Spring is coming, which means it’s time to get your home into top shape. A deep spring clean is a tradition that not only encourages better health by keeping your home clean and organized but also gives you the feeling of a fresh start for the warmer months of the year. Here are some of the best DIY cleaning tips to clean and maintain your home for 2022.
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- Remove water stains with a lemon for a natural way to brighten your faucets. You can get your faucets looking clean and sparkly again by rubbing half a lemon over any water stains. The citric acid in the lemon will help to remove those unsightly hard watermarks. Save the other half of the lemon for other cleaning around the house, such as throwing in the garbage disposal to eliminate bad smells.
- Know your couch or rug before you clean it. Don’t ruin your carpets, rugs, or upholstered furniture by accidentally using the wrong cleaner. Check the manufacturer labels carefully to see what you ought to use, or stick with a carpet cleaning service.
- Use white vinegar to tackle showerhead buildup. If you want a more natural way to clean your bathroom, vinegar is a great option. Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits that accumulate in showerheads over time. These deposits can cause reduced water pressure and flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over your showerhead with a rubber band, and leave it overnight to soak. Remember to run the shower before you get in, so you don’t get a shower that smells of a chip shop!
- Clean a stainless steel sink with baking soda. Wet your sink and the faucet, and sprinkle with baking soda. Scrub with a sponge. If you need a scrubbing powder that is more heavy-duty, add a little salt to the baking soda.
- Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors. Mix a quarter cup of white vinegar with two cups of water, and two teaspoons of liquid soap into an empty spray bottle. Spray this mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper to get a streak-free mirror. The ink in the paper acts like a mild abrasive and is a good way to make use of old newspapers.
- Organize your fridge and cabinets with rotating turntables. Turntables aren’t just for the dining table. Sort out your condiments and spices, throw out old ones, and organize the rest on these handy storage racks.
- Use a wet dryer sheet on a ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue. Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and a good way to get burnt food off of your stove. Put a wet dryer sheet on your stovetop for at least fifteen minutes before rubbing the residue off.
- Clean your grill with an onion. Get the barbecue cleaned and ready for summer! First, heat the grill and spray it with some white vinegar to help loosen up any burnt-on residue. Then, using an onion, scrub the area firmly. The acid from the onion will get rid of anything left on the grill.
- Use coffee filters to clean. If your TV or computer screen are covered in smudges, dust, and fingerprints, you can use coffee filters. The fiber in the filters is gentle enough to clean even delicate screens. Just be careful not to press too hard.
- Unpack and stack your spring and summer clothes vertically. If your dresser drawers are a mess, don’t put folded clothes in flat. Instead, stack them vertically for easier access. You can stack your clothes inside shoeboxes too to keep rows even tidier.
- Clean toasters and kettles with cream of tartar. Combine one teaspoon of cream of tartar with enough water to create a milky paste. Rub this solution onto your stainless steel appliances and wipe away to restore their shine.
- Scrape pet hair out of the rug with a window squeegee. The rubber edge of the squeegee is ideal for removing pet hair. Use a firm grip, and make sure you clean up the excess hair afterward. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any leftover hair.
- Avoid scratching floors by placing clean towels under furniture if you’re rearranging. If you’re moving things around, slide heavy things like couches and tables without damaging your floors, by putting them on top of folded towels under each end of the furniture.
- Use velcro strips to keep drawer organizers in place. Attach velcro to one end of the drawer and the other to the drawer organizers. This stops the organizers from sliding around but leaves them still easy to remove.
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