3 Ways to Clean Smarter, Not Harder

Crush your chores without breaking a sweat! Pinpoint your preferred approach, then use these tips to tidy up your entire home in record time. 

By Kim Good

Tools and helpers
Increase your overall efficiency by adding some of these supereffective items to your arsenal.

  • To sanitize floors quickly: Use the SteamBoost mop from Swiffer and Bissel, $50 for a starter kit at mass retailers.
  • Let the soap do half the work with Power Foam dish soap from Method, $4 for 16 oz. at Target.
  • Clean surfaces and crevices with the AllPro HS-20R handheld steamer, $80 at haanusa.com (use the code ALLYOU15 until 3/28/14 to receive $15 off).
  • Keep scrubbers close at hand with a cleaning caddy from the Container Store, $6 with a scrub brush, containerstore.com.
  • Wipe and polish with the same cloth with a Smart cloth (5" x 7"), $10 at toddygear.com (save 10% until 4/15/14 with the code ALLYOUTODDY).