Spring Cleaning Made Easy
Wash windows inside and out. Wipe down the sills. Sweep porch and deck, as well as around doors and windows to get rid of cobwebs and debris.
To revive drab drapes, take them down, remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes. Re-hang immediately. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth. Dust your home thoroughly. Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers to dust. Now is also the time to get to all the places you've been neglecting throughout the year, including ceiling fans, above kitchen cabinets and baseboards and doorways. Move furniture away from walls and clean underneath. Clean upholstered furniture. Vacuum pillows, as well as underneath the cushions. Look for stains and clean according to the care label.
Clean inside the refrigerator. The best cleaner is a combination of abrasive salt and bubbly soda water. If there's lime buildup around the faucet, lay paper towels over the fixture and soak it with vinegar, letting it set for one hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove. To clean chrome, glass or stainless steel appliances, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent rubbing alcohol and 50 percent water. Use a toothbrush to remove softened food from around the burners, knobs and dials on the stove top. Set your oven to self-clean. Be sure to wipe up major spills before setting it to self-clean. Organize your pantry, and throw out any expired foods.
Spray a generous amount of bathroom spray or pine cleaner onto the shower or bathroom walls. Allow cleaners to stand while other work is being done. Then go back and start scrubbing.
Over time, mattresses can wear unevenly. So, extend the life of your mattress by vacuuming it and turning at least four times per year, alternating between end-over-end and side-over-side rotation. Launder bedding and pillows. If you change bedding for the season, air out the spring blankets before putting them on bed. Store winter bedding after having it cleaned
Wash out trash cans. To really clean garbage cans, spray them with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, scrub with a handled brush and rinse. Leave them upside down to dry.
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