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6 thorough cleaning hacks you can do in less than an hour


Even if you only have an hour to spare, rolling up your sleeves for a deep clean can yield surprisingly satisfying results. After all, it’s a no-brainer that a light dusting or quick spritz with bathroom cleaner is a great way to minimize the look of a cluttered home, but tackling grime will leave you feeling accomplished. Plus, “Taking the time to do a thorough cleaning will save you time in the long run,” says Kadi Dulude, owner of Wizard of Homes, a cleaning company in New York City. Thorough cleaning is especially important when it comes to hard-to-reach and often neglected areas such as shower heads, cabinet fronts and forgotten carpet stains.

Here we’ve put together six spots that probably need a little TLC and hacks to clean. Plus carefully selected cleaning products to get the job done.

1. Limescale and hard water stains

Why It’s Dirty: Mineral deposits are caked on

The shower in the bathroom is probably the biggest contributor to mineral buildup. You can start by cleaning the shower head thoroughly: Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and then dip the head in it (if you unscrew the shower head) or tie it above the nozzle. “Let it sit overnight or at least a few hours,” says Will Cotter, owner of HappyCleans, an Oklahoma City cleaning company. “Run hot water to wash away dirt. Brush with a stiff bristle brush for nozzles that seem stuck.”

While the shower head soaks, tackle stubborn stains around the taps – and even in the toilet bowl – with the Pink Stuff, TikTok’s lime-fighting darling.

Stardrops Miracle bathroom foam cleaner


2. Stains on area rugs and carpets

Why It’s Dirty: Dust and dirt are pushed into carpet fibers

While regular vacuuming can keep crumbs and dust out of rugs and carpets, real stains should be removed with a stain remover, says Cotter. For the most efficient deep cleaning of rugs or carpets, use steam to loosen the grime and vacuum up the gunk with a handheld vacuum, such as the Bissell LittleGreen Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, so you can focus on the problem spot. A solution of vinegar and soap can help control funky odors, but real stains, especially those caused by pets, need something more serious. Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Remover tackles it all.

Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Remover

3. Boring window treatments

Why It’s Dirty: Blinds and curtains are dust magnets

Tackling the dust on windows and window coverings is often an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. Gray fabric or blinds can make the entire bedroom look cluttered. If you have fabric blinds, vacuum them with the smaller brush head, then clean them thoroughly with a fabric or upholstery cleaner. Even better: arm yourself with a dusting arsenal and tackle not only the blinds, but also the area around the window frame with special brushes. For wooden or bamboo blinds, vacuum from side to side, covering every nook and cranny with the brush attachment. Tip: “Never use liquid cleaners,” says Cotter. “If these get wet, they’re prone to water spots.”