Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s time to start sprucing up your space! In fact, this week marks National Cleaning Week. We know that cleaning can feel like a daunting and monotonous task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a variety of easy cleaning hacks that can make your spring 2021 cleaning process a breeze. Below, we’re sharing our top 10 efficient spring cleaning tips.
Take Inventory of Your Supplies
It’s time to rethink the cleaning products and supplies you’ve been using throughout your home. First of all, replace any overused brooms and mops with new ones to ensure a cleaning job well done. Next, rid your home of toxic cleaning products and opt for all-natural cleaning products instead. This may take a bit of research, but you’ll avoid bringing harmful toxins into your home and create a safer, cleaner environment for you and your family.
Use Old T-Shirts to Wipe Down Mirrors
You can’t do spring cleaning without clearing out your closet. Before tossing your torn-up tees in the trash, use the old fabrics to wipe down your mirrors. This not only helps reduce the amount of paper towel waste you’re producing, but it also makes for a streak-free, lint-free finish on your household mirrors.
Run White Vinegar Through the Dishwasher
Appliances, especially ones that are constantly used close to food, can build up grime over time. So keep your dishes and your dishwasher squeaky clean by putting a few cups of white vinegar through the rinse cycle. This will get your dishwasher shiny and clean while also keeping it working smoothly for longer.
Dust Your Ceiling Fans
You’ve probably kept your ceiling fans off for the duration of winter, which means they’ve been collecting dust and particles for months. When temperatures rise and it comes time to turn your fans on again, this can cause the dust to be spread all over their designated room. So it’s crucial to make dusting your ceiling fans a part of your spring cleaning routine. To do this, use an extendable duster to wipe away any excess dust, and protect the floor beneath your fan with an old sheet or tarp during the cleaning process.
Open Windows to Purify the Air
The air in your house has been sitting stagnant all winter long. Purify the air in your home and give your space a much-needed refresh by simply opening the windows in your home for a few hours to increase airflow. The best time to do this is when you’re dusting the ceiling fans or changing out air filters.
Toss Decorative Pillows in the Dryer
You know those decorative throw pillows you love on the couch? Well, they may be collecting more dust and germs than you’d expect – particularly pillows that are used underneath your back or neck. To kill the dust mites, place the throw pillows in a hot dryer cycle. If this isn’t an option, you can also leave them outside in the hot sun for a day to kill dust mites and germs.
Don’t Forget Your Blinds
Blinds often collect a ton of dust, but they tend to go overlooked or neglected in the cleaning process. The small crevices can be tricky to clean, but using a microfiber cloth makes it easy. Make a solution of warm water and vinegar to effectively disinfect and clean the area.
Vacuum Your Mattress
Yes, your mattress needs spring cleaning too. You’ve been sleeping in it for a whole year, after all! First, strip the bed of all sheets and other bedding. Then, vacuum both the sides and the top of the mattress to rid your bed of crumbs and dusty particles.
Clean Out and Cleanse Your Fridge
You know that 6-month old ketchup that’s been sitting in the back of your fridge? Throw it out, along with any unnecessary food and beverage items. These might cause bacteria to grow in your fridge and can even cause food-borne illnesses. Once you’ve removed everything from the shelves and tossed the rotten items, give the inside of your fridge a thorough wipe down with soap and water.
Use Baking Soda on Carpet
Baking soda is truly a substance that can do it all, including clean your carpets. Remove stubborn stains and freshen up your carpet by sprinkling baking soda on the floor and letting it sit for about 30 minutes. Vacuum up the baking soda, and voila! Your carpets will look almost as good as new.
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