A Clean Home is a Happy Home

Home Improvement

February arrives this week and as we inch closer to Spring, we wanted to share some fun spring cleaning tips and tricks as well as a checklist we've found helpful. 

Thanks to Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix- your neighbors, coworkers, and friends are on a decluttering binge. It's no surprise why! When you watch the show- it's hard not to want to jump on the bandwagon. Applying Marie's tips to your spring cleaning regime can help to kick 2019 off with a truly fresh start! 

Preparing to do a deep cleaning of your home can feel overwhelming and intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! Take it one room at a time, one day at a time. Using a checklist can help you stay on track, and give you a visual of all that you've accomplished as you go along.  

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As you go throughout the home cleaning various things (furniture, appliances, etc) you may come across certain fabrics/surfaces you're not sure how to approach or stains you're not confident you can remove. Here are a few tricks we like to implement:

Remove water stains with lemon:
Make hard water stains a thing of the past by rubbing a lemon half on the water stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Then, use the other half of the lemon for the next tip. (Don't use lemon on marble or brass-plated surfaces.)

Simple way to clean Microwave:
Cut a lemon into halves, squeeze the juice into 1/2 cup of water and drop the rinds into the mixture. Microwave for three minutes and let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can wipe the microwave clean with less elbow grease.

White Vinegar to eliminate showerhead buildup:
Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup.

Baking Soda for Stainless Steel Sinks:
Simply wet your sink and faucet, sprinkle baking soda, and scrub with a sponge. If you need more heavy-duty scrubbing power, add salt to the baking soda.

Clean your grill with an onion.
Get your grill cleaned up and ready for the warm weather. First, heat it up and spray some white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue. Then, scrub the area firmly using half an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover remnants.

Use cream of tartar to clean toasters and tea kettles
Combine 1 tsp of cream of tartar with just enough water to create a milky paste. Rub the solution onto your stainless steel appliances and wipe away to reveal their original shine.

Know your couch or rug before cleaning it.
Don’t ruin your upholstered furniture by using the wrong cleaner!! 
Upholstery Cleaning Labels:
W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
X: Use a vacuum or brush only.

Use a window squeegee to scrape pet hair from your carpet or rug
The rubber edge of the squeegee is a great tool for gripping and removing pet hair from your rug. Use a firm grip and make sure to clean up the excess hair as you go. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any hair still on the surface.

Avoid scratching floors by placing clean towels under furniture while rearranging
A lot of people like to rearrange furniture while going through their spring cleaning motions- as another way to freshen up the home. Slide heavy pieces like couches and tables easily and without damage by placing folded, clean towels under each end of the furniture.

Use a dustpan to help fill a large mop bucket
Not all mop buckets fit in bathtubs or sinks. If your bucket is too large, try using a dustpan as a spout by placing it flat on your sink to transfer water to the bucket. This handy hack is also helpful for other large containers you want to fill.

Use a butter knife to clean air vents
Don’t let that dust build up for another minute; use a butter knife to reach those tough get places between and behind your vents. Simply wrap the knife in a rag and wipe between the slats. Then, open the windows and run your central air to fill your home with fresh spring air (just be sure your heat or AC isn’t on while you’re running the fan).

Wrap a towel over a broom to clean hard-to-reach places
Cobwebs and dust can collect in room corners and on ceiling fans. Wipe them away by securing a towel over the bristle end of a broom with a large rubber band. The dust and cobwebs stick to the cloth.

 

 Happy Cleaning! 

 

 See below for a fun parody video by The Holderness Family: