It’s spring-cleaning time. To make things a little easier, we have 15 tips that will help you keep your house in tip-top shape any time of year.
- Organize your closet– Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
- Clean Painted Walls – Use a clean cloth or sponge. Fill a bowl with warm water and a little dish soap. I find a sponge works much better and easier for scrubbing.
- Linen and towel makeover –Quick and easy spring makeover with bedding, towels and table linens. Switch things out seasonally. Now don’t laugh..I have a set of paisley sheets in a light yellow. I never use them in the winter because I feel like they just don’t go. Next weekend, spring cleaning starts in my house and I am actually looking forward to putting my paisley yellow sheets on the bed. It livens up my room and I guess I just associate those with spring. OK say it…I’m weird. 😉
I am also switching out the bath towels and using Pastel colored bath towels. Change up the throw pillows on your couch. A turquoise throw or some yellow and sea blue throw pillows will make a big difference!
- Clean your carpets – Your carpets just absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt. Time to clean them.To keep carpets looking nice, take off your shoes when you get home — but leave your socks on because walking around in bare feet leaves natural oils that attract dirt. Try to vacuum every day and use a top-load vacuum, so the dirt falls inward, and HEPA filters. Change the filters often, so you don’t blow pollutants back into the air. For less-trafficked areas, you can get away with cleaning the carpets once or twice a year, and every 18 months for a bedroom. For higher-traffic areas, the most often you’d need to bring in professionals would be three or four times a year, although once you see that your carpet’s dirty, you probably should have it cleaned for health reasons.
- Cleaning your tiles -Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture.
- Removing stains from countertops (including granite) Getting rid of stains on granite can be tricky, but the kep is to wipe up stains ASAP. Also have your countertop sealed a few times as soon as it’s installed. You’ll know it’s sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface. Then have it sealed again a year later. You can poultice away rust, and you remove soap scum or mildew with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in a gallon of water. For most coffee or juice stains, you can use a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia.
- Removing stains and cleaning your area rugs – Pour club soda directly onto the area, let the soda absorb into the yarn, and the salt in the soda will neutralize the acid. Blot again and again, until the residue is gone. For bloodstains,use milk instead, and for soil and grease-based stains, mix 1 part Ivory soap detergent with 16 parts water.
- Cleaning wood floors- Damp-mop once a week with a mild soap like Murphy Oil Soap.
- Wash windows – No need to spend money on Windex or expensive window cleaner. Here is a recipe for the most amazing window cleaner. AND..it will cost you under $1.00 to make!
- Wipe down lamps, chandeliers, dust off your light bulbs.
- Wash your blinds – UGH. I hate this job! I seriously would rather just replace the old blinds with new ones every year. I know , not so cost effective, Which is why I just complain about it and yet, year after year, I am still washing them once or twice a year by hand. 🙁 Ok so…Once or twice a year, wipe wooden blinds with a few drops of gentle wood cleaner on a nearly dry sponge. Aluminum blinds can be washed outdoors: Place them on an old sheet on a slanted surface, and scrub with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Use a hose to rinse well, and then dry the blinds thoroughly with a towel to prevent rust.
- Clean out the fridge and wash all of your curtains.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors – You should replace the batteries in your smoke detectors every six months. Use the day you set your clocks back as a reminder, and you’ll be unlikely to forget. Change the batteries again in spring, when you set your clocks ahead.
- Replace Your Welcome Mat by the front door. Or clean and sweep the one you have off. I opted for buying a new one 🙂 Home Depot sells really cute ones for under $12 🙂
- Wipe down cabinets and baseboards using a simple mixture of warm warm and a few drops of dish liquid.