Okay, I may be getting ahead of myself here seeing as it is only February. But Spring will be here before we know it! I am so looking forward to opening up the windows, breathing in the fresh air and cleaning all of the winter hibernation dust out of my home. Spring cleaning is the perfect time for new beginnings, so why not start with some new ways to make your home sparkle.
Spring Cleaning Hacks
Take a half of a grapefruit (or really any citrus fruit you have lying around) and rub against steel surfaces such as faucets. The citric acid in the juice helps polish, not to mention it is much better smelling than regular store-bought polishes.
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Vinegar is definitely the jack of all trades. It is an all natural cleaner you can use to wash surfaces, freshen drains, and even clean carpets with a steamer! The best part is buying one product as opposed to 500 different varieties.
I know that when I am doing an overall clean I tend to keep the deep cleaning at eye level. However, spring cleaning is all about getting to those dusty places you normally wouldn’t go for. The Country Chic Cottage puts together some of the best ways to make your baseboards look spotless!
Cotton balls soaked in essential oils will be come your next secret weapon. Stick one in the bottom or your trash can, in laundry bins, inside a shoe bin. Any place that you need a little more odor fighting magic.
This is a great tip for kiddos or even just for research purposes. But set your timer for a certain allotted amount of time. It will put in perspective how long it actually takes to get those chores done.
If you have an oil-based stained on a piece of clothing cover it with some basic blackboard chalk to absorb the excess oil. Then rub your stain remover onto the stain and throw it in with the rest of your laundry.
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Cast Irons can be tricky. You should not wash your pan with soapy water, however, they can still develop grime and rust. Use a potato (cut in half) to rub rust off cast iron pan.
So, you may not want to drink cola after this next hack. The soda has acids in it that breaks down stains just like a normal bathroom cleaner would do. Pour the cola into your toilet bowl and let set for about an hour. Then scrub as you would and bam! Spotless toilet…and you “wasted” a coke.
With spring cleaning comes switching out the storm windows for the window screens. These things can get pretty rusty and dusty over time. Take one spray bottle and fill with baking soda, washing soda and water. Take the other spray bottle and fill with water and lavender essential oils drops. Spray the baking soda bottle first and let set as you do other screens, then do a spray rinse with the other bottle.
Freshen up your mattress after hibernating all winter with this helpful trick! Use a mixture of peroxide, dish soap, and salt to spray on any stains then use baking soda to freshen odors.
After using the window screen cleaner hack and cleaning the glass, now it is time to dust off the blinds! Grab a pair of tongs, wrap cloth around each side and secure with rubber bands. Then clamp down on either side of a blind to dust off.
Brighten up your home by simply dusting off all the lightbulbs. It will truly make you feel springy (is that a word?) with brighter lights!
And last but not least, use clip on car air fresheners and attach to the vents. Use a light airy scent to make your home feel extra inviting.