Adulting Cleaning Hacks: How To Clean The Floors & Dust

Cleaning Hacks: How To Clean The Floors & Dust With Ease and Swiffer - the confused millennial rachel ritlop
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Y’all knowwww how much I hate cleaning if you caught this post on 5 Cleaning Hacks For Other Confused Millennials. #TRUTH: After that post, I don’t think I cleaned again until our move! I avoided the floors like there was no tomorrow; and dusting? Pffttt what’s that?!? (Totes not good for my allergies BTW).

But, you know what they say… New Space, New ME!

Okay, maybe nobody says that. But it’s how I am feeling! We took on three times the size of our last few apartments moving into this new place! Needless to say, I am feeling just a little overwhelmed on the cleaning front… but super motivated to actually stay on top of all the chores this time around!

Adulting can feel seriously hard, but Swiffer has certainly made it so much easier! Swiffer swept the nation in ’99 and is now turning 18!! And they’re on a mission to help all of us confused millennials ease those adulting moments… like cleaning the blinds?!?

Seriously, I HATE dusting.. which is so not good because in all my #adulting glory, it appears I’ve developed a dust allergy!

Fun fact: Did you know you can develop allergies as you get older?

Whenever I think of dusting, I think of those old feathered french maid type of dusters, which as a kid I totally hated! They never seemed to really work (or fit in) the places I was trying to dust.

Fun fact: Did you know dusting with traditional feather dusters or rags can actually spread the dust? Swiffer’s dusters actually trap it all in!

Cleaning Hack: Check for dust in places you wouldn’t think…

The biggest culprits of dust collection in our home are: fans, blinds, and electronics! Stop wait you’re doing and go check your tv and all the cords attached… Don’t worry I’ll wait.  I bet they are covered in dust right now! When we were moving, one of our black cords for some TV related electronic had actually turned grey from dust!!!

Try to think of places that have some sort of fan associated with them. Such as, TVs or computers which often have a cooling fan, or the bathroom drying fan. Don’t forget to check near windows and doors where outside particles can easy come in and gather.

I’ve also heard of people dusting their walls… but that seems like a little too much adulting for me… Although I did get a kick out of dusting the box haha it glided so nicely!

Also if you caught my last cleaning post, you noticed I totally avoided the floors! It’s because I had actually lost my Swiffer! I was seriously that lazy by the time we moved out of that apartment…

Cleaning Hack: Use the right tools on the floors

If you’re anything like me, you probably have the standard green Swiffer and always stick with the wet pads (because #ballinonabudget)… But did you know Swiffer’s Sweeper Dry Pads are perfect for hair sweep ups!?

I think the biggest culprit of our floors staying dirty is the fact that I shed enough hair to make a small wig every day. The Sweeper Dry Pads have been a game changer. I used to make the mistake of skipping them and jumping right into the wet pads, which would basically just push the hair and crumbs around (I mean it still cleaned the floors, but it took longer. I thought I was saving money by not buying both types of pads, but in reality, I probably blew through more wet pads (and money) since I wasn’t using them totally as intended).

Cleaning Hack: Set a schedule and stick to it.

Whether it’s tackling one room a day, such as the bathrooms, the guest room, the kitchen, etc. OR tackling one style of cleaning, for instance dusting the entire house one day and dry sweeping the house another. Physically write out a cleaning schedule that you can see. Schedule it on your calendar and enlist an accountability buddy.

And you know what they say, “Nothing cleans a busy life like Swiffer. If you’ve got a life, you gotta Swiffer!”

I know I have to stay on top of cleaning the floors and dusting, but I seriously feel like I can live in a clean house without spending all day erryday cleaning it!

So cheers to Swiffer turning 18 and helping us adult so we don’t have to play Cinderella before Prince Charming rescued her ?


What do you use to dust and tackle the floors? Do you have any hacks? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Vanessa K
    April 3, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Dusting is definitely NOT my favorite chore! Neither is cleaning the bathrooms haha I love the Swiffer dusters!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

      lol i hear you! cleaning in general for me haha but i think the way swiffer products “glide” can make it fun so you can kind of dance while doing them haha if that makes any sense at all ha!

  • Kristen @ TheSophisticatedGal
    April 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Dusting is usually something I procrastinate doing, but is something that always makes a huge difference for my allergies. I love using the Swiffer dusters, in fact I don’t think I’ve used any other brands for years!

    I have a cleaning schedule that I stick to every week and have it broken out so that it’s not a WHOLE bunch of cleaning at once, instead I spread it out throughout the week so it’s only a little bit of time each day 🙂

    – Kristen

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Lucky! I just discovered the dusters and legit my allergies are thanking me! haha I prefer the little bit each day too!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    April 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I need a new swiffer so badly!! Love their dusters too!

  • Erica
    April 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    This is so cute, Rach! I’m addicted to Swiffering. It’s SO EASY, and this girl hates dusting. We have a Wet Jet too, which works wonders.

