It’s time… The first day of Spring just passed and the countdown is over. It’s time for SPRING CLEANING.
Now, I, personally, cannot spring clean because I just become distracted by all the nostalgia and instead of cleaning, I reminisce. I need a spring cleaning schedule or a checklist because if I have one, it pushes me to check all those boxes. Nothing is more rewarding than a completed checklist.
Hold that thought.
A clean house is more rewarding than a completed checklist. And you know what’s more rewarding than that?
Now, since we’ve established what to clean and when to clean it. We need some life hacks. Well, here it is… Spring Cleaning made super efficient with household items!
Stainless Steel Isn’t So Stainless
Now I know what you’re thinking. A lemon? Well, yeah. Use it for any stainless steel items in your house. It helps get rid of the hard water stains for one, and second is the natural lemon scent instead of that harsh chemical scent.
Soak Your Showerhead
Yes, if your showerhead isn’t detachable you need to soak it in vinegar overnight. It will leave a slight scent but nothing offputting. Be sure to remove it before you take your shower the morning after!
Give the floor you walk on some love. Clean the stains from your tiles with a baking soda mixture. For every ¼ cup of baking soda, you need at least 1 gallon of water.
The Total Toilet Cleaner
Well, those life hacks say Cola is one of the best cleaners and I can attest to that but I didn’t always have Cola in my house for health reasons. One thing I did have was a Kool-Aid packet for ultimate refreshments. Use a Kool-Aid packet to refresh your toilet. Pour the contents in and leave it overnight. Don’t forget to flush!
Reflections Love Newspapers
Newspapers are a dying medium. Not a lot of people get their news from newspapers because evidently, they’re too slow. Television and social media changed the playing game. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not useless. Upcycle newspapers by using them to clean mirrors and windows to avoid streaking.
Here’s an easy way to clean blinds if you couldn’t be bothered to clean every blind one by one. This is a way to clean 2 blinds at a time. Wrap a pair of tongs in microfiber towels, or whatever you prefer to use, and voila! A cleaning instrument.
Oil Cleans Oil
Is it difficult for you to get rid of the oil splatters from your delicious home cooked meal last night? Well, use oil to clean that oil. Dab a little bit of oil on a paper towel and watch all the oil splatters disappear. After you’re done, wipe with a clean towel for a nice shiny finish.
Dishwasher Needs A Wash
Just by using vinegar and baking soda, and two wash cycles, you get a wonderful sparkling dishwasher. Fill a container with vinegar and leave it in your top rack. Then run the hottest cycle with nothing inside. Then cover the floor of your dishwasher with baking soda and run the shortest, hottest cycle. And before you know it – A clean dishwasher.
Potato or Po-tah-to?
Spring Cleaning also includes gutting and decluttering. Some houses just have way more clutter than others – it would probably be best if you had your own dumpster rental. You could even share it with a neighbor and split the costs.
Although you might have to go on a grocery run much sooner than you thought, at least you feel better about your completed checklist and your spic and span house. What are you waiting for? Start your 4-week spring cleaning checklist now!