This weather has everyone rolling down windows and soaking up all the sunshine. It also gives people the motivation to freshen up their homes and get ready for the new season. Spring Cleaning is in full swing! Here are a few ideas you may no think about that will help to really deep clean the “yuck.”
- De-funk your fabrics: Wash the mattress pad, pillow coverings, and pillows from everyone’s bed (all pillow types except foam can go into the washer, but check the labels for specific laundering instructions). Then do a second load with your bath mat, shower curtain, and even the curtain liner on the gentle cycle with color-safe bleach.
- Sanitize your workstations: Wipe down your computer screen with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth. Do the same with the mouse pad, and then load a fun wallpaper on the screen.
- Manage Microwave Messes: Fresh lemons smell clean so try this: Cut one in half, put the pieces in a microwave-safe bowl with water to cover, and cook on High for two to three minutes. The steam will soften hardened food inside the oven while you enjoy the citrus scent. Then grate the fruit in the garbage disposal to eliminate any musty odor and greasy gunk.
- Shake It Out: Gather up throw rugs and take them outside for a good shake. Then air them on a clothesline or railing for several hours. Then call Spectrum and schedule a visit to have your carpets professionally cleaned. (301) 662-8200
- Purge the Fridge: Pull the trash-can over and dump lingering leftovers, spoiled food, and open bottles of condiments, like grill marinade from last summer. You could remove all the glass shelves and bins and wash them or give them a fast once-over with a wet cloth or sponge. Don’t forget fingerprints and splatters on the door front and handle. A fresh box of baking soda absorbs odors, too.
- Bring Spring Indoors: Buy a few potted plants (pansies and gerbera daisies will be flowering soon), and tuck them into nicer pots. It’s still too chilly for planting, but meantime you can enjoy their pretty petals.
- Clean the Corners: If you celebrate Passover — thought to be one origin of spring-cleaning, since it’s Jewish tradition to clean the home from top to bottom to get rid of any leavened bread forbidden on the holiday — you may have already done a number on your kitchen. But even if you won’t be at a seder, it’s a perfect time to sweep up or vacuum crumbs wherever they lurk.
- Zap Oven and other appliance Spills: Burned-on blobs welded to the bottom of your oven can give off odors and smoke. If you have time to run a self-cleaning cycle — even a short two-hour one — it’s your best bet (and you can go do something else while it works). If not, just focus on the worst stains. Take a metal spatula and gently chip off any loose pieces — with any luck, this alone might do the trick. If not, liberally spritz with full-strength ammonia from a spray bottle. Leave it for at least five minutes, then sprinkle on enough baking soda to completely cover the stain; add just a few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then whisk away the grime with a scrub sponge. Rinse with a clean, wet, regular sponge.
Adapted from www.goodhousekeeping.com