What to Clean If You Have Ten Minutes — Or an Hour

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Surrounded by a messy house and feeling overwhelmed? We’ve all been there and this is one of those situations where the easiest advice is often the best: just start. somewhere. But even that can be intimidating when it feels like everything needs work. A Princeton University study in 2011 found that being surrounded by clutter actually makes it harder for your visual cortex to focus on a specific task. So we’ve created this handy guide in partnership with the Scotch-Brite ™ brand to help you get through these tough times and get off to a good start. Follow one of our flowcharts or simply choose a task from the list according to the time you have available and get to work. Your future self will thank you.

Another easy win? Stock up on these tools to always be ready to go.

10 minute tasks

what to clean if you have 10 minutes

Refresh your sofa

Your sofa is usually a focal point in the house, and having a thin layer of plush left over from your blanket and animal hair not only looks unsightly, but also pulls you on when trying to relax.

Don’t bother breaking the void – the Scotch-Brite® Pet Hair Roller is more than clothes and does an amazing job picking up litter without pulling or damaging fabrics. Plump those pillows back and immediately start lounging again – you’ve had enough for now.

Straighten Your Books

Tackling the visual clutter of confusing books and magazines might not seem like the most pressing thing on your to-do list, but it only takes a few minutes to straighten things out and will surprisingly help give an impression of your. living space. more intentional.

Plus, it’s a great opportunity to cut down volumes that you might have forgotten and are ready to pass on. Consider try a new organization technique– whether it’s coordinating colors or playing with vertical stacks to create a visual intrigue.

Tidy up the toilet

Prevent your toilet from becoming an everyday horror by returning it to a sparkling state.

the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber Quickly removes mold and more stubborn stains such as mineral build-up. The flexible head fits right under the rim so you don’t have to twist your arms into weird positions.

Use an antibacterial wipe on the handles and seat (disinfectants should be left to stand for at least 10 minutes), and call it a day.

Wipe down your main mirror

Most of us have a full length mirror in our house – or maybe you have a large accent hanging in your hallway. When clean, they perfectly reflect light and add brightness to a space, but they also happen to be dust magnets.

Use a clean, lint-free cloth or rag to wipe away any build-up on the mirror surface, then spray with glass cleaner and wipe dry. Can’t you see more clearly now?

Have you already managed this list? Here are some bonus ideas:

  • Put away stray pairs of shoes
  • Sort and remove recycling
  • Sweep a room
  • Change your sheets

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    what to clean if you have an hour

    Clean your fridge

    Cooking at home is great for many reasons, but a well-stocked refrigerator can be filled with forgotten leftovers and neglected jars of condiments that languish in corners, take up space, and become filthy. AT clean your refrigerator thoroughly, you really have to remove everything and start from scratch. Pack garbage and recycling bags, then work shelf by shelf so cold items like milk don’t spend too much time sitting down. Starting at the top, remove everything, throw out unwanted items, and wipe down sticky jars and bottles.

    If you have removable shelves, slide them out and wash them in your sink with mild dish soap using a soft but effective sponge like the Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrub Dots Scrubber. Dry and replace, then move on to the next shelf. Finally, wipe down all interior drawers and doors. This will help you identify which ingredients you need to use and make your signature mac and cheese recipe even easier the next time you’re in the kitchen.

    Wash your windows

    It is the most efficient way to bring more light into your home. When you have a little extra time to devote to cleaning, this is one of the most memorable tasks you can do. First, wipe off any loose dust (you can even use a vacuum cleaner for this). Then spray with window cleaning solution and rub gently with a soft sponge to loosen any stubborn residue.

    finish with a secret weapon – plain, unprinted brown wrapping or butcher’s paper, which will not leave streaks or lint like paper towels can.

    Attack your stove

    Chances are, you’ll do a basic wipe down on your range after cooking. But cooked raw and often overlooked items like handles need a little more love. First, take your burners. Good news for those with glass hobs: the Scotch-Brite ™ Glass Cooktop Wand just needs a little water to work its cleaning magic on the stuck fallout.

    If you have gas grills, soapy water and a sponge or bristle wand should take care of this sticky grease buildup. On many cooker models, the knobs come off, so you can wash them in lukewarm soapy water or in your dishwasher. Inside the oven, scrape off any obvious residue with a spatula, then use the self-cleaning setting to burn off any splashes or spills.

    Do your laundry and rethink your closet

    The washing chair is a real problem for so many people (you know this one, it’s always too full of thrown clothes to sit on?). Collect, separate and wash whatever needs to be washed in your closet. Don’t worry about things like linens and towels just yet – you are on a very specific mission.

    When you’re done, take a moment to rethink your current storage situation. Could you use a new trash can to organize your socks? Maybe new coordinating hangers are in order? Take note of what works and what doesn’t, and create a list of new organizational fixes to make dressing and putting away clean clothes even easier.

    Have you already managed this list? Here are some bonus ideas:

    • Vacuum floors
    • Defrost freezer
    • Clean the hood
    • Polish wood surfaces

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