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8 Tips for fake cleaning your house

April 11, 2017

If you’re like me, you don’t always have time to deep clean your home. If I’m lucky, once a month I get to really go through and scrub down every crook and cranny of the house. However, in between those times, I have to do the best I can to make my house appear clean. You know, just in case we have visitors. It’s especially the worst when you have surprise visitors and your house is looking a bit cray. Let me tell you from experience, there are ways to “fake clean” your home to make it appear, for the most part, put together. You know, in those moments where you have ten minutes to pick up the house before family you haven’t seen in ten years rolls up at your house? Yeah, that’s what these fake cleaning tips are good for.


  1. Use a towel to sweep and mop all at once – Sweeping and mopping can be so time-consuming. There’s no way you’ll fit those two things in alone if you’re in a pinch. So, take a bath towel, lightly dampen it and then throw it down and use your feet to drag it through the middle of the hard floors. It gets rid of the most noticeable things on the floor and takes literally a minute or two tops.
  2. Hide the dishes – If your sink is full of dishes, you definitely don’t have time to clean all of those before they get there. If you have a dish washer or stove, pile them in there. You don’t have to rinse them, put them in neatly, etc. Just throw them in there and deal with it later. If you don’t have a dishwasher or your stove has a glass door, put them in a tub or plastic bag and put it out in the garage. Sounds gross but desperate times call for desperate measures.
  3. Hide those dirty clothes – If you’re like me, a pile of dirty clothes will always be somewhere in the house. Hide them by stuffing them all in the washing machine and dryer. If both of those are full, throw them in a plastic bag and set them in the garage. Are you catching on that hiding things in the garage in bags makes it inconspicuous?
  4. Hide a smell – The worst thing ever is if you have a smell floating around the house from a previous meal or some trash that just got taken out. Put a pot of boiling water on the stove and if you have any fruit at all besides bananas, throw it in the pot with some cinnamon. The smell will quickly permeate the entire house. If you don’t have any fruit, put some baking soda in a bottle with warm water and spray it around the house. It will pull some of the smell out of the air.
  5. Declutter the bathroom – If your bathroom looks like a mess, close the shower curtain or door to hide the bathtub/shower from those needing to use the restroom. Any random items you can place under the sink until a later time. Use a paper towel or wash cloth (dry) to wipe down the mirror, sink, and toilet. It won’t actually clean them but a dry cloth will scrub away any noticeable spots in a quick second.
  6. Remove that animal fur – My worst problem is getting animal fur off of everything quickly. Mainly just the couches get on my nerves. If I haven’t gotten time to thoroughly vacuum them, they could potentially have animal fur all over them. Instead of dragging the vacuum out, grab a wet washcloth or your lint roller, and rub it over the couch. It will get up the most noticeable hair quickly.
  7. A quick dusting – In order to make your home appear less dusty, use a dry washcloth and wipe down the bigger items in the room such as the TV. I sometimes don’t even wipe, I just swing the cloth around to blow away the dust even more quickly.
  8. All that paper clutter needs to go – If your office space is as cluttered as mine (usually papers) just throw it all inside your shredder. If you don’t have a shredder, put it inside a desk drawer or a box nearby. Don’t take time to sort it, just throw it in there and mess with it later.

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    Bren | A Splash of Cray
    April 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Fake cleaning? Oh hell to the yeah! I hate cleaning so these are fabulicious tips!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    April 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Fake cleaning is a great option when you’re in a pinch. I have done this several times when I had surprise company.

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    Colleen Lanin
    April 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I love it! Sometimes, you just have to do a “good enough” job, and these are great tips to make that happen. I’m bookmarking this.

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    Tracey Zimmer
    April 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hahah this is amazing! I have a new baby and “fake cleaning” is all I muster up right now.

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    robin rue
    April 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I feel like I need to fake clean a lot LOL. Maybe I should just really clean and not have to worry about it all the time 🙂

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    Meagan Goepferich
    April 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I think I fake clean more than I real clean most days. These are some great tips though.

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    April 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    You sell yourself short those are great tips to clean a house and more than what most people do. I will keep a lot of these in mind.

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:47 am

    You are my new favorite person, I love all of these brilliant ways to “fake clean” your home. Makes for a quick and easy way to make my house presentable without all of the hard work and effort! Awesome!

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    April 13, 2017 at 1:28 am

    These are great tips for when you have no time to clean! I love the hide a smell idea.

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    April 13, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Fake cleaning is something I do when someone is coming over. LOL. Especially if the kids are home. So taking these tips and keeping them with me!

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    My Teen Guide
    April 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    These are all quick ways to make your house look “guest-ready” in a few minutes. I would probably go around with a basket and do my de-cluttering quickly by putting everything in the basket first then sort them out later after the guests have left.

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    April 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Great ideas when you only have little time to do a quick sweep of your house when you’re having a surprise company! I kinda laugh at the phrase ‘fake cleaning’, lol.

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    Shannon Gurnee
    April 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    We have family coming over today and I will definitely be doing a quick cleaning of my house. Thanks for these great tips!

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    April 13, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This is an interesting post I guess this is for when people want to warn you about popping up and only have 5 minutes before they come over. I would hope not to have to fake clean like this or I will have to rush clean later.

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    Louise Bishop
    April 14, 2017 at 3:55 am

    These have got to be the greatest tips ever. This is too hilarious.

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    April 14, 2017 at 3:56 am

    You’re cracking me up with fake cleaning. That’s my real cleaning! I do the most in those ten minutes before people come over.

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    Adrianne Betz
    April 14, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I have used a couple of these on occasion, who hasn’t?! However, there are some new ones in there I haven’t thought of before, handy!

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    Cassie Tucker
    April 14, 2017 at 4:06 am

    These are some really great tips! I’m ashamed to admit that I do a lot more fake cleaning than real cleaning, lol

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    April 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Loving this. It’s like an I Love Lucy episode. She was super clever. These tips will come in handy the next time someone calls from the end if the driveway uninvited and I haven’t cleaned up for the day.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    April 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Over the holidays, we burned a kitchen towel. The whole house stunk. My MIL told me about the cinnamon on the stove trick. Cleared it right up!

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