Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips
It’s that time of year! Spring cleaning is upon us. As the grass greens and the trees bud, I’m usually busy freshening up the house and opening the windows (to clean them). Here are some of my favorite quick and dirty tips for cleaning your house.
- Dishwasher- Add one cup baking soda to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit for a couple of hours (or overnight). Run the hottest cycle using vinegar instead of detergent to clean and deodorize your dishwasher. Afterwards, I remove the filter to clean out any leftovers and bleach for an extra clean.
To freshen and brighten, simply empty a packet of lemonade mix into the detergent dispenser.
- Microwave- This is one of my favorites. Mix one tablespoon white vinegar and ½ cup water in a bowl. Boil it in the microwave and let it sit for five minutes. The steam will clean up any nasty food so you can wipe it off easily.
- Kitchen Sink- Cut a lemon in half and scrub the sink. Easy peasy!
- Garbage Disposal- We all know a disposal splash can get gross. Use a glove and wet a washcloth with your favorite cleaner to wipe underneath the rubber ring. I usually turn it inside out so the ring is sticking up through the sink base. This way you can see most of the grime you are cleaning up. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar works wonders too.
To freshen, throw in citrus peels or leftover pieces from cooking and turn on. I love how it makes the kitchen smell clean.
- Bath and Shower- One of the best bathtub cleaners is vinegar and baking soda! Simply mix a paste of both or sprinkle baking soda in the tub and wipe with vinegar.For glass shower doors keep a squeegee in your shower and use it afterwards to wipe the water off after each shower. It is quick and saves cleansing time later.
A mama friend suggested doing squats while you squeegee as an added workout bonus for the day.
I’ve read lemon oil helps repel future soap buildup too. I ordered my first set of essential oils and plan to polish the shower doors with lemon oil the next time I give the shower a deep-clean.
- House Phone- For a quick clean for a household item that gets lots of use and can hold thousands of germs, simply wipe with disinfecting wipes. I like Green Works brand.
- Ceiling Fan- Use a pillow case to dust the ceiling fans. Place the pillow case over each blade and wipe clean. It’s really quick and it keeps any dust from falling onto furniture or beds.
- Blinds- Wet a cloth or sock with water or your favorite cleaner. Use it to grip each panel and pull to the end. Continue this step for each piece of the blind until all dirt and dust has been removed. I do this once a year to keep my windows from getting a big gross factor and I’m not overwhelmed with grime several years down the road.
- Microfiber Sofas- One mama friend was excited to share this tip. Use a sponge and rubbing alcohol to wipe off any nasty spots. Works like a charm! My couch has seen a lot of baby spit up in its day. I plan to use this tip the next time it gets attacked by baby goop.
- Hardwood and Tile Floors- First vacuum the entire area, including the baseboards and the space between the two. I use a small attachment for this. Then mop. By vacuuming first, you pick up most of the dirt so your mop doesn’t push it around the floors later.
- Bonus: Have a Schedule- Break your cleaning routine into a schedule. Some mamas find it helps keep their daily cleaning time down to a minimum and also keeps them on top of things so they aren’t leaving something out then having to do a giant deep clean on it later. You can do an online search for a pre-made schedule or check out Pinterest for ideas.
What are you favorite spring cleaning tips?