The Secret of Cleaning Your House

Speed-cleaning expert (and maid service owner) Alexandra says that cutting your cleaning time in half starts with a system. That means cleaning the house in the same order every time: Working one room at a time, starting and finishing at the same spot in a room so that you don’t waste time running back and forth.

“To get the time down, you have to be consistent—that’s the whole premise,” Alexandra says. “You do the same thing every time you clean, so it is a routine. The routine is the method, and that is an inherently better way to clean because the speed comes from the method instead of from hurrying. You really can clean your house in half the time. It’s not a gimmick.”

The Secret of Cleaning Your Airbnb

Have A System

When I started my cleaning service company, I actually learned something really simple about professional cleaning: Professional cleaners always have a plan of action—they know exactly what they need to do when they go into a room. I created my very own cleaning plan called the 3 Wave System. I teach my staff about it, I use it when I clean my house, I read about it in a book, and I talk about it on the with my friends. The reason I’m such a believer in this 3 wave system is that it actually works. It tells you exactly what to do each and every time you get into a room. It is the most efficient way to clean a space, and you don’t waste time, because as we know… time is money.

The Secret of Cleaning Your Kitchen

” Once the grease is gone the clean is easy”


Grease inevitably ends up on kitchen cabinets, especially those above or next to the range. You can buy a cleaner with orange oil to wipe off the grease, or you can use a standard grease-cutting dishwashing detergent. The detergent will cut through the grease on the cabinets just like it does with dishes.

Mix one tablespoon of liquid detergent with a gallon of warm water. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area, wiping it on with a clean sponge or cloth, to make sure it won’t damage or discolor the finish. Then rinse it off with a different sponge and clear, warm water.

For tough stains or buildup that won’t come off with detergent, mix baking soda with water and lightly scrub the problem area with a cloth.

Cut the grease

Fingerprints, smudges, and watermarks are the enemies of stainless-steel sinks and surfaces. Mineral oil can help you beat them, Alexandra says. “Pour some mineral oil on a cloth and wipe it down once a week. This repeals the water.” The mineral oil also helps keep toothpaste and other items from sticking to the sink, making it easier to wipe clean.

The Secret of Cleaning Your Floor

“Top to Bottom Left to Right”


Don’t start a floor before wiping the coffee table, or cleaning the blinds, and seeing the dust from the blinds coat your newly clean coffee table of floor. Alexandra says to start at the top of the room, such as dusting a ceiling fan, and work down to the floor to eliminate redundant work.

Likewise, cleaning left to right ensures that you cover the entire room instead of darting from place to place.

“Most people see something and clean it, then they look up and see something else and clean it, and the dirt falls down on what you just cleaned,” Alexandra says. “If you work top to bottom and left to right, you’re working once instead of cleaning areas you’ve just cleaned.”

The Secret of Your Toilet Cleaning

When you’re working out how to clean a very stained toilet bowl, the first thing to do is some basic cleaning, just to see what you’re up against. Pull on those rubber gloves, lift the toilet seat and then squirt that toilet clean around the rib and sides fo the toilet. Now pick up your toilet brush and get scrubbing. Your aim is to get that toilet cleaner into every crevice of the toilet, especially as far round the U-bend as you can. Leave it alone to do its work for half an hour.

At the end of the thirty minutes, go back and give it all another scrub with the toilet brush, before flushing. Most of the surface staining will have disappeared and – if you’re really lucky – your toilet will be gleaming. Job done!

But maybe that’s not quite the case. If your toilet has been neglected for a while, you’ll probably find that many stains have vanished but some stubborn marks will remain. Don’t despair, it’s time to move on to phase two.

” Baking soda and vinegar are no urban myth they really work to clean those dirty toilets ”