Spring cleaning pros say to use both hands when cleaning. It makes the job go faster. For example, spray with one hand, and wipe with the other. Scrub a counter with two sponges or cleaning cloths. Dust with a lambswool duster in one hand for the details and a feather duster in the other for horizontal surfaces.
When you make a bed with two people, the work goes four times faster. Make cleaning a family project—your kids will be less likely to make a mess when they’ve been part of the cleaning effort.
Make your own household cleaning spray using 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Mix and spray on countertops, floors, and the outside of toilets. For really tough jobs, don’t dilute the vinegar, and it will work on soap scum and hard-water deposits.
Need a scouring powder? Try baking soda. Make a paste of baking soda and water, and spread it on a sink or tub. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then scrub away tough rings around the drain in your tub or sink.
Microwave moist sponges for 20 seconds to kill germs.
To make windows sparkle, fill a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and the rest with water.
Percent of women surveyed who said they were too busy to spring clean. Percentage of men who were too busy: 11.
Percentage of people surveyed who do some spring cleaning.
Of those who spring clean, 29 percent say the kitchen is their top priority.
Percentage of men who ranked cleaning the garage or the basement as the most rewarding spring cleaning job. This was the highest percentage, or most rewarding job, for men. (Least rewarding for men: bathrooms)
Percentage of women who rank cleaning the kitchen as the most rewarding spring cleaning job. This was the highest percentage, or most rewarding job, for women. (Least rewarding for women: garage/basement)
Sources: organizedhome.com, ehow.com, International Communications Research survey of 1,000 Americans