Take advantage of your free time at home to get into all those nooks and crannies that have been neglected all year long. Here are a few tasks and tips to get you started on your spring cleaning journey.
- Disinfect with vinegar: White vinegar offers a natural, chemical-free method for cleaning most surfaces in your home. It’s versatile, cost effective and probably already in your home.
- Deodorize with baking soda: Baking soda doesn’t mask odors, it absorbs them, eliminating odors completely. Leave an open box in the refrigerator, or sprinkle some in the bottom of your garbage bins to help trap unpleasant odors. You can also use baking soda to clean anything from the toilet to the kitchen sink.
- Organize your junk drawer: Don’t worry, we all have one (or two). We’re not saying get rid of it, but this is the perfect time to organize it. You can reuse empty food jars and containers for smaller items like paper clips and rubber bands, and compartmentalize the drawer to keep it organized for as long as possible. Try labeling the jars and containers so everyone knows where everything belongs for a little bit of organized chaos.
- Wash your pillows: When was the last time you thought of washing your pillows? Got you thinking, didn’t we! Pillows can quickly accumulate dirt and debris from daily use. Unless otherwise specified on the tag, most pillows can be machine-washed and dried twice a year and now is as good a time as any to wash those pillows.
- Clean and flip your mattress: Just like your pillows, your mattress should be cleaned and flipped twice a year. Vacuum the mattress with an upholstery brush and spot treat any stains.
- Clean your coffee maker: Your coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria and mold growth. Wash removable parts in hot, soapy water and decalcify the machine monthly with an equal mix of water and white vinegar to help prevent mineral buildup.
- Clean out your fridge: We should be cleaning the place that holds our food at least once a month and there is no time like the present to start. Take everything out of your fridge and freezer and wipe the interior with a solution of baking soda and hot water or your disinfectant cleaner of choice.
- Clean out the cupboards: Empty out the cupboards and wipe down food scraps, crumbs, and dust. Take this opportunity to throw out any expired items, and make use of items you forgot you had. If it’s too much to do all in one go, tackle them in sections.
- Degrease the stove hood: Your stove hood is a magnet for grease and dust. Fortunately, most of them have removable filters that you can pop in the dishwasher or soak in hot, soapy water.
- Disinfect door knobs: Think about how many times and how many people have touched the door knobs in your home. In times like these it’s especially important to wipe down and disinfect these heavily used surfaces.
With most of us now spending more time at home practicing social distancing, this is the perfect time to take spring cleaning to the next level. If you have any spring cleaning tips, we’d love to hear them. Leave us a comment on Facebook with your best spring cleaning tip.