The Rules of Speed Cleaning: Rule #2

Well, how did you do last week?

Were you making every move count?

If you really want to make every move count, don't be afraid to turn up the music and move around the house.

If you are just joining us in our Speed Cleaning series, welcome! You're not too late. Last week I introduced the Speed Cleaning method and shared with everyone Rule #1 of Speed Cleaning. Be sure to check it out before you move on to Rule #2.

Okay, are you ready for Rule #2 of Speed Cleaning? Oh, you ™ve been sitting on pins and needles all week waiting for Rule #2? Oh no, I can't stand to make you do that any longer. Without further ado ¦

Speed Cleaning Rule #2: Use the right tools.


Ah! Here’s the major timesaver of the bunch. Give your specialized, “as seen on TV” gadgets to your enemies. You need real tools that cut time to shreds.

Most of all, you need a cleaning apron to hang tools on and store cleaning supplies in as you move around the room. The method depends on it, and soon you’ll feel lost without yours. Nothing makes sense in this system without an apron. It saves more time than all the other products combined. It carries the supplies and tools that allow you to walk around the room once and you're done.  If you're mad at having to wear one, especially with all this stuff packed into it and dangling from it, go ahead and have your tantrum. Then get over it. Wear it when cleaning “ start to finish. If you don't have a cleaning apron, head on over to the Speed Cleaning website to buy one, along with some of the other tools listed below.

That being said, there are tools and supplies needed to do the job of cleaning that are indispensable. If you don't have them, you're going to have to get them “ that's all there is to it “ even though you may have been getting along without some of them for years.

You ™ll need:

  • Toothbrush
  • Razor-blade holder
  • Scraper
  • Carryall tray
  • Red Juice “ 409, Fantastic, etc
  • Blue Juice “ Windex or similar liquid cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottles “ 3 of them for red juice, blue juice and bleach
  • Tile Juice (in a squirt bottle) “ liquid shower/tile cleaner
  • Feather duster
  • Cleaning cloths “ pure cotton, white only
  • Pump-spray furniture polish “ Old English
  • Furniture polishing cloth
  • Powdered cleanser “ Comet
  • One-pint plastic container “ what's left over after you ™ve eaten the expensive ice cream
  • Whisk broom “ plastic bristles
  • 50-foot extension cord on a cord caddy “ round cords resist knotting much more than flat cords
  • Toilet brush
  • Tile brush “ stiff synthetic bristles
  • White scrub pad/sponge (white pad)
  • Green scrub pad/sponge (green pad)
  • Mop
  • Floor cleaner/polisher “ Brite
  • Ammonia “ clear, never sudsy or detergent
  • Oven cleaner “ Easy-off
  • Rubber gloves
  • Vacuum cleaner “ canister type
  • Vacuum cleaner “ portable
  • Miscellaneous

Head on over to the Speed Cleaning website to order your cleaning supplies now, and I ™ll be back next week with Rule #3.

Question of the week: What’s your favorite cleaning tool?

One Comment

  1. I would not have thought of using an apron. It seems kind of like something my grandmother would have. I use a bucket type thing for all my stuff but it’s ALWAYS on the other side of the room when I need something. The apron makes total sense in terms of keeping all the cleaning supplies right there with you. Maybe our moms and grandmothers actually DID know what they were doing!

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