The pandemic may have brought many sour moments to the world. However, in the whirlpool of confusion we were all submerged into, we found new ways to explore creativity and consume entertainment. Some of us baked bread, others crafted the dalgona coffee, while some of us immersed ourselves in the world of Tik Tok to laugh, learn, and be exposed to a more raw and real type of content.
Though the app has been out for quite some time (remember Musically?), there is a misconception that it is a place for the younger generations. But it’s more than that. It’s a place where creators, especially Latine creators, can showcase their unique skills.
Just look at TikTok’s Queen of Cleaning, Vanesa Amaro. She single-handedly created one of the best content (if not the best) around cleaning and cleaning tips. Amaro also took to the platform to speak about her experience as a housekeeper.
Our Latine community understands how housekeepers have been viewed in the past because Latinas are usually stereotyped as housekeepers (as if that were even a bad thing — it’s not, just in case). Luckily, our favorite Tik Tok cleaning expert has allowed for a change in the narrative where she highlights the honor of being a housekeeper.
You know your “For You Page” is on the right track when a video of hers comes up. Her bombastic energy can light up anyone’s cell phone screen, which keeps anyone engaged with whatever she is teaching us. I don’t know how many trips to the store I made just to find the items she suggested.
Her charismatic personality transcended beyond the “clock app” before our eyes, and her followers, including myself, saw Amaro be showered with opportunities she 100 percent deserved.
Recently, she’s partnered with Clorox and is giving out more of her treasure-like tips. This is why BELatina News decided to speak with Amaro because we know the importance of shining light on our community and their wins.
During our conversation, we asked her if she had any secrets or tips on what to clean in your house to minimize stress and maximize time spent on your wellbeing, and she had plenty to say.
Read below to find out more.
We know you live in Texas and that you’ve been educating so many people through Tik Tok (and we love one of your many catchphrases: “so pretty!” But tell us a little more about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
I am the middle child in a Mexican household, and from a very young age, my parents taught us how to clean and expected us to clean around the house. My mom always made sure it was fun by putting on music. Even though cleaning is clearly a lot of work, because she made it fun, cleaning became a part of me. When I started cleaning houses for a living, my clients could see that not only did I clean very well, but I also enjoyed my work. I take great pride in a job well done, especially when it comes to cleaning.
What’s one of your greatest secrets to keeping your home clean?
You don’t have to stock up on hundreds of products to keep your home clean. For cleaners, I recommend using a few products you love that can be used for multiple surfaces and cleaning techniques, like Clorox® Multi-Surface Cleaner + Bleach and Clorox® Scentiva Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner.
What’s a room or spot in the house that doesn’t need to be cleaned every week — which makes us think: are some of us overcleaning?
You can clean household items like your garbage can or washer once a month. I’d recommend cleaning behind large appliances, like your fridge or oven, every few months, and you don’t need to dust your fan every week either! I also encourage you to think about areas in your house that are not high-traffic, which varies from house to house, but rooms like an office or guest bedroom don’t need to be cleaned every week. These rooms can easily get less than an hour of attention, and you don’t have to feel guilty!
Are there any products you swear by that help you keep your home as refreshed as possible?
I truly swear by Clorox®’s Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner because it works on multiple surfaces, kills 99.9% of bacteria, and prevents odor-causing bacteria growth for 48 hours, which will make your life so much easier. Clorox’s Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner is great for cleaning your bathroom, shower, kitchen, and so much more.
How can someone who works full-time and has an immense number of responsibilities realistically find the time to clean their home? Any suggestions?
I believe cleaning doesn’t have to be stressful, and I really recommend creating a cleaning schedule that works for you. Doing an extensive deep clean every day isn’t realistic for most people. Make the most of quick cleans when you’re short on time to maintain your home on a day-to-day basis and set aside one block of time, like Sunday afternoon, for a thorough clean to give your house some much-needed love.
How can people minimize their time cleaning while still maintaining a clean home?
Let the product do the hard work for you! Using products like Clorox® Scentiva Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner helps you clean more efficiently, so you don’t have to worry about switching products. Clorox’s Multi-Surface Cleaner works to disinfect areas all around your house.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Yes! Although cleaning can be very tiring, my biggest tip for making it go by quicker and easier is making it fun. Involve the whole family and split chores, put some music on, have a cleaning schedule to help you stay organized, and remember that the hardest part about cleaning is just getting started. Once you start, you’ll be unstoppable! Attitude plays a huge role in how we complete tasks. That’s why I always say: Happy Cleaning!