These quick tricks will get your home spick and span in no time. 

By Natalie Ermann Russell
Updated March 23, 2018
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Only have 10 minutes before your favorite show starts? These quick cleaning tasks will maximize every minute. Before you hit the couch, devote the time to speed cleaning neglected ceiling fans or wiping down those often-ignored light switch plates. These tiny tasks only take 10 minutes, but add one onto your morning or afternoon routine each day and your home will be a little bit cleaner by the end of the week.


Use a dusting wand on all surfaces. If you have a few minutes to spare, break out the furniture polish for extra shine.

Doors and Switch Plates

They’re normally overlooked, but fingerprints and smudges on doors and light switches are downright maddening once you notice them. The good news is they’re quickly removed with a damp microfiber cloth.

Ceiling Fans

Place a pillowcase over a fan blade and pull it toward you to collect the dust. The debris will stay contained inside the pillowcase rather than drifting onto the floor. Then wipe the blades with a microfiber cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. (If you try washing the blades before dusting, the surface will become muddy and harder to clean.)


Wipe with a microfiber cloth dampened with a solution of a few drops of dishwashing liquid and warm water.

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