Spring is here and it’s time to clean all those places you don’t get to during weekly cleanings. A good place to start is with your windows. Now that the sun is shining, the grass is turning green, the tulips are popping and the temperatures are rising, you’re going to want to enjoy it from the inside as well as the outside. After the windows are clean inside and out you can lower the blinds and use a duster or vacuum to dust them. If you have curtains, you can vacuum them or through them through into the washing machine. Be sure to wash according to washing instructions on the curtain labels. Here are some additional spring-cleaning options to consider:
- Think about giving your welcome mats a good cleaning or consider replacing them. Same goes for the carpets at your entryways.
- Ovens and microwaves can build up a lot of food stains and burned on debris. Use your device’s self-cleaning function if you have that option, if not, you can place a hot, wet cloth on top of bad spots to help soften the dried-on gunk. Leave for several hours or overnight and use a scouring cloth to clean. This might help you avoid the nasty fumes of those toxic oven cleaners. Microwaves can be cleaned by placing a damp cleaning rag inside and heating for 30 seconds. This method will remove even the most stubborn burned on foods, but beware, the rag might be quite hot at first.
- While you’re in the kitchen, pull out the fridge and stove and sweep and wash behind them. Unless you do this often, it’s probably a mess.
- Another great kitchen cleanup is to remove all items from your cupboards and give the shelves a good wipe down. Then as you put back the items, you can rearrange them more neatly and recycle or give away the items you no longer need or use.
- Refrigerators need to be emptied and thoroughly cleaned a few times a year at least. Take everything out, wipe down shelves with warm soapy water, to remove food bacteria and discard items that have exceeded their expiration date.
- Vacuum everywhere! This means moving furniture around a bit.
- Clean out closets and drawers. Get rid of or give away anything you no longer need or wear.
- Since spring cleaning season is all about focusing on the spots you mostly ignore the rest of the year, it’s now time to get at the dust and cobwebs on your ceilings, light fixtures and ceiling fans.
- Did you know shower curtains can go into the washing machine? Wash shower curtains with a couple towels and hang them to dry. It’ll really freshen up your bathroom. If it’s time for a new one, replacing an old or worn shower curtain can give your bathroom a nice face-lift.
- Bathroom tiles and grout can get mold and film growing on them due to the constant moisture. Get some grout and tile cleaner and they’ll look like new. There are many Eco-friendly ways to clean tile and grout. You can do some research yourself or ask your house cleaner, if you have one, to recommend something.
- While we might change our sheets often, comforters, bedspreads and pillow are often overlooked. They should be cleaned at least 3 times a year. Before you wash theses items, check the labels for washing instructions.
- For a fresh smell in your kitchen sink, run a couple lemon rinds through the disposal with cold water.
Spring cleaning is a lot of work but the rewards of a clean and organized home are well worth it. And remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself. Professional housekeeping services like Reflections Extreme Clean are available to help you get your home ready for spring.
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