Clean Your Home in Five Minutes Flat (or Just Fake It)

Try these reader-tested tips and hacks to clean your home in five minutes (or at least fake it before your kid's playdate). Bonus: Natural cleaners you can find in your pantry!

By: Briana Mowrey
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Clever Caddy

"My life hack around the house is my 'cleaning bag'! I have all my cleaning supplies ready in seconds. Comes in handy in a two-story house." -Facebook fan Russal Jennifer Lucas Golding

Try Russal's advice at home and create your own cleaning caddy, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

Spin Cycles

"Do at least 1 load of laundry every day; saves me from spending an entire day (or weekend) catching up on a week's worth of dirty clothes for a household of 4." -Facebook fan Sandra Cordova

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Ready, Set, Go

"Set a cleaning timer. 10 minutes in each room. No more, no less. Do not leave or stray. It's amazing what you can accomplish when focused and racing the clock!" -Facebook fan Monica McBride Parent

Lemony Fresh

"After I scrub down the shower walls, I polish them with lemon oil. It shines them up, and repels water & soap scum to make future cleaning much easier & less frequent." -Facebook fan Susan Miller

Natural Solutions

"Vinegar. It cuts through everything [...]" -Facebook fan Shelia Tirro-George

Nail It

"Nail polish remover will take permanent marker off of plastic and a white board marker will take it off of white boards (in case you use the wrong pen)." -Facebook fan Jennifer Custard Armes

Air Out Your Automobile

"When your car needs [to be cleaned], I use the leaf blower. Works great!" -Facebook fan Shelly Best-Gorsett

See Spots Run

"Hydrogen peroxide on blood. Pour straight on to the blood and it will literally lift the blood off." -Facebook fan Christine Simonette

Shower Power

"I keep a squeegee in the shower to quickly and easily clean shower doors." -Facebook fan Kim Hoskins

Dishwasher Tricks

Use the dishwasher for more than dishes. When it isn't quite full, fill it the rest of the way with things like stove burners, vases, candlesticks and even children's plastic toys contained in a mesh bag.

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