While it may not feel like it, Spring is on its way to Philadelphia. This season gives us the opportunity to complete spring cleaning and start off fresh as the warmer weather makes its way to the east coast. Besides ridding your apartment of the germs that have taken up residence in your closed up home during the winter, cleaning can re-energize and revitalize you. There is no reason to feel overwhelmed with all the cleaning that is needed. Follow some of these simple tips to make the most out of your spring cleaning!
Get Prepared With Everything You Need
Martha Stewart recommends creating a bucket filled with supplies you will use during your spring cleaning. While you may not be doing all of your cleaning in one day, and we don’t recommend it, it will make it more convenient to have everything gathered together so you don’t have to interrupt your flow once you get into a groove. You may want to include the following items in your spring cleaning arsenal:
- Rubber gloves
- White vinegar
- Scrub brush
- Rags/paper towels
- Cleaning sprays
- Toothbrush (for scrubbing small spaces)
An important part of spring cleaning is organizing your home rather than simply just washing and sanitizing everything. It may be easier to both clean and organize certain areas at the same time such as a closet. Allow yourself a good amount of time to remove everything from inside and do a complete cleaning of the area. Then go through everything that you have removed do throw out waste or donate items that are no longer useful. You may even be able to make such extra cash by selling old clothes or good that you longer wear or use! In addition, the act of organizing your spaces will make your life far easier. Perhaps you will even find something that has been missing for a while! Some spaces that often get neglected, which you may want to set aside time to organize are:
- Coat closet and linen closet
- Clothing – either in dressers or in your closets
- Paperwork in the office or junk drawer
Don’t Forget These Spots
There are some items and spots in your home that may only get cleaned (maybe) one time a year so you want to make sure you do a very thorough job.
- Test smoke detectors and replace batteries.
- Ceiling Fans – We have a tip for these below!
- Faucets – If you have lime buildup, make sure to check out of removal tip.
- Trash Cans – This is never a fun task but almost always needed.
- Remote controls – Try to keep a schedule to wipe them down regularly so your family avoids passing germs around.
Handy Tips And Tricks
There are dozens of helpful tricks for cleaning that could be beneficial to you depending on what kinds of dirt and grime you are dealing with. A few of the problem dirt and stains that most people run into and tips for their removal are below:
Refrigerator stains – Try scrubbing stains with a combination of soda water and salt. Split foods will come off easier with the abrasive salt scrub and the bubbling soda water.
Lime Buildup – Faucets often get a lot of hard to remove lime buildup on them. Try using white vinegar to break it up by soaking a paper towel in it and laying it over the faucet to soak for about an hour.
Ceiling Fans – Fans have a tendency to collect dust on the blades which is often hard to remove due to their height but can agitate allergies. When cleaning fan blades, wipe them with a furniture polish to not only shine them but keep dust at bay for a longer period of time.