Inland Empire News | 10 Tips for Spring Cleaning [Dedicated]
By: Natalie Bates
Spring is officially upon us! It's time for picnics, gardens, longer days and spring cleaning. Yep, that's right—it's the time of year to take care of all those heinous cleaning tasks you have been putting off throughout the rest of the year. Linens, floors, cabinets . . . we have all the tips you need to make your home sparkle and shine! And even better, taking these steps now will make it easier to keep your home clean the rest of the year too. So grab some gloves, roll up your sleeves, and get to it!
1. Clean blinds with an old sock
No matter how hard we try, somehow we all end up with those partner-less socks. Instead of throwing them away or letting them pile up for months (or years), put them to use. Old socks are perfect for cleaning blinds. Just mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl, slip the sock over your hand, dip your sock-covered hand into the mixture and wipe down each slat on the blinds. Re-moisten sock every couple slats. If you have additional solitary socks, it is also helpful to have a dry sock on hand to dry off the slats when you are finished cleaning them.
2. Use Pledge to clean stainless steel
Sure, you could buy a cleaner made especially for cleaning stainless steel, but why spend the extra money or take up more space in your cleaning supply cabinet when you can use just one multi-tasking product? In addition to being great for household dusting, Pledge can also be used to make your stainless steel look brand new. For best results, use with a microfiber cloth, and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel (dirt gets trapped in the grain).
3. Clean your window tracks using vinegar
We all clean our windows, but often the window tracks get overlooked, probably because they are a pain to clean. Unfortunately dust, dirt and who knows what else gathers in these crevasses, so it is important to tend to them every so often. One of the easiest ways to take care of this task is using Q-Tips, a small cup of white vinegar and some paper towels. Just dip the cotton swab in the vinegar, and run the cotton swab along the whole window track. Then use the paper towels to wipe out anything the cotton swabs left behind.
4. Keep baseboards clean with fabric softening dryer sheets
Ah, once again another multi-tasking product. Dryer sheets are great for dusting because they not only repel static (thus pushing dust away), but they also leave behind a coat of fabric softener that continues to fend off dust long after you are finished cleaning. This means they stay cleaner longer. Win! You can either attach the dryer sheet to a Swiffer (or a similar product) or just use your hands to wipe the dryer sheet along all of the baseboards in your home.
5. Dryer sheets to remove soap build-up
What's this? Another use for dryer sheets? That's right. Those things also work wonders when trying to clean stubborn soap scum inside your glass shower doors. And even better, this task calls for already used dryer sheets, so you get to use the same sheet you just used when doing laundry. Just add a few drops of water to the dryer sheet and scrub away!
6. Remove hard water stains with lemons
If no amount of cleaning product seems to remove hard water stains from your chrome bathroom and kitchen fixtures, try rubbing them with half of a lemon. Just cut the lemon in half and apply directly to the fixture using the lemon itself as your cleaning tool. This same trick can also be used to help clean off rust stains.
7. Refresh window treatments
What is the good news? Your curtains and drapes usually aren't dirty enough to require actual washing. Just give them a good vacuuming using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. For materials that are too delicate for vacuuming (such as sheer curtains), throw them in the dryer on the low setting with a dryer sheet to remove dust. Yes—yet another use for those dryer sheets.
8. Wash all bed pillows
Everyone knows to frequently wash all bed linens, but how often do you actually wash the pillows? The answer is probably not often enough. Pillows collect dust, sweat, dead skin cells, mold, bacteria and a host of other allergens. In fact, pillows can double in weight over the course of their lifetime as they gather all these nasty things. Gross. The first step is to test if your pillow is still salvageable. Try folding it in half: a good pillow should immediately bounce back to its original shape. If it doesn't, it is time to replace that pillow! If it still shows signs of life, then a good washing will restore it and prolong its use. Here is what you can do:
- If your pillow is filled with feathers, down or polyester, throw them in the washing machine two at a time (so your washing machine stays balanced). Try to squeeze out as much air as possible prior to washing and wash with hot water and a mild detergent. If the pillow shows signs of mold or mildew, add a cup of white vinegar. If your pillow smells, add a cup of baking soda. Dry in the dryer on a low heat setting. It is important to make sure the pillow is completely dry before removing it from the dryer. This often takes multiple dryer cycles.
- If your pillows are memory foam, dab away surface spills or stains with a moist cloth and mild detergent and set out to dry in a well-ventilated area. DO NOT SUBMERGE THE PILLOW IN WATER OR PUT IN THE WASHING MACHINE! This will completely destroy the pillow as it was not made to get wet. Deodorize the pillow by airing it outside for a few hours or sprinkle it with baking soda.
Pillows should be washed two or three times per year and replaced every two years, however using a pillow protector will make it last even longer.
9. Thoroughly clean out the refrigerator
Sadly there is no shortcut or miracle product for this one. But thanks to spilled foods and general fridge yuck, this task is unavoidable. So here's what to do:
- Throw out old food.
- Wash the interior using a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda for every quart of warm water. Use this solution on all the removable shelves and drawers (just be sure to allow the glass shelves to come to room temperature before cleaning so the warm water won't crack the glass).
- Use this same mixture to clean the rest of the inside, allowing it to soak on any hardened spills or stains. Use a toothbrush to scrub all the tiny nooks and crannies. If there are any really hard to remove spills, you can also try using a mixture of salt and soda water. The abrasive, grainy texture of the salt makes it great for scrubbing. Think of it as an exfoliating scrub for your fridge.
- Vacuum or brush the dust from the condenser coils to prevent the fridge from overheating.
- To maintain the cleanliness longer, try to wipe up all future spills as soon as they happen before they have a chance to cause stains.
10. Clean tile, grout and carpet
This is a huge task that takes days to accomplish, and the results of doing it yourself never look as good as when the professionals handle it. So save yourself the time and trouble, and call Schryer's Tile, Grout & Carpet Restoration. The results are absolutely amazing, and they will get your floors looking immaculate in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it.Their Yelp 5-star reviews prove it!
DIY projects are great, but some tasks are best left to the pros. And this is definitely one of those tasks. You have enough other areas to clean—you deserve the break.
Best of luck with all of your cleaning endeavors!
Full Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Schryer's Tile, Grout & Carpet Restoration, however, all opinions expressed are 100% our own.