Spring Cleaning Series: Clean
If you've made it this far along in our Spring cleaning series you've done well for yourself. By now your home has been decluttered and organized to make room for the duster to slide through every small space. If you haven't been following along, that's okay too! Catch up on the rest of our spring cleaning series with last week's post about organization.
First of all, there is no methodology to cleaning your home because, well, that would be a stressful task. We want you to open the windows and blast your favorite music to motivate you through the pain of cleaning toilet bowls and dusting every surface.
Now, we aren't talking about cleaning in the sense of weekly Sunday sweeping and dusting. Spring cleaning is about deep cleaning; the type that only happens a few times a year. We're getting old toothbrushes out to scrub hard to reach places and reaching for the wet mop to soak it in Pine-Sol. The smell of spring cleaning will linger in your home when you're done with these tips and tricks.
Window tracks. Home to the filthiest dust, dirt and... I'll just say it: dead insects. The trick to getting in every corner of your window or sliding door track is with an old toothbrush. First let a small amount of baking soda and white vinegar soak on the track for 10 minutes. Next, scrub with the toothbrush and push the dirt to the center of the track to pick up with a paper towel. Any remaining residue in the corners can be wiped up with an old rag and butter knife.
White vinegar and baking soda will also clean shower drains. Just pour half a cup of each down the drain and cover it with a cloth for five minutes. Rinse with warm water and you're all set.
Let's be real, cleaning your washer is never a Sunday priority. If anything, you're hurriedly getting clothes clean for the work week. White vinegar will do the cleaning trick in this case. All you need to do is pour about two cups of white vinegar in the dispenser of the machine and run a cycle on the hot water setting.
Walls & Other Surfaces
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are quite possibly the best product for simple spring cleaning tasks. Use wet and dry erasers to eliminate any grease or stains from the glass in your oven. Erasers are also known for getting scuff marks off the walls leaving them to look freshly painted.
Let's not ignore the floor vents. Floor and ceiling vents are often overlooked as we sweep over top of them. The vents can collect a lot of dust that goes right back into the air when the heat or air conditioner kicks on. You can easily pop out these vents and place them in the dishwasher to get squeaky clean. If your vents are not metal or already have chipped paint we prefer you be more gentle cleaning them in the sink or with a paper towel.
Vacuuming inside the vent is also a great idea while the metal piece is being washed.
I bet you've never thoroughly cleaned your mattress. Consumer reports suggests you clean your mattress twice a year. The best way they recommend doing this is by first vacuuming on top of the mattress with your sweeper's upholstery attachment. Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and wait for 24 hours while it gets the odor out of the mattress. Finally, go back over the mattress with your upholstery attachment for one final sweep.
Other important household items you should clean this spring include: