cleaning tips by a professional housekeeper

10 Cleaning Tips by a Professional Housekeeper! + Free Printable

10 Cleaning Tips by a Professional Housekeeper + Free Printable
I own my own  cleaning business and use these time saving tips everyday.  Not only do they save me time but they save me $$$ and my customers think I spent all day cleaning.

I don’t dread it when I grab a scrub brush, because these tips turned hard jobs into easy ones!

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  • Easily bring the shine back into your furniture by putting a small amount of Baby Oil on a clean dry rag.  Wipe down furniture and see it shine!

Ceiling Fans

  • Dust the ceiling fan blades with a broom.  It makes it easy to reach without using a ladder and the sharp blades from the broom easily scrape off the dust from the edges of the blades.  The dust will fall to the floor and after you have cleaned the entire room just vacuum up the dust!
  • To remove water spot rings in your toilet use a product called“The Works” it works instantly! Just put a small amount into the toilet on the water spots and watch them disappear instantly! You can find it at Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Sams Club and I’ve even seen it at The Dollar Store.

  • To remove water spots from shower glass doors us a product called Lime Away or The Works (above).  Pour some on a clean dry rag and wipe the door and you can also pour some into a water bottle and spray it on, rinse with water afterwards.  Be careful, the fumes are strong!  Dry glass door with a dry towel or paper towels.
  • Make toilets spotless by using a scrub brush. Use a scrub brush on the outside of the toilet, behind the lid where the screws latch, and at the base of the toilet. This way your hands never have to touch a dirty rag or a dirty toilet!
  •  To easily remove bathtub rings use Scrubbing Bubbles, spray it on and let set about 5 minutes, then go around the rings with a scrub brush and watch the dirt come off instantly.  Scrubbing Bubbles does all of the “scrubbing” for you.  Use the brush to loosen it from the bathtub and rinse.  For more stubborn stains, scrub with Comet or Comet with bleach.
  •  To remove soap scum from inside the shower use a heavy duty Grease Remover product that is made for kitchen cleaning.  works great for the shower, too!
  • To prevent soap scum build up in the shower, spay it with furniture polish.

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  • To get a sparkling stainless steel sink, use Comet and a scrub brush.  Sprinkle Comet in the sink, scrub the sink with a scrub brush, then rinse and wipe the sink with a clean, dry towel.  Your sink will  sparkle and shine!  You can also polsih the faucet with comet too.
  • If you have hard water build up around the faucet, pour a small amount of The Works on the water spots, use a scrub brush to remove, in seconds it will look like brand new!
  • Stainless Steel appliances can look brand new by wiping them with a dab of baby oil on a clean, dry rag!  Clean them first with water to get rid of any dirt and food particles, then use a clean, dry rag with baby oil to shine it up!  Works instantly and the results are amazing!
  • Try cleaning a Granite counter top by pouring 1/2 water and 1/2 alcohol into a spray bottle.  Spray on counter tops then wipe with off with a clean dry rag.  You will notice an instant shine and it also disinfects the counter tops, too!  This tip was passed on to me by a company who installs granite.
  •  The best way to completely remove animal hair on hardwood or tile floors, is to first sweep the floors with a broom, then vacuum the floor to pick up the remainder.  Your floors will look spotless!


  • To dust blinds use a micro-fiber feather duster or a swifter duster.

Overall Cleaning Tips

  • The best way to clean a room is to start at the top and work your way down.  Clean high first such as ceiling fans, blinds, and furniture.  Always do the floors last this way you will be sure to get all the dust that falls from the fans, blinds, and furniture.
  • When vacuuming or mopping, work your way so that you finish at the door so you don’t leave foot tracks.

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  1. Great tips for getting the house spic and span! I especially liked the tip with the baby oil to put a shine to the furniture. Thanks for sharing your expertise, D@TheShadyPorch
  2. Thanks for linking up at Mod Vintage Life with these tips. I'll be sure to use some baby oil on things. All great tips. I notice your staff is entirely made up of calico cats! My favorite kind of cats are calicos. I had one as a child and had one as an adult that died a few years ago. She looked similar to your Twinkie. She had a perfect black mask around her eyes. She looked like a silent movie star and I named her Clara Bow. Anyway...I think its amazing that you have all calicos.
    • Thank you for stopping by! I was lucky to have found all calico's! A friend had a litter of them she was giving away so I took all 3 of them!! They matched my Ragdoll Callie who is also a calico so it worked out great. Calico's are my favorite kind too, I read that they have the best temperament and they have proven that to be true. Sorry to hear about Clara Bow, I had a cat I lost 4 years ago and I still miss him!!
  3. Thanks for sharing these fab cleaning tips that I know are tried and true - from you! Featured you today here thanks for sharing at Project Inspired! Pinned this to our group pinboard for some extra luv!
  4. Fabulous Tips! I'm so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week... this week I'm co-hosting a HUGE bash with 2 other bloggers! Come on over and share again! xoxo~ Ruthie
  5. Awesome tips! I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Tuesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Cathy
  6. Well, I suppose I could feel like a home professional - I do most of these things! Love the 'after' ideas too! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy
    • Well then consider yourself a pro! I've learned these over the past few years and my customers think I spend hours cleaning their home....if they only knew. LOL
  7. I love your kitties! Thanks for the tips, especially with the pet hair. We have a long haired cat and a St. Bernard, so there is pet hair everywhere!
    • Thank you, my kitties love helping me with my blog! You will be amazed if you follow those steps how clean your floors will be. I know it's extra work to first sweep then vacuum, but it really does make a difference.
  8. Great tips. I hate doing the housecleaning...but my daughter is at the age where she finds it to be fun. I should probably let her read this. LOL.
  9. Awesome, thank you so much for the tips. I so hate to clean sometimes I put it off longer than I should and then it is a real bear to get done. Manda Wolf @ Our Wolf Den
  10. I definitely needed to read this today! I can always find better ways to keep things clean! I would love you to share this at our weekly link party here Thanks again and have a good one!
  11. Thanks for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Stop by again next week and link up more of your awesome projects!

    Have a wonderful week!
  12. I use an old pillow case and put it over the broom and attach with rubber band. Great duste for all over the house walls, ceilings and baseboards. If you have ceiling higher than 8 ft. this will not work. Alcohol on granite, I would first contact your granite co. It might remove the seal finish.
    • That's a good idea for dusting walls and paneling! The idea of using alcohol on granite came from a granite company who installs granite, I have used it and it works great and my customers who have granite were advised by the company to use it as well. It puts back the shine and also works as a disinfectant! :)
  13. Thank you for sharing these tips! They're all helpful!
    I'm hopping over from The Pin Junkie Link Party. Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. thanks.. great ideas.. I had used The Works before & somehow forgot about it ..:-)

    would it be bad to have a cleaning lady Once a month ? I've been thinking about that..Hummm?
    • Today I saw The Works at the Dollar Store...what a bargain for a great product! I have customers that like their home cleaned twice a week every week! It really just depends on your budget, I have customers that I clean for bi weekly and once a month too. :)
  15. Love this!! There’s a new LINK-UP Party going on at and we would love to feature your post!! Here’s the link:

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