    Coming Up Roses

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

      You need to dust your computer! That’s why you fan is always so loud on our calls! If you cant see the vents its pretty easy to open it up and dust inside. It’s got dust in it causing it to over heat and work harder!

  • IG:Suetanyamchorgh
    April 3, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I need me a swiffer!

  • Courtney
    April 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I just discovered the magic of the dry pads, too! Its perfect for my bathroom floor that gets GROSS with my mess of hair!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Seriously, why did no one ever explain that to me?!?!? haha I’ve just been pushing it around on the floor haha

  • Sydney Power
    April 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I LOVE my swiffer I swear I wouldn’t feel like my place is clean without it!

  • Jenny
    April 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I love using my swiffer. It legit saves the day.

  • Adriana
    April 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who absolutely hates dusting LOL! I love Swiffer too, they always make cleaning so much easier! I use mine in my bedroom every day!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:34 am

      They do! and even a little funner since you can dance it out kinda haha

  • fairyprincessjord
    April 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I use the swifter mood on my floors and I swear they are life savers. These are wonderful tips for keeping a clean space…I’m trying to be better about that!

  • Anna Hubbard
    April 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I love Swiffer products! They make life so much easier!

  • Megan
    April 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Ugh cleaning the worst! I have definitely learnt that it makes it 100% easier if you have the right tools for the job. I don’t mind a bit of dusting. I absolutely least favourite is cleaning the shower bleugh!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

      YAS! the tools are a total game changer! We just moved and have a front loading washer, the last tenant apparently didn’t know you need to leave the washer door open to dry after washes so my least favorite cleaning project right now is getting all the mold and mildew out of the gasket! UGH

  • Silvia Marquez
    April 3, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Swiffer is my go to for cleaning! They have so many great products that make it so easy!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Agreed! what’s your favorite?

  • Katie
    April 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I love Swiffer dusters. My husband and I have somewhat of a cleaning schedule. We do most of our chores on Saturday morning and then that gives us the rest of the weekend to relax.

  • Greta Hollar
    April 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I’m obsessed with my swiffer. It’s the best!

    Greta |

  • Alix Maza
    April 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I always said you can get allergies as you get older, no one believed me! Thanks for this.

    Alix |

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Lol it’s true! I am walking proof (unfortunately) lol

  • Mira
    April 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Oh man, I realllllly try to clean on a schedule, it never happens. I wish I knew that about the dry pads! I did like you with the wet ones first.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Haha i am so happy I am not the only one! I really had no idea and would get so frustrated with how many I would blow threw to clean the floors!

  • Chelsea
    April 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    How do you manage to always take the cutest pictures, even for cleaning products!!!! This product has been on my list for so long! I should totally just try it.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:31 am

      lol thank you! My interns are magic is the secret to my photos haha and do it!! they are such a game changer!

  • Alex
    April 4, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Girl, I so feel you on being overwhelmed! Our new house is triple the size of our past rental house and I was so overwhelmed at first (and sometimes it’s still hard keeping up). I loooove all of these tips – I’m definitely going to use them!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Did you guys finish getting furniture for it all? I feel like we just live in empty spaces haha

  • thesofieyahdiaries
    April 4, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I am also a swiffer fan so I totally understand this obsession xD

  • Candy Kage
    April 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    All swifter products are great. Use them all the time

  • Emm Dee
    April 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Awesome post! I seriously hate dusting and cleaning too. I feel like this post has motivated me to adult more.

  • Melissa Cruz
    April 4, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I’m not a big fan of cleaning. But when I start… I clean the most hidden places in the house hahaha

    xx, Melissa

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Haha that’s great though! My husband literally wipes the sink and says “I’m done! I cleaned!” haha

  • Kirsten Ortez
    April 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

    oh gosh dust just gets EVERYWHERE! Not my favorite chore – especially since I get horrible allergies! Those dry pads work wonders!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    April 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I think setting a schedule would help me most!!!

  • Andy J. Salgado
    April 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    The person that invented Swiffer is a genius! I think by far the coolest and most useful invention next to sticky notes. lol

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Haha agreed! So much easier than traditional sweeping and mopping!

  • Sarah Jean
    April 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve never tried the dusters but I sure love my swiffer dry and wet – especially for an apartment!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

      What do you use to dust?

  • The Haunted Housewife
    April 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Gotta love cleaning hacks! Swiffer is my go-to as well. It feels like I’m cheating but it’s just… THAT EASY lol.

  • Alex Carreno
    April 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Dust always collects in the place you never think of, so annoying!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Right?!? like walls?! what?!?

  • Ashley Vickney
    April 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Swifer literally saves me. Their dusters are AMAZING. I’ve had horrid allergies with us moving and the seasons changing but after my fiance dusts it gets so much better!
    With moving we’ve been finding out that we need to do a much better job of dusting so my goal in our new place is to dust once a week to stay on top of it!
    Great post girlfriend!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

      You sound like me!! That’s exactly where we are at! We don’t have a lot of furniture right now either which makes it even more obvious since all of the dust just settles on the floor haha

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    April 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I too use those Swiffer dusters! They are so great for book shelves. My daughter also loves to use them! When she gets older I will have her do all the dusting! 🙂

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Haha that’s the way to do it!! A lot of people have said their kids are obsessed with the dusters too haha

  • Chantal Bernard
    April 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    With all the dog hair in my house, I would die without my swiffer! They are such handy tools for cleaning.

