Nothing is quite as satisfying as decluttering and cleaning up your home for a fresh feeling of spring. Although it can be a daunting task to think about every room in your home and nook and cranny that needs cleaning, rest assured we will help you make each task achievable. From major projects like cleaning out the fridge to quick spot cleans such as dusting ceiling fans, we’ve got some simple tips and tricks to help you break down those overwhelming chores to manageable ones.
We’ll help you incorporate some new tips in with your old ones and bring some more natural solutions to your cleaning routine as well, ones that leave a fresh spring feeling and smells.
Organizing the Refrigerator
Along with a good deep clean of all the shelves, bins, and door, you can keep your fridge organized in between cleanings to help it stay clean longer.
- Label contents of when they were opened and when it expires
- Use glass containers for leftovers, they won’t soak up any of those toxins from plastic containers
- Consider using fridge bins for organizing drinks, yogurts, fruits and veggies, and other snacks or produce
- Keep an odor eliminator like baking soda in your fridge to help odors stay down and items fresh
It’s ideal to wait for an overcast day to clean your windows since too much sunlight can lead to streaky windows. You can also use newspaper to clean your windows for a streak-free finish. Simply mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 2 tsp of liquid soap into a spray bottle and your windows will never be streaky again. It even helps you recycle those old newspapers.
Dust can easily get trapped in curtain so it is just as important to clean them as your windows. Clean them with the small attachment for your vacuum and toss them in the dryer for 15 minutes to give a refresh. Be sure to re hang them immediately to avoid wrinkles.
Use rotating turntables for organization
Turntables or lazy Susans are great for organizing spices in your cabinet or food in your fridge so things don’t get stuck in the back and never used. They are also great for cleaning products under your sink or in a cupboard to keep items well organized. Check out this handy Divided Lazy Susan.
Carpets and Rugs
Vacuuming your carpets and rugs regular is a great way to keep the dust and dirt down, but that won’t get most of the debris out. Consider getting your carpets professionally clean once to twice a year to help improve the air quality of your home.
Clean That Junk Drawer
Those junk drawers can be a catch-all for, well junk, but remember your junk drawer should be organized too. Keep those plastic boxes without lids, or old tissue boxes and use them to organize your pens, loose change, rubber bands, and glue, so they are easier to find.
The power of lemons cannot be expressed enough, they can literally clean almost anything in your home! Here are some tricks to get the job done while leaving a citrus clean scent.
- Throw some lemon rinds down the garbage disposal, followed with some cold water, to help get rid of stinky odors
- With a large microwave-safe bowl, fill it with one cup of water a chopped-up lemon, turn it on high for several minutes and let the water cool for 5 more before wiping it clean
- For cutting boards cut a lemon in half and rub it on any stains or to help eliminate odors. To help remove stains, add salt or baking soda before and wipe clean afterwards
Cleaning your Oven
Yes, your oven does have a cleaning cycle but that doesn’t mean it is guaranteed to clean everything away. Take those two very well known kitchen items, baking soda and vinegar, and let them get to work. These two natural cleaning agents are perfect for getting those stubborn grease spots and stains out of your oven. Stir together ¾ cup of baking soda and add 1/4 cup of warm water to create a paste, if you’d like you can add essential oils to the paste to help that vinegar smell. Carefully coat your oven and leave it overnight for best results and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Find more steps here: How to Deep Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda.
Makeup Accessories and Tools
Did you know makeup expires? Yup, it does. A great spring cleaning can be clearing our your makeup collection to a more spring-time palette and eliminate those old lipsticks and eyeshadows and help declutter your space. Cleaning out your makeup brushes with a bit of baby shampoo or dish soap to help break down the oils. Run them under warm water and let them dry completely before their next use.
This one can go unnoticed most of the time, but with spring in the air and more pollen and bringing in the fresh outside air, that can mean more dirt and dander in your filters. Be sure to check and replace your filters every 3 months. You can even clean them with a vacuum cleaner for in between replacements.
Ceiling Lights and Fans
These can easily be tackled with a microfiber cloth or extendable duster and get the tops of those ceiling fans, hard to reach light fixtures, even crown molding and the top of cupboards.
Clean Your Cleaning Products
Sometimes you can forget that your mops, vacuums and brooms get dirty themselves. Take apart your vacuum and wash it with warm water and be sure to let every part dry completely before reassembling and using. Clip off threads or hair that gets stuck in the bristles too. Clean the head of your broom with warm soap water and pull out all those dust bunnies.
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