you can work quickly and efficiently.

 

QUICK TIP: Take your vehicle through a car wash first and start wiping the dashboard while you’re in the car wash.

Ready to start?

Before you begin, gather your necessary supplies so that they are close at hand. You’ll need a garbage bag, laundry basket and a small storage bin. The bin will remain in your vehicle when you are done cleaning to house items that stay in your vehicle. I like to use baby wipes or a damp microfiber cloth for wiping down interior surfaces. I started keeping my new dusting mitt in my car for quick touch ups while I’m waiting for kids or if I notice the dash is looking dusty.  Choose what you prefer for this task.

Ready for a cleaner car?

 

Toss and sort

Beginning in the front, throw any trash directly in to the garbage bag. Anything that needs to go inside your home goes directly in to the laundry basket and anything that stays in the car goes in to the bin.

Shake it off

Remove all the floor mats and shake them off outside. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner, Shop-Vac or your vacuum of choice to quickly vacuum the floor and seats. The upholstery attachment is my attachment of choice for this area. Hit any crumb collecting points like the cracks between the seats and built-in cup holders especially well. Don’t forget under the seats. The crevice attachment for your vacuum works especially well on the narrow gaps and areas.

If you are pet owner, you’ll probably notice that a vacuum alone doesn’t get rid of all the pet hair. A lint roller works especially well to remove the hair left behind.

 

Wipe down surfaces

Using a damp microfiber cloth or baby wipe, clean all the surfaces in  your car including the steering wheel, dashboard, control panels, window and lock panels and cup holders. If you are using a microfiber cloth, be sure rotate the clean surface on your cloth frequently to avoid just smearing the dirt around. I like to have a stack of damp microfiber cloths ready to save time rising and wringing out just one cloth.

Find a Home

The next step is to find a home for all the items that stay in your vehicle. You may want to look in to purchasing some organizers for your trunk or back seat if you find that you store a lot of things in your vehicle. I find that having a small stash of extra plastic bags comes in handy for muddy shoes, garbage bags and little emergencies.

Institute the “what goes in, must come out” rule

The motto in our family is that what goes in the vehicle must come out. This goes for us adults as well as the kids. A quick reminder before the kids get out of the car usually suffices. Younger kids may do well with using whatever they may have brought in car or eaten on the way as their “ticket” to get out the vehicle.

You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish in such a short amount of time when you put your mind to it. Set your timer and try it for yourself!  Get the family involved – give your kids a cleaning cloth or baby wipe and I bet you’ll have a helper or two (or at least a little driver)!

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HOW TO SPEED CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES + FREE PRINTABLE

How to Speed Clean Your Kitchen in Less than 15 Minutes + Free Printable via Clean Mama

Sick of spending your evening in the kitchen cleaning?  This is my nightly kitchen cleaning routine and the method I use any time I need to get the kitchen cleaned up in a hurry.  The secret to getting the kitchen clean in the least amount of time?   Having daily cleaning tasks and a simple cleaning routine.  Grab this month’s FREE cleaning checklist here.  And you might be interested in the 6 things I do every day to keep the house clean.  Having a simple daily cleaning routine is a huge timesaver.  Better yet, treatment it makes speed cleaning an easy and effective way to clean up.  This checklist isn’t for deep cleaning the kitchen – like washing cabinets and appliances, but it works wonderfully for keeping the kitchen clean on a daily basis.

How about a couple simple and easy speed cleaning shortcuts you can use today?  Start with number one and work your way through the process, print the free printable if you need a reference sheet.

  1. GATHER YOUR TOOLS
    Keep your favorite kitchen cleaning tools and cleaners in a caddy or container under the kitchen sink so you can grab them and clean anytime.  My must-have caddy tools?  Kitchen sink scrub, scrub brush, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, microfiber cloths, bar mop towels, sponge, and dish soap.
  2. SET A TIMER
    Setting a timer is a great way to motivate to clean quickly.  Eliminate any distractions, set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get done.
  3. QUICK DECLUTTER
    Start by collecting anything on the counters and kitchen table.  Don’t take the time to put these things away right now, but put them out of the kitchen for right now.
  4. UNLOAD/LOAD DISHWASHER
    Did you know that it only takes 3-4 minutes to unload a dishwasher and put the dishes away?  Don’t procrastinate on this one – just put the dishes away!  If you have dishes on the counter or sink, load them in the empty dishwasher.
  5. CLEAN THE SINK
    Give your sink a little scrub and get it ready for the next day – you’ll be amazed how this simple task can propel your kitchen cleanliness.
  6. WIPE SURFACES
    Spray down any hard surfaces (counters, kitchen table) and wipe clean with a cloth or sponge.  Wiping down counters and cleaning sinks is on my daily routine so this is fairly simple.
  7. QUICK SWEEP OR VACUUM
    If your floors need to be swept or vacuumed, concentrate on high traffic areas, corners, and visible dirt.
  8. PUT OUT FRESH TOWELS
    Don’t underestimate the clean look of fresh towels.  Replace your kitchen towels with clean towels as you’re making your final sweep.

