1. Now move on to surfaces.
This is an absolute must. Use cleaning wipes to clean kitchen and bathroom counters, tiles, fixtures and anything else that may get noticed.
2. What song's on?
So if you're getting into the whole DIY, all-natural solutions to cleaning products, consider making some dusting spray for your cleaning kit. It works wonderfully and is super easy. All you need is water, olive oil, vinegar, and essential oil.
3. Another: White vinegar and lemon juice (doesn't even need to be freshly pressed).
Another: White vinegar and lemon juice (doesn't even need to be freshly pressed).
4. Gotta get to vacuuming eventually.
This is so simple and makes things much easier: use an extremely long extension cord so you don't have to start and stop. But watch where you're going!
5. Don't forget the mirror! All mirrors for that matter (vinegar, water, and microfiber cloth).
Don't forget the mirror! All mirrors for that matter (vinegar, water, and microfiber cloth).
6. Now that all the scrubbing, dubbing, dusting, and straightening is done for, spray some air freshener or light scented candles (natural, homemade or what you may have) to complete the speedy face-lift.
Now that all the scrubbing, dubbing, dusting, and straightening is done for, spray some air freshener or light scented candles (natural, homemade or what you may have) to complete the speedy face-lift.
7. The catch-all kit.
Decide what cleaning products are essential to you and keep them on hand in your own personalized cleaning kit (such fun!).
8. Now make sure everything's in place, nothing's knocked askew, and close everything that needs to be closed.
Again, sounds silly but makes a big difference. We're talking cupboards, drawers (nothing sticking out), the shower curtain etc.
9. On the topic of dusting, do not forget your blinds and ceiling fans.
You can use that vinegar from before plus an old (clean) sock on your hand to wipe down blinds, and it's a good idea to keep a surplus of micro cloths on hand for dusting fans.
10. The Walk-Through.
Quickly go through each room in your home picking up or straightening any items that are out of place. Put them into a basket, box, drawer etc., that will remain out of sight until your guests leave (after that you can put everything back where it belongs!).
11. It's DIY time: Rubbing alcohol
There are tons of different things you have around your house that can stand in as surface cleaners. One unexpected lifesaver being rubbing alcohol.
12. In the bathroom now...
...also make sure to switch the towels, you know, so they look fluffy and smell pretty. If you feel ambitious, make some DIY linen spray to keep on hand (added bonus from the essential oils in number 8).
13. Next up, dishes.
After the walk-through, get this out of the way. Everybody hates doing dishes (or loading the washer), but you'll be amazed at how much cleaner everything feels immediately once numbers 3 and 4 are done!
14. Take a look at your curtains and lamp shades.
15. Also, if you do take the vodka route...
...you can shine kitchen, bathroom, and light fixtures while you're at it. Don't worry about the smell, it dissipates quickly and you can even add some essential oils for additional air-freshening benefits. Perhaps lavender, patchouli, peppermint, wild orange, whatever you like!
16. Before you start cleaning, put on some music.
Make a playlist beforehand, listen to the radio, put on your fave CD/record/cassette, anything. Whatever it is, as long as you love it, it's going to make the next 18 things easier!
17. And who'da thought: vodka works as a surface cleaner too (but we understand if you want to keep that in your glass while cleaning).
And who'da thought: vodka works as a surface cleaner too (but we understand if you want to keep that in your glass while cleaning).
18. If you have the time for a tub clean, it'd be a good idea.
Try a simple mix of baking soda and water to remove that stuck-on grime that Mr. Clean made his millions on.
19. Pet hair.
The absolute worst to encounter for your visiting guests. If you don't have a handy dandy pet hair remover contraption then use a rubber glove to create static and get that bizz gone from chairs, couches, pillows etc.