Spring Time is finally here and along with spring comes “spring cleaning.” It’s the perfect time to get your house cleaned and organized.
I know for me, I like to put off some of my deep cleaning until spring. Sometimes, at this point, I am not sure where to even begin with cleaning. It can certainly be overwhelming!
I have put together a round up of some awesome tips and tricks for spring cleaning that will make cleaning so much easier and hopefully faster.
Cleaning Window Tracks
This is one thing I don’t think about doing on a weekly or monthly basis. By the time Spring rolls around every year, its time to clean the window tracks again. Dirt, grime and gunk can make a mess of those windows. I use one of my favorite cleaning tools—baking soda. Yes, baking soda is not just for baking; its great for cleaning. Just sprinkle some baking soda in the tracks, pour a little vinegar on top and wait about 15 minutes. GO CLEAN SOMETHING ELSE WHILE YOUR WAIT! No need to waste precious time. After about 15 minutes, I like to grab an old toothbrush and scrub the gunk away. Use an old rag and wipe. All Done!!!
Cleaning Window Blinds
The thought of cleaning window blinds makes me cringe. It seems like the blinds triple with each row of slats I clean. There are times that I wish I could just throw them all away and get new blinds, but that would be too expensive. I found this cleaning tip that makes cleaning blinds easier.
Dawn and Vinegar for Cleaning Blinds from ehow.com
Cleaning Ceiling Fans
I try to do this chore at least twice a year. My fans are ready for a dusting by the time I get around to cleaning them. I have used this method for years and it works well for me. I use a hand held vacuum to remove most of the dust first. Then I fill up a bucket with a little Dawn dishwashing liquid and water. I use a damp rag to wipe the rest of the dust from the fan. This method is quick and my fans are clean.
This job gets done once a year. I need to do it more, but who has time to clean baseboards during the year?? I just vacuum the dust from the top and front of the baseboard first. Then, I use a bucket of water and a little Dawn dishwashing liquid mixed into the water. I use a damp rag and wipe down.
Cleaning the Microwave
You know how sometimes you put a plate or bowl in the microwave and when you go back to get it…well…you forgot to cover it! And now your microwave looks like something just exploded in it….we have all been there! Cleaning the microwave is not my favorite thing to do, but it is relatively an easy task. With just 3 ingredients your microwave will look great once again. In a microwave safe dish, combine 1 cup of water, 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar, and a few drops of lemon essential oil (this is optional, but I like the smell) :). Place in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. You should be able to wipe all of splatters and gross stuff away easily!
Cleaning Bathroom Counter Tops
If you wipe off and clean your countertops and sink on a daily basis it will stay pretty clean. But at least once a week or every other week you need to do a little bit more. Spray the faucet and the sink with a mixture of vinegar and water. This will remove soap scum and mineral deposits. Use an old toothbrush to get into those cracks. Buff your faucets till they shine.
Cleaning your Shower Drain
I do this at least once a month and so far it has helped my drain from stopping up. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down your shower drain. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Then flush with hot water.
Cleaning Out your Closet
Clean out your closet with this handy guide. It will make closet cleaning a little less stressful.
Source: Doctor Oz.com
A good checklist for daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning.
Your house is going to be so squeaky clean when you follow this to-do list
Cleaning Cabinet Doors
Cleaning kitchen cabinet doors is a must especially if you cook everyday. They will get greasy, dirty and just nasty if they are not cleaned several times a year. Again, I like to mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in a spray bottle or a bucket. First, wipe down the cabinet doors with a damp rag. Then spray or wipe the doors with the vinegar water mixture. Let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away.
Hope this list of Spring Cleaning Tips helps you to get a jump on your spring cleaning.