How To…Make Spring Cleaning a Success!

It’s that time of year where we should take on all the areas of our home that sometimes get ignored and make sure they are thoroughly cleaned, right?  We can probably all agree that in general, spring cleaning is more of a “have to” than a “want to,” but let’s at least make it a little easier to tackle some of those tough jobs!  We found some great tips from Martha Stewart’s “Spring-Cleaning Basics” and we hope that these solutions to the toughest cleaning jobs will make your job a little easier and faster!

Windows, Walls, and Floors

Just like washing your car requires strategic planning for the right weather, so does washing your windows.  To avoid the sun drying your cleaning solution onto the windows, pick a more overcast and cooler day and use a sponge with an equal combination of vinegar and hot water.  For a streak-free result, use a squeegee to remove the excess cleaning solution.  If you have wooden blinds on your windows, don’t forget to give them some attention as well!  Just take a little wood cleaner and a sponge and gently wipe off each slat.  If your blinds are metal or vinyl, washing them on a cloth outside might be easiest since you can wash them with water and dish soap on a soft brush.

Your walls don’t need a ton of attention, but it’s not a bad idea to vacuum them every once in awhile.  If you do this, make sure to start at the top (i.e., ceiling, crown molding, etc.) and then go to the walls and finally the floor.  Baseboards can also be easily cleaned by using a feather duster with some cleaner sprayed on, which will keep the dust from flying.

Those Sticky Situations

There are a number of areas that just are plain uninviting to clean, such as the toilet, oven, or refrigerator.  However, they do need attention and there are some great ways to cut through the grease and build-up that seems to find its way into these not-so-nice places.  Start with the toilet and let 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar sit in the bowl for about an hour, then scrub and flush for a fantastically clean finish.

The oven often has a lot of grease and food stuck on its walls, so it will take a little time to cut through all that.  Set aside a few minutes before going to bed to mix up a box of baking soda with water, which will be a paste you can spread over the toughest spots in the oven.  After working its magic overnight, you’ll be able to get those sticky spots up with a spatula!  Baking soda is also what you can use to clean the refrigerator every couple months by just adding a few tablespoons to a quart of warm water and using this solution to clean off the shelves and interior of the fridge.

While spring cleaning may not be your favorite part of maintaining your home, it doesn’t have to be daunting if you use some of these tips.  For more details and extra tips for keeping your home clean, check out the rest of the article here.  What part of spring cleaning do you dread most?