At last, winter is fading into the background. Unfortunately, it probably left you with a house sorely in need of some tidying. Before the warm weather and the indoor and outdoor entertainment that often accompanies it gets into full swing, why not make use of some of these simple yet effective spring cleaning strategies?
Kick your organization up a notch
One of the biggest reasons for spring cleaning involves reclaiming your space and making optimal use of what you have. To that end, install a tension rod below your kitchen sink and use it to hang and organize all of your spray bottles. A lazy susan in any cabinet can enable you to easily see and organize items of any kind. In the garage, attach metal “J” hooks to your ceiling beams. Then use them to get clutter off the floor, including garden implements, toys and electrical cords.
Does the idea of cleaning under your refrigerator leave you cold? It’s no wonder. Who wants to go through the aggravation of moving that gigantic metal beast, dusting behind it and replacing it? Never dread this task again once you try this simple yet effective tip: Stretch pantyhose over a yardstick. Then use it to get all of the dust and debris out from under your fridge.
It’s time to admit that you have been cooking on a less-than-pristine stove for, well, months now. The solution to stubborn grease is as simple as it is counterintuitive: mineral oil. Just put a few drops of mineral oil on a paper towel and rub it over your stove top or hood. The grease build-up will disappear as if by magic.
Don’t Let Cleaning Mini Blinds Become a Maxi Problem
Some cleaning gurus might recommend the dishwasher as a way to make your blinds sparkle. Before you go through the hassle of taking them down, try this much simpler cleaning solution. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl. Then dip an old sock in the solution and rub it across the slats of your blinds. If desired, use another sock to dry the blinds when you’re through.
Don’t Let Water Rings Spin You in Circles
Let’s face it, people don’t always use coasters. What you’re left with is a very visible white ring left by the bottom of a wet glass or can on your wooden table. Before you go through the aggravation of refinishing the entire piece, hold a blow dryer close to the ring for a few minutes (don’t leave unattended). Watch in amazement as that white circle disappears. Then use mineral oil to recondition the wood.
Say Goodbye to Carpet Stains
If you have a busy, active family, stains are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with them. For easy removal, just mix one part vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle. Apply it to the stain and place a rag that has also been saturated with the vinegar solution over the area. Use the steam setting on your iron to iron the rag for a half minute, more if the stain is very stubborn. When you remove the rag, the stain should come with it.
Use an Unlikely Substance to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
Who knew that cream of tartar was anything more than an ingredient used to make meringues? Take it off the top shelf and apply it to any stainless steel surface. Just mix a tablespoon of it with just enough water to make it into a milky paste and apply to any stainless steel surface. When you wipe it away, it will take undesirable buildup and unsightly stains with it.
This time each year, spring gives you the opportunity to freshen, organize and renew. Since you’re already taking the time to make over your home’s interior, why not spruce up the exterior too. With all that snow, sludge and slosh that’s been accumulating on your roof, who knows what kind of creepy crawlies are lurking in your gutters.
With simple hacks like these, you might even transform spring cleaning from drudgery into fun!