Spring is right around the corner. Time to open your windows, let the wonderful spring air in and the musty winter air out. Nice weather makes us feel energized and renewed. Spring is also a good time to give your house a cleaning overhaul. We have put together some cleaning tips to help your home feel new again.
- Don’t like the chemical smell that comes from window and glass cleaner? Try mixing 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle. If you have any extra newspaper laying around, use that instead of a rags or paper towels. Using newspaper to clean with vinegar will ensure no streaks and a shine like you have never seen before.
- One thing you may not notice as you see them every day are your baseboards and cabinets around the house. They accumulate dust and dirt just like anything else. You can wipe those down using dish detergent and water. Just be sure to also use water to remove the soap. After the baseboards dry, run a fabric softener sheet along the surface to help repel dust.
- Have you taken a hard look at your refrigerator lately? Time to clean out the leftovers that you haven’t touched, throw away or recycle any cans or jars that have expired and wash down the inside. Hot water and soap can get the job done here. Finish it off with a fresh box of baking soda to restore that clean, fresh smell.
- Don’t forget to clean the blades of your ceiling fans, and when is the last time you cleaned all of your bedding? Make sure you check out the wash care tags on your bedding before throwing them in the washer.
- Clean your blinds. If you have wooden blinds in your home, be sure to use a gentle wood cleaner. An effective way to clean aluminum blinds, for those who have them in there home, is to take them outside. Lay them down on an old sheet, scrub with soap and water on a slanted surface so any excess water doesn’t pool, then rinse with a garden hose. Then dry them with a towel. It is a lot of work but they look amazing after.
- If you have cleaned your blinds then you may have noticed that your curtains need cleaning also. They pick up dirt and dust allergens as well. Check out the tag to see if your curtains are machine wash, vacuum and steam or dry clean only.
- Deep cleaning your rugs and carpets is a great thing to do in the spring. After all they absorb all the musty smells of winter as well. This will ensure all of the other spring-cleaning you did will be worth it because the house will smell amazing. You may need to rent a commercial shampooer but it is well worth it in the end.
- Now is a great time to clean your dishwasher inside and out. You can use machine cleaners if you want but an easy way is to place a cup of distilled white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup in the upper rack of the dishwasher, then run it through a hot water cycle. This will get rid of grease, grime and odors.
- Tackle the unorganized linen closet. Take everything out of your closet and ask yourself, do I really need all of this? Perhaps you bought a new sheet set over the year or you have that napkin set you never use. Start to purge, a linen closet is meant to be functional. After everything is out, clean the shelves with a damp cloth and once dry, you could lay acid free tissue paper down on the shelves or wrap your antique linens in them as this will prevent yellowing.
- Your oven. If you have a self-cleaning feature on your oven, then that is awesome. I do recommend however, to use it on a day when the day is still brisk as the oven will reach over 500 degrees. If your oven doesn’t have that feature however, then use these tips. First, scrape off any loose pieces of burnt on food, avoiding the coils if your oven is electric. Then, sprinkle baking soda with a touch of distilled white vinegar to the bottom of the oven and use a sponge to clean. Do not be alarmed that the baking soda and vinegar will bubble up as it helps aide in the cleaning.
We hope these tips have helped get your spring-cleaning well on its way. Your house will thank you later. Happy Spring Cleaning!