If Your Home Needs Deep Clean Try These 16 Spring Cleaning Tricks
Tatiana Bosc 4/19/2018
After months of waiting, spring is finally here! It's time to crack open the blinds, leaves the doors open, and bask in the glow on the best season of the year! Get your home fresh and ready for springtime with these tips and tricks. We've compiled a list of the best and easiest, so you don't have to.
Get Your Grout Squeaky Clean
Your tile grout is probably not something you think about often, but chances are it could use a little cleaning. While there are countless products on the market specifically for the job, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand to do this yourself! Using a simple baking soda and peroxide solution, banish grout stains in no time for a fraction of the cost! Watch this video to see the magic in action!
After a while, bathtub grout can start looking pretty dirty. If it's not yet time to replace it, try this simple trick to get it looking fresh and new in no time. Using bleach-soaked cotton coils, wrap a long strip around your tub's perimeter. These cotton coils can be purchased at a beauty supply store, just be sure to get the strong and reinforced kind! 20 minutes later, the grimy stains will be gone! Watch this video for the step-by-step instructions.
Just like our carpets and rugs need a deep-cleaning every once in a while, our car mats do too! While a full car detail may not be in your spring cleaning plans, this simple trick can be done from the comforts of your home. Simply fill your washing machine with hot water, laundry detergent, and Oxyclean, and your floormats should come out good as new! Of course, be sure to test this solution on your mat first to ensure the material is color safe.
Most of us never think much about our blinds, or all the dust they accumulate. It's hard to see just how dirty they can get, but a close-up look will reveal just how icky your innocent blinds can become over time. Using a simple pair of kitchen tongs, make a DIY blind cleaner that gets the job done fast! Head over to YouTube to see Katie Sottile explain just how to fashion this genius tool!
If you haven't splurged for new pillows in a while, this trick is for you! Not only are old and stained pillows off-putting, but they can be pretty gross, too! Sweat, dust, and mites can accumulate over time - not something you want to rest your head on every night! Breath new life into your pillows with this simple treatment. In a hot washing machine, add 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of powered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup of bleach, and half a cup of borax. Not only with they be good as new, but all the icky stains will be banished too!
It only takes 2 simple ingredients to bring your musty towels back to life. If they are starting to smell like mildew, it is definitely time for this simple treatment. First, run the towels through a hot wash with 1 cup of vinegar. Next, run them through the wash again, this time with half a cup of baking soda. By the time they come of out the dryer, they should smell good as new!
Scrubbing away at the inside of your oven is probably not your idea of a good time, but it doesn't have to be such a chore! Take some of the elbow grease out of it by using 2 simple and all-natural ingredients. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water. Spread this mixture onto the surface of your oven and let it sit for 12 hours. In the morning, spray with vinegar until it starts to fizz. Use warm water and a washcloth to finish wiping all the gunk away!
Just like making your bed can freshen up a room, so can cleaning your sink. Watch the video below to learn how to keep the throne of your kitchen sparking like new.
Deep Clean Your Dishwasher
Believe it or not, your dishwasher needs its own cleaning every so often, to ensure it keep functioning at peak performance. Luckily, it is a total breeze to do yourself. Using the tried and true baking soda and vinegar duo - it only takes a couple seconds of effort before the dishwasher starts working for you.
Start by placing a cup full of vinegar to the top shelf of your dishwasher, and run on hot. Next, sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with baking soda, and scrub it into areas with built-on grime. Run the short cycle once more, and your dishwasher should be good as new! If you still have a mold and mildew problem, pour half a cup to a cup of bleach on the dishwasher floor and run through a final cycle to finish the job. If the interior of your dishwasher is stainless steal, do not use bleach, as this can corrode the surface. Head over to One Good Thing By Jillee for step-by-step instructions.
With spring finally upon us, it's time to get those curtains open and let the warm sun into your fresh and clean home. While you probably already Windex your mirrors, there is another glass in the house that is often overlooked. The outside windows of your home collect a lot of debris overtime, and a good cleaning can make a big difference. Combining vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray-bottle, banish the buildup with ease. You will be amazed at the difference this little task makes!
Stainless steel can be tricky to keep clean, but there are some tried and true products that work like a charm. If you want to go the natural route, vinegar may do just the trick. Be sure to wipe in the direction of the grain, and use a very soft cloth or paper towel. If you need something that packs a bit more punch, try Barkeeper's Friend or the equivalent, which can be used on many of your kitchen and bathroom surfaces too.
Just like our pillows, our heavy winter duvet needs a good cleaning from time to time. If you are like most, the daunting part isn't necessarily in the wash. If you've always struggled to get the cover back, then this trick is for you!
"Miracle" Shower Cleaner
Sometimes, the easiest solutions are the best solutions. When it comes to tub and shower cleaners that get the job done, not many products compare to this tried-and-true combination. Using equal parts vinegar and Dawn dish soap, this solution will bust through the grimiest of tubs.
Cleaning the inside of your microwave can feel like a daunting task, but this chemical-free trick gets the job done for you. All you need is a small dish, a lemon, and half a cup of water. To get started, combine the water and juiced lemon and peel in the small dish, then microwave on high for 3 minutes or until the water comes to a boil. Let it sit for 5 additional minutes, then scrub the stubborn spots and wipe away all the grease and grime.
If you've never given your oven filter a deep clean, you probably aren't alone. While it may be an overlooked part of your kitchen, that doesn't mean it doesn't need some good TLC every once in a while. Luckily, you don't need to do the scrubbing yourself. In a large pot of water, add a cup of baking soda and bring to a boil. Soak each half of the filter for about 15 minutes, and watch your filter come out sparkling and new!