Spring is in the air! Daffodils and tulips are in bloom, bringing vibrant color to our otherwise barren landscapes. Allergy season has already begun for some. And, as per usual in Utah, the arm wrestle between warm sunny and cold gloomy days is likely to continue through May. With this week’s forecast being mostly cool and cloudy (at least for now), we’ve decided to focus on cleaning techniques inside of your home that will make it bright and fresh for spring.
We asked around the office, scoured the Internet and Pinterest, and even consulted our moms for the best tried and true methods of deep cleaning the home. Believe it or not, most often the best and safest cleaning solutions to use include simple household ingredients like mild dish soap, warm water, baking soda, vinegar and occasionally some lemons for an extra clean and fresh finish. Microfiber cloths go a long way in getting everything scrubbed and polished up without scratching surfaces. If you prefer to use natural, sustainable products that work and have a pleasant smell and packaging, check out Grove. They carry their own line of products (including glass bottles with refillable cleaning solutions) as well as household names like Mrs. Meyers. And our BONUS for you: you can get $10 off with this link. You’re welcome.
VENTS & FILTERS
Your air filter should be changed regularly to ensure optimum efficiency. Not only will you save money and energy, but your system will not be forced to overwork, making it last longer. If you haven’t changed your air filter since you turned off your sprinkling system, your filter is past due for replacement.
While we recommend you use a professional to clean out your air ducts and dryer vent, cleaning the vents themselves is a huge step in making your house shine. Simply remove the screws on wall vents and pop out floor vents. Toss them in the kitchen sink with warm soapy water and let them soak. Drain the water, rinse off the vents with warm water, and let them air dry on a clean towel. Replace the vents and voila! It’s a quick and easy way to remove the unsightly dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter. Of course, this method should ONLY be used on metal vents and wood vents should be dusted with a dry microfiber cloth.
WALLS & BASEBOARDS
It’s amazing how quickly fingerprints, dirt, dust and grime build up on the walls and baseboards. Sherwin-Williams recommends simply using a sponge or a soft cloth with mild soapy water and gently wiping walls clean. For the baseboards, a clean microfiber cloth will do the trick with removing the dust. Any additional stains or scuff marks can be removed by using a Magic Eraser (make sure you test it in an inconspicuous spot first). Keeping walls and baseboards clean makes a big difference in the brightness and overall cleanliness of your home, and can actually extend the life of your paint!
Take the opportunity to discard all expired foods and condiments. Hand wash all removable parts with soapy warm water. For glass shelves or covers, be sure to wait until the glass reaches room temperature before putting it into warm water as the sudden temperature change can cause it to crack or break.
To clean the outside of your stainless steel refrigerator, Kitchen Aid recommends washing with mild soapy water and a nonabrasive sponge. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Polish in the direction of the grain with a clean dry towel until it shines.
Remember when an unnamed someone warmed up last night’s lasagna and let it splatter all over the microwave? And how that was last month? Of course not, we know that your house is always clean. But in case that ever happens to a friend, you can give them this trick. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with about a half cup of water. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl with the water. Put the remainder of the lemons back in the bowl as well. Microwave for 3 minutes and let it sit for another 5. Remove the bowl and wipe down with a clean cloth. Start with the top and sides and finish with the bottom, wiping any crumbs into your hand. Clean the exterior the same way you did the fridge. DONE!
It would be a good idea to save the kitchen sink for last, since it’s so useful in getting everything else clean! When you’re ready to tackle the kitchen sink, scrub the inside of the sink with warm soapy water. Be sure to clean both sides of the rubber splash guard at the drain opening. The underside of the rubber splash guard is able to hold an impressive amount of germs and grime in its many folds, so be sure to thoroughly scrub through each of these folds.
Use baking soda and vinegar to remove tough stains in the sink, and to disinfect the garbage disposal. First pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. When the fizzing stops, rinse the drain with hot water while running the garbage disposal. For an extra fresh kitchen sink and garbage disposal, cut lemons in half and run them through the disposal. This will leave your kitchen smelling extra fresh for spring!
Finally, scrub down the faucet with soapy warm water and polish it dry with a clean dry microfiber cloth. Now relax on the couch and scroll through our gallery of photos for inspiration on your next home, or check us out on Facebook and Instagram. You’ve earned a break.
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