It’s finally Spring! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get down and dirty with some hardcore Spring cleaning. You know you want to wash your windows and vacuum your entire house, but what about those things and places that don’t get cleaned too often? Don’t forget to wash up these items as part of your Spring cleaning routine.
You sleep on your mattress every night, but you likely don’t think about all of the dust, sweat, body oil and bacteria that are accumulating on your precious bed. Strip your bed of all linens and use a vacuum attachment to remove any loose dust or fuzz. Next, sprinkle a light layer of baking soda all over the mattress. Let the baking soda sit for two hours, and then come back and vacuum all of it up. The result? A mattress that’s clean and Springtime fresh!
2. Dishwasher and Washing Machine
Sure, your dishwasher and washing machine clean things for you. But, that doesn’t mean they never need to be spruced up themselves. To clean and disinfect your dishwasher, place a dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run the washer through a cycle. After the vinegar, sprinkle a cup of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and run through another complete cycle. For your washing machine, pour one cup of vinegar in the machine’s bleach dispenser and run it on the hottest setting.
3. Shower Heads and Faucets
You probably don’t pay too much attention to your faucets and shower heads, unless they’re running slow. Spring cleaning time is the perfect excuse to give them the attention they deserve. To clean and unclog shower heads and faucets, fill Ziploc bags with white vinegar and use rubber bands to attach the vinegar-filled bags to your fixtures so that they’re soaking in the liquid. Leave them to soak for an hour or two, remove the bags and then wipe down with a damp cloth. You’ll be left with faucets and shower heads that shine and sparkle!
4. Garbage Disposal
It’s no secret that you flush some pretty disgusting stuff down your garbage disposal. So, freshening and disinfecting is an important thing to do every once and a while. Lemon and vinegar ice cubes are a super easy solution for cleaning your disposal. Slice lemons and put a piece in each compartment of an ice cube tray. Then, fill each compartment with vinegar and place the tray in the freezer to harden. When your cubes are frozen, throw a few down your garbage disposal and run until they’re dissolved. Store the extra cubes in a plastic bag in your freezer, so that you can easily freshen your disposal any time!
5. Bathroom Fans
You probably don’t look up too often when you’re in your bathroom. But, if you did, you’d likely notice that your bathroom fan is one giant dust collector. When you’re Spring cleaning, pop the plastic casing off of your fan and wash it with soap and warm water in your sink. While the casing is removed, remember to wipe off any dust inside the fan as well.
When you’re Spring cleaning, you’re on a mission to have a home that’s as fresh and spotless as possible. Remember to address these commonly forgotten items for a house that sparkles and shines!
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