Spring Cleaning Tips for the Whole House
Your spring-cleaning routine may never be effortless, but with these tips and tricks, you can make the process easier and smoother to manage.
In the Kitchen
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Doing a thorough clean in your kitchen is a crucial part of spring-cleaning. The kitchen is arguably the busiest room in your home and therefore accumulates the most mess. In addition to sweeping, mopping and degreasing cabinets, the following tips will help you deep clean and sanitize your kitchen.
Sanitize Your Cutting Boards
Use lemon rinds as scrubbers to remove stains and bacteria from your cutting boards.
Create Natural Air Fresheners
To infuse the air with a fresh scent, fill a pot with water and boil oranges or lemons. You can also throw lemons down your garbage disposal to remove odors.
Experts recommend placing half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet towel and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, allow hot water to run down the drain, and the clog should disappear.
In the Bathroom
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Following the kitchen, the bathroom is another busy room where dirt and grime can accumulate. These tips will reduce cleaning time and keep you organized.
Don’t Neglect The Walls
Wipe down the bathroom walls and pay close attention to the wall that’s behind you every morning when you and your family get ready. This space is coated in hairspray and other products that need to be removed.
Clean Brushes and Combs
Soak your combs and brushes in a solution of warm water and dish soap to freshen them up and make them like new again.
Utilize Your Dishwasher
Use this time to take full advantage of your dishwasher, and load it up with everything but dishes. Soap dispensers, toothbrush holders and bath toys can be run through the dishwasher for the ultimate deep clean.
De-clutter Under the Sink
Spend time de-cluttering the mess of soap, shampoo and other products that have been collecting dust under the sink. Find creative ways to organize your cabinets with these helpful storage solutions.
In the Living Room
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The living room may take you the longest because it’s full of small spaces that we tend to forget about. By using these tips, you’ll put a sparkle back in your living room.
Rid your Carpets of Indents
Remove furniture indents from the carpet by placing ice cubes in the dents and letting them melt. Doing so will loosen the fabric fibers and release the carpet indents.
Be Strategic With Dusting
Dusting your living room is a massive chore because the space is frequently used by kids and pets. To avoid dust particles from going airborne and settling on the surrounding surfaces, tidy the room from top to bottom by removing and cleaning curtains and drapes, dusting ceiling corners, tops of window frames and then move to furniture and the flooring.
Invest in Air Purifying Plants
Stagnant indoor environments allow air pollutants to build up and can sometimes cause illnesses. Improve the air quality in your home by investing in plants like; Snake Plants, Spider Plants, Boston Ferns and Aloe Vera. These plants are best known for their air purifying qualities
In the Laundry Room
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Believe it or not, the laundry room needs a touch of spring-cleaning as well. From the moldy stench that can emanate from the washing machine to an abundance of lint – this room needs tiding.
Remove Stenches from your Machine
Run the machine with hot water, add baking soda and vinegar and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry. Leave the door ajar to allow air to circulate and thoroughly dry the inside of your front load washer.
Clear the Lint Traps
While the washer is being cleaned, remove the lint trap from the dryer and soak it in warm water and dish soap to remove the build up of dirt and lint. Be on the lookout for a handy vacuum attachment that allows you to clear out the lint trap, avoiding any fire hazards.
Consider giving your laundry room a revamp to create a more organized space. Don’t be afraid to put your detergent on display by placing it into a large jar, or use cabinetry to hide all your products. Find inspiration to redecorate your laundry room in these before and after shots.
In the Bedroom
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The bedroom is a sacred space and should always be kept tidy; but spring is the perfect time of the year to do a more thorough clean.
Remove Dust Mites from Your Mattress
Vacuuming the mattress is imperative as even the cleanest of mattresses can harbour dust and dust-mites. Be sure to remove and wash all the sheets and mattress coverings before you get started.
Wash Pillows and Duvets
While you vacuum, toss pillows and duvets in the wash. Experts recommend that pillows and duvets be cleaned 2-3 times a year.
Dust Ceiling Fans
During the winter months when the ceiling fans go unused, dust builds up very quickly. Dust off the fans, and to avoid future accumulation, use furniture polish to minimize the build up. Wipe off the excess polish and lightly buff the sides.
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