Home Maintenance

Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is finally here. It’s time for cleaning out all the dust and cobwebs that you’ve been neglecting over the winter months. So open up those windows and get cleaning! After all, you’ll want to make sure your home is ready for sunnier and warmer days. Here are a few ways to update your home and clean it out.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the dirtiest rooms in the house and should be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. But in order to get it done in the most efficient manner, start at the right side of your stove and circle your way around the kitchen, says Woman’s Day. Why is that? Well, your stove is the dirtiest item in the kitchen, so it makes sense to end with that. This way, you won’t spread dirt and grease throughout the rest of the room.

Rather than try to clean around all the knobs, take them off and let them soak in warm soapy water for a while.

Because your sink has more bacteria in it than your toilet bowl, pay special attention to it while cleaning. After cleaning with soap and water, spritz some vinegar on it, followed by hydrogen peroxide, and let air dry. Got a stainless steel sink? Put a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buff out all the smudges.

Bathroom

Apply a teaspoon of lemon oil on a soft cloth to clear up your glass shower doors. You can do this a couple of times a month…no need to wait for spring. Clean tiles with a homemade mixture of baking soda and water. This is also great for grout, too, but use a firmer brush for those tougher stains. Wash shower liners in the washing machine and wash all area rugs, especially those around the base of the toilet.

To break up all that grease, oil, and hair clogging your drains, pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. Once you let it sit for a few minutes, pour boiling water down the drains.

Windows

Now’s the time to get the outside of the windows cleaned. If you can tilt them inwards and do them from the interior, great. If not, use a sturdy ladder outside and gather your supplies. Best time to wash windows is on a cloudy day so the hot sun doesn’t dry streaks onto your windows. For interior washing, use a bit of white vinegar and water as a cleaning solution. For outside, use warm, soapy water and a small squeegee using one long motion. Dry off with a microfiber cloth.

Patio Furniture

To get the outdoors ready for increased use, take off all cushions and wash the furniture down with warm water and a squirt of dish detergent. Rinse off with the garden hose and let air dry.

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