Don’t Let Spring Cleaning Chores Overwhelm You!
Spring has sprung, and with it comes the task of removing the dullness of winter from your home. While this may seem like a huge undertaking, it certainly does not have to be. In just a few steps, your home can be fresh and tidy once more while also saving time, money, and even the environment.
1) Clean The Windows
Doing the windows has the reputation of being the most dreaded of household chores. This is likely because for decades people dragged out ladders, risking life and limb to wash away the mess of winter from the eyes of their homes. Finally, the ladders can remain in storage. Special garden hose attachments are available to whisk the dirt from the outside of the windows, making climbing unnecessary. All you need to do is screw on the attachment, turn on the water, and spray. This little trick saves countless hours for things you would rather be doing, and keeps you out of the emergency room.
2) Clean The Blinds
What would a clean window be with dirty blinds? Just the thought of wiping each individual slat seems exhausting, but do not fear. There is a solution. Several devices are now on the market made especially for cleaning the slats of your blinds. Some of them even attach to your vacuum, so you not only save time, but also save the hassle of dropping dirt and lint onto your floor.
3) Clean The Appliances
After the holidays, kitchen appliances may need a thorough cleaning. No one wants to spend hours scrubbing or breathing in toxic fumes in order to have sparkling ovens, microwaves, or refrigerators. One time saving tip calls for no more than a bit of lemon juice and a little heat. Simply place lemon juice into an oven safe pan or microwave safe bowl depending on which you are cleaning. Turn the oven to 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or set the microwave for three minutes, and once they have heated up, turn the device off, and let them sit overnight. By the next morning, any leftover debris will easily wipe clean. For the refrigerator, simply remove all items, and wipe each shelf and drawer clean with lemon juice. Not only will the juice cut any grease, but it is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, too. With very little effort, and no impact to the environment, your kitchen will look and smell like new.
4) Clean Tubs and Showers
While most people probably clean their tubs and showers more than once or twice a year, a complete scrubbing can make them look like new again. Using either vinegar or lemon juice, make a paste with baking soda. Put some of the paste onto an old rag, and scrub all surfaces of the tub or shower. Then all you need to do is rinse clean. Not only will the baking soda help cut through any soap scum, the lemon or vinegar will make your bathroom surfaces sparkle. This can also be used on most bathroom sinks and counter tops.
5) Clean and Freshen Mattresses
One of the most overlooked areas to clean is the mattress. Night after night’s worth of dead skin cells and dust mites accumulate out of sight. Yet, those same nightmarish items can cause allergies and irritation. Not to mention, the smell can become atrocious. Cleaning your mattress is quite simple, though. All one needs to do is sprinkle some baking soda over the surface of the mattress and box springs. After it has had an hour or so to absorb the smell, oils, and nasty microscopic mess, simply vacuum to remove. Once the entire surface has been vacuumed, you can even sprinkle some essential oil like lavender or chamomile to help freshen your sleeping surface.
Spring-cleaning can seem overwhelming and tiring. It does not have to be. Using these five easy tips, your home will be ready for barbecues and family gatherings before you know it, and you will be sipping cool lemonade on your porch faster than you can ever imagine.