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By Catherine Roebuck, Social Media and Communications Specialist

If you are anything like me, the long, miserable winter has left you with the need for some intense spring cleaning. Sure, I make sure things are tidy, sweep and mop the floors, and generally keep things spotless, but winter also puts me in a slump where I may or may not move the fridge to clean behind it (spoiler: I don’t move the fridge). So I slipped on some of those stylish yellow dish gloves, tied my hair back and changed into sloppy clothes to tackle spring cleaning and bring you some of the best tips and tricks for freshening up your home.
First up, the window tracks. I moved into my new rental place during the winter, so I still have a lot of cleaning up to do from the previous tenants, which includes tackling the often neglected window tracks. Normally, I’d probably just get some general household cleaner and a rag, wipe them down and call it a day. This time though, I wanted to ensure a deep clean so I sprinkled some baking soda on them, poured vinegar on top, and used a cotton swab to scrub away the caked on gunk. POOF! Clean window tracks.

Next, the mattresses. I’ve never cleaned a mattress in my life. I’ve washed the bedding and sprayed freshener on top. That’s about it. So this one required a little research. Enter Better Homes and Gardens. As I don’t have any children and both of my mattresses are relatively new, I didn’t have to worry about removing stains, but instead needed to worry about how to get any dust or, ew, dust mites, out of there. It’s surprisingly easy to do. Simply sprinkle a mix of cornstarch and baking soda on the mattress, let it sit for a few hours, and vacuum it off. If you are in need of even a deeper clean, I’d recommend following the pin below. 

Fun fact: Lemons are magical. Lemons are an amazing solution to a lot of spring cleaning issues. Combine lemon juice and water for an all-natural glass and mirror cleaner.  Cut a lemon in half, dip it in some salt and scrub away any grease or grime left on your dishes. You can even polish your furniture with a lemon/olive oil mix! The list goes on and on.

On to the shower curtain. I have one of those plastic shower curtain liners for the inside of my shower, but then a nice fabric one on the outside. Lately, I’ve noticed that hard water and grime have started forming, especially towards the bottom. It’s another one of those neglected parts of my home; after all, how do you clean a plastic curtain? Turns out you can just wash it! Apartment Therapy suggests throwing your curtain in the wash with some towels (the towels prevent the washer from tearing apart the curtain), some baking soda and a little bit of detergent.  Once it’s done, just hang it up to dry and you have a clean curtain!

Finally, a master list. We could go on for days with tips and tricks to help you spiff up your house, but what is more beneficial is having a list of all that needs to be done! This list from Little Ms. Robinson is by far the most encompassing one I’ve found, and it’s a free printable, meaning you can save it to your computer and print it out each spring.

In the end, you’ll be left with a stunningly clean house. For more tips and tricks, check out our Oh, Yeah! It’s SPRING! Pinterest board and share your cleaning secrets in the comments!

Happy Cleaning!

Posted by Blog Admin at 03/23/2015 10:14:50 AM | 

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