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Why You Should Sweep Crumbs Onto the Floor

A person brushes crumbs off a table.
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For some, cleaning is therapeutic. For others, the process is daunting and tedious. For that second group, there’s a cleaning shortcut you should be taking.

Instead of cleaning up your crumbs, you should be sweeping them onto the floor.

Yes, we know this sounds wild, but there’s a good reason. If you’ve read our guide on the proper order in which to clean your room, you already know that you should work top to bottom. This means any sort of sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping comes last. By that logic, if you brush those crumbs onto the floor, they’ll simply be picked up at the end of your cleaning.

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Obviously, we don’t recommend doing this throughout the week. A collection of crumbs on the floor is a recipe for disaster when it comes to everything from pests to, well, keeping your home tidy. Instead, only use this tip when you’re about to clean a room or know you’ll be doing a touch-up on your floors.

The other caveat to this trick is to ensure your vacuum is high-quality so that it removes all signs of dust, crumbs, and pet hair. The best way to ensure everything is eliminated is to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. This will allow it to trap 99.97% of small micron-sized particles.

If you’re looking for a way to speed up your cleaning process, sweeping those leftover crumbs, bits of dust, and pet hair onto the floor

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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