Cleaning Expert Shares 14 Brilliant Cleaning Tricks - Make Your Home Fresh Like Spring
Marilyn Caylor 3/17/2017
Many of us have daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines. However, right now is that special time of year when your home may be in need of a spring cleaning overhaul. Not only will the fabulous tips below help you clean up in half the time, but you probably already have everything you need to get the job done.
Hack Your Swiffer With A Sock
The Swiffer sweeper is an invention that many of us couldn't imagine living without. The one downside to this fabulous cleaning tool is the cost of purchasing new cleaning pads. But, there's an easy solution to that problem - a fuzzy sock makes a great reusable pad! Just toss it in the wash when you're done. The cost of replacing a sock that the washing machine "ate' is still cheaper than the refill pads.
Some dusters make dust disperse into the air, which doesn't really get rid of it. Eventually, the dust will settle back down onto whatever you just cleaned. However, dryer sheets are magnets for picking up dust, which means that when you toss the sheet into the trash, the dust will go bye-bye, too!
When you're planning a spring cleaning overhaul, the last thing you want to do is have a complicated system for getting the job done. If you want a simple way to clean the gross soap scum from your shower, then look no further than two simple ingredients - vinegar and dishsoap. Use a 1:1 ratio to scrub your way to freshness!
Vinegar is one of the best cleaning ingredients out there. It's safe for the environment, and it kills bacteria, too! That makes it great for cleaning the toilet. But, don't forget to pour some in the tank. The next few times you flush, that antibacterial goodness will end up in the bowl, where it can work its magic while you're busy doing something else. It can't get any easier than that!
Dust and other small things love to hide in all the places where your vacuum hose can't reach. But, where there's a will, there's a way - and you can make a clever nozzle attachment with an empty toilet paper roll. Just use a rubber band to attach it to your vacuum hose, and squish the other end flat. The flat end can get underneath tiny cracks and make dust obsolete!
Not only does the lemon clean, but it acts as a disposable sponge, too! Add borax to the lemon for extra scrubbing power. This will make your metal faucets so shiny that you can see a reflection of yourself cleaning it!
A toilet brush is just one of those yucky things everyone wants to keep out of sight. But, that doesn't mean bacteria will take a vacation - they're still clinging to the bristles! Let good old Pine Sol or bleach come to the rescue. Pour some liquid into the toilet wand's receptacle, and your brush will be disinfected 24/7. Don't forget to top off the liquid now and again!
There's no question about it - cleaning the ceiling fan is an annoying chore. Whatever you dust away settles on the coffee table or the floor just seconds later. Prevent that from happening by using an old pillowcase to grab the dust off the fan blades in one fell swoop! The captured dust will conveniently end up in the pillow case, and not on your head.
Socks aren't just great replacement pads for your Swiffer sweeper - you can use them to dust your window blinds, too! Only in this case, your whole hand is the sweeping wand. This gives you more control over cleaning up all the dust, since your hand can wrap around both sides of the blinds at once. Cleaning up after yourself is super easy, too - just chuck the dirty sock in the wash and you're done!
Did you even know your oven has a filter? Yep, it sure does - and it needs a good de-greasing every now and then! The filter is usually located in the hood above the oven door. There's no need to scrub it yourself, though. Let your stove work for you! In a large pot of water, add about a cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. The half that is sticking out has already been done - all it takes is about 15-20 minutes for each half.
Scrubbing away your oven's baked-on grease and food can be quite a chore. The good news is that it doesn't have to be! In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of water. Use a washcloth to spread this mixture onto the surface of your oven and let it sit overnight for 12 hours. In the morning, spray white vinegar onto the oven's surface until it starts fizzing. Dunk a washcloth in warm water, and it'll be a cinch to wipe all the gunk away!
With summer around the corner, it's probably time to think about cleaning your grill. Go grab some oil, salt, and a potato. As tasty as that sounds, it's actually your grill that will be eating it! Lay the grill plates on a flat surface, and brush the oil all over the grill plates. Sprinkle some coarse salt on top, and use a sliced potato to scrub it clean. Rinse the mixture off with a garden hose, and you're done!
If your towels lack freshness, it may be time to get rid of the product build-up. Instead of washing them with detergent, try this natural solution. Throw your towels into the washing machine and add a cup of vinegar. Once the cycle ends, run them through again, this time with half a cup of baking soda. This should make them fluffy and fresh, just be sure to dry them very well when you are finished!
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A thorough spring cleaning is just one of those things that you have to do in life. But, there's no reason why you have to make it hard on yourself. All of these spring cleaning tips make it a breeze to get the job done in as little time as possible. Don't you just love that fresh "new house" smell?