Are you thinking about spring cleaning yet? Making a plan can help you get your cleaning done ahead of schedule. I have some cleaning tips for you today as well as some shortcuts and tricks that can make even the toughest jobs more manageable.
Is your kitchen one of the busiest rooms in your home? Chances are good that you answered "yes" to that question. That's why it's so important to keep your kitchen clean. Start by cleaning the tops of your cabinets with a soft cloth and multi-purpose cleaner. Next, clean your cabinet doors, drawers, handles, and counters with multi-purpose cleaner. Clean your sink using dish soap, warm water, and a sponge. Finish the room by sweeping the floor, then mopping it. Make your own floor cleaner by combining a quarter-cup of white vinegar and a quart of water.
The Living Room
Start your living room cleaning routine by dusting all of the tables using a microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution made with a quarter-cup of white vinegar and a quart of water. Take the pillows and cushions off of the sofa and chairs to vacuum beneath them. Use an old, dry paintbrush to clean the dust out of any pleated lampshades in your living room. This trick lets you pretend you're creating a beautiful work of art! Clean the screen and back of your television with a microfiber dust wand. Finish the job by running the vacuum over the carpet.
The first step in thoroughly cleaning any bedroom is to remove all of the sheets and blankets and even the fitted mattress cover from the bed and throw them into the washing machine. Use a microfiber dust wand to clean the surfaces of dressers, tables, and any other furniture. If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, there's a great trick for cleaning its paddles: First, put a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water into a spray bottle. Spray a bit of the mixture into an empty pillowcase, and place it over each paddle of your fan. When you pull the pillowcase toward you, it cleans off the dust, leaving it inside the pillowcase instead of on your floor. When you're done, vacuum the carpeting in your bedroom. Don't forget the area underneath your bed!
Start your bathroom cleaning by using a microfiber dust wand to clean the light fixtures as well as the tops of the cabinets and towel racks. Next, clean the counter and the sink with multipurpose cleaner and a soft sponge. Use your multipurpose cleaner on the toilet as well as around its base. If you want to freshen up your toilet bowl, try this trick: Pour a cup of white vinegar into the bowl, leave it overnight, and flush it in the morning. White vinegar can remove stains and mineral deposits. If the tile grout in your powder room is in need of cleaning, a baking soda and vinegar mixture can do the trick. (You may have noticed by now that I like the idea of using natural cleaners like white vinegar around the house.)
The Laundry Room
Wire shelves are a common feature in a laundry room. Pour a half-cup of vinegar into a spray bottle of warm water and clean the shelves with a soft cloth. Mop the floor with a dust mop, and be sure to reach behind the washer and dryer if you can. If your washing machine has taken on a bit of an odor, you can refresh it with a simple trick: Set the washer's water temperature to hot and dump two cups of white vinegar into the machine as it fills up. Don't put any clothes in for this cycle.
The Dining Room
If you have a chandelier or other light fixture in the dining room, clean it with a microfiber dust wand. Then, clean the dining room table with your favorite furniture cleaner. Vacuum the top and underside of each dining room chair with the dusting brush attachment on your vacuum. Finish by mopping or vacuuming your floor.
A mudroom can really live up to its name! A multipurpose cleaner and soft cloth can be used to clean a bench, cubbies, a table, or other furnishings in this room. Use a wet or dry mop to clean the floor, depending on how dirty it is.
Sweep the leaves, spiderwebs, and other debris out of the garage using a push broom. If you see an oil stain on your garage floor, put cat litter on it and let it sit overnight. Sweep the cat litter up and throw it away the next morning.
Things You May Forget to Clean
There are some things in our house that we use on a daily basis but often forget to clean. Next time you clean your house, pay special attention to these items:
- The shower curtain rod
- Vents and registers
- Light switches
- Garbage cans in the kitchen and bathroom
But don't feel like you have to do it all in a day, or you might get overwhelmed. Take a couple of weeks to work through all of the rooms in your home. This allows you to get the cleaning work done in a gradual, relaxed way.
Thanks for reading. - Alan