Spring has arrived! And, there is no better time to begin deep cleaning your home than now. I have found that doing a small task or two each day works best and helps make the chores seem not so daunting.
Here are a few tips & tricks to get your home sparkly & shining:
Begin with tackling your kitchen. Start with the kitchen sink because this area is a haven for bacteria. Use a disinfectant spray along with soap and water; wipe down the sink first. Then spray vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide (don’t mix the two, spray them separately). Let both solutions air dry. To rid odors from the garbage disposal, drop in a sliced lemon, salt and some ice cubes. Turn on the disposal and let those items do the work for you.
Move onto the dishwasher and the oven. To maintain cleanliness of the oven, use a nonstick oven liner on the bottom. It can easily be wiped down with a wet towel, put in the dishwasher and reused many times. Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the interior edges to remove stuck on food. Run an empty cycle with dishwasher soap, adding in a quarter cup of bleach to kill bacteria.
In your bathroom, those beautiful (but pesky!) glass doors are so difficult to keep clean and clear. Rub a teaspoon of lemon oil on the doors twice a month. This will cause the water to bead up and roll right off. Another great tip to help maintain clean doors is to use a squeegee daily, to wipe down the doors after your shower.
Keep your bathroom drains clogged free by pouring a product like Drano down and letting it sit for the allotted time recommended by the product. Follow it by pouring boiling hot water to rinse. Do this a few times per month.
More than likely, you have spent some of your hard earned dollars on lovely furniture for your home. A few times a year, deep clean your carpets and upholstery to keep them in immaculate shape. You can hire a professional cleaning company to do this for you or rent a machine to do it yourself. If you do the latter, practice first, so you’re comfortable with using the machine.
Speaking of flooring, like many residents of Florida, if you have tile flooring, once a year, have your floors and grout professionally cleaned. This will save your grout from turning black. I recommend hiring the work out to a floor cleaner company, as they have the equipment to get the grout and tiles extremely clean.
To keep your walls in tip top shape, go through your home with a paint can and small brush to touch up all of the scuff marks on the walls, doors and baseboards.
Everyone loves cleaning those hard to reach ceiling fans, right? The best way to clean the blades off, is to use a vacuum attachment, to suck up the dust and dirt. Or, invest in a duster with a long handle to reach those hard to reach heights.
Make some of these chores part of your normal cleaning routine. Household items are easier to maintain their cleanliness rather than scrubbing for hours every once in awhile. Good luck and here’s to having a squeaky clean home, in time to open the windows and enjoy a Spring time breeze!