This has been a long winter and now that everything is starting to melt. I am excited that spring is here and this is the perfect time start spring cleaning. I like to get my spring cleaning done before the weather gets warm and it is time to work on the outside.
Here are some handy tips to help make light work of the chores and save money on those costly household cleaning products.
Start upstairs one room at a time by cleaning the dust and cobwebs on the wall and ceiling, shelves and furniture surfaces before cleaning the skirting boards and vacuuming.
Give your washing machine a cleaning by removing the detergent drawer and giving it a thorough wipe. Then remove the filter and clean it with hot, soapy water.
To refresh your dishwasher, run a cup of white vinegar through the machine while empty to remove soap scum and grease.
Defrost your freezer by standing bowls of hot water on towels to steam ice off the freezer walls. Change the bowls regularly as they cool, and avoid scraping the ice off as this can cause damage. Once the ice has melted, wipe the inside with soapy water.
Get your oven sparkling by mixing some bicarbonate of soda into a thick paste, then smear it inside your oven – including the door – and leave it for a few hours or overnight. Then simply wipe it away with a damp sponge.
When spring cleaning windows, wipe the inside of the glass horizontally and the outside vertically. This makes it easier to determine if streaks and smears are on the inside or outside.
Remove stubborn rings in the bath tub by using half a lemon sprinkled with baking soda. As well as being cheaper than bathroom cleaners, it won’t scratch the surface.
To soften food splatters inside the microwave, fill a cup with water and “cook” on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen baked-on food before you wipe it clean.
Use low-cost soda crystals to clean everything from the burnt residue in the bottom of pots and pans to unblocking a sink.
Get your kitchen and bathroom grout looking white again using a homemade solution of bleach and water (half and half). Leave it to sit for 20 minutes and then wipe it over with a damp cloth.
This is the good time to get your carpet and upholstery cleaned to get rid of any nasty spills and if you have pets.
Regardless of how well you scrub your bathroom on a regular basis, shower curtains get grimy over time. You can take the curtain down, lay it across the kitchen floor and scour it until it’s sparkling but you might just want to consider replacing it at least once a year. Your average curtain isn’t expensive, so it’s not much of an investment.
Fridge/Freezer Overhaul: It’s a tedious job, but somebody’s got to do it. And regularly, too! A thorough fridge and freezer cleaning is necessary at least a couple of times a year.
Air Conditioner and Furnace Maintenance: Instead of simply assuming that it’s time to buy a replacement unit, see what you could be doing to keep your air conditioning unit functioning well. First, wash the filter screen. You can easily remove the mesh filter and clean it with warm water and soap. Underneath the filter, there are coils that can be vacuumed with a brush attachment. Making sure this area is clean will help cool air filter through. Dust the unit in general and pay attention to the economy settings, which are great energy savers and will ultimately keep your AC unit in good shape for longer.
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