This post is sponsored by American Standard, who has provided me with product. All reviews and opinions are my own.
No one really enjoys cleaning, but it’s an inevitable part of life. You never know when someone is going to call and ask if they can swing by in 5-minutes or the doorbell rings and you run around quickly tidying up what you can. I’ve been there, many times. I have a house full of boys so it’s quick to get cluttered and can get quickly overrun with their little messes everywhere if I’m not careful.
I could completely relate with this catchy video from American Standard that introduces their new, completely genius, ActiClean self-cleaning toilet! It’s absolutely worth watching:
Features of the American Standard ActiClean:
- Self-Cleaning with Quick Clean (1 minute) and Deep Clean (10 minute) cycles
- CleanCurve™ Rim eliminates the curve for no trapped dirt
- EverClean™ Finish inhibits the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria
- VorMax™ Flush helps maintain a clean bowl between cleanings
- Child Lock features to keep children from starting the clean cycles
- WaterSense certified for high efficiency rating using just 1.28 gallons per flush
- Warranty with lifetime coverage for chinaware, 10 years for mechanical parts, and 1 year for electronic parts
Cleaning Shortcuts to Quickly Clean Your Home
The ActiClean toilet has inspired me to share my own favorite shortcuts to quickly clean your home. These simple little swaps can go a long way in keeping your home presentable or help you in that few minute hustle if you have an unexpected visitor on the way.
1. Use Put Away Bins – An awesome cleaning shortcut is to have a large bin filled with smaller bins that you keep in the highest traffic area of your home. Each day, go around the room and put items that don’t belong in that room into a smaller bin designated for that room. For example, one of the smaller bins may be for your child’s room and another for your bedroom. Once the room is cleared, take the bins to their designated rooms and put the things away.
2. Create a Natural All-Purpose Cleaner – You can waste so much time switching to a different cleaner for a different area. Instead, create a cleaner using equal parts white vinegar and water. You can use essential oils to add a scent and additional cleaning power. For example, try adding lavender and lemon. You can use this cleaner on your countertops, bathtub, stove top, and more.
3. Start Cleaning Habits – Instead of letting things pile up, make it a habit to do things each day. You can empty the dishwasher each morning and start it each evening before bed. You can also make it a habit to wash a load of laundry each day.
4. Purge, Purge, Purge – The reason cleaning takes so long is that most of us have too much stuff. Take time once a month to purge an area of your home. When you focus on just one area at a time, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed.
5. Stop Wearing Shoes Indoors – Does it seem like you need to clean your floors daily? The reason is probably due to the fact that you’re wearing your shoes indoors. When you come home, immediately take your shoes off and slip on a pair of slippers to wear around your home. This greatly reduces the dirt and bacteria in your home.
6. Use a Cleaning Schedule – Last, but not least, use a cleaning schedule. A cleaning schedule helps ensure that nothing gets too out of hand. The way it works is that you rotate the areas of your home that get cleaned each day. This keeps your home sparkling, but usually takes only a few minutes each day.
7. Floors, Counters & Beds – If you only have minutes to tidy up, the best spots to clean is to quickly pick-up any clutter on the floors, counters, and quickly fold back the covers. It’s amazing how just a tidy floor can make the family room look clean and how a made bed can transform the feeling of the entire room. Even if the whole room was clean, an unmade bed would make the room feel messy. On the other hand, folding back the covers will help the whole room feel tidier.
Cleaning doesn’t have to take hours and hours each day. Try these shortcuts you can use to quickly clean your home. What are your favorite cleaning shortcuts?