The idea of deep cleaning your home can be overwhelming, especially for Moms who are already busy with the day to day of the constant picking up of toys and wiping down of the tiny humans. But if you put a plan in place, and take it room by room you can get your Spring Cleaning done in no time! Here are some tips.
Kitchen Sink – Try running a couple of lemon rind slivers through your garbage disposal and follow with cold water to get rid of any unwanted odors.
Fridge – In addition to wiping down your fridge’s interior shelving on a regular basis, give the removable bins and shelves a deep clean every now and again. Pop out the door shelves and bins, and wash in warm, soapy water to get rid of food bacteria and spillage.
Countertops – Dig out the granite polish to restore shine and help repel stains on your kitchen surfaces.
Oven – Use your appliance’s self-cleaning function to remove stubborn, baked-on grime. If your oven doesn’t have one, place a hot, wet cloth on top of burned spots to help soften the gunk. Then scrub with a sprinkle of baking powder and a heavy duty pad. Rinse and wipe dry.
Cabinets – Kitchen grime is a mix of dust and grease that builds up over time. Run the exhaust hood over your range every time you cook to keep grease from settling. Do an extra pass around any places that grease collects, like door and drawer pulls.
Grout – White grout picks up everything. CLR Brilliant Bath, Let it set for several minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.
Shower Drain – To freshen drains (not unclog them) and help keep them free-flowing, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes tops. Follow by running hot tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This is especially helpful for seldom-used drains, like in guest bathrooms.
Shower Curtains – Stick plastic or vinyl shower curtains along with a few bath towels on the gentle cycle with your favorite detergent. Let it hang dry before showering. To keep the curtain cleaner longer, spritz it a few times each month with a bleach-containing all-purpose cleaner. Then just let the shower rinse it off.
Mattress – Press firmly with your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean the top and sides. After vacuuming, sanitize your mattress with a disinfectant spray like Lysol. You can also use a garment steamer or iron to kill dust mites near the surface. Vacuum afterward.
Bedding – Pillows and comforters only need to be tackled a couple of times a year so making them part of your spring cleaning routine, just makes sense. Make sure to follow the manufacture’s labels before tossing them into your washing machine.
Laundry Room Tasks:
Washing Machine – freshen it up by adding bleach and turning on the special washer cleaning cycle on your machine, or using a washing machine cleaner
Dryer – Beyond removing the fuzz from your dryer’s filter after every load, pull out hard-to-reach lint with the crevice tool on your vacuum to suck up debris. Vacuum under, around, and behind the dryer as well.
Additional Household Tasks:
Ceiling Fixtures – Grab an extendable duster and attack ceiling fans, hanging and recessed lights, moldings
Bookshelves – Take a few minutes to organize your coffee table books, bedside novels, or favorite magazines. You can alphabetize, coordinate by color, or sort by size. Make sure you dust the shelves before putting anything back in its place.
Closet – The change of season is a great time to make a pass through your closets and toss out old clothes that are stained, or that no longer fit as you swap things out to storage.
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