Cleaning!!!! Yeah!…Probably a typical reaction, although there are some of us that actually like cleaning. Me for instance… I learned to like it and now even work at it like a Pro. Well….in fact, I’m a Pro, I do have my own cleaning business and love sharing cleaning tips with others.

Over the years I’ve learned how to clean faster and with ease while keeping the process pretty much “green”. Now when I’m done with a room, my house or a client’s house, I enjoy seeing the end result and especially enjoy the scent of fresh clean space. Ahhh! Let me share a few tips from my Fast, Easy and Green Cleaning system.

Fast: That’s the idea! I didn’t come to “Fast” easily

Over the years, between some of my cleaning friends and me, we pretty much figured this out. One of the biggest time killers is clutter. So, start by un-cluttering. This will keep you from stopping and starting to pick up or move items as you are vacuuming or wiping a surface. A kitchen counter is a great place for clutter. There you’ll probably find; the blender, toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, dirty dishes, etc. If at all possible, after they’ve cooled down, store the appliances in a cabinet and leave the ones you use infrequently, in the cabinet. Others, such as the George Foreman Grill, which perhaps you haven’t used in ages, consider other options…

Easy: Sure! Here the un-cluttering comes in real handy

You’re avoiding the frequent starts and stops to pick up or move items as you are wiping, cleaning or vacuuming. A great tip to remember here is to perhaps start with an easy chore like putting the bedrooms in order first so that you start out with something looking fairly decent. Plus, the floor will be clear when you vacuum. Next, move on to the bathrooms and then the kitchen. To save time and minimize running back and forth; 1) have the necessary supplies with you, 2) start from the top of the room, 3) work yourself down and then clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is more natural to you.

Green: Now for the “smell good” and people/pet-friendly part

Contrary to what most commercial advertisers promote, much of the cleaning, if not all, can be done with ingredients you already have around the house; clean water, white distilled vinegar (a powerful deodorizer and cleaner), backing soda. (natural cleanser), lemon juice (great for removing mineral build-up, tarnish and grease). Also, lemon oil is great for wood furniture and can be purchased at hardware stores. Want to have a great smelling bathroom. How about a fresh potpourri: 1 Box of Baking soda, 5-10 drops of essential oils (your choice of fragrance), 1 decorative box. Place the baking soda in the decorative box, add the essential oil and mix. Set the box on the counter and enjoy the great scent.