The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning (Part 1)

First school is closed for a snow-day, and 5 days later it is 73 degrees and we are all wearing shorts – welcome to beginning of Spring in 2016! Spring brings with it many exciting events, the warmer weather, April showers, May flowers, terrible allergies, and of course… Spring cleaning. It’s an age old tradition that outdates St. Patrick himself (don’t forget to wear green on March 17); every year we open our doors to the sounds of birds chirping and get to work on dusting, washing, reorganizing and spraying a lot of lemon pledge. Before you tackle this years spring cleaning projects, read our ultimate list of spring cleaning tips and tricks.

1. Baking Soda, I Got Baking Soda

There’s no such thing as a magic potion that can clean and freshen anything – but baking soda comes pretty close. Don’t believe me? I bet you didn’t know that baking soda could:

  • Remove stains on the floor
  • Remove odor from your refrigerator or trash can
  • Break down stubborn food on pots and pans
  • Clean the Grill on the patio
  • Unclog your sink or shower drain
  • Clean up after pets
  • Clean silver
  • Save your marriage (not proven)

2. Dusting Tips that nobody would think of

It’s true, I didn’t think of these dusting tips, but I searched everywhere and I’m bringing them to you. If you’re like me, you thought dusting was as easy as a clean rag and some lemon pledge, but my friends, get ready for this epiphany:

  1. Cleaning the top of fans with a pillow case

If you’ve ever cleaned the top of a fan you know how difficult it can be, especially if you have a dust allergy. You grab a rag and attempt to remove the caked on dust, but no matter ho careful you are, it gets everywhere. In order to avoid this unfortunate spring cleaning mess, use a pillow case. Slip an old pillow case onto the fan blades and then wipe the dust into the case – problem solved.

  1. Change or Clean your household air filters

If your house is particularly dusty, did you ever stop to ask why? The answer may be more simple than you think. As time passes, household air filters become clogged and they lose their functionality. So what’s the solution? Remove the filter and clean it or replace it. In order to clean a filter, simply take it outside, spray it down with a garden hose and let it dry, or spend a couple dollars on a new one. This simple trick will save you time later when you don’t need to dust as frequently.

  1. Microfiber Towels

If you’re dusting with a traditional rag, you’re doing it wrong. Microfiber towels are charged with static electricity, meaning it literally attracts dust. So why make dusting harder than it has to be?

3. Time to Clean the Refrigerator

Spring is the perfect time to thoroughly clean the refrigerator, and if you've ever taken on such a task, you know how daunting it can be. Often times you will find spills, spoiled food, and Thanksgiving leftovers from last year. However, there’s no need to fret, with our tips, your ice box will look and smell better than ever.

  1. Use the proper cleaning solution - If you want to make a powerful cleaning solution try this:
    • Combine 1 cup clear ammonia, ½-cup vinegar and ¼-cup baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle, or use from a bowl with a sponge. This formula requires no rinsing, will remove grease, and it will kill mildew and bacteria.
  2. Check the temperature – your refrigerator should be kept at a standard 37 degrees.
  3. Clean under the refrigerator – The space under the refrigerator is usually filled with dust, so try this:
    • Get a broom stick and a microfiber towel, attach the microfiber towel to the end of the broom stick by securing it with a rubber band. Then remove the vent below the refrigerator and proceed with your dusting.
  4. Don’t forget the baking soda - I know we’ve already touched on this, but baking soda is not just useful for cleaning surfaces – it can also freshen the airing your fridge.
    • After you’ve finished cleaning the refrigerator inside and out, place an open container of baking soda in the refrigerator to freshen the air.

 

Of course, part of Spring cleaning means moving items into storage or removing them from your home. If you have items that need moving, give us a call at 757-470-0565, you'll be shocked at how fair our prices are. Don't forget to look for part 2 of our Spring cleaning tips next week!