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How to maintain a neat home in as little time as possible

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Find the right tools that work for you to shorten the amount of time you spend cleaning. Some common good things to have: a broom and dust pan, baking soda, essential oils, a spray bottle, microfiber cloths, a squeegee, dish soap, vodka, gloves, paper towels, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and a stub brush. TAMIR KALIFA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Confession: My mother never taught me how to clean a house. Really. She only taught me how to clean for the cleaning service, which meant getting everything off the floor and counters and putting things into piles. Then, magically, you came home from school to a clean house.

Summer camp taught me how to clean one thing: a latrine. (Hold your nose, spray some mystery substance in a bottle, wipe the seat while still holding your nose. Run.)

Fast-forward to owning my own home, having my own kids and no cleaning service in sight. I’ve had to figure some things out.

I’ve also picked up tips from Austin-area experts.

Learn all of the best cleaning tips at MyStatesman.com.