How to Speed Clean Your Home

If you’re short on time and still need to clean your home, you can speed clean. It’ll make your home look and feel better without scrubbing.

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What’s speed cleaning?

Life gets busy, and you may find yourself short on time. As a result, your home can become a bit messy, especially if you’ve skipped the deep cleaning sessions.

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That’s where speed cleaning comes in. It’s not a deep clean, which means you won’t be scrubbing grout for hours. Instead, it’s about making your home cleaner in a shorter amount of time.

Whether you’re having guests over at your place or feeling overwhelmed by the mess, a speed clean will give you more time to enjoy a clean home.

The key to a great speed cleaning session is to have a strategy. You must figure out what you should clean and what you shouldn’t.

It’s also important to understand what tasks will make your entire cleaning session shorter and more effective.

Additionally, it’s not meant to replace deep cleaning. Its purpose is to supplement your deep cleaning sessions. It can also allow you to deep clean less since a speed clean will help maintain your home.

Tools and supplies

You don’t need many tools and supplies to speed clean. However, the following are the essentials:

How to speed clean

The term speed cleaning is relative because it depends on the size of your home. The time it takes can range from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.

Regardless of the size of your home, the following are guidelines and tips to help you have an efficient speed cleaning session:

  • Clean things that are higher up before the lower items.
  • Focus on decluttering and clearing surfaces.
  • Work on one section of your home at a time.
  • Pick things up off of the ground and find a home for each item.
  • Clean the floors and vacuum at the end.
  • Make your home smell as fresh as it looks.

Now that you know the guidelines and what you need to focus on, you can get started with your speed cleaning session. The following is an example routine of what you can do:

  1. Take a walk around your home, pick things up off of the ground, and counters.
  2. Go to your bathroom to clean the mirror, sink, toilet, and counters.
  3. Head to your kitchen and spot-clean.
  4. Clean up the dust around your home, starting at the higher levels, and working your way down.
  5. Wipe down all of the surfaces.
  6. Tidy your living room and dining room.
  7. Quickly mop the floors.
  8. Vacuum the floors.
  9. Light a candle, turn on your diffuser, or put small slices of lemons or oranges in a pot of boiling water.

Note: You can add or remove steps as you wish.

Frequently asked questions

What is the fastest way to clean a house?

The fastest way to clean a house is to work by sections, instead of trying to clean different parts at the same time.

When cleaning a house where do you start?

Start at the entryway and work your way to each section.

Is it better to dust or vacuum first?

Dust before you vacuum because when you dust, you’ll dust particles onto the floor. Then, you can clean it all up with a vacuum.


Speed cleaning is a great way to keep your home looking and smelling fresh. Whether you’re having people over, or you just want to feel like you’re living in a clean home, speed cleaning is key.

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