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Time-saving home cleaning tips:

20 minutes a day can help keep your home orderly and clean ... especially with 'Dr Doormat'.
By Debbie Estis Greenspan
Date: June 05 2013
Tags: cleaning,
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A clean home is a healthier home, but you don’t have to spend every spare minute you have scrubbing, washing, and picking up to keep your home orderly and sanitary! Save time on your way to a less toxic home with these time saving tips.

1.  Clean your dryer lint filter

Not only is lint build-up an enormous fire hazard, it also prolongs your drying time quite a bit. Cut your drying time! Wash the screen thoroughly (especially if you use fabric softener, which can build up). Use a discarded toothbrush or small brush with longer handle to reach down in the lint trap compartment and remove as much as you can. You’ll be shocked at how much is in there!

2.  Set a timer

Maybe cleaning isn’t your favourite chore – so you let things build up and pile up until you have a full day’s work on your hands. Instead of letting things get out of control, set a timer for just 20 minutes and do a pick-up-wipe-down as fast as you can. You can really get a lot done in that short amount of time! You can even get your kids involved – It’s a fun challenge to try to beat the clock.

3.  De-clutter. Just get rid of stuff!

The less stuff you have, the less you have to clean and organise and constantly be picking up. Let’s face it – we all have stuff around our house we don’t really use or need, or sometimes multiple versions of the same thing. (Does anyone really need 6 pairs of scissors?) If it isn’t useful or sentimental to you – ditch it. Only keep things around that you really love. We organised our pantry and realised we were spending too much at the grocery store on duplicate items.

4.  Go paperless

Whenever you get the opportunity, opt for online billing and subscriptions. Paper clutter can be one of the fastest things to pile up around the home – if you bring in less to begin with, you’ll be able to spend less time going through it all and shuffling it around.

Do you have lots of works of art from your kids lying around the place? Tidy it up at the end of every term. Scan them into your computer, or take a photo if it’s too big. This clears the wall and probably your fridge – and preserves their efforts forever.

5.  First impressions

Literally, the first step towards a cleaner home starts at the door. Trap dirt and toxins at the door with my invention known as Dr Doormat! When you wipe your feet on the antimicrobial treated doormat, you’ll bring in less dirt and filth in the first place – so you can spend less time cleaning it up!

While cleaning your home won’t stop with these time-saving tips, they will get you ahead a little bit and make it easier to stay on top of things.

The bottom line? Clean as you go, and keep as much clutter as possible out of your home to make organising and sanitising surfaces much more simple.

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Debbie's Dr Doormat recently received the Retailers' Choice Award at the 2013 national hardware show in Las Vegas. The doormats are already available at selected homeware and hardware stores in the US and will soon be featured on the home shopping network. Dr Doormat can also be purchased online.

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