What is the quickest way to clean the house before relatives arrive next week?

And what is the best cleaner to use in and around the kitchen?

thanks for the help.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You have plenty of time. If you are not used to house cleaning, take one room at a time it is easier for you that way. For the bathrooms, wet down your sinks and sprinkle some cleaner like Comet in there. Let it sit while you scrub the toilet bowl and tank. Don't forget the base. Take all of your accessories and decorations and things off of the counter and wash it down in mild, hot, soapy water. Then rinse with a clean rag. It might be a good idea to Windex your mirror as well. Use paper towels or a lint-free cloth. Replace your bathroom items when the surfaces are dry. Hang one or two clean towels up.

    For the kitchen, I use Mr Clean or Lysol Spray Cleaners; both of which are safest around food areas. They can be bought at any grocery store or drugstore. If you buy the bottled form, use about 1/4 of a cup in about one gallon or half a bucket of hot water. Wash all counter areas, stovetops, and wipe down your refrigerator. Sweep or vacuum your floors. Then you can damp mop the area with the cleaner of your choice.

    Pick up any stray books and magazines around your house. Put them away with any clothes that need to be hung up (like coats) and shoes to be put away. In other words, clear any clutter by putting things in their proper places. Throw out any trash and reline your trash containers with fresh liners or a paper bag if you prefer. Straighten out any magazine baskets holders to look neat.

    Dust your living room and dining areas as needed; then vacuum. Dust any pictures and the televison screen too. If the glass needs to be clean, apply a little Windex to your rag and wipe the screen. Do not spray the screen itself. Make sure the television or any appliances you wipe down with at damp rag are turned off.

    Don't worry you have lots of time. Get started and take it easy. You can do it!

    I am a professional maid.

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  • 1 decade ago

    In this order:

    Pick up and put away everything that's out of place. Recycle newspapers and magazines.

    Dust. Use the Pledge wipes. They do a great job.


    For mopping, I recommend a Swiffer Wet Jet. It's safe for vinyl floors and hardwood.

    Last, clean the sinks, the bathtub and clean the commode. Toss in a denture cleaning tablet and let it soak every day and it will help keep the commode clean AFTER you get it clean the first time.

    Kaboom does a great job for cleaning. If you have line deposit on sinks, use Lime Away and Windex is perfect for glass and surfaces like the 'fridge door.

    Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you can afford it, hire a service, like Merry Maids to come out. They will zoom through, do the icky stuff and make it look great. All you will need to do is pick up your stuff and make it look tidy.

    In the absense of funds, start with the bathrooms. Use comet in the toilets, sinks and tub along with a non scratching pad. Its a relatively safe product as compared with the more caustic cleaning liquids like Works, which will take your skin off along with the dirt.

    Use Windex on mirrors and glass surfaces. In a hurry, you can use windex for linoleum or tile floors, Dampen a large towel and spray the floor with windex, Using both feet, scoot along on the towel all over the floor. Your weight will get the grime. Rinse the towel and ring it out well and do a final wipe on the floor. Using a second towl, dry the floor. (These should be towel for cleaning, not for personal use)

    In the other rooms, dust first using a feather duster and endust. It will atract the dust. Regularly take the duster outside and shake out the dust, and re-apply the endust. In areas with more dust, or lots of nic nacs, use a bucket of water/cleanser and a soft cloth followed by a drying cloth. If you have alot of wood, use Murpheys Oil Soap diluted in the water...warm water.

    Finally, vacuum your carpets, moving smaller items and cleaning behind and under...

    There is no substitute for weekly cleaning. It takes little time and energy, and prevents holiday panic... good luck!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'll be there tomorrow and have your house cleaned in about two days. but seriously, start now, clean one room at a time in small sections. as far as kitchen cleaner soap and water work well, also try Clorox clean-up; cleaner with bleach. it comes in a spray bottle and works well for disinfecting stuff and removing hardened food off of counters or a stove. Hope you get your house cleaned in time. and i hope this helps! :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Caterpillar D-9 dozer if my suspicions are correct

    Source(s): lol
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Next year, KEEP it clean!

    But now, hire someone. If you can't, then clean the areas they will see--kitchen, bathroom, coat-bedroom, and close the doors on the rest.

    In the bathroom, use "works"--because it does.

    In Kitchen, clean the stove & fridge, and the floor. Nobody will notice anything else.

    Dust--especially ceiling fans--they DO notice that.

    Good luck!!

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  • Jon W
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I back the truck up to the back door and use a leaf-blower and a snow shovel.

    Clorox cleanup for anything metal or glass and Muratic Acid (diluted) for the rest.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The quickest way is with a fire hose.

    The best way is to dust and vacuum.

    For kitchen, depends on the surface. I like Windex and Spik-and-Span

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