With the snow finally melting, it is time to get in the mood for Spring. Put away the winter clothes, replace your winter tires with your summer tires, get started with some Spring planting. Whatever gets you into the mood for Spring, get started today. Another popular, but perhaps not loved, activity is doing some Spring cleaning. The windows have been closed for most of the winter, so it is time to open the windows and let the fresh air in. You also will want to clean off the dust from the inside of the house.
Clean the oil splatters in your kitchen from the oven and the counter tops
If you have oil splatters on your oven that you just haven’t been able to clean up with a general cleaner, or with soap and water, use oil. i know that sounds counter intuitive, but it works. Use vegetable oil on a cloth to take up that oil that is hard to get up. Once the oil disappears, just wipe it down with a cloth.
Get an Inventory of Your Clothes
Before you go hit the sales at the stores to redo your wardrobe, do an inventory of what you already own. There may be some clothes tucked away in the back of the closet that you forgot you bought last year. If some of your clothes have stains on them, google some ways to get those stains out. For instance, did you know that a solution of milk and vinegar can take ink out of clothes?
Clean Your Toilets
Do you want an easy way to clean toilets? It doesn’t get much easier than this. Pour either a packet of kool-aid, or a can of Coca-Cola, or a can of Pepsi into the toilet at night before you go to bed. Before flushing, scrub the toilet. The citric acid in the kool-aid and soda will eat away at the grime and the stains. Voila, a clean toilet.
Give Your Dishwasher A Deep Clean
We have to admit that this is one that we haven’t been good at, but it is so simple. Your dishwasher is designed to clean your dishes, but it needs to be running at optimum performance. To clean your dishwasher, clean out the food from the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a cycle with a deep cleanser, such as Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner.
Or another option is to put vinegar in a bowl on the top shelf and run the dishwasher through a hot cycle with nothing but the vinegar bowl. Then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run another short hot cycle. The dishwasher will be clean and ready to go.
Clean Glass With Newspaper
When you clean glass with paper towel, it causes streaks because although papertowels absorb water, it doesn’t absorb grease. It just drags the oil and grease across the grass leaving streaks. Rather than papertowels, use dry newspaper. It will absorb the oil and grease, and not leave the streaks.
Protect Your Sofa Cushions
If you have messy children or pets, and they constantly spill on your cushions, this tip will keep the cushions safe. Simply put a drawstring garbage bag over the cushion (but under the fabric). The liquid stains can be spot cleaned, since it won’t be absorbed into the cushion.
Dust the Blinds Quickly and Easily
When I think of Spring Cleaning, the task I always think of is dusting off the blinds. In the past we used a feather duster, but the dust would simply settle back on the blinds. A better tool to use would be kitchen tongs covered with microfibre cloths. This way, the dust doesn’t just get redistributed. The microfibre will actually pick up the dust. Therefore the blinds will stay cleaner, longer.
The Easy Way to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains
OK, “the easier, the better” should be our motto. Especially when it comes to Spring Cleaning. So this tip for hard water stains is genius. Whether it is your bathtup, faucets, refrigerator, or showerheads, simply soak a paper towel in vinegar and put the paper towel on the faucet. After an hour, come back and wipe the faucet. The hard water stain will simply wipe away.
Recycle Your Dryer Sheets to Help Clean
You gotta love when it comes to reusing and recycling household products. In this case, it is the laundry dryer sheets. You can use the dryer sheets to buff out water spots from mirrors and bathroom and kitchen fixtures, tackle water spots on shower doors and shower walls, and even the ring in the toilets. New Dryer sheets can be used on baseboards to clean and keep the dust away.
Clean Your Sponges
When you are cleaning your house, and using sponges to wipe up the messes, you might be spreading germs, if you aren’t cleaning your sponges the right way. And what is the right way? Put the sponges in the microwave and turn it on high for 2 minutes. You will be eliminating 99% of the germs. Then you can clean with sponges without worrying that you are spreading the germs.
Hopefully we have shared some Spring Cleaning ideas that you didn’t know about and will help you to clean your own home. If there are some great tips you want to share, please do so below. We love to learn to tricks and hacks.