The first signs of spring are upon us. The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining. The winter hibernation is coming to an end. You know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning!
Here are some helpful tips to assist you in scrubbing away the woes of winter using common household items:
Lemons and Vinegar
Heated lemon juice and rinds in water will loosen microwave grime
Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the lemon juice into a half cup of water and place the rinds into the mixture. Place the bowl in the microwave for three minutes, and let stand for five minutes with the door closed. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, making cleaning easier and faster.
Freshen up your garbage disposal
Add a cup of lemon juice to a gallon of hot water and pour it down the drain slowly.
Lemon juice or white vinegar to dissolve shower head buildup
Have a bottle of old lemon juice in the fridge, or some extra white vinegar? Place either in a bag and soak your shower head in the solution overnight. Remember to run the shower for a minute so you don’t run the risk of smelling like vinegar or unwantedly “highlighting” your hair.
A nice ripe lemon can remove hard water stains – naturally!
Cut a lemon in half and rub it on your faucet or shower doors to lessen hard water marks. You can also use it to remove bathtub rings, just add some salt as a gentle abrasive.
Clean Kitchen Cabinet Grime
Are your wood-stained kitchen cabinets coated in a thin layer of sticky, oily residue? Make a 50/50 solution of hot water (hottest you can tolerate from the tap) and white vinegar. Dampen a rag in the mixture and wipe down the cabinets. Follow-up with a clean towel to dry. Works great on horizontal window blinds too!
Stuff around the house
Coffee filters are great for more than brewing your favorite blend
Did you know that coffee filters are fibrous? Use them to gently rub away fingerprints, smudges and dust on screens – like your TV, phone or computer monitor. But remember: press gently!
Use baking soda to deodorize carpet and upholstery
You’ve probably used baking soda in your fridge or freezer, but you can sprinkle it on your couch or carpet too. Vacuum it up after sprinkling it around. It even helps absorb oil stains and coffee marks.
Those pesky vents really can be cleaned
To be sure your ceiling and floor vents are free of dust and grime, send them through the dishwasher’s rinse cycle.
Dryer Sheets to the rescue
Not only can you use dryer sheets to help scrub your stovetop, but they’re great at cleaning baseboards and ceiling fan blades. The anti-static helps with dust, plus they leave a fresh smell behind!
Restore the shine to toasters and tea kettles
Create a milky paste by blending just enough water with 1 tsp of cream of tartar. Then apply the mix to stainless steel appliances, toasters and tea kettles and watch them revert to their original shine.