Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s that time of year again, so here are some tips for your spring cleaning. Open those windows and roll up your sleeves, it’s time to scour, polish, and dust!

1. Cleaning the Ceiling Fan
A lot of times, the ceiling fan is overlooked while cleaning, but there are so many allergens you can eliminate by wiping off the fan blades. Don’t take a feather duster to the blade, that just brushes off the grime into the air. Take an old pillow case and slip it over the blade and wipe the dust into the pillow case. This helps clean off all of those dust bunnies and traps all of those allergens. Just dump the grime into the trash and throw the pillow case into the washer!

2. Food Cabinets
No matter how hard we try, food crumbs somehow end up laying around in our cabinet. Make sure you sweep those crumbs away because warmer weather brings mice and ants. Also, while you’re cleaning out the crumbs, now is a good time to check expiration dates and reorganize!

3. Wash Your Bedroom
Most people wash their sheets and blankets on a regular basis, but we often neglect our curtains and bed skirts. Strip every piece of fabric down and wash them in hot water. While your bed is bare, flip the mattress. That helps tame allergens and fight bacteria.

4. Closet Clutter
Reorganizing my closet is my least favorite thing to do, but it must be done. Clear storage bins are a must. They allow you to store things on your floor for easy access and you are able to see what is inside them. Over the door shoe organizers are amazing as well. Empty your entire closet, sort through all of your stuff, take anything you no longer wear or use to a local charity. You’ll be doing two good things at once.

5. Windows and Mirrors
My favorite way to get streak free windows and mirrors is this: Mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap in a spray bottle. The soap is necessary because without it, you will get streaks. Don’t use paper towels to wipe the mixture off, that will leave lint behind. Use an old cloth, sock, or squeegee. Clean the inside of a window in a vertical motion and the outside of the window in a horizontal motion. That way if you have streaks, you know which side of the window they’re on.

6. Make a List
Making a spring cleaning list or schedule may not seem necessary, but it does make things a lot easier. It will help keep you on track and it will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

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