Spring is here which means spring cleaning. Now we all do the usual decluttering of our junk drawers and make sure to mop and dust to get all of the winter out of our homes. But here are some areas where you may not think to clean!
Upholstery. Be sure to vacuum you couches, chairs, rugs, etc. You can spot clean with a rag and some warm water as well. If you have curtains and slip covers, depending on the fabric they can be tossed in the wash.
Walls. You don’t really think of your walls as getting dirty. Wipe off dust with a soft cloth. Gently scrub off dirt with an all-purpose cleaner that’s safe for your walls.
The Top. The top of what? The top of everything! The top of the refrigerator, cabinets, ceiling fan blades, doorways, bookcases, light fixtures, etc. Basically if it’s tall and you don’t clean it often, now is the time to do it.
Behind the Television. This is a space that easily forgotten. Electronics tend to collect a lot of dust so be sure to dust the front and back of these items.
The appliances. Heavy winter cooking can do a number on your stove top. Be sure to give all of your appliances a good scrub. Here are some great kitchen cleaning tips from HGTV.
- Soak oven pans and rings in dishwasher detergent overnight to remove stubborn grease.
- Brewing a vinegar-water solution through your coffeemaker can improve the taste of your coffee and remove grime.
- The same idea can be used to clean the dishwasher; place a glass cup or bowl full of vinegar on the top rack and run on the highest setting.
- For microwaves, heat a bowl of water three minutes – the steam makes it easy to rid the inside of caked-on food.
Trash Cans. You obviously take out the trash on a regular basis, but when is the last time you actually rinsed out the actual bin? Be sure to wash the sides and insides with an all-purpose cleaner. Let it dry completely before putting in a new bag.