  • Robin
    April 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I love Swiffer – especially the dry ones for grabbing dust! Omg though – my family was visiting recently over a weekend that we were having a huge house party. I always outsource last-minute spot-cleaning to them while I cook everything, so I asked my dad to Swiffer the floors. He did not get it!! He was acting like a petulant teenager over having to Swiffer and my sister and I could not understand why he was making such a big deal over it… until we realized that he hadn’t figured out how to clip the pad on, hahahaha! He was like “I HATE this. This is SO stupid.” Hysterical.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

      HAHAHA STOP!!! That’s SO funny!!

  • Brittany L. Bergman
    April 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t know what I’d do without my Swiffer! We have hardwood floors that show EVERYTHING. Those pads really capture it all!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:26 am

      ughhhh i can imagine!! We just moved and have wooden stairs and they show so much!

  • Rachel @ STCL
    April 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I love Swiffer! And I’m guilty of neglecting the fans and blinds when it comes to dusting. Thank you for the reminder to get a cleaning schedule together too 🙂

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

      haha it’s always those easy to forget places! for me the TV area is the worstttt!!

  • Christine Cox
    April 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I love my Swiffer dusters! In fact, I’ve had to buy 2 more because my kids always wanted to dust right alongside me! I really love the extendable handle one that I have because it can reach those high places, plus it can bend too making it even easier to clean!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Lol i’ve been hearing that from a lot of folks!! their dusters really are the best!

  • Katie Mulford
    April 4, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve developed allergies over the past few years and it’s awful! One of them being dustmites! So as much as I hate to clean also it’s a must if I want to not sneeze all the time! Love Swiffer’s products…I use their mops!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Ugh that stinks! I feel your pain! What do you use to tackle dust then?

  • Bella B @ xoxoBella
    April 5, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I legit use my swifter everyday!!! its a dream lol…. I am a huge fan of cleaning

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Lol soooo you want to come over? haha

  • Kiara Catanzaro
    April 5, 2017 at 7:43 am

    The dry pads are seriously so great especially if you have pets! I love their products so much and use all the ones you mentioned here! Great tips, Rachel!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I bet! I never knew how to use them until recently! haha

  • jessica
    April 5, 2017 at 8:19 am

    great post but i was really hoping there was going to be a snap your fingers and it’s all finished hack (:

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

      OMG that would be awesome! at least it’s not picking every item up and wiping it down with a rag, amiright?!? haha

  • Rachel at RKCSouthern blog
    April 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Love Swiffer products! They’re so convenient!

  • Joy Lynn
    April 5, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I have all those products and I definitely dust my walls – haha! I am a total clean freak, and that hand duster is great for fans, walls, light fixtures, and windows especially!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Omg you do?!?! How did you get started?? I just learned that was a thing!

      • Joy Lynn
        April 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

        Haha! We have a lot of stark white or very light walls, so dust and long strands of dust or cobwebs starts to show so I take the wand and go over my walls once every month or so! Tops of door and window frames too!

  • stephanieabills
    April 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I live for my swiffer products! I can’t get enough of them. Now that it is warming up, and we are throwing the windows open, I dust my room every morning.

  • Cameron
    April 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I absolutely love Swiffer! Their products certainly make cleaning a breeze, and I love to use their floor duster to dust my walls haha. You’d be surprised how much dust and gunk gets on them!! While I thankfully don’t hate cleaning, I hate that it takes a lot of time – so I usually do a few small things throughout the week instead of spending an entire day over the weekend to do it.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

      That’s so smart!!! on both fronts!

  • Erin of Very Erin
    April 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I use the Swiffer on our floors literally constantly! With two pets, they tend to get dirty pretty quickly!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I hear that! We got a puppy last night and Swiffer has been my bff haha

  • Lindsey Ann
    April 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I allllllways forget about my walls until they’re so gross!! I need to get better!!

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Haha I never even thought about cleaning them until recently! #SMH lol

  • Macarena Ferreira
    April 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

    You are seriously the cutest! I love these pics and Swiffer is the best.

    xo //

  • Ellen Brown
    April 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love Swiffers! We have 3 cats and I’ve always used a regular broom to sweep and then the Swiffer mop to finish, but I was still frustrated with all the dirt and hair that was still floating on the floor…until I finally gave the dry mops a try. It made such a difference! Next on my list is the cordless vac.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

      The dry pads make SUCH a difference with hair! I am so happy I finally tried them too!

  • dianasaur
    April 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This was a great encouragement to dust my house and tackle my floors. I have been so frustrated by the wet pads, so that was really helpful information about trying the dry pads first. I might just order some right now! Thanks.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      April 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I had no idea I was doing it wrong all this time until I started researching for this post actually! I felt so silly!

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