Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks
The days are growing longer and temperatures are slowly rising. Spring is here and now is a great time to let fresh air in and old dirt out. A little spring cleaning will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the season. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of your spring cleaning.
De-Clutter – Start by selecting one or two closets to tackle, haul out the contents and sort items into three categories; keep, donate, toss. Items which have not been used in over a year are usually safe to part with. Once everything is sorted, vacuum the closet and neatly store any “keep” items. Maintain tidiness by investing in a few shoe racks , baskets, or shelves. Take “donate” boxes to a local charity thrift shop.
Freshen Up – Airing out the house reduces germs, smells, and toxins. To do this, open doors and windows and set ceiling fans on low. Airing out mattresses a couple times a year also reduces dust and dander. While the windows are open, remove all bed linens and toss them into the washer (one load at a time, of course). Follow up by vacuuming and carefully rotating mattresses.
Furniture Maintenance – Protect wood floors by checking the pads on furniture feet and replacing as needed. Furniture pads can also be used under decorative accents such as lamps and vases to protect wood furniture surfaces.
Dust – Dusting removes dander, pollen and other allergens so it’s important to clean areas that are usually overlooked. Start with light fixtures by carefully removing coverings. Then move them to the sink, wash with warm soapy water and dry. Carefully vacuum any dust or cobwebs from around the ceiling-mounted parts before replacing the light coverings. Next, move houseplants to the bathtub turn on the shower and rinse them off with cold water. Let the plants drain and air dry before returning them to their places.
Freshen up the Kitchen – Check everything in your refrigerator and toss anything that is old, expired, or questionable. Then wipe down the shelves and drawers with a non-toxic cleaning solution made with two tablespoons baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water.
Tackle the microwave next by heating a coffee cup of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on high for 3 to 5 minutes, just long enough for the solution to boil and steam up the microwave. Keep the door shut for a minute longer, and then carefully remove the hot cup. Wipe away loosened grime with a soft cloth.
Lastly, freshen and sanitize the garbage disposal. Drop a few lemon slices and two tablespoons of baking soda down the disposal. Run the grinder and then rinse with hot water.