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Clean Your House Quickly When Company is on the Way!

No matter what titles you hold- housewife, mother, part/full-time employee, busy Content Producer- you don’t always have time to clean your house from top to bottom. And, if you’re like me, the messier my house is, the more likely it is that visitors call and say they’re coming over. Whenever you find yourself in this predicament, then you need to learn how to clean your house quickly when company is on the way!

1. Pick It Up and Stash It
Grab a laundry basket and make a quick dash through the main rooms in your home visitors will see. Skip the bedrooms, laundry room, dining room and any other areas you don’t entertain guests in. (On the way by, close the doors to all unused rooms.) Pick up any out-of-place items you find and place them in the laundry basket. Then, stash the laundry basket in a closet or in a bedroom.

2. Run a Sweeper Across the Floors
To clean your house quickly when company’s on the way, you’ll need to grab your vacuum cleaner. Dirt, dust, pet hair, even lint usually shows up on carpets and rugs and that can make your home looking dirty and unkept. If your vacuum cleaner has a bare floor setting, that’s even better yet. Because, you can run it over the carpet, as well as many bare floor areas, without needing to get a broom and dustpan out.

If your vacuum sweeper’s heavy and clunky, or you don’t even have time to get it out and plug it in, then hopefully you have an alternative. Either you have a Swiffer CarpetFlick, a battery-operated broom stick, or a manual, non-electric carpet cleaner (like our great-grandmothers used to use!). All three of these cleaning machines are fast and easy to use. They can’t replace the effectivness of a vacuum cleaner, but they will pick up lint, pet hair and other noticeable dirt from the floor.

Quickly fluff and straighten any throw pillows you may have on your furniture, and stack up magazines in piles. Then, spray three or four paper towels with Windex and head off to the main bathroom area.

3. Spend Sixty Seconds in the Bathroom
The next step in how to clean your house quickly when company’s on the way is to take a quick look around the main bathroom. If the counters are cluttered with personal care products, toss them in a drawer. Then, use the paper towels to wipe off soiled mirrors, countertops, et cetera. To make your cleaning go even faster, follow this rule of thumb: “If you don’t see dirt or grime, then don’t wipe it off!”

Spray the toilet bowl with an air freshener and put a few mists into the air. Grab the trash can and dump it, and you’re finally done with the bathroom.

Note: I never burn candles in my bathroom because of pets and kids. But, if you do, you can skip the air freshener and light an attractive-smelling candle instead. Candles are really more effective at removing unwanted odors from your home anyhow.

It’s a good idea to light several candles throughout your home to make it more clean-smelling and appealing to your company’s noses.

4. Straighten Up the Kitchen
Last, but certainly not least, straighten up the kitchen by removing items that are cluttering up the countertops. Dirty dishes can be hidden inside your dishwasher. If you’re not blessed with a dishwasher, then you can slide them into your oven. Or, place them in a sudsy sink full of dishwater.

Then, grab the dish cloth and quickly wipe off the countertops, stove and table.

In just a few minutes, your house has been quickly cleaned and you’re ready for the company that’s on their way to arrive!

Ideas for Making Homemade Cleaning Products

Are you searching for homemade cleaning recipes you can use? Creating natural home cleaning solutions for cleaning is a great way to save money as well as reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Here are some tips for cleaning your home with homemade cleaning products.

Do you have furniture to polish? A natural solution to polishing your furniture is to use a ½ cup of lemon juice and one tea spoon of olive oil or mineral oil. The smell of lemons will fill your room with a beautiful fragrance and its also are a great disinfectant.

Do you have rust stains in your sink for bathroom? A great way to get rid of those unsightly stains is to sprinkle a little salt on the stain then pour lemon over the salt. Let the solution soak into the stain for a few hours then scrub clean. Grout can also be cleaned by letting lemon juice sit on the area for 30 minutes.

Mix lemon juice and water with baking soda and you’ve got your own all purpose cleaner that’s great for cleaning stubborn dirt on just about any surface including dishes, the oven, bathroom tub and tile. For stubborn stains in dishes and in the oven, let the mixture of water and baking soda stay on the surface for at least 15 minutes for dishes, and over night for the oven. Your surfaces are sure to wipe clean with very little scrubbing. Baking soda, not only is it a great toothpaste alone; mixed with a little hydrogen peroxide and its not only a great toothpaste, its also a great way to whiten your teeth.

Looking for a way to clean your window? Mixing a little white vinegar with warm water and placing the solution in a spray bottle is a great way to get the streak free window shine every time. Vinegar is also great for polishing and soaking any fixtures made of chrome.

Have problems with a slow drain? Mix white vinegar and baking soda will also keep your pipes clean because it dissolves grease in nearly an instant. This is a great solution to the kitchen and the bathroom.

Want to have natural soft clothes? Use one cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washer instead of using a commercial fabric softener. It’s a great solution for those of us with sensitive skin and for newborn babies.

Cleaning the toilet bowl is a task no one likes, but there’s a great solutions that better than getting down and dirty with the bowl. Pour some bleach or denture cleaner in the bowl and leave it overnight. You’ll wake up to a bright and clean bowl every time. Getting rid of mold and mildew in the bathroom is simple by mixing a little water with bleach. Although bleach has a strong smell, it is the only cleaning solution that kills all germs, bacteria and viruses on any surface. It’s another great all purpose cleaner that can be used to mop, and clean just about any surface.

Do you want your carpet to have a lasting smell? Place a few drops of your favorite scented oil in the vacuum cleaner bag, or make your own carpet cleaning solution by using your favorite scented oil and mixing it with baking soda.

Want to make your own fragrance? Boiling some citrus fruit such as lemon peel, oranges or any other kind of fragrant fruit is a great way to immerse your household in a natural, fresh scent. After letting the fruit boil for a while, use some cotton balls to soak the solution in and place them around your home so that the smell is in every room.

If you like the smell of pine, take some pine cones and pine needles from your back yard and boil them as well. The natural smell is a great way to enjoy the outdoors inside of your home.

Saving money by Going Green and making cleaning products at home is a great way to maximize your dollar as well as doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint in this world.