And that’s it!  If you start putting this little routine into practice, your kitchen will be so much easier to keep clean – guaranteed!

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How to Easily Speed Organize Any Space

How to Speed Organize Any Space via Clean Mama

Speed organizing is most successful when you have a space that desperately needs a little organization and you only have a few minutes to get it in order.  All you need is fifteen to thirty minutes and motivation.  If you have an entire room or a closet to tackle, you can still follow these steps but you might need a little more than 15 minutes.

Here’s what you need to organize ANY space in minutes:

  • garbage bag (for things that you want to toss)
  • cleaning cloth
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • 3 containers to sort items in (keep, relocate, donate)

Grab your supplies and get started!  You can use laundry baskets or any other empty container to sort your items in.  The beauty of this process is that you are completely emptying out your disorganized area and starting from scratch.  For me, that’s the only way to completely organize a space.

  1. COMPLETELY EMPTY THE SPACE.  If it’s a drawer or a cupboard empty it all out onto the floor or a table nearby.  Don’t get distracted with what you just unearthed from your disorganized space.  Stay on task and move on to the next step.
  2. SPRAY AND WIPE THE AREA CLEAN.  If you’re going to take the time to organize a space it’s worthwhile to clean the surfaces off at the same time.
  3. SORT.  Quickly sort all the items into four piles – toss, keep, relocate, donate.  Use your garbage bag for the toss items, keep is for the items that will stay in your soon-to-be organized space, relocate is for anything that you still want but doesn’t belong here, and donate is for items that you don’t want but someone else can use.  Keeping a donate basket or bag in your house is a great organizing tip – when the basket is filled up, take a drive to your local donation store.
  4. PUT AWAY THE KEEP PILE.  Now that you have sorted through your disorganized space, it’s time to put the keep pile back into the space.  Before you start putting everything back, take a minute to re-sort the items and put them into groups.  The number one rule to an organized home (in my opinion) is putting like items with like items.  Pencils go in the pencil box, magazines go in the magazine basket, books go on the bookshelf, forks go with forks, etc.  Keeping your items grouped together eliminates searching which saves time and money when you’re running a household.
  5. CONTAIN.  Once you’ve organized your space, you might need a container or two to corral your formerly disorganized items.  If that’s the case, search your house for something you can use to organize your space.  If you come up empty handed, put it on your list for the next time you’re out and about.

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How to Speed Clean ALL Your Bathrooms in 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

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How to Speed Clean ALL Your Bathrooms in 15 Minutes

How to Speed Clean ALL Your Bathrooms in 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

If you follow along with my cleaning routine, on Mondays you clean bathrooms right along with me in your home. (I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook, click to follow along.)Today I’m sharing a visual of how I clean ALL of my bathrooms in 15 minutes. I have 4 bathrooms and can attest to this being the absolute easiest and quickest way to get them all cleaned in a hurry.

You’ll notice that I am not sweeping, vacuuming, or washing the floors. This is part of the time-saving magic of this approach. I vacuum all the floors on Wednesdays and wash all the floors on Thursday, so there’s no need to wash them on Mondays.  If this is your first time trying this routine and you want to have all your bathrooms cleaned at once, feel free to clean the floors but it will take longer than 15 minutes. Also, I do a quick counter check every day as part of my cleaning routine and that keeps the cleaning time down on Mondays as well.  Go to this post to see more about the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine.

Please note: This is not pretend or fake cleaning or making your bathroom look clean when it isn’t, this is a simple way to thoroughly clean your bathrooms quickly. Try this today and you’ll have more time for other things that really matter. Ready?

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Gather your supplies and tools – this is what you’ll need :

  • microfiber cloths (alternatively you can use paper towels or cleaning wipes, I prefer microfiber) – 1 for mirrors, one for each toilet, one for each sink, and a couple extras for tubs and showers
  • glass and mirror cleaner
  • disinfecting/bathroom cleaner
  • scrubbing powder
  • toilet cleaner (I use a disposable/flushable toilet cleaning system because toilet brushes gross me out.)
  • empty container for dirty cloths or paper towels
  • caddy or container to carry supplies from room to room

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Clear off your counters and sinks and get started.

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Start with the mirrors – spray and wipe clean. I use a glass and mirror microfiber for lint and streak-free mirrors. Keep this cloth handy and reuse in each bathroom.

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Next, move on to your sink, toilet, and bathtub or shower (if you don’t use a tub or shower regularly, you don’t need to clean it weekly) and quickly spray with your disinfecting cleaner. (I use non-toxic disinfecting cleaners – they work just as well and aren’t harmful to you or your family.  You can see my favorite cleaners here and if you’d like to make your own cleaners, my book, The Organically Clean Home.)

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Use your preferred toilet cleaner and brush and do a quick clean of your toilet.

Then REPEAT these steps in each bathroom. Once you’ve done that, go back to the first bathroom:

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Wipe the sink, wipe the toilet, and wipe the tub or shower – take care to use a separate cloth or paper towel for the each toilet, sink, and bathtub/shower to avoid cross-contamination.

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Don’t forget to get the base of your toilets too – I wipe here last.

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Place dirty cloths in a container and move on to wiping down the next bathroom and the next until you have wiped down each bathroom. And that’s it!

The simple step-by-step:

How to Speed Clean All of Your Bathrooms in Just 15 minutes via Clean Mama

What do you think? Are you up for a little bathroom speed cleaning?

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How to Speed Clean Your House in Less Than 30 Minutes + FREE PRINTABLE

How to Speed Clean Your House in Less than 30 Minutes via Clean Mama 1

Everyone wants to know the best way to clean the house in the least amount of time.  Time is precious and the last thing that anyone wants to do is spend time cleaning (right?).  There’s an art to cleaning up the house efficiently and effectively.  I think that the secret to speed cleaning the house is having daily cleaning tasks and a simple cleaning routine. And you might be interested in the 6 things I do every day to keep the house clean.  Having a simple daily cleaning routine is a huge timesaver.  Better yet, it makes speed cleaning an easy and effective way to get your whole home clean in minutes.  When I need the whole house clean at once, these are the steps I follow.  I’ll be sharing more tips for speed cleaning in the next few months – I hope you find it helpful.  I think it’s great to think about the process and make it as streamlined as possible!  This checklist isn’t for every time your house needs to be cleaned.  My speed cleaning method is for when you have someone stopping by unexpectedly, need the house cleaned in a hurry, or just for those times when you need a little momentum/direction to clean house.

How about a couple simple and easy speed cleaning shortcuts you can use today?  Start with number one and work your way through the process, print the free printable if you need a reference sheet.

  1. GATHER YOUR TOOLS
    Keep your favorite cleaning tools and cleaners in a caddy or container so you can grab them and clean anytime.  My must-have caddy tools?  Feather duster (faux or microfiber), microfiber cloths, lint roller,  all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting cleaner (bath), cleaning wipes, and window/mirror cleaner.  Check out my whole line of cleaning products in Clean Mama Home.
  2. SET A TIMER
    If you only have 15 minutes, set the timer and see how much you can get done.  I think that the most realistic timeframe is 30 minutes.
  3. START WITH A LAUNDRY BASKET AND A GARBAGE BAG
    Start by collecting anything that can be tossed and throw it in the garbage bag.  Items that need to be relocated toss in the laundry basket. Once the room is clean you can stash the laundry basket in a closet if you have someone dropping by, if not, take a couple minutes to return the items to their proper places.
  4. DO A QUICK DUST
    A feather duster is a great tool to quickly dust surfaces.  Shake your duster out frequently and move quickly to remove visible dust.
  5. WIPE SURFACES
    Spray down any hard surfaces (counters, toilets) and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  Wiping down counters and cleaning sinks is on my daily routine so this is fairly simple.  Disinfecting wipes also work great for quick cleaning.
  6. WIPE MIRRORS
    A quick spray and swipe over bathroom mirrors goes a long way.  Don’t miss this step!
  7. QUICK VACUUM
    If your floors need to be vacuumed, concentrate on high traffic areas, corners, and visible dirt.
  8. FLUFF PILLOWS AND STRAIGHTEN THROW BLANKETS
    A quick tidy and straightening up of pillows and throw blankets will give your room a completed and clean appearance.
  9. PUT OUT FRESH TOWELS
    Don’t underestimate the clean look of fresh towels.  Replace your kitchen and bathroom towels with clean towels as you’re making your final sweep.

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The simple step-by-step:

How to Speed Clean Your House in Less than 30 Minutes via Clean Mama

I’d love to know how this method works for you the next time you need to do a little speed cleaning!

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