Everyday Home: Better Homes and Garden’s '1-Hour Quick Clean' plan

Sonya McDanile, OSU Extension
Tips for a quick house cleaning.

This time of year there are so many activities, extra errands and things to do that holiday guest may sneak up on us! Don’t let a little housework rob you of a great time with friends and family. Just follow this list of quick cleaning tips and let the celebrations continue!

Many of these tasks can be handled by kids for a faster plan.

• Sweep front steps and clean front door glass.

• Carry a laundry basket throughout the house, picking up clutter. Once filled, hide the basket.

• Clean up trash, throw it out, and line trash receptacles with clean liners.

• Wipe down any obvious dirty areas in the bathrooms using household cleaner and paper towels.

• Apply toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and give them a quick brushing.

• Set out a new bottle of hand soap. Invest in festive, disposable hand towels in the bathroom for your party instead of cloth hand towels.

• Close the doors to rooms your guests will not see.

• Vacuum high-traffic areas that guests will see.

• Dust wood floors quickly using a dust mop.

• Wipe down kitchen counters with household cleaner.

• Clean out the refrigerator, discarding leftovers or expired food. Move larger containers to the back of the refrigerator to make room for extra food or beverages.

• Straighten stacks of paper clutter, books, and charger cords/devices.

• Straighten sofa pillows.

• Straighten coat closet, making room to hang guests’ outerwear.

• Light scented candles or spray a festive scented air freshener to give your home a fresh and clean aroma.