Are you ready to get your spring-cleaning checklist started? Here are some tips and tricks to help you finish that list quicker and more efficiently so you can enjoy this spring season in a spotless clean house!
Curtains and Carpets and Blinds! Oh My!
Here is a quick fix to cleaning those dust magnet curtains. If you see there is more dust and dirt at the bottom of the curtain, take an extra sticky lint roller and roll over the fabric enough times to pick up everything. If you notice that the entire curtain is dusty, take it off the hooks and throw it into the dryer with a damp towel for a maximum of 15 minutes. The damp towel will attract the dust making your curtain dust free. Once the 15 minutes is over, take out the curtain and hang it back up immediately.
Carpets need extra attention when it comes to getting them clean. In heavier trafficked areas, you might see dust and dirt that looks like it will never come off. Plan to have your carpets or any area rug steam cleaned. This will penetrate deep into the carpet to make pulling out any dirt that is hidden in there easier than using a vacuum.
All winter we kept our windows and blinds shut, only to allow dust to build up. Give your blinds a brand-new look by taking two micro-fiber towels and a pair of tongs to them! Wrap each side of the tongs with the micro-fiber towel and clamp each individual blind with the towels top and bottom and run them left to right. This will make any dust that may fall off stay contained to one side making sweeping even easier!
The Ins and Outs of Cleaning Appliances
The kitchen is our favorite place to clean because a clean kitchen is a happy kitchen! Start off cleaning the outside of your appliances.
If you own a chrome, glass or stainless-steel refrigerator, the quick trick is to take 50% soda water and 50% water in a spray bottle and use a dry cloth to polish them off. This will also remove water spots and fingerprints. Then we can move onto the inside. The best natural cleaner on the inside of a refrigerator is salt and soda water. The way these two works together to help remove grease and grime is amazing. It will help restore your shelves to how they looked when you first bought it.
For your range, you can use the same cleaning solution of soda water and salt on the outside. However, for the top part, you would want something stronger. Cleaning all those crumbs and grease splatters is a messier and longer job. If you have a gas appliance, take the grates off top and place them in a specialized grease removing solution. Take a brillo pad to help reduce the buildup and then a toothbrush to scrub off the softened foods around the burners. If there is anything left remaining, a soapy cloth will do the trick.
The biggest trick when cleaning your appliances is using the Self-Cleaning feature on them! Before turning it on though, get a damp sponge and quickly run through the inside to get rid of any extra splatters. This will prevent smoking from the bottom of the oven.
Cleanliness is next to possible!
One of our least favorite rooms to clean was the bathroom. That was until we discovered these hacks! Now, it is so clean that it sparkles! Our favorite tip is to clean out EVERYTHING in your drawers, medicine cabinet and shelves. Start completely over by getting rid of everything you added. Leave only the toilet sink and shower/tub. This way you do not get distracted by anything else when cleaning those three major appliances in the bathroom.
Start by spraying your shower with your favorite cleaner. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub off the remaining residue. You can even turn on the shower head and let the water rinse any spots you may have missed. Speaking of the shower head, keep the nozzles clean by mixing 50% vinegar and 50% water in a ziploc bag and tying it to the shower head to let it sit for a few minutes. Once those minutes are up, remove the bag and use a dry cloth to clean it. You can use your favorite cleaner for your sink and toilet as well.
When putting all your products and items back into the bathroom make sure everything has a place. That is how bathroom clutter begins in the first place. You can purchase drawer organizers to keep your small items from getting lost and use a shower organizer to keep your products from falling off the sides.
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