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How to Clean Your Home in 10 Minutes

By: Mary Bransford | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2020

Get your best clean on with these cheap and practically effortless cleaning hacks.

Get your best clean on with these cheap and practically effortless cleaning hacks.


Do a 10-minute power-clean every day. Make it a game. Set the timer and turn on dance music (see below), and we clean as much as you can in that quick spurt. The kids put their toys away while you focus on the one area that you see needs the most immediate attention, such as the floors, kitchen, or bathroom. Last but not least, give yourself or family a fun activity afterward as a reward.

Energize your home keeping with music and turn chore time into party time. You will be amazed at how much quickly and easily cleaning the house can be. So blast on the music … pull out your vacuum and duster…and get going! 

Want to make your own housework playlist? Start with the top songs featured below… (from

According to Compare the Market’s research of real housework playlists; these are the 10 songs most likely to be on a cleaning playlist:

1. “Senorita,” by Shawn Mendes

2. “Mr. Brightside,” by The Killers

3. “Bad Guy,” by Billie Eilish

4. “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson

5. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen

6. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,”
        Whitney Houston

7. “Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo

8. “I Don’t Care,” by Ed Sheeran
        (Justin Bieber)

9. “Shape of You,” by Ed Sheeran

10. “Someone You Loved,” by Lewis Capaldi


Use pure vanilla extra on a few cotton balls and tuck under your car seats and trunk, and within a day or two, the smells will disappear. This can also be used in other stinky places too!


Use a damp rubber glove and work your hand over furniture to collect fur. The damp glove works like a magnetic to pick up hair. A lint roller is also a good choice for this chore.


Chemical-free cleaning solutions like vodka is proven to eliminate germs and odors and can be mixed into many homemade cleaning product recipes. Use any brand, except not flavored vodka.


A Magic Eraser can be used to scrub a nasty shower curtain, as well as remove stubborn coffee stains from your favorite mug.


There’s no need to hire an expensive professional to get those stains out of your upholstery. Instead, rub a little bit of shaving cream (anything but the gel kind) into the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight, and then blot it dry. Just make sure that you test this method out on a hidden area of your couch before actually putting it to use, as there is always a small chance of damaging the fabric.


Use a half a grapefruit sprinkled with salt to quickly and easily scrub your tub. The salt creates an abrasive texture while the acid from the grapefruit breaks down stains.


The easy way to limit bacterial contamination and allergy-provoking dust on your bed is to use a vacuum and some baking soda. Vacuum your mattress, next apply a sprinkling of baking soda, and let it sit for a few hours to absorb any odors, vacuum again, and you have helped make your bed a cleaner place to sleep.


Clean dried splattered food from your microwave by filling a microwave-safe bowl with a few tablespoons of white vinegar and a cup of water. Cook on high for about three minutes. Your microwave will quickly steam up, making those caked-on messes easier to wipe away.


Vinegar is known to combat bacteria activity. For your coffee pot, simply fill your coffee maker’s reservoir with a few tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with only water to eliminate any lingering vinegar smell. That spotty shower head in your bathroom is just as gross as it looks. In fact, one 2009 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America found that 20 percent of shower heads tested were contaminated with Mycobacterium avium, which can cause serious respiratory health issues. Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and affix it to your shower head with rubber bands and leave to soak overnight. Research from the American Society for Microbiology suggests that the acetic acid in vinegar significantly diminishes bacterial counts, even when it comes to hard-to-beat germs like tuberculosis. For your computer keyboard using a toothbrush and 50/50 vinegar and water solution, gently scrub the keys and/or wipe down with a soft cloth.


Clean your dirty blender the easy way to remove stuck-on sticky stuff by pouring some warm water, a little baking soda and a drop of dish soap into your blender—pulse for a few seconds. Finish with a good rinse or place into the dishwasher